My next adventure with Beth was against another Menoth player, this time running Vindictus at 75 points. We started the Crossroads of Courage Narrative League this week, so attached Holden as a freebie. In reality, he should have cost 4 points. The scenario was Blizzard.
The scenario’s LOS limitation severely impacted my ability to engage his forces with my Storm Strider. That, and the lack of magic weapons in my ranged shots prevented much of my disruption hijinks from messing with Menoth’s jacks. The scenario winning condition also prevented me from taking and holding zones of flags for control points. Menoth was able to lock me down and win the attrition war.
War Room Army
Protectorate of Menoth – cross road (copy)
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75 / 75 Army
Vice Scrutator Vindictus – WJ: +29
– Castigator – PC: 12 (Battlegroup Points Used: 12)
– Crusader – PC: 10 (Battlegroup Points Used: 10)
– Crusader – PC: 10 (Battlegroup Points Used: 7)
– Dervish – PC: 7
The Covenant of Menoth – PC: 4
Flame Bringers – Leader & 4 Grunts: 17
Exemplar Errants – Leader & 9 Grunts: 16
– Exemplar Errant Officer & Standard – Officer & Standard: 4
– Holden The Last (Courage) – PC: 4
Choir of Menoth – Leader & 3 Grunts: 4
Exemplar Cinerators – Leader & 4 Grunts:16
I need to start taking more pictures. What you see in the picture is turn three. The light green felt represents hills, the blue is a frozen lake, and the brown are trenches. The dark green are forests, except for the circular one off to the left. It is a snowdrift.
I deployed on the left, with my Storm Guard up front, blades behind, and strider following. I will change this in the future. I want a charge lane for the Strider. Hanging out in the back is not where it needs to be.
I did prevent gunking up my units by peoperly poitioning the Captain. I did not get the alpha charge, due to some highly accurate measuring by my opponent. I did give my blades snipe, and fire off an assault, but with my low RAT on the knights, almost none of their strikes hit. Note to self: Stormblades are not designed to kill infantry from afar. This is where running in the strider would have helped, provided I could find a place for it to sit where it wouldn’t block LOS.
With the Errants surviving the Firefly, Stormclad and Stormblade shots, they charged up to take out my blades and Stormclad. Fortunately for the blades, their minifeat was up, and their heavy armor saved most of them. The few guard who fought next to them died easier, even with Dauntless up, because the Errants used blessed weapons that would ignore the spell. The Exemplar Errant unit did extremely well against my Stormclad, taking it down to a single column. Those 4d6 are strong in massed units.
At the same time, on the far right side of the board, the Daughters of the Flame torched one of my Stormcallers, then positioned themselves for an attack on my flank.
I tried to take out the Menoth units with a feat turn. Beth got some work done, disrupting that unpainted heavy, and my Ironclad took out the Dirvish. A few of their knights finally fell to the sword. I got a few e-leaps off from the Storm Guard. I wanted to charge the calvary with the Strider, but my LOS was limited to 9 inches that turn, and I couldnt see the buggers. Instead, I fired a couple shots into the book, killing it.
My opponent did something I’d not yet seen, and it was really cool. He charged my strider with his calvary, hit, was repulsed, took the 2″ movement toward my caster, but back into range of the Strider, hit again, repulsed again, and repositionned. He did this 3 times, and repositionned at the end of their activation to surround Beth. Strider died.
Beth took out the calvary, and put Dauntless on herself. She took on one of the advancing Crusaders, spreading the damage out to all its boxes.
Menoth finished up my units, the Ironclad, and surrounded Maddox. She lasted three turns, almost killing both of the Crusaders. Note, the Castigator helped. But ultimately, the three jacks overwhelmed poor Beth.
My opponent is definitely getting stronger. Although the scenario made things difficult for me, his grasp of what tricks are available to his army won him the game. I want to play again at 75 points. Next time, we won’t play blizzard.
It’s still too early for me to switch up the list. I do want magic bullets, and maybe an Arcane Shield. That requires giving up a package. The guard would give me a few points. The blades, much more.