Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Two More Cygnar Losses...Yay...

The Cygnar side show continues. Each game, I'm trying new pieces and force mixes. I don't think I'm expecting to stumble upon an army list that is going to capture my imagination and make me rethink going back to Menoth for 2013...but it sure would be nice to win a game with Cygnar once in a while. But that just isn't happening. Here are a couple of games I've had with Elliot recently (he continues to gain experience and kills with Khador Conquest lists).

Game One. We are playing Diversion, a radial scenario with a flag that must be controlled, and a zone that must be contested.

Elliot's force, built around pIrusk. He has Widowmakers and Black Dragon Ironfangs.

My Cygnar force. I'm trying out pHaley with Stormblades and the Black 13th.

Elliot's turn 1. Elliot goes first. He runs the Widowmakers up on the bluff on his right flank.

...and everyone else crashing through the middle.

My turn 1. I send the Black 13th up my right flank towards the flag and to maybe get in behind Elliot for an assassination run. The Stormblades advance on my left. I want to use Haley's feat to get six POW 14 weapon attachment shots.

Elliot's turn 2. Everything goes bad for me. Elliot lands a crit devastation shot into the middle of my Stormblades. Three are killed outright and plenty are knocked down. The Conquest's small guns clean up a lot of knocked down Stormblades.

My turn 2. I advance and get some covering fire templates out in front of the Ironfangs. I then get to work on Conquest. Big gun shots start doing their damage to Elliot's colossal, while Haley's Temporal Barrier prevents a quick enemy close to melee.

Elliot's turn 3. His stuff snakes around the covering fire areas. He controls his flag, but needs to get a unit into my zone to contest and score a point. Not yet.

My turn 3. Haley feats. I'm going to try an assassination run. Stormwall hammers Conquest and gets out more covering fire.

Lynch from the Black 13th (as well as Watts) has a bead on Irusk, who is standing behind the Conquest. Under the feat, I have a good chance to assassinate with Brutal Damage shots. I miss all four attacks. Hmmm, that's pretty much game for me.

Elliot's turn 4. The Ironfangs continue to inch towards the zone. Conquest shifts over to my right flank to get rid of the Black 13th's remaining members, and my Journeyman, who has moved up to try for the flag.

My turn 4. There is a clear charge lane to Elliot's damaged Conquest. My hope is to smack up Elliot's colossal, then get to his caster before he scores his second control point.

Elliot's turn 5. Unfortunately, Conquest survived my charge. During his turn, Elliot gets a bead on Haley, takes the shot, and that's all she wrote.

Game Two. We decide to practice for this weekend's upcoming Year Long League finals. This will be a six round, three list event at 40 points. All scenarios are Gauntlet. Here is the set up.

Elliot has eVlad on the start line with Conquest and Uhlans.

I should be practicing with my Cryx, but I really want to get my 2nd Stormwall out on the table. So, I try a game with eNemo and some Stormcallers.

Elliot's turn 1 (he is first player again). Elliot runs up his right flank and gets eEiryss in behind the building in the center of the picture. My game plan revolves around keeping Polarity Shield up on my forward Stormwall to attenuate the effect of eVlad's feat. eEiryss will quickly foil this plan, so she must die immediately.

My turn 1. I Energize the Stormwalls forward, get Polarity Shield up on my left flank colossal, and then pray I have the range to get a Lightning Pod on eEiryss. I activate my right flank Stormwall and get covering fire templates out. Then, I active the left flank Stormwall, run and launch a Lightning Pod. I am just out of range to catch Eiryss. My fate is sealed and the game has barely begun.

Elliot's turn 2. eEiryss moves up and knocks Polarity Shield off my forward Stormwall. eVlad feats, affecting all his Uhlans. The Uhlans charge and wreck the first Stormwall handily. I'm sad.

My turn 2. I'm sunk, but I go ahead and kill several Uhlans and eEiryss with my second Stormwall.

Elliot's turn 3. What does it matter? Conquest charges Stormwall (with help from surviving Uhlans), and my second colossal goes down. I concede.

Elliot had made an easy guess that I'd be bring out two colossals to this game (I'd just finished painting my second one). So he brought the perfect armor-cracking list for it and added in eEiryss to get rid of the defensive buffs. He had the right formula, and I feel I only stood a chance if I could get rid of Eiryss right away. As it turned out I was just out of range for this and the end was inevitable. Dang...I should have played Cryx. Good game anyway! OK...ready to get back to Menoth very shortly.

'Til next time.


  1. I've been looking forward to these ones Kevin. I appreciate your magnanimity in posting my victories. Regardless of how the games went, everything sure looks pretty on the table...

  2. Hey man, just a note: you can't use energize on colossals, since they may only advance during their regular movement. Your stuff looks absolutely fantastic, though.

  3. Dave,

    Ah, good point! Thanks for the correction.

  4. Don't give up yet man cygnar have it rough, in SR can't sugar coat that one even if I tried. But I find they are the most satisfying when it happens.