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  • Game 5 - Greece (Beast Herds, Breakthrough)

    For the fifth round of the ETC, we were paired against Greece. While the greek Warhammer tournament scene had never been that big, during the 8th edition a solid tournament player base had been formed, and these players went on to win Bronze in the 2014 ETC. The team we were facing now consisted of the same players, but with very little 9th Age experience and not exactly in the mood for competitive gaming.


    I got paired against Kostas, who is a Dread Elf veteran player, but was playing Beast Herds this time: to cut a long story short, he offered me the 10-10 from the get-go, to which I declined with the reasoning that I had just travelled 3000km to play 6 games of T9A, and I was getting my 6 games! However, he was very tired (he’s a doctor, too, and had to work until after midnight the night before) and in the end after deployment we agreed on a 13-7 win for the Sylvans* and went on to play a relaxed, yet tactical game. So a win-win for me, I would have hated to sit in the sidelines for this round.


    *Looking at his army list, that’s exactly what I was predicting I’d get: we’d exchange combat units in a chess-like match, then I’d score the Breakthrough scenario for a small win.

    Pre-game:


    I got Luminous Bolts and Phoenix Rises for my Druid and Insect swarm and Beast within for my Matriarch.

    We traded deployments for a while, then I dropped everything to force my opponent to get the first turn: that is perfect against vanguarding chariots, since it denies first turn charges to the Beasts player, plus the Dark Rain would have a smaller effect on my shooting.






    I won’t be doing a turn-by-turn since I have no pictures of this match, but I did some diagrams and will comment on them so that you see how it went.

    EARLY GAME


    Turn 1 the Beast Herds pushed forward in force, and Kostas surprised me with the Briar Beasts appearing inside the forest on his turn 1 (I thought it was from turn 2 onwards). Bad start for me, since these 3 were too close to the Sylvan Archers for my liking.


    I got some early charges off: Wild Huntsmen and Bladedancers to the left into the Centaurs with a centaur character, resulting in a dead unit of centaurs, a dead unit of wild huntsmen and 4 victorious bladedancers pursuing. The Kestrels also went into one of the chariots, killed it and overran into a second one.

    Unfortunately, the shooting and magic phase were not that effective, and all 3 briar beasts were alive on turn 2. They went into the Sylvan Archers, killed them with ease and overran over to the left side of the board, where they’d spend all game. (One was killed later on by some Bladedancers though)



    During the early game, my magic managed to soften up the rightmost unit of centaurs, enough for my Wild Huntsmen to blow through them. They did get a chariot in the face for their trouble, though, and died.


    LATE GAME


    A big moment was around turn 4, when the two minotaurs were close to my Thicket Beasts and Forest Guard. I sacrificed the Briar Maidens (bait and flee off the table) to get the regenerating minotaur warlord to charge my Flaming Thicket beasts, but my plans were thwarted when the remaining centaurs with BSB and general managed to land a charge into the Thickets’ flank from 19 inches away. The ensuing combat saw the thicket beasts quickly lose some models (the centaurs had Thunderous charge and the +1 Attack/AP totem) but the survivors held, and with the help of some rear charging Kestrels the result was a bloodbath: all of the thicket beasts died, the thicket shepherd had 2 wounds remaining and the kestrels died too. But in return, the enemy centaurs, bsb and general were all gone!


    In the closing steps of the game, I fed my druid to one of the minotaur warlords, and the thicket shepherd took one for the team and got charged by the regenerating minotaur. In the end, this allowed my Dryad Matriarch to finish off the Regenerating Warlord with a couple of Insect swarms.

    When the dust cleared, the only things left alive were a wounded Minotaur Warlord, a chariot and 2 Briar Beasts for the Beast Herds, versus the Forest Guard, the Dryads, the Matriarch and the unit of scoring Heath Riders, conveniently placed inside my opponent’s deployment zone.



    With around 2000 points lost per side, the game ended up a draw, and the Sylvan Elves held the secondary objective, for the final result of 13-7.


    Sylvan Elf victory!


    Aftermath:



    This was by far the most fun game of the ETC for me. Kostas is a very good general, and he played his army cleverly. With the ‘official score’ out of the way, we were both more relaxed and shoved models into combat as we’d do in a friendly game. But he still taught me a couple of things, and his movement was flawless.

    A pity that the Greek team’s soul wasn’t into this, but that’s to be expected after several years of «hardcore» tournament gaming by the same people. They did give us good games, and are great guys all around.


    We… [Read More]


  • Game 3 - Serbia (Beast Herds, Breakthrough)

    For the third round, we got paired against Serbia! My teammates had already told me stories about how cool and nice guys the Serbs are, and they were all pretty thrilled we’d be getting to play fun opponents.


    I got paired against @operatkovic ‘s Beast Herds, a matchup which I had rated as “good”. Beast herds lack long range support to threaten my combat units, and every match where my squishy elves get into combat unscathed is a good match in my book!


    We’d be playing Breakthrough, a scenario which can go either way against Beast Herds due to their Ambushers.



    operatkovic wrote:


    Looking at Djordje’s list, he had a decent firebase with 2 Stone Throwers, the Impaler, and 23 throwing axe Centaurs (s4). He also had the ubiquitous Dark Rain and a couple of heavily armoured Minotaur Warlords.




    Pre-game:

    My matriarch got Beast Within and Transformation, while the Druid got Luminous Bolts and Phoenix Rises. (I would have liked having either the Unforging or the Redwood shaft)

    After trading a couple of deployments, my opponent dropped his entire army and forced me to go first, securing the last turn for scoring purposes as well as ensuring that my shooting would have a -2 penalty due to the Dark Rain.





    The prime targets here were the Cyclops and the scoring centaurs. The overall plan was to kill the scorers, and keep some units in my backline to deal with the ambushers when
    they arrive. Minotaurs would have to be redirected.



    TURN 1 – Sylvan Elves



    Knowing I’d get the first turn, I vanguarded my Kestrels forward, giving my left unit the possibility to get into the backline out of sight of the cyclops to the left. The right kestrels took advantage of the Gargoyles’ positioning in front of the minotaur Warlord to advance and get into position to threaten the scoring units on the following turn.

    The Briar Maidens did an outflanking maneuver, getting in range to pepper the cyclops with poisoned darts. Finally, the dancers and Thicket beasts moved forward, to limit the options of the minotaurs and the centaurs.


    In the magic phase the Luminous bolts were dispelled, leaving an opening for the Curse of the Wild on the Sober Centaurs. The briar maidens put three wounds on the cyclops, despite the Dark Rain, while the Sylvan Archers managed to kill 2 centaurs from the sober unit! A good start for the Sylvans!




    TURN 1 – Beast Herds


    With no charges available, the beastmen redeployed. Gargoyles went in front of the thicket beasts, for some double flee antics, while the drunk centaurs scaled the hill, in close support of their sober brethren. One of the minotaur lords joined the sober centaurs, while the other moved up near the thicket beasts. The Mino BSB stayed near the hill, within range of the entire army, practically.


    Magic saw the +d3 movement totem cast on the sober centaurs, the rest getting dispelled.

    In the shooting phase the cyclops didn’t hit anything, but the Impaler made up for it, killing 4 Bladedancers from the right unit with a flank shot (who knew that bolt throwers can now penetrate ranks of skirmishers?).






    TURN 2 – Sylvan Elves


    Following my battle plan, I declared charges on the scoring centaurs: the leftmost kestrels rear charged the centaurs on the hill, while the right ones frontally charged the unit next to the field. The rightmost bladedancers fell upon the first harpy unit, which held. But this didn’t give a solution to the minotaur/sober centaur issue, which is why I shoved the Forest Guard forward, with the rest of the army adopting a crescent-like formation around them; if the Beasts charged, they’d have to weather some countercharges.


    I got a big magic phase, which allowed me to cast Luminous bolts twice on the Sober centaurs, pulling out the scroll. This left me with enough dice to cast Curse of the Wild on them again!


    Two more wounds went through on the Cyclops to the left, leaving him with a single wound left. The Sylvan Archers shot at the other cyclops and managed to wound him once.

    Close combat was a mixed bag: the left kestrels beat the drunk centaurs on the hill without getting any damage back, and ran them down in pursuit.… [Read More]