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    Going into Round 5 I knew I’d be facing a tough opponent, sitting at 63 points a win could put me in contention to podium. Additionally, I had my eye on best HBE, but with another HBE general sitting at about the same battle points as me I would really need a win to have a shot at it.
    So I ended up matched with Brandon and his Demon Legions led by a Scourge of Wrath, he had:


    Scourge Legions:




    The Sea Dragon Host:



    Thoughts on the Match Up:



    Spell Selection:




    Deployment/Objectives:



    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 1:


    Scourge Legions- Turn 1:




    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 2:




    Scourge Legions- Turn 2:




    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 3:




    Scourge Legions- Turn 3:




    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 4:




    Scourge Legions- Turn 4:




    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 5:




    Scourge Legions- Turn 5:




    Results and Thoughts on the Game:


    Tourney Wrap Up/List Assessment/Next Steps:


    So I hope you’ve all enjoyed this tournament report, the 2018 tourney season has been good to me so far and I’ll keep at it.

    Fight On!
    Vesp [Read More]
  • Day 2 of Buckeye and I had a bit of a Icarus-type Day 1; soaring to huge heights in Games 1 and 2 and tumbling back to earth a bit in Game 3. I began day 2 with 44 points finding myself in a very respectable position and ended up against VC. There were many VC lists at Buckeye that I was a bit nervous about facing (SkaveninAZ’s would be a nightmare for me) but O’Bryan’s actually felt like a good match up for me, he had:

    Brotherhood of the Dragon Triplets:


    Sea Dragon Host Army List:


    Thoughts on the match up:


    Spell Selection:


    Deployment Type/Objective:



    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 1:



    BotD Triplets- Turn 1:



    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 2:



    BotD Triplets- Turn 2:



    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 3:



    BotD Triplets Turn 3:



    Sea Dragon Host Turn 4:



    BotD Triplets Turn 4:



    Sea Dragon Host Turn 5:


    BotD Triplets (only 1 left now) Turn 5:



    Results and Thoughts on the Game:

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  • So after a big first two games I was sitting on 38 points and the gods of Buckeye Battles felt it was time to bring me back down to earth, I drew the one match up that I knew going into Buckeye was going to be RPS for my list…Infernal Dwarves.

    As you can tell from its construction my list relies heavily on flaming/flammable combo and 90% of my opponents army had wards against flaming attacks, great! This was a tough game and I didn’t get many pictures, unfortunately. Fortunately Max was a great guy and he had a mean list, see below:

    Max’s Infernal Dwarf Fireborn Bonanza:


    As a reminder, I had:



    Thoughts on the match up:


    Spell Selection:


    Deployment/Objective/Terrain:

    Sea Dragon Host Turn 1:


    Infernal Dwarves Turn 1:


    Sea Dragon Host Turn 2:

    Infernal Dwarves Turn 2:


    Mid-game (Turns 3 & 4):


    End of Game:




    Results/Thoughts on the Game:



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  • Game 2: Brandon’s Ogre Khans
    So, after a big win in Game 1, it was likely I’d be coming up against some stiff competition and Buckeye didn’t disappoint. I ended up paired against Brandon, who is sort of 9th age royalty as I believe he is Wargaming from the Balcony’s son.

    Brandon had a nasty Ogre Khan list, see below:


    Thoughts on the match up:


    As a reminder I had:


    Spell Selection:


    Scenario/Objective and Deployment:


    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 1:


    Brandon’s Ogre Tribe- Turn 1:



    Sea Dragon Host Turn 2:


    Brandon’s Ogre Tribe- Turn 2:



    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 3:



    Brandon’s Ogre Tribe- Turn 3:



    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 4:




    Brandon’s Ogre Tribe- Turn 4:




    Results and Thoughts on the Game:


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  • Initial Thoughts and Intro:

    Was really looking forward to making it out for Buckeye Battles for the first time this year. I’ve heard nothing but good things and it is the largest tournament in the US by a fair margin (96 players this year). Big shoutout to Jeff and the other TOs for running a very smooth tournament.

    My list:



    Game 1: Sea Dragon Host vs The Blue Demon Legions

    So a familiar face, those who have read my blog for over a year will remember this opponent as my first round match at Adepticon 2017. That was an unsatisfying 10-10 draw so I was looking forward settling the score!

    My opponent had:



    Thoughts on the Match Up:



    Deployment and Objective:



    Spell Selection:



    Terrain and Deployment:



    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 1:



    Blue Demon Legions- Turn 1:



    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 2:


    Blue Demon Legions- Turn 2:



    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 3:



    Blue Demon Legions- Turn 3:




    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 4:



    Blue Demon Legions- Turn 4:



    Results and Thoughts on the Game:
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  • Local Tourney Game 3:

    So after two rounds I was in a very solid first position, however, I needed to keep the pressure on as a big win from the second or third placed person would potentially see me knocked off.

    So I walked up to the table facing a mirror match against another HBE player, but in a funny twist I was actually facing my exact list, the ultimate mirror match! My opponent hadn’t had time to list-build and had picked a list he liked off the forum…my list. Combined with the fact that my opponent is one of the stronger players in my region, I knew I’d be in for a tough fight.

    As a reminder, here’s both lists:



    Deployment/Objective/Spell Selection:




    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 1:



    Faux Sea Dragon Host- Turn 1:




    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 2:




    Faux Sea Dragon Host- Turn 2:




    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 3:




    Faux Sea Dragon Host- Turn 3:




    Sea Dragon Host-Turn 4:



    Faux Sea Dragon Host- Turn 4:



    End of Game Recap:



    Tournament Recap:



    Post Tourney Fluff:

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  • Set of three reports for a local tourney I attended this past weekend with 12 players. Armies present were BH, OK, SA, SE, HBE, EoS, ID.


    I took the following and challenged the current leader in our region to a Round 1 game (we have a points tracking system to determine who currently leads the standings based on the year’s tournament results).

    Sea Dragon Host:




    My opponent surprised me and took Sylvan elves:

    Hunt of the Gnarled Tree:




    Match up Thoughts/ Spell Selection:




    Deployment/Secondary:



    Hunt of the Gnarled Tree- Turn 1:



    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 1:





    Hunt of the Gnarled Tree- Turn 2:



    Sea Dragon Host Turn 2:


    Hunt of the Gnarled Tree- Turn 3:



    Sea Dragon Host Turn 3:



    Hunt of the Gnarled Tree- Turn 4:



    Sea Dragon Host Turn 4:



    End of Game Thoughts:

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  • The Sea Dragon Host vs the Horde of the Rat Demon



    Yvraine could sense the rat demon’s mind from across the field and knew she had met more than her match in magic. Only when facing the reptilian spell casters had she encountered such a skilled manipulator of the Veil. She had deployed her forces in a refused flank, to keep as much distance between her troops and the hulking mechanical and organic monstrosities the vermin had goaded into battle.

    VS Turn 1:

    Her careful defensive posture had yielded initiative to the rats and they swarmed forward across the field, apparently unafraid of glittering ranks of elves.

    The demon stood triumphant in the center of the field of battle its burning green eyes pinned to Yvraine. With casual arrogance the huge rat demon pummeled Yvraine with magic force, between Eingana’s formidable defenses, her potent magic wards and her protective cantrips she only suffered a glancing blow. The typically potent vermin ranged devices caused scattered damage amongst her infantry, just the beginning of the onslaught.

    Sea Dragon Host Turn 1:

    Knowing her forces needed to secure the left flank she ordered the advance with both of her Flame Warden blocks clearing the verminous slingers. Her cavalry and Breag sheltered behind the rock formations on their left, while she took position for countercharges along with Chaynal’s spear phalanx.



    Her magic was largely contained while her brother’s healing magic restored her strength and brought back some wounded infantry. Her reaper batteries inflicted a decisive blow to the rat demon, glowing green ichor fountained from the beast’s torso as it tore the sapling-sized barb from its chest.

    VS Turn 2:

    Hissing its rage the wounded rat flew forward into the ranks of Flame Wardens facing it down. Following their leader the wheels and rats surged forward again, pinning the elves into their formation and bringing their devastating weaponry to bear in the center.

    The demon wrapped itself in defensive enchantments and battered a handful of her Flame Wardens to the ground. With Yvraine focused on the demon she had drifted too close to the wheel, with great arcs of power flying from the machine she and Eingana were smashed to the ground, their muscles spasming uncontrollably. As she drifted from consciousness, she heard the rat demons gurgling laugh punctuated by another hiss as one of her Wardens dealt a blow to the creature’s knee, shattering it.

    Sea Dragon Host Turn 2:

    Chaynal could feel his sister’s presence flickering but remaining strong and proceeded to marshall their forces, the only way to save her would be to win this fight. The elves surged forward, desperate to overwhelm the left flank and the rat infantry before the hulking brutes on their right joined the fray. With the demon’s attention focused on the Wardens Chaynal was able to force through several augmentations on the holy warriors circling him restoring one to the fight and unleashing their inner strength. As the reaper bolt throwers continued peppering the incoming rat constructs the battle in the center reached a crescendo.

    Limping and bellowing in rage, the rat demon lashed out indiscriminately at the Wardens surrounding it, knocking a few to the ground. The beast was met with a veritable whirlwind of blades, their strength reinforced by Chaynal’s magics, the holy warriors smashed the demon’s corporeal form to the ground where it shimmered and evaporated in acrid green smoke. Without the force of the demon’s will pushing them forward the slaughter of the rat infantry began. Dozens of the mutated beasts met their end and the larger unit of slaves fled the battlefield. Exultant, Chaynal ordered the infantry to reform and face the right flank, giving his Lancers and Warden time to grind through the remaining rat infantry.

    VS Turn 3:

    Despite losing their leader all of the rat constructs still remained largely unhurt and, with a sense of desperation, they swarmed forward eager to get to grips with the elves. The two wheels flung themselves into combat against the lancers and spears on each flank.

    The verminous artillery continued flinging toxic missiles at the elves downing a handful in the center.

    The wheels, so devastating at range, seemed to have expended their energy earlier in the battle and failed to break through their elvish opponents. The wheel on the left reversed and fled, on the right the spears reformed their phalanx to hold the wheel in place.

    Sea Dragon Host Turn 3:

    Sensing the opportunity to break the rat center Chaynal ordered the reavers on the right to disrupt the line of advance of the rat hulks and monstrous beast, giving his forces in the center time to finish off the infernal wheels and infantry.

    The Wardens who had subdued the rat demon crashed into the flank of the wheel engaged with the Spears and dismantled it. The Wardens and Lancers in the center continued dispatching the few rat at arms that remained. Breag… [Read More]
  • I wanted to try out a list that I felt was a good mixed arms/all-comers list against a nasty new variant of my usual opponents Saurian Ancients.

    I was looking forward to this game as we were trying out the new hotfix rules and I felt this build took a slight hit due to the becalming/hereditary nerfs. However, I did also try out the Sea Guard, checking to see if the points reduction had made them more playable.

    Sea Dragon Host-

    The Host of the Protean Frog:

    Thoughts on the match up:

    Secondary Objective and Deployment Type:

    Spell Selection:


    Host of the Protean Frog- Turn 1:

    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 1:

    Host of the Protean Frog- Turn 2:

    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 2:

    Host of the Protean Frog- Turn 3:

    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 3:

    Host of the Protean Frog- Turn 4:

    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 4:

    Host of the Protean Frog- Turn 5:

    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 5:

    Host of the Protean Frog- Turn 6:

    Sea Dragon Host- Turn 6:

    Results and Thoughts on the Game:
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