Thagrosh, Prophet of Everblight vs Sturm & Drang

This game features:

Thagrosh, Prophet of Everblight – WB: +5 (Me)
–    Blightbringer – PC: 18
–    Ravagore – PC: 10
–    Shredder – PC: 2

Warmonger War Chief – PC: 0
The Forsaken – PC: 2

Blighted Ogrun Warspears – Leader & 4 Grunts: 8
–    Warspear Chieftan – PC: 2
Blighted Ogrun Warspears – Leader & 4 Grunts: 8
–    Warspear Chieftan – PC: 2
Spawning Vessel – Vessel & 6 Grunts: 3

THEME: Army of Annihilation – Tier 3

vs.

Sturm & Drang – WB: +5 (Greg R.)
–    War Hog – PC: 8
–    Road Hog – PC: 9

Meat Thresher – PC: 9

Efaarit Scouts – PC: 3
Maximus – PC: 2
Swamp Gobber Chef – PC: 1
Viktor Pendrake – PC: 2
Raluk Moorclaw, the Ironmonger – PC: 2
–    Buccaneer – PC: 3 (it looks like a Boneswarm…)

Farrow Brigands – Leader & 9 Grunts: 8
Lynus Wesselbaum & Edrea Lloryrr – Lynus & Edrea: 3
Farrow Bone Grinders – Leader & 3 Grunts: 2
Farrow Razorback Crew – Leader & Grunt: 3

My opponent’s alternate list was a Carver list, and my alternative list was a Saeryn list. I didn’t like the guns in either list against Saeryn, so I went with Thagrosh. I think he went with Sturm & Drang to dark horse me to death.

After deployment, we look like this. I prey the Meat Thresher with the Purple Warspears and the Road Hog with the Orange Warspears.IMG_20160409_203832

I’m going first, so I run things forward, put Draconic Blessing on the Purple Warspears and Fog of War up.
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My opponent advances, puts Deflection up and puts Vision on the Meat Thresher. He doesn’t dig his Brigands in. Which, he immediately starts swearing about. You’ll also note that he swapped the sides of the table of the Road Hog and the Meat Thresher. This makes Warspears sad.IMG_20160409_210038

I upkeep Draconic Blessing and Fog of War. I assault the orange Warspears to remove most of the Bone Grinders. I advance the Blightbringer, drop an AOE to remove several Brigands. I do the same with the Ravagore. I just advance the purple Warspears, I definitely made some errors on the placements on these guys. Tenacity gets put on Thagrosh, th

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My opponent upkeeps Vision on the Meat Thresher. Maximus takes care of one of my orange Warspears. He tries to Arcane Bolt another with the Bone grinder, but does no damage. Meat Thresher rolled 4 shots, but was unable to do enough damage/hit the warspear behind the flag so he gets less work done there than he hoped. Road Hog sprays down on the Purple Warspears, doing some damage and lighting them on fire. Deflection is up, he has one transfer.IMG_20160409_214706

I had started thinking about my options. I leave Draconic Blessing up but let Fog of War drop. I wanted to eliminate the Meat Thresher and was going to throw my Ravagore and Blightbringer shots into it, but my opponent reminded me that he has Vision on it. I felt without the two shots from range that my warspears weren’t going to get enough done on it. Change gears. I saw that I had two clear shots from my beasts on his caster. I decided to throw them out.

The BB (using Dragon’s Breath) goes first and does a fair amount of damage (10 or so), which he transfers to the Warhog (Road Hog was full of fury). Ravagore goes next – uses it’s animus, and hits. Now he’s on fire, no transfers. I spike damage better than last one – dealing 13 or so damage. Purple Warspears go in on the Road Hog, taking out his Mind and Body. I should have assaulted with the full unit rather than leaving the two leftmost to take shots on the Artillery. The orange Warspears tried to clear out the flag, but failed to kill Maximus (and I didn’t put anyone B2B with flag, so, I failed twice).

My final move was to throw an Obliteration on the brigands in the forest. I hit (and he toughs) the one in the center of the forest, and fail to kill the other with blast. I’m camping one, have Tenacity and am in the BB aura – so Def 15, Arm 19 for Thag, I’m feeling pretty safe.
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Fire fails to go out on his caster. I roll a few points of damage, leaving him on 4 left. He cuts for one after pulling fury back. He then reads his feat and then I read it and then I cry a little. He starts things out by throwing a few shots at Thagrosh with the Brigands, doing a 3-4 points of damage over the remaining models. He advances with the Buccaneer, using Jack Marshall ability of Moorclaw, he boosts to hit Thagrosh with the net. Hits. Now I’m laying down. Not good.

He then activates his warlock. Moves him up, and feats. My beasts are reduced to FURY stat 1. They’re now all full on fury. This not good. TK’s the Road Hog away from my Warspears and then starts throwing his other guns at me.

He makes a few errors along the way. The purple Warspear with the blue pelt caused all sorts of problems with getting lines of sight to Thagrosh with some of his guns – be it because of engagement or just preventing advancing to get 3″ out of the forest to see Thagrosh. His Scout activated at the wrong time and he forgot that Pendrake has the knockdown gun as well. Had he done a few of those activations differently, he would have had a few more attacks to throw my way.

Thagrosh ends up on fire and a significant amount of damage (6-8 points left on him) dealt. My saving grace: his dice literally hated my opponent. He rolled 3-4 snake eyes along the way and many of his damage rolls ended up less than he needed to deal damage to Thagrosh. I somehow survive the turn. I roll fire at the start of my turn. It stays lit – but does a few points of damage – leaving me on 2-3 boxes.

My opponent had aggressively gone for the assassination – so he was on no transfers. He was unable to prevent LOS being drawn to his caster, so I rained BB death upon him and the game was over.
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In hindsight, I really think going for the two shots on his caster wasn’t the best plan. I think I should have thrown one shot at him, lit him on fire and taken the other on another target and work on the attrition. Moving Thagrosh out in the open was a terrible idea. I didn’t get any benefit from that action. He should have stuck behind the objective where he was and just wait things out. I also should have considered using the concealment aura on the BB or keeping Fog of War up. I think keeping FoW up and using the Armor aura would have been the best plans.

I had no business winning this game based on my actions. But – the dice said no, you still get to win you stupid man.

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