Captian Kara Solan vs Saeryn and Rhyas, Talons of Everblight

This game features:

Captain Kara Sloan – WJ: +6 (Brian Sinn)
–    Squire
–    Hunter – PC: 6
–    Hunter – PC: 6
–    Hunter – PC: 6
–    Hunter – PC: 6

Anastasia di Bray – PC: 2
Reinholdt, Gobber Speculator – PC: 1

Arcane Tempest Gun Mage Pistoleers – Leader & 5 Grunts: 6
–    Arcane Tempest Gun Mage Officer – Officer 2
Black 13th Gun Mage Strike Team – Lynch, Ryan & Watts: 4
Rangers – Leader & 5 Grunts: 5
Tempest Blazers – Leader & 4 Grunts: 10

Vs:

Saeryn – WB: +1 (me)
–    Rhyas, Talons of Everblight
–    Zuriel – PC: 10
–    Seraph – PC: 8
–    Scythean – PC: 9
–    Naga Nightlurker – PC: 5

Blighted Nyss Hex Hunters – Leader & 9 Grunts: 8
Croak Raiders – Leader & 9 Grunts: 8
Spawning Vessel – Vessel & 6 Grunts: 3

My opponent’s alternate list was Haley3 with two Stormwalls, my alternate list was Thagrosh1 with a Blightbringer. I’m an idiot and I wanted to play a game with the Twins, so I picked them. I probably shouldn’t have. But, you gotta play bad matches sometimes, right?

The game started with the board like this.
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Nothing too special about deployment. Anastasia was going to ambush. I was avoiding getting myself jammed up on the obstruction in the left side, and tried to deploy a little to the right.IMG_20160324_225605

His turn one was pretty typical. Runs/advances. He also put return fire on all of his Hunters.

Starting my turn, I thought about what I wanted to do. I wanted to see if I could get some damage out on stuff in the front line.IMG_20160324_230525

Yea, that plan was dumb. I should have just ran forward to engage. Sure, he would have walked away (Parry on the hunters) but yea. It’s alright. I put Banishing Ward on the Twins, Occultation on the Croaks and just moved up.IMG_20160324_232033

So, Sloan’s feat happened. I done screwed up. I should have put Occultation on the Scythean (or Seraph). Well shit.

Alright, what am I gonna do? I’m down over 30 points on attrition. Let’s try to engineer an assassination here. Sloan is basically base to base with the objective, and isn’t camping anything.IMG_20160324_233351

First, my last croak advances. I target the objective with an oil gourd (it’s out of range), deviates to basically on top of the big obstruction. Oh well – oiling Sloan would have been great. Zuriel advanced. I targeted the Objective, and my spray hit Sloan (boost hit and damage). She’s on fire, takes some damage. Good. Second spray: misses Sloan. Damnit. It’s ok. She’s on fire, and has 10 boxes left. What else can I do here? Hrm. I advance the pot. Spawn a Stinger, advance and spray down the objective. The spray is long enough to get Sloan. Miss. Rat 4, not surprising, but was worth a shot.

Saeryn and Rhyas activate. I decline to advance them (maybe should have, but let’s talk about that later). Saeryn arcs a Blood Rain through Zuriel onto the objective. Boost the POW 6 blast on Sloan, do nothing. But, she’s corroded.  Do some (inconsequential) attacks with my last Hex Hunter and remove a Blazer.
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His turn, corrosion stops on Sloan, but fire doesn’t. I do a few points of fire damage, but no nice dice spike for me. He removes everything but the Stinger and my warcasters from the table. Controls two flags for 2 points. He moved Sloan way back and again, on zero camp.

Alright, what am I going to do? How can I make something happen here? He made a line of base to base models behind his objective that makes getting LOS to Sloan hard.

But, the twins have some tricks.

Here’s the plan. First, I need to eliminate the model with an X through it that is blocking LOS. I will try to spray it with the Stinger. If that doesn’t work, well…we can see what happens. I’ll charge Rhyas forward behind the ranger and try to take out the Hunter that is furthest away. Saeryn needs a legal target, so she charges the Blazer. Assuming the Hunter dies, I can feat, then try to spell assassinate.Plan

My spray didn’t reach the target model, but the Squire was hit by the spray and I was able to remove it from the board. I looked at the angles and I thought everything would be ok. I went for it. I made my Charges. Rhyas removed all the models she needed to. There was a line, so I feated. Swapped the places of the twins. I measured my control and found that I was a about 9.5 inches away from Sloan. I cast Razor Wind, boosted to hit, boosted damage. Didn’t kill. Did it again. Missed. Tried one more – missed. But, Sloan only had 2 boxes left, and she was still on fire.IMG_20160324_235653

I end my turn, he scores two(? – after the fact we discussed if the Twins contest since they are a unit, but it doesn’t matter for the outcome here). Fire roll – it goes out.

Game over, he wins.

Was the matchup bad? Well, his feat turn did get a lot of work done and he did have some pretty good dice. I put Occultation on the wrong model. So I’m not sure if I’d say this matchup is bad, but with this particular scenario, it probably moves into bad territory. He can just sit back and shoot me as I approach to try and get scenario points, while his models flank to put pressure on my flags. Had I played Thagrosh, I probably would have a better matchup.

But, I wanted to give the Twins a try (my first go with them) and as I said in the opening, you gotta play weird matchups sometimes. I think after his feat, I did everything right. I put as much assassination pressure on him as I felt I could. In hindsight, maybe I should have put Occultation on the Twins and advanced them some after his feat.

Overall, I’m happy with how I played the game. I gave myself an opportunity to win the game. A a different roll here or there would have put me in a win.

What do you think of the matchup? What would you have done differently?

Edit: Brian posted his own battle report on this game on his YouTube channel: Sloan vs Twins