The Circle stuff still hasn’t turned up, so I’m going with the backup plan – playtesting Khador lists for Fun, Quick and Dirty II. It was going to be Cryx, it arguably should be Cryx, but every time I try to write a Cryx list I just sort of sigh and decide I’d rather not. After five years I might need a good long break from them. I’m not selling them, they’re my favourites and I do love them really, but I need another go-to Warmachine faction for a bit. Hence Khador practice last night.
I took the Sorscha list first; fewest models so less complexity, and it was the list I was the most worried about, being the odd one that I didn’t have much of a plan for. Opposition was provided by the beautiful Skorne of Andy T.
Now, I always like playing Andy, especially in learning games; he’s a proper gent, his lists are usually effective but engaging (in that they’re not of the “win by not allowing your opponent to play the game” variety), and he’ll allow the odd takeback if it’s helping you learn what your faction can do. He’s also very patient when you accidentally set up the wrong warjacks, then decide that Kovniks aren’t Weapon Masters, and need the cards he’s checking in order to accomplish owt wit t’game. Hopefully he’ll be very patient when I tell him that Kovniks are in fact Weapon Masters and I just can’t decode the Mark II symbols worth a damn.
Despite a well timed feat I didn’t interpose stuff between Sorscha and Rasheth properly (Andy reckons I could have put her further away behind a wall and he’s right, in retrospect; I was worried about leaving her a good charge lane for the next turn but anywhere I can get to with Wind Rush is a place I can get back from with Wind Rush) and the big lardie was able to Shake Off aforesaid feat and, with Craft Talisman up on himself, blast her in the face with spells for the win. Stupid Von, stupid FURY 8.
Considering the Sorscha list, I think it’s the wrong way round compared to the Butcher one; he could stand to go metal heavy, with his battlegroup doom spell, and use his infantry buffs to turn the Kossites into moderately effective combatants or DEF15 speedbumps. Meanwhile, Sorscha needs more bodies to establish safe zones, and the potential to run, move and Shield Wall with the Iron Fangs might enable a bum rush early in the game to do just that.
Anyway, second game. I’d been promising Jimmy a go with his Cryx for a while now. Since I was all excited about the prospect of Khador, and since Jimmy has a rep as a bit of a gobshite with his list building, I decided to quickly pick up Valachev from the Invasion Games stand that sets up at our club sometimes and run the Vlad list, the one with naturalised Nyss citizens, or ‘the one I sort of know how to use’.
Jimmy was running… well, this.
It’s horrible and I’ll go into why it’s horrible in another post. Suffice to say that if it goes first and you don’t know what it does and deploy to minimise that, you’ll get your first turn to move up and then you’ll lose. It went first, I didn’t know what it could do, etcetera etcetera. After I’d finished getting the hate and spleen out of my system we racked up for another go, I went first this time, and it was a much more challenging game. I did lose quite a few Nyss in a manner that the peanut gallery recommended avoiding (I, personally, fail to see how ‘give up board control’ is a viable option, but whatever), but I was in a fairly good position to come back… oh, five minutes to pack up? Okay, let’s go for a direct assassination run just to see. Couldn’t quite get the lane I needed to stab Deneghra in the face, but I’m not counting that against myself as frankly I wouldn’t have done it if I wasn’t rushing for a more satisfying ending than “time, gentlemen, please”. If I hadn’t had to do that, I’d have a) remembered to cast Signs and Portents and b) used the 16″ Devastator Forced March run o’doom to simply wedge an ARM 25 wedge into Deneghra (who had to go corporeal in the next turn) and Blackbane and let Jimmy sort it out, saving the Vlad run for the next turn.
Khador are definitely my go-to backup for FQD if the Circle can’t be sorted out in time, but I’m going to have to change a couple of the lists. That Vlad list is fine, it does what I want it to do, with the others, I’m thinking swapping the approaches I take with the casters.
Name: FQD Sorscha
Kommander Sorscha (*5pts)
* Destroyer (9pts)
Iron Fang Pikemen (Leader and 5 Grunts) (5pts)
* Iron Fang Pikemen Officer & Standard (2pts)
Widowmakers (Leader and 3 Grunts) (4pts)
Man-o-war Kovnik (3pts)
Lots of AD pieces that will enjoy Fog of War, and the Fangs, while being prohibited from running and then Defensive Formation for an 18″ move ending in Shield Wall, are still fairly nippy and can still do things like bash through an enemy unit and then DF into position behind where it was, so Sorscha shouldn’t be left out on her own quite so easily. It’s tempting to put the Kossites in here as they’ll often end up in a place where she can reach them, but she doesn’t do much to help them – not like exhibit B down there. The Kovnik is something of a wild card and I think I’d rather have Herne and Jonne instead, but I really don’t want to buy any more models just yet.
(Hey, that’s a thought; I can take cool mercenary duos with Khador! My wallet. She groans.)
Name: FQD Butcher
The Butcher of Khardov (*6pts)
* Juggernaut (7pts)
* Marauder (7pts)
Greylord Ternion (Leader and 2 Grunts) (4pts)
Kossite Woodsmen (Leader and 5 Grunts) (4pts)
Gorman di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist (2pts)
While I only own one Ternion and one Manhunter, they’re FA:2 so the event rules mean I can use them twice. Gorman is in largely because there’s a two point hole in this list and I’ve run out of FA on 2 point Khador bits that I actually own. If my No Quarter Exclusive Eiryss had ever turned up, in the history of ever, I’d be laughing, but PP took three goes at sending one across the ocean to me over the course of a year and she never made it. It has occured to me that she might have arrived in the country on the first attempt, but that Parcel Force might not have told me, expecting me to just know that I had a parcel; that’s essentially what happened with the camera last year.