That's right! Time for our new feature! Announcements, announcements, ANNOUNCEMENTS! First off... October 8th is the WHJOTC!! Finally, after months of preparation, the tournament is here! If you're in the area, stop by the community center behind the castle in Fukuyama City! 7 teams are locked in, including my own Tri-Arrows (a tip of the hat to the feudal lord who used to control Hiroshima prefecture) and DTB's Ordo Non Painticus. An 8th team of singles is being created to flush out the roster.
Second ... The day after the tournament, October 9th, is going to be a free gaming day. There will be people sticking around after the tournament to get friendly games in. Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima... and possibly Kyushu will all be represented, so if you don't want the pressure of a tourney but do want to meet some new players, this is a good day to drop by for a game.
Lastly... the next regular meeting of the Fukuyama Gaming Club will be on October 29th. Man, October is a busy month for the FGC!! We'll all be breaking out new army lists, free for the first time in a few months to just play around. Heck, we might even get in some more Widower's Wood or other board games. So stop by if you've got the urge!
And now, back to our Troll / PoM throw down!
Trolls... I feel like I have played Trollkin eight zillion times recently! DTB actually was getting a little snippy with me about writing my victories against the boys in blue, which is, of course, patently ridiculous. I could count the times I've beaten DTB on one hand, while he has crushed my armies beneath his Trolly boots time and time again. So, game on, DTB! We ended up with the Breakdown scenario, so we had two round zones, scoreable by units, connected by a rectangular zone scoreable by warjacks/warbeasts. First person to have 5 more points than their opponent wins! I came up tops on the roll for the game, but I decided to choose my board edge and made DTB go first.
The forces for today's battle!
Army Lists, Trollbloods:
|Calandra's Star Crossed fighters|
Earthborn Dire Troll
Gudrun the Wanderer (in this game, proxied by the Thrullig)
Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunters
Champions Maximum Unit
Sons of Bragg
Army List, Protectorate of Menoth:
|Armies of Execution|
Warcaster: Reznik, the Wrath of Ages
Avatar of Menoth
Blood of Martyrs
Scourge of Heresy
Choir of Menoth, minimum unit
+ Chieftain and Scout
|Setting up a win?|
Setup, Protectorate of Menoth:
|Protectorate sets up|
Advanced Deployment, Trollbloods:
Finally, DTB has some advanced deployment! And by some, I mean... one. One model. Gudrun the Wanderer got placed ahead of the Hunters at the edge of the rubble pit. With pathfinder, the rubble won't bother him, so he's in a great position to get in my way.
|The Soothsayer of the Glimmerwood|
Advanced Deployment, Protectorate:
The Idrians went out front into the pond to screen Reznik from the Hunters and Gudrun. I've never fought against the Wanderer before, and so I'm not sure how much of a threat he is, but better to be safe than sorry when it comes to caster protection. And just to add that little extra bit, the Idrians made him their prey.
Game on, Trollbloods! Let's see if Calandra can see the smack down coming her way!
|DTB's signature rock on face|
As his forces cut a swathe of destruction in the Creator's name, Reznik moved on a small village of Trollkin on the edges of the Glimmerwood. Just as his forces were poised to sweep down on the worshipers of Dhunia, the sound of trees breaking brought him up short. An army of trolls and their kin stepped forward from the shadows of the forest, moving to intercept him. They were led by a woman, and inwardly Reznik was uneasy, as he knew it must be Calandra, a future seer and protector of the area.
Round 1, Trollblood:
The Champs started off the game by running forward, clumping together in three man groups to maintain their defensive line ability. The SOB's ran towards the middle of the board, and Gudrun ran into the rubble. The hunters ran towards the area between the middle and right zones. Calandra put Bullet Dodger on the "Pirate" Mauler (he's modeled with a treasure chest on his base), and the EBDT's animus Earth's Blessing on herself, along with Star Crossed, her signature spell. Then, in DTB's signature move, she failed a charge on the Heirophant for a little extra movement. The non-pirate Mauler (or the Boring Mauler, as I call him) riled and ran, as did the Pirate Mauler and the EBDT.
|Run towards the food, boys!|
The Idrians moved up behind the wall, and a 6 man CRA put three damage onto Gudrun. And then, of course, I made a fatal flaw... instead of finishing off Gudurn, I took shots at the hunters, killing off two of them before making a SECOND MISTAKE by repositioning off of the wall. D'oh! Oh well, time to focus! The Avatar recieved two focus from Menoth and ran into the zone on the side to head off the Champions from having access to my back field. The Revenger runs onto the hill, and the Blood of Martyers ran up behind him. The Guardian ran straight forward, and the Choir moved up, chanting for passage for the Guardian, Blood, and Scourge. The Heirophant moved and put Harmonious Exaltation on Reznik. To finish up, Reznik moved into the pond, put Death March on the Idrians, and Lamentation on himself.
|A little shuffle foot to see who will charge first|
Round 2, Trollblood:
Calandra pulled all the fury on the board up to her full fury score, and upkept Bullet Dodger. Gudrun charged the Idrians and killed three of them. The Hunters walked up to the wall THAT I SHOULD HAVE KEPT, keeping 3 of them back, and shoot 5 Idrians to death. The SOB's ran forward to get into position in the middle of the field, and the Pirate Mauler also ran to lip the zone. The Boring Mauler riled and ran, and the EBDT ran as well. Calandra cast Star Crossed and moved up to keep out of the kill box (some scenerio's have a kill box, which means that your warcaster/ warlock must stay 12" away from all table edges after the second player's second turn). The Champs ended up the turn by running into the left circular zone. One came up to face off with the Avatar, and the others stayed back a little to keep out of the Avatar's killing zone.
|The battle begins!|
All spells upkept! The Idrians wiggled a bit in their Vengence action, and then they took their turn. Learning from my mistake last turn, I pumped two CRA's into Gudrun to wipe him off the board. Success! BUT! Gudrun had a trick up his sleeve. Once a game, when he dies, he just simply comes back to life. Yup. Full health. He's knocked down, which seems like it might be a good thing, but he has a special rule... Feign Death. So he can't be target by ranged attacks while he's knocked down. Oh yeah, or magic. Yeesh! So, he's still alive. The Scourge charged the SOB's, managed to kill off Rhudd. The Revenger moved up, just lipping the left corner of the middle zone.
|Wait, Reznik! You forgot to exult!|
Round 3, Trollbloods:
Calandra again leeched to full fury and upkept Bullet Dodger, and Gudrun took his turn. Standing up, he punked one poor Idrian. The Hunters moved into an L shape along the wall and back, and finished killing off the rest of the Idrians. Calandra moved up and FEATED!!! Oh man, this is not going to be good. I love her feat. It's both totally in her character, and really so much more powerful than people give it credit for. Friendly models in her control range can re-roll 1's and 2's. It's sooo good. So, usually if your opponent needs 6's or 7's to hit and can't boost (like, warrior units), they will miss 3 or 4 out of 10 attacks. But with Calandra's feat, they will pretty much hit every time. Brutal! And of course, DTB made sure that everything was in her feat range, which isn't so hard since her control range is 16"! Okay, here we go... we'll see what's left after he rampages through my troops. Calandra then cast Star Crossed, and put the animus Rage on the Pirate Mauler. The SOB's charged the Choir member the Blood was hiding behind (too bad they can't protect themselves!) and that poor soul died before their mighty attack! The Pirate Mauler walked into combat with the Scourge... One hit... Two hits... Chain Attack Grab and Smash... two additional attacks, and the Scourge became a crumpled can. The other Mauler, unable to run, charge, slam, or trample, in a fit of pique walked over to the Revenger and took out his frustration by utterly destroying it. And as I had feared, the remaining Champs charged at the Avatar and just like that, I was down three jacks. And DTB was up three control points.
|Oof... wait, where did all my jacks go?|
Oh, MAN!! That was bad. DTB is in control of all three zones. If I leave even one unchallenged, he'll pick up another at the end of my turn, and another at the end of his turn, giving him 5 and then win. So... actually, it's not possible, since there is no way for me to get a model that can contest into the left zone. I hereby conceede this game. But before I run out of time, I am going to KILL THAT MAULER!!!!. So, Reznik loaded up the Blood and the Guardian. The Guardian charged the SOB standing in the way of the Blood's charge attack. A critical hit, and the little brat got pitched over into the Mauler, dealing no damage, but getting him well out of the way. The Choir got back into formation and put Battle on the Blood, Reznik activated and put Boundless Charge on the Blood for the additional movement, and then it was time! CHARGE!!! And just like that, with the Hand of Vengence bonus because a friend died within 5", and the bonus from Battle, the Blood chopped up that Mauler into tiny little pieces, before staring down at the knocked down Son of Brag and daring him to make a move.
|That's right! Come at me, brah!|
Victory for Trollbloods! Calandra moved forward fearlessly until she and Reznik were face to face. "Leave," she said, confidence and righteousness resonant in her voice. "I have seen the omens, and you fate lies not within the Glimmerwood." She leaned toward the towering executioner, one hand reaching up to rest on one of the horses, and spoke words to the warcaster that no other could hear. Reznik gave no response to her words, but after a moment, he nodded to her, motioned to his remaining forces, and quit the field, leaving the Glimmerwood far behind.
|Get out of here, human!|
Next post.... the long awaited Warmachine / Hordes Japan Open Team Championship! Wish me luck!