So earlier this week I got my weeks 2 and 3 games in for the IFL league.
I played VS. XV25 (Andrew) for my week 2 game. He was testing out the new eldar and had taken a diverse quantity of models. Our game was objectives, with vanguard deployment.
I rolled at my warlord trait the d3 infiltrators, and ended up infiltrating plague drones and my soulgrinder. After deployment I set up my soulgrinder as pictured in the photo left, and Andrew then wisely blocked off the other place I was going to infiltrate with his infiltrating rangers (I didn't realize infiltrators alternate). I ended up placing my plaguedrones dead center.So this game played out basically with Andrew shooting the crap out of me, and I ran at him full speed with all my tentacle and wobbly bits swinging. After several rounds, I ended up winning on the primary.
One hard lesson which was impressed on me from this game was to not forget what monofiliment does to my I3 models.
My next game was vs. Lbrady, also known as Lee.
Lee noted this was the first time he had ever played vs. a zerg rush type of army like mine, so thought it would be interesting to see how his army handled it. Despite it being his first time playing vs. this kind of list, he handled my army beautifully and came very close to wrecking me completely.
Our game was hammer and anvil, big guns never tire, with 4 objectives (2 in each deployment)
His army was, 2x warscythe lord on barge, 2 squads of warriors in transport barge w/ 2 destruction crypteks, 2 squads of immortals in nightscythes w/ 2x storm crypteks (haywire), 2 annihilation barges, monolith.
|This is the bottom of turn 2. Monolith existed in the diced off area|
the soul grinder is already dead from haywire shots
|Bottom of turn 5, right before Lee started shooting. The nurgle bike|
lord in the bottom right was a blackened smear on the hill after the
annihilation barge was done with him.
There were two key pivots in this game from my perspective. His destroying of my maulerfiends and soul grinder removed a significant portion of my easy to use anti-tank, anti-vehicle, and particularly anti-monolith. So that crippled me from the start. Luckily, my nurgle lord melta-bombed the monolith on turn 2, blowing it up, so I dodged a huge bullet there. I also managed to nock a barge lord out of a transport, which as it turns out later was good, because Lee was not shy about using a fast transport to turboboost into my backfield and contesting / killing my troops with them. Something I had not pondered, but now will watch out for in the future. (see the second photo bottom left).
I had to chase Lee's barge lord all over the board this game.
So on turn 5, I am contesting his objectives with a nugle lord, and nurgle spawn. I'm holding my objectives with cultists, and plaguebearers. I win on turn 5 on the primary of objectives, if Lee forced it to go to secondaries, he wins on Slay the Warlod & First Blood. I had to hope it ended on turn 5, otherwise Lee would be able to clear off my pictured bottom left objective, and take back one or both of his right side objectives letting him win on first or secondary objectives.
I was sweating bullets at this point as you might imagine. I did not want to roll to see if continued, so Lee rolled it, and it ended!
So victory! sort of .. kind of a shallow one for me given the beating I took (and was about to take).
This game was a lot of fun, basically just slugging away at each other. Every turn was devastating to both sides.