søndag 2. oktober 2016

Battle Report #3: Haley2 vs Iron Mother Directrix

Third Haley2 game is against Iron Mother Directrix. I have actually never played against Convergence, so I have no idea what is going on.

The Lists


Haley2 Rookie Squad (75 points)


I was happy with the list from last time.

Haley2 (+25)
- Squire (5)
- Defender (16)
- Ironclad (12)
- Thorn (13)
Journeyman Warcaster (4)
- Firefly (8)
Jakes1 (4)
- Thunderhead (20)
Arlan (4)
Ragman (4)
6 Trenchers (10)


Iron Mother Directrix (75 points)


OK. That is a lot of armor and boxes.


Iron Mother (+27)
- Prime Axiom (38)
- Assimilator x3 (48)
- Corollary (6)

Algorithmic Dispersion Optifex (2)
Attunement Servitors (4)
Optifex Directive (4)


Deployment


Incursion and same terrain as the last battle. Iron Mother wins the dice-off and goes first.

He places his forces centrally. I divide my forces in two to go around the forest - Defender and Thorn to grab the left flag, and the brick in the center. Trenchers split up to Smoke in front of both groups.

My main issue here is the pulls that his Prime Axiom can do. Except for that, I have far better threat ranges.


Golden Convergence vs Purple Cygnar. Fight!

Turn 1 



He moves up.

I move up and fire two Accelerated shots into the leftmost Assimilator. He has a bunch of shooting so Deflection goes up.

I place the solos a bit behind the clouds so they cannot be Ground Pounded.


Turn 2


He shoots three of the Trenchers and backs up his heavies.

My opponent's placing is very defensive. I cannot manage to get in both Thunderhead and the Ironclad. Since he has so little infantry I decide to engage his Prime Axiom colossal with Thunderhead, and feat.

We discussed my move afterwards and agreed that it was poor. I should either have killed off an Assimilator, or but the unpushable Thunderhead in the center with the other jacks behind so nothing could be pulled. I do some boxes, but no major damage.

I shoot away two Optifex Directives and the Ironclad and Thorn grabs two flags. The Firefly gets close to the rightmost flag, but is missing an inch. This is something I must remember to measure in the future.

2-0 and Haley has feated, this is looking good.





Turn 3



Iron Mother feats. Prime Axiom goes bananas, pulls in both my other Jacks, murders Thunderhead, and cripples the melee weapons on both the Ironclad and the Defender. The rest of his force does little damage, but tries to contest as well as it can.


Desperate Convergence move to contest

Haley2 time bombs a few defenders and moves his only contesting Assimilator away with Telekinesis. Thorn and the Firefly cleans up around the other flags and Arlan caps the center.


Cygnar wins 5-0 on scenario, Haley2 style!



My esteemed opponent

Post Game Thoughts



I think this matchup is hard for Convergence. While playing defensively blunts my alpha, it also makes it extremely hard for him to contest scenario.

I made a couple of mistakes. I did not need to put the defender within his pull range, it as 13" and I can shoot 16", My thought was to be within range to engage in melee next turn, but of course the pulls made me engage a lot sooner.

Also, I overlooked how good Jakes + Thunderhead is against his pulls, even if my opponent graciously pointed it out before we started playing.

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