tirsdag 21. mars 2017

Battle Report #86: Nemo3 vs Makeda1 (Internal Affairs IX #4)

Last round in the tournament! I face another visiting player - Ole Christian is playing Makeda1. I think that Nemo3 will have a good shot at picking apart the army at range, or force an early defensive feat. Maddox seems more iffy, since Makeda will have an easier time holding the feat until we are engaged.

Artificer General Nemo (75 points)

Objective: Bunker
Theme: Storm Division

Artificer General Nemo & Storm Chaser Finch (Nemo3)
* Squire
* Dynamo
* 2x Firefly
* Lancer
Journeyman Warcaster
* Firefly
Major Katherine Laddermore
5+5 Storm Lances

Ole Christian is fit for fight

Archdomina Makeda (75 points)

Archdomina Makeda (Makeda1)
* Basilisk Krea
* Molik Karn
* Titan Gladiator
Mortitheurge Willbreaker
Tyrant Radheim
Legends of Halaak
4 Paingiver Beast Handlers
5 Praetorian Ferox
10 Praetorian Swordsmen
* Praetorian Swordsman Officer & Standard


Makeda goes first. He has skewed heavily towards the left zone, so I place Nemo3 near the left zone. I think my Lances will be able to keep him from scoring for a long time.

 Round 1

His models move up. Quicken goes on the Swordsmen, bringing them up to a decent DEF 15, and with Tough from the Mortitheurge to boot.

My opponent has neglected to measure the threat ranges. Three of the Swordsmen are within 22" of the Lancer, so I switch gears, pull Focus from the Squire, and use all my 8 Focus to cast 2 boosted to hit Chain Lightnings at the Swordsmen. Molik might reach the Lancer, but will get into problems with Control Range and won't be able to Sidestep into Dynamo. I am happy to trade the Lancer for Molik and some Swordsmen anyway.

The net result is that 4 of of the Swordsmen die bottom of 1. A great start!

Round 2

Swordsmen move up. Two Ferox jump on the one Lance I set up as sacrifice, but they fail to break the Arcane Shield. Makeda elects to not feat defensively (if she had, I would probably just have backed out a bit).

Everything is in range so here we go. I feat with Nemo, step into the zone, and the army blasts everything it can. Dynamo solos the Titan Gladiator at range (I elect not go go for Molik due to DEF 13 and Intuition greatly increasing the chance of a broken Multi-Fire chain). I kill two of the Ferox, but my main priority is wiping the left zone since everything is so far away. The Legends, a Swordsman and some Beast Handlers survive.


Round 3

Makeda feats, but has lost too much of her army. I had placed the front Firefly poorly, allowing Molik to side step around and also kill Dynamo. I lose a few Storm Lances but I have a lot of army left.

Again my main priority is to clear the poorly defended left flank, The Legends go down, and the rest of the support is engaged and unlikely to be able to contest. I cast Lightning Shroud on the Lancer and it murders Molik. Good Lancer!


Round 4

Makeda cannot contest.


Cygnar wins by scenario!

Post Mortem

My opponent made some mistakes which helped me a lot here. Makeda should have been closer to the center so that she could cover the left zone better. Usually a heavy skew play is dangerous when going first, since your opponent might get some opportunities.

I think that Nemo3 is pretty good in this matchup. Even if Makeda has sick threat ranges, Nemo's shooting threathens further, and Nemo3 feat turn annihilates all these low ARM models. Possibly I would have had bigger problems if he had done a heavier center push and feated - everything would have been covered, and he would have had better scenario pressure.

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