Battle Report 057-059 > 15-35pts Escalation Steamroller Tournament…

It was a hectic Thanksgiving weekend this year. I had to attend 4 music events in a row and I can’t even remember the last time I’ve done that. Regardless a LGS was having a Escalation Tourney and I had to attend because it sounded like a ton of fun. I have never done a tourney like that so I was really interested.

Your allowed only 1 list and you start at the 15 point level with no character warjacks/beasts. After that you build up onto the original list at the 25 and 35 point games. You can then swap your original warjacks/beasts with a character one if you want at the higher point levels. All games were played using the KILLBOX scenario.

ROUND 1 > 15 Points – KHADOR vs PROTECTORATE OF MENOTH

(14 Points)

  • Vlad1
  • Berserker Heavy Warjack
  • The Great Bears
  • Doom Reavers w/Grey Lord Escort

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BATTLE

  • Watching more than 50% of my army catch on FIRE! FIRE FIRE!
  • Khador not killing 1 thing LOL!!!

IN SUMMARY…LOSS!!!

Damn that was a lot of fire! I forgot the Light Warjack he was using but it had a ROF 3 and he had a Vassal of Menoth. So my opponent was basically pumping out 4 AOE 3″ fire shots at my army every round with continuous fire for the cherry on top. It hurt really bad especially when running the “Limousine” with Vlad1 and the Doom Reavers. Bad Idea on my part. My caster got assassinated early due to bad placement and me not checking my control area to make sure he wasn’t close enough to be within charging range with all his movement bonuses from the Choir of Menoth and other spells. I should have swapped my Great Bears with some Widowmakers and the Widowmaker Marksman or Kell Bailoch. Next time I will know better. Need ranged attacks!!!

ROUND 2 > 25 points – KHADOR vs SKORNE

(22 Points)

  • Vlad1
  • Berserker Heavy Warjack
  • The Great Bears
  • Doom Reavers w/Grey Lord Escort
  • Widowmakers
  • Widowmaker Marksman Solo
  • Kell Bailoch

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BATTLE

  • Doom Reavers & Great Bears teaming up to kill of both his Heavy Warbeasts
  • My opponent holding out until it was only his caster left

IN SUMMARY…WIN!!!

My opponent didn’t guess his charge distance right for his Heavy Warbeasts and it cost him dearly. My Doom Reavers and Great Bears dispatched them quickly with minimal losses. His Paingiver Beast Handlers retaliated and were able to take down quite a few of my Doom Reavers. The ANATOMICAL PRECISION ability is pretty bad ass. It’s like like the SNIPER ability but for melee attacks. All my snipers were also able to pick away at his Farrow Brigands while they advanced even when using DIG IN thanks to SIGNS & PORTENTS. I lost quite a lot of units but still had my Berserker to help clean up what I couldn’t hit with ranged combat. This was a pretty fun battle and I really enjoyed learning more about Skorne through combat since I have only played them once before.

ROUND 3 > 35pts – KHADOR vs BLINDWATER CONGREGATION

(35 Points)

  • Vlad1
  • Berserker Heavy Warjack
  • The Great Bears
  • Doom Reavers w/Grey Lord Escort
  • Widowmakers
  • Widowmaker Marksman Solo
  • Kell Bailoch
  • Behemoth Character Heavy Warjack (This is why I was under points in the previous games ;))

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BATTLE

  • All the snipers and Behemoth taking out the Blackhide Wrastler before he could even attack
  • Using my Widowmakers as a tarpit unit to stop some Gatormen from getting the alpha strike on my Doom Reavers
  • My opponents use of Gatormen to overwhelm me on both flanks to close in for the assassination
  • Vlad1 surviving several assassination attempts

IN SUMMARY…WIN!!!

My opponent’s caster was Maelok. So since I started a Blindwater Congregation force myself I was expecting the Incorporeal feat with Gatormen assassination attempt at some point. The key thing I remembered was to make sure there was always some models around Vlad1 so my opponent would not be able to surround Vlad1 with too many Gatormen since they are all on medium sized bases. My Doom Reavers did a lot of damage and were doing a great job at taking out the Gatormen which isn’t easy to do. Armor bonuses for being in melee stacked with Spiny Growth makes them on par with a Khador Warjack’s armor. Ridiculous! Topped with Maelok’s ability to bring back warrior units, it can be a real nightmare to deal with for some forces. My opponent was able to pull over 2 major assassination attempts but he rolled very poorly even with his COLD BLOOD ability which allowed them to re-roll each failed attack. I on the other hand was rolling crazy good when it came to damage during one of my turns, but it was the turn that mattered the most. I ended up using Vlad1’s feat and having the Behemoth walk 8″ up to Maelok and who then pounded him using the Armor Piercing fists. A caster with a medium base? Yes please! This was a really intense game and could have gone either way, but alas the dice gods did not favor my opponent that day. Just remember kiddies, Gators hate WEAPON MASTERS 🙂

TOURNAMENT SUMMARY…

After all the scoring was done I ended up getting 2nd place! I was pleased just being able to pull out a win against the Blindwater Congregation. Anyways this format was super fun I totally encourage you to try it out. I am definitely looking forward to more non-standard Steamroller events like this in the future!

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