Haley2 vs. Skarre1 – Kraków Round 3

Hello everyone!

After an exciting caster kill run last game, I was eager to play another game. Sadly, I had only 2 hours to my bus to go back to Warsaw, so I had to rush the game a little bit. It would be either a quick win or a spectacular failure. Artur decided to test his Skarre1&Stalkers list against a non-Kara Cygnar list. Normally, he would probably play his other list (Denny), but since I was in a rush, Artur decided to help me by playing models he already had on the table.

Heyo Artur!

Artur’s Skarre1 list:

Cryx
[Theme] Scourge of the Broken Coast

[Skarre 1] Pirate Queen Skarre [+28]
– Stalker [8]
– Stalker [8]
– Stalker [8]
– Stalker [8]
– Stalker [8]
Aiakos, Scourge of the Meredius [0(4)]
– Stalker [8]
– Stalker [8]
General Gerlak Slaughterborn [0(6)]
Severa Blacktide [0(6)]
Satyxis Blood Witches (min) [8]
– Satyxis Blood Hag [4]
Satyxis Gunslingers [7]
Satyxis Raiders (min) [10]
– Satyxis Raider Sea Witch [4]
Satyxis Raiders (min) [10]
– Satyxis Raider Sea Witch [4]

My Haley2 list:

Cygnar
[Theme] Heavy Metal

[Haley 2] Major Victoria Haley [+25]
– Centurion [17]
– Stormclad [17]
– Thorn [13]
– Squire [0(5)]
Captain Arlan Strangewayes [0(4)]
Journeyman Lieutenant Allister Caine [0(5)]
– Thunderhead [20]
Journeyman Warcaster [4]
– Firefly [8]
Field Mechaniks (min) [3]
Storm Strider [18]

We played Invasion.

Deployment

Unfortunately, I lost the roll off, Artur opted to go first, and I got to choose the side. After taking a closer look on the terrain placement, I was quite happy I could pick the side. To my surprise there were 3 rough terrain features: 2 rubbles and a shallow water in between, what combined with lack of pathfinder in my army (apart from BE) would result most probably in a disaster.

Artur deployed his caster on the left side of his deployment, amont Satyxis Raiders. Gun Slingers, Gerlak and Aiakos were placed in the middle, and another unit of Satyxis on the right. His 7 Stalkers were advance deployed later on.

I deployed Strider on the left, Stormclad aiming for the gap between the wall and the forest on the left. Haley, Firefly, Jr and Arlan were deployed in the middle. Thunderhead, Caine0, Centurion and Thorn were deployed slightly closer to the right side.

Deployment

Round 1 Turn 1

Everything ran forward. Some Stalkers took cover behind a building or behind a forest, the rest simply stood in the open. Satyxis safely stayed back.

Round 1 Turn 1

Round 1 Turn 2

Well, I didn’t have any other option but to feat in Round 1. Usually it is not considered to be the best solution, but in this case, I didn’t have a choice. I also noticed that I could take out one of the Stalkers for free, so why shouldn’t I? Thorn ran forward, Haley cast TK on Stalker and TK + TA on Thunderhead then feated 6 Stalkers, Gerlak and one of the Satyxis. Thorn moved back. Caine cast FFE on his jack and Thead advanced 7” forward and wrecked Stalker with 2 of his shots. Storm Strider advanced forward and shot Satyxis, hitting once and killing 2 of them. Jr cast AS on Centurion, who ran forward.

Round 1 Turn 2

Round 2 Turn 1

Artur didn’t want to use his feat defensively, so instead he decided to reposition his army and prepare for the next round. Stalkers on the left remained on their position. Stalkers on the right withdrew to be safe from my charges, one of them remained behind the building. Skarre moved back an inch or two, just within killbox. Satyxis spread across the table, Gerlak took cover behind the building.

Round 2 Turn 1

Round 2 Turn 2

After examining various options, and taking limited time I had under consideration, I decided to go for the caster kill. First off, Thorn ran forward. Haley cast TK on Thorn and he moved another 3” forward to have Skarre within 8”. I had to roll 8 on 2d6 to land TK on Skarre, I missed the first time, but thanks to Squire I rerolled it and hit the spell. I cast TK + TA on Thunderhead. He moved forward and had Skarre within 10” (sadly, Firefly couldn’t get his bubble there). I needed 8 to hit on 3d6 and with Sustained Attack I would be able to hit the rest of the shots automatically. To my despair I missed 3 times! I couldn’t roll 8 on 3d6 three times in a row, what a shame! I still had a Stormclad and a Storm Strider as back up options, there was nothing more I could do. Arlan gave a focus to the Stormclad and it assaulted Skarre. I needed 8 to hit, with a boost after the roll I managed to hit her. I didn’t have enough FOC to boost the damage roll, but I rolled 5,6 – fair enough. Then, Storm Strider advanced, hit his first boosted attack and I rolled 6,5,4 on damage! Skarre had only 1 box left. Second shot also hit, and I rolled 6,6 on the damage roll what was more than enough to kill her! I don’t remember when the last time was I on such a Roller Coaster!

Round 2 Turn 2

Afterthoughts

Wow, I didn’t expect my caster kill run would go downhill and then skyrocket high like that! With miserable Thunderhead’s activation my chances of winning went from around 50% to sth like 4%. Once I committed all my resources, I had to keep my fingers crossed and just roll dice.

If not for my bus back home I would most probably go for the attrition play. I think I would get at least 2 more Stalkers. I would TK my BE, Temporal Acceleration and TK on Thead. BE would take care of the leftmost Stalker, Thead would go straight forward, fry everything in the zone, the one Stalker hiding behind the building and the objective. With Firefly’s help I would most probably remove the objective. Cain would take care of infantry and Spirit Door Thead back and I would score 2 points. Most of Stalkers would be to far to be able to engage and I think that would be the game.

All in all, I had great fun and because Christoph paired down lost his game, I was the only one undefeated after three rounds and I won my first tournament ever! After 12 years of playing Warmachine! I couldn’t be any happier!

I also was truly satisfied with how Haley2 list functioned. I swapped Centurion for Stormclad after the first day, and I think the list was going to stay like that. I cannot have Arcane Shield on two Centurions, so one was enough. Stomclad can charge farther and can deal more damage. I was eager to play this list more!

Cheers,
Piotr

4 comments

  1. Well done Piotr, congrats!!

    I’m also glad that you’re championing Cygnar and doing so well with them! I really like your list and am trying to have a local try it out as well 😀

    1. Thank you for your kind words! Later on, I swapped Jr+Firefly and Mechanics for Alexia1 and Hermit. Although on WTC I found Hermit wasn’t that useful as I thought he would be 😉

    1. Thanks a lot! It’s so good to read comments like this 😉 Have you already tried her out? I recommend adding Alexia1 to the list, it makes it much better!

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