Haley3 vs. Amon

Hello everyone!

After a weeklong break I wanted to play a single game during our Wednesday Warmachine evening and Jakub agreed to join me. I decided to take Haley3 in Gravediggers, as I wanted to see my Trenchers on the table again and honestly, I didn’t have any idea what I should take for the upcoming WTC training in Krakow. Sadly, Jakub brought Amon on multiple warjacks what foreshadowed a painful match up. Lack of magical attacks and removing Ragman for Alexia2 wasn’t the best way to deal with heavy protectorate jacks. Yet again, my DEF bubble was to be ignored by stacking Synergy, tough life.

Jakub’s Amon list:

Protectorate
[Theme] The Faithful Masses

[Amon 1] High Allegiant Amon Ad-Raza [+29]
– Crusader [10]
– Crusader [10]
– Devout [9]
– Devout [9]
– Devout [9]
– Indictor [14]
– Purifier [8]
– Sanctifier [14]
– Hierophant [3]
Allegiant of the Order of the Fist [3]
Allegiant of the Order of the Fist [3]
Vassal Mechanik [1]
Vassal of Menoth [3]
Choir of Menoth (min) [4]
Choir of Menoth (min) [4]
Initiates of the Wall [0(7)]
Initiates of the Wall [0(7)]
Initiates of the Wall [0(7)]

My Haley3 list:

Cygnar
[Theme] Gravediggers

[Haley 3] Major Prime Victoria Haley [+25]
– Ironclad [12]
– Thorn [13]
Alexia, Mistress of the Witchfire [7]
Captain Maxwell Finn [0(6)]
Commander Anson Hitch [4]
Patrol Dog [2]
Trench Buster [0(5)]
Trench Buster [0(5)]
Trencher Commandos (min) [10]
– Trencher Commando Officer [4]
– Trencher Commando Scattergunner (1) [2]
Trencher Express Team [5]
Trencher Express Team [5]
Trencher Infantry (min) [10]
– Trencher Infantry Rifle Grenadier (2) [4]
Trencher Long Gunners (max) [18]
– Trencher Long Gunner Officer [4]

Alexia2 was proxied with Alexia1 on a large proxy base.

We played Anarchy.

Deployment

Fortunately I won the roll so enemy jacks wouldn’t be in the middle of the table in Round1 ; P I deployed my models heavily on one of the sides, closer to the flag and I put a single Express Team on the other flank to buy me a turn or two of contesting.

Jakub deployed his models in a wide line with jacks and infantry between them.

Deployment

Round 1 Turn 1

I ran forward as far as I could, put both Haleys into the game and cast Tactical Supremacy on Trenchers. There was no need for a cloud wall this turn, so Trenchers repositioned forward.

Round 1 Turn 1

Round 1 Turn 2

Jakub moved his models forward, outside of my charge ranges and Choir gave Shielding on all the jacks making them immune to most of my shooting.

Round 1 Turn 2

Round 2 Turn 1

Commandos on the left moved forward and I sprayed 2 Choir members to death, because of shield guards I couldn’t get more. Trenchers moved forward and put cloud wall in front of my army. Thorn moved forward, and Haley Past cast Force Hammer slamming one of the heavy jacks over a devout dealing some damage to both of them, Thorn couldn’t repo back since that wasn’t Haley3 casting the spell. Trencher Long Gunners spread across the left side of the table.

Round 2 Turn 1

Round 2 Turn 2

Jakub noticed that after giving one of his light jacks an eyeless sight he could charge the forwardmost trencher, and thanks to Overtake move 1” and get to melee with Thorn. He built up Synergy on Commandos (who passed almost all tough checks I could pass) on the left and said Purifier charged in, killed the trencher that didn’t move far enough with reposition and with 3 or 4 attacks he managed to one-round Thorn, ouch. DEF 15 and Dodge didn’t safe my precious jack. One point for Jakub, 0:1.

Round 2 Turn 2

Round 3 Turn 1

Without Thorn, who would be able to disrupt couple of jacks a turn, I found myself in a difficult spot. I decided to charge in with my infantry and see what happens. I was hoping that Alexia2 and her Thralls will show some value too. With no shield guards around I managed to get rid of the leftmost jack pretty easily. Combined charges of Trencher buster, Trenchers and Thralls ensured that another two will bite the dust. I used my feat to convert focus to damage dealt and Haleys contributed a bit. Sadly, another buster and Ironclad couldn’t substantially damage Sanctifier with Fortify on top. Since he is naturally immune to spells, I couldn’t Repudiate the spell away. Things weren’t looking any good, since I couldn’t get rid of Monk contesting my flag, nobody scored.

Round 3 Turn 1

Round 3 Turn 2

With Synergy up Jakub effortlessly managed to push my attack back and kill anything that charged in. I forgot to reposition Alexia and she died miserably. On the other side, Ironclad was no more. I had only couple of models left, I lost most of my melee fighters and all I had was Haleys, Trencher Long Gunners and last survivors of the other units.

Round 3 Turn 2

Round 4 Turn 1

I tried to find an angle to get to Amon, but Sanctifier turns down Incorporeal within 10” (what we realized in the middle of the game) and there was no real hope to get to the warcaster, so we finished as it was.

Round 4 Turn 1

Afterthoughts

That’s not the matchup I would like to play normally, but those were the only lists we took for the evening. Jakub was eager to test his Amon (that was his first attempt and he will be improving the list), and I wanted to play Trenchers so much.

It was playable, but losing Thorn hurt my list a lot. Swapping Ragman for Alexia2 didn’t help, since usually GD list lacks ability to chew through high armour and having Ragman (or Hermit now), or Ayiana is almost a must have.  Next time I will think twice when I will try to “improve” my list ; )

That was my last game before WTC weekend training in Kraków, and I was almost sure I wasn’t going to play Haley3 for some time. I’m simply not experienced enough to manage clock issues while playing a cloud wall and mastering the list requires tons of games.

Cheers,
Piotr

2 comments

    1. That’s correct, I should have been more explicit. My Scattergunner killed 2 Choir members (other models were out of range), but due to shield guards the rest of my unit couldn’t get more models. Sadly, I had only one Scattergunner.

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