Kara Sloan vs. Harbinger – preWTC friendly game

Hello everyone!

The day of preWTC tournament has finally arrived! 9 teams of 5 players gathered to kick each other asses ; p We arrived to Szczyrk on Friday afternoon and I decided to play couple of games more before the main event. Our team consisted of 5 players, 4 of which are members of one of our national teams on WTC this year, the 5th player was Kuba who lives in Norway for some time already. We have met 5? or 6? years ago on one of tournaments in my hometown (Bydgoszcz – a little tongue twister ; P ) and since then we stayed in touch and met several times on various tournaments. Kuba is a great person and very skilled player and sadly we have never managed to play together. I couldn’t let such opportunity pass by! Kuba, back then, had already played around 80 games with Harby winning probably around 95% of them. I didn’t have high hopes for winning it, but at the end of the day it wasn’t the ultimate goal. I wanted to learn as much as possible and have fun! It was Friday evening after all ; )

Keep in mind that this game was played on SR2018 and pre-Oblivion theme forces.

Kuba’s Harbinger list:

Protectorate
[Theme] The Faithful Masses

[Harbinger 1] The Harbinger of Menoth [+27]
– Crusader [10]
– Crusader [10]
– Crusader [10]
– Sanctifier [14]
– Hierophant [3]
Allegiant of the Order of the Fist [3]
Allegiant of the Order of the Fist [3]
Anastasia di Bray [3]
Champion of the Order of the Wall [8]
Champion of the Order of the Wall [8]
Hand of Silence [7]
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon [6]
The Covenant of Menoth [4]
Vassal Mechanik [1]
Vassal Mechanik [1]
Choir of Menoth (min) [4]
Initiates of the Wall [0(7)]
Initiates of the Wall [0(7)]
Initiates of the Wall [7]

My Kara Sloan list:

Cygnar
[Theme] Heavy Metal

[Sloan 1] Captain Kara Sloan [+28]
– Hunter [10]
– Hunter [10]
– Hunter [10]
– Hunter [10]
– Hunter [10]
– Hunter [10]
– Hunter [10]
– Hunter [10]
Captain Arlan Strangewayes [0(4)]
Harlan Versh, Illuminated One [0(4)]
Journeyman Lieutenant Allister Caine [0(5)]
– Ace [10]
Field Mechaniks (min) [3]
Field Mechaniks (max) [5]
Lynus Wesselbaum & Edrea Lloryrr [5]

We played Invasion.

Deployment

I won the roll and took the first turn. I deployed my models as usual, symmetrically in a line, with Ace and Kara in the middle.

Kuba deployed his army evenly, 2 heavy jacks on each side, shield guards all around and Champions on the flanks.

Happy Kuba and our deployed forces

Round 1

I simply ran forward to get my threat ranges as far as possible. Also, I wanted to go a little bit farther on the flanks to be able to see more behind the jacks.

Kuba ran forward and maintained his formation. He hid as many models as possible behind his jacks and made them immune to non-magical shooting.

Round 1

Round 2 Turn 1

I believed that this was the best moment to feat. I could spot some shield guards and other models that I could shoot at and went for it. Kara used her feat and begun the barrage. After all my guns fired Harbinger suffered a lot due to martyrdom in order to save her shield guards. My ultimate goal was to force Kuba to use as many shield guards as possible to weaken the caster and then go for the head. Sadly, that wasn’t the case as it was extremely difficult to damage those pesky Initiates. Harbinger suffered some damage, I managed to dismount two Champions on the flanks and that’s it.

Round 2 Turn 1

Round 2 Turn 2

Kuba simply advanced forward, this time jacks in front and everything behind them. Kuba took advantage of the LOS blocker in the middle of the zone. All three zones were contested. Kuba’s time advantage was ridiculous 😛 Choir continued protecting his jacks from shooting.

Round 2 Turn 2

Round 3 Turn 1

My only chance was to try to use all of the shield guards on one side and then use Ace’s Shadow Fire to ignore the intervening model and aim remaining guns at Harbinger. I was shooting at Initiates and step by step I was getting rid of Shield Guards around Harbinger. I even killed two of them, since Harby already suffered a lot of damage due to martyrdom. Vilmon shield guarded another shot and I had the last chance, last remaining shot to kill Harby with no guards to protect her now. I needed a boosted 11 to hit. She had last couple of damage and maybe a point of focus. If only I could hit… I needed another boosted 10 or 11 to kill her. Sadly, I missed miserably. That was the last chance. I tried to maintain safe distance from his models but contesting the zones meaningfully in the same time was futile.

Round 3 Turn 1

Round 3 Turn 2

Kuba charged in at whatever was in his range and kept Harbinger very safe at the same time. She healed up again, stayed behind the wall and was surrounded by shield guards. There was honestly nothing I could do. I lost only 2 Hunters but the game was essentially over. We agreed to go straight to another match up where I might stand a better chance. Look at the clock lol

Round 3 Turn 2

Afterthoughts

The whole game I had an impression that I was shooting into the void. Nothing was happening 😀 Only in case Protectorate’s player would make a serious mistake I would be able to take the chance and give a try to a plausible caster kill. The only plan that might have worked was to use/kill all of the shield guards next to Harbinger and then try to go for her with some lucky shots. After all I was very close, I needed to roll a boosted 11, well… at least we had good laugh 😉

In the next friendly game we tried Siege1 against Harby and this one was much closer!

Breathtaking statues made by Ice-T of ArcaneSteamStudio (facebook link).

Cheers,
Piotr

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