That’s the second game we played last week with Bartek. We decided to change warcasters and selected our second lists.
Bartek’s Malekus list:
[Theme] Guardians of the Temple
[Malekus 1] Malekus, the Burning Truth [+30]
– Eye of Truth 
– Reckoner 
Menite Archon 
Vassal Mechanik 
Choir of Menoth (min) 
Flameguard Cleansers (max) 
– Flameguard Cleanser Officer [0(4)]
My Caine1 list:
[Theme] Storm Division
[Caine 1] Lieutenant Allister Caine [+30]
– Reliant 
– Stormclad 
Lieutenant Gwen Keller 
Savio Montero Acosta [0(6)]
Stormblade Captain 
Alexia Ciannor & the Risen 
Stormblade Infantry 
– Stormblade Infantry Officer & Standard 
– Stormblade Infantry Storm Gunner (1) 
In comparison to the previous version (HERE) I got rid of Firefly and a Battle Priest and squeezed Alexia1 in. I value scenario presence more over damage output, so I had to adjust the list and Firefly was the first one to go.
We played Orbits.
I won the roll and decided to go first. I deployed Caine centrally, with Reliant on the left and Stormclad on the right. My both units were all over my deployment.
Bartek deployed his warjacks on the right, Cleansers on the left with an intention to hide them behind the wall and protect them from my feat. Malekus was deployed centrally.
Round 1 Turn 1
Caine cast Snipe on Reliant and Blur on Stormblades. This way I could ensure they would survive their assault attacks, DEF 18 against shooting, especially the unboosted attacks, is something! Alexia & Risen moved up and she crafted a Thrall. Everything else ran forward.
Round 1 Turn 2
Enemy models ran forward, Cleansers took shelter behind the wall hoping that cover granting additional 4 DEF would save them. Warjacks also ran forward. Support pieces stayed a little bit behind.
Round 2 Turn 1
I upkept Blur and dropped Snipe from Reliant. First, Reliant moved forward and shot at Menite Archon, dealing insubstantial damage. Then, Caine moved forward, used his feat and killed all the Cleansers within his control area. Cover or not, I managed to hit and kill all of them. Then, Caine teleported back to safety. Stormblades used Minifeat and ran forward. Stormclad ran to the rectangular zone, outside of 10″ threat range of Eye of Truth. I felt quite confident with my placement… .
Round 2 Turn 2
That’s when I noticed a smirk on Bartek’s face hehe he started to carefully measure distances between various models and decided to go for a caster kill. Trying to kill Caine? Oh, I have never experienced that ;d First, EoT charged my Stormblades. He killed the first one easily and killed the other with his last attack lol. Then, Menite Archon decided to take a free strike from a single Stormblade to get close enough to Caine to grant additional +2 dmg to fire damage. And… he died to my surprisingly high roll. The damage Reliant dealt wasn’t that insubstantial after all 😉 Now it was time for the decisive roll, or at least one of two of them. Reckoner walked up and casually hit Caine with triple sixes. Ouch, not only I got Flare on Caine, but also Caine got severely damaged. Now, Malekus cast Scourge on my warcaster and at this point he needed only a boosted 8, what he rolled easily. Now, it was only a formality, as he cast Open Fire, and EoT’s shot finished my caster. Sleep well, dear Allister ;P
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Well played, Bartek. What a game! There were a couple of lucky rolls on both sides (See Menite Archon lol), but it was a reliable caster kill after all. As soon as Reckoner managed to land his Flare I knew it was over.
To be fair, I went through Malekus’s spell list, but I didn’t connect the dots well enough 😛 Otherwise, I would never leave any model within EoT’s charge range in a position, where he could reach Caine with Scourge. Ehh, lesson learned, be careful or you’d get your caster killed. It’s an important one haha
As for the list, taking Alexia1 definitely felt like an improvement and I’ll keep the list like it is.
Thanks, Bartek, once again for the game. It was really fun!