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Posts Tagged ‘ Legion of Everblight ’

A Legion of distractions

I’ve been looking over my random Warmachine and Hordes models trying to figure out what I have that needs to be painted and I came across my case of Legion of Everblight models. The thing that draws me to Legion, like many others I think, is the awesome beasts. I’m reminded how many Legion casters can run beast heavy effectively.

They’re getting really appealing as a faction to work on because I feel like can play a large number of casters with the models I like and not feel like I’m handicapping myself.

In a less competitive game or with a less competitive group, I wouldn’t care as much but the NJSOBs can’t help but work on competitive lists for the next tournament and in Warmachine a weak list will mean a very short game.

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Gallery: Raek

I decided that I would make my Legion the army I would paint individual models and take my time on.  The first one I did was a Raek, because it’s just a cool model.

I went with a scheme based on a Tyranid army I painted for a Games Day big game when I was working in a GW shop.

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First game with Rahn

I was able to get my first games in with the Retribution.  The first was with Rahn.

I get the feeling I’m really going to like them as an army.

Check out the lists used here.

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Another game with Rhyas(I’ll get this right eventually)

I managed to play another game with Rhyas this past week with the same list. To recap:

Rhyas
Carnivean
Angelius
Nephilim Soldier
2 Shredders
Swamp Gobbers
Shepherd

I played against Jim, another Legion player. I considered trying out another army to avoid the mirror match but Jim made me stick it out.

He played Primal Thagrosh. I remember there being a Carnivean, Seraph, Shredder, 2 Harriers. And a unit of Warmongers.

I advanced, casting occultation on Rhyas and shying away from his carnivean’s 19″ threat range. I took a hill in the middle with a relatively safe distance.

Jim ran a number of beasts up and cast defensive animi.

Note to self: Sprint only works if you kill something. I got so excited about killing something and sprinting back that I forgot to read the rule correctly. Rhyas charged in to the Seraph throwing her full fury at attacks and missed killing it by just a few boxes. Well crap. If I had thrown just a shredder in or popped my feat I world have been golden. Now that I think of it writing this down, I could have popped the feat mid activation when I realized it was. Going to fail. Lesson learned.

The rest of the turn was spend maneuvering the rest of my troops around Rhyas to kill threats and block lanes. I had a free transfer to my Carnivean due to Rapport however.

In Jim’s turn he threw a bunch of stuff at me. 2 of the Warmongers got in range with reach and one got a lucky hit in needing a 9. Jim’s nice play with this was that he ran them first, knowing that they wouldn’t do much else terribly important but if they hit, it would mean the rest of his turn was much easier.

There was some more manuvering but the deathblow came when Thagrosh used his feat to bring back the Seraph, Slipstreamed his Carnivean out of combat and slammed my own Angelius over Rhyas, killing her.

It’s hard to learn a lot from this game as I basically made 2 major mistakes right away and the rest of the game was spent trying to recover from them. So…

1.) Take steps to make sure that Rhyas can kill her target if you want to sprint out. She can dish out a lot of damage but. Bad rolls or simple miscalculation can ruin any plan. The shredders can keep up with her and can lay down some of that initial damage pretty well.

2.) Pop that feat! Rhyas’s feat can make for a great assassination run popping her or a Carnivean or an Angelius in range of a caster with an extra attack but it can also be very effective in getting in that first strike and decimating the opposing army. I probably should have done that in this case.

3.) Rhyas can pop her feat in the middle of her attacks if you find that she needs that extra attack or you decide to shift modes based on good or bad dice rolls. If I had done this, Rhyas would most likely have killed. The Seraph, reaved its focus, been placed, hit something else and sprinted. Away leaving the rest of the army to go on a mad tear rather than having to protect her.

All in all I continue to really enjoy Rhyas. I have yet to be hamstrung by fury management and the moderate support she gives her beasts with Rapport is fun. I feel like I have some better ideas on how to run her after a couple of games and we’ll see if my gamer-ADD will let me stick with her for a while.

I am considering dropping the gobbers. They have a rough time keeping up and occultation and high DEF keeps Rhyas pretty safe.

I would like to try the Raek. It’s a cool model, its animus seems like it would be great on Rhyas and leap with her feat sounds like fun.

’till next time,
EG

Starting Hordes

I’ve been playing Cryx for a year and a half or so and I still love them, but after TempleCon, I’m looking to be a little more relaxed in my gaming before the New England Team Tournament. I told myself I would become really familiar with MkII Cryx, choose 2 complimentary casters and playtest lists for the tournaments at TempleCon starting in January and I did just that. It all felt a little too serious though.

Now, the plan is to start on one of the armies I’ve been collecting models for and have a more relaxed time playing smaller games and learning a new army.

In my choice I had a couple of requirements:

1.) I wanted to use a lot of jacks/beasts. I’ve been playing a lot of infantry with Cryx. I have gotten to use a lot more jacks with MkII and playing Mortenebra but all the same, I wanted that to be a focus.
2.) I was leaning towards Hordes so I could get a better handle on the nuances of the Fury mechanic. I always forget little things like to kill the possible transfer targets first because I’m not familiar enough with the way Hordes plays.
3.) I wanted something in your face. With many Cryx casters, it is very easy to hang in the back of your army. I want a change.
4.) It should be one of the armies I have models for already.
5.) As always, I need to like the models. This is kind of taken care of in #5.

So my options were:
Legion(Are Hordes, have cool beasts)
Trolls(Are Hordes, have cool beasts, not in love with their up front casters)
Skorne(Are Hordes, have cool beasts)
Retribution(Are new, people in our area need practice against them, too much temptation to play a lot of infantry, not all models released)
Khador(Have cool ‘jacks, don’t own many models for them yet)

So as you maybe can see I was sort of torn between Skorne and Legion and I still am, but for the time being at least I went with Legion.

So lots of beasts you say? Sounds like a job for epic Thragrosh but as cool as he is, after hearing about Ultimate Legion doing so well with him and crazy sprays, I was a little put off towards using him. Since everyone loves ninjas I decided Rhyas would be fun to play at the very least.

Now when I started Cryx, no one wanted to play small games. I had to talk people down to 500 from 750, when what I really should have been playing to learn my army better was more like 350. So I decided that I would play 25 point games with my new army. Rather than get sucked into larger games, I would just paint instead. Luckily, a portion of our Resurgence event is 25 and there are a number of people starting new armies/dusting off old armies so people were down.

Here’s the army I tried:
Rhyas
Carnivean
Angelius
Nephilim Soldier
2 Shredders
Shepherd
Swamp Gobbers

Before I get into the games, there is a problem with Rhyas’s feat. It basically says, “After a friendly model damages a model, place the friendly model after boxing the enemy model” It changes conditions mid sentence. There is no official ruling on this but the previous version was “after boxing a model…” so it seems that it was the intention to change it to “damaging” in the whole thing but the second part was missed. I will of course check with my opponent, but this is how I will try to play it in the future. It did cause me some problems.

I played 2 games. The first was against Haley. Gotta say, I’m not a fan but the game was against Sevwal who is a great guy so it was of course enjoyable. I got in there and did some damage but eventually got killed after a failed assassination run.

The second was against Stubbs playing Mortenebra who I know pretty well. I was able to protect against the quick assassination run. I might have been able to take out Mortenebra with the Angelius but the reading of the feat messed me up as I was killing scrap thralls who are removed before they are boxed. If the reading really is after damaged, then it would have worked but it was again, a lot of fun.

Fun Rhyas bits from a Noob:
Rapport on the Carnivean for spraying is pretty cool. RAT 6 helps.
Between the Feat and her own abilities, the Angelius is crazy getting to the opposing caster. Rapport for even more fun.
Even though 1/3 of her spells were essentially useless because I was running almost all beasts, it was still a good time.
It was interesting to use the Fury mechanic myself. Even with a Fury of 5 I think I kept it pretty well together and didn’t once make a threshold check.
I really liked playing a melee caster with a small control area. It forced me to be more aggressive like I wanted.

I will keep everyone updated on the Legion’s progress both playing and painting. I plan on maybe adding a Seraph for slipstream next though I did like the army I used.

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