I plan on playing a bit more Warmachine in 2020. So we decided to kick 2020 off with a 3-man team tournament down south, in Karlsruhe – the Baden Team Cup. Its a 2-day, 5-round event with 18 teams. Pairing rules are the same as at the Heavy Metal Dayz.
Alex, Bartek and I brought Skorne, Trolls and Crucible Guard, respectively. We named our team Jean Pierre-Papin for reasons I still haven’t fully fathomed.
These were my lists:
Round 1 – The “Take a beating on video” game
The event organizers had set up a row of tables with professional video equipment (the main organizer is a camera operator for a film company in his day job) and thought it a good idea to pair us old has beens with the favorites for the tournament win – namely, Robin “the Kid”, Mike “Labla” and Dr. Kellerman himself!
Old WTC vets that they are, they spent about 10 minutes pouring over our lists and deciding on matchups. We handled it the old fashioned way – totally random.
It turned out I had to play against Robin, who brought Minions. We decided on a Rask vs. Syvestro matchup.
You can watch the game here – but beware, its in German:
Alex played vs. Dr. Kellerman, who brought Mercs, Bartek had to play against Skorne. Suffice to say, we took a 0-3 beating in that round.
Round 2 – The “Lets show Cygnar how it is supposed to be played” game
In the next round we got paired against guys from our general vicinity – both geographically and skill-wise.
I got Cygnar, Alex played vs. Cryx and Bartek got Mercs. I dropped Syvestro into Kara Sloan.
I still maintain my opinion that Crucible Guard plays a lot like Cygnar should play. Lots of shooting power, but also good in melee should it get that far. On top of that I had played against Kara Sloan a few weeks earlier and thought I could handle that matchup.
Turns out I couldn’t. At least not as much as I liked.
The first picture is after the end of the first round. I stayed out of range of the Hunters – a mistake. Should have gone in a little further, as he staggered the jacks and I could stayed out of range of most of them. That would have allowed me to threaten more the next round.
He had started, so I feated in the second round and started to kill Hunters, as well as his objective. The BE moved into the zone. The feat was a little underwhelming to be honest. Should have maybe waited another round.
This is at the end of the second.
Eventually he managed to kill the Colossal and I think I eventually clocked myself. Alex lost as well (don’t remember Barteks game) and we lose the round.
I could have played this better. Much better.
Round 3 – The “Oh, so it is possible to win via a scenario blitz” game
Last round for saturday and we got some veterans again. I had Infernals as an opponent, Alex played vs. Mercs, Bartek got Menoth, Harbinger to be specific. At some point Bartek sat there quite catatonic and didn’t know just what to do against Harbinger with his Trolls. So he lost unfortunately. Alex didn’t fare any better against Mercs either, so we lost that round.
Again, this was a matchup I had played a few weeks ago – Syvestro vs. Zatarroth. He started, but went forward only very cautiously.
The picture was taken in the middle of his first turn, the 2 Soulstalkers would be his foremost pieces for his second round as well. We had agreed, that the terrain piece next to the right Soulstalker would be an obstruction – and right after we agreed I promptly forgot.
I moved in position as well, but didn’t shoot at him or anything, just ran/walked forward.
Going from the picture above – in his second turn, he kept the left Soulstalker where it was and moved the right one to the edge of the zone. He feated as well. My colossal was toeing the center zone and I was second player, so in my second turn I looked for ways to score.
And I thought – if I kill both Soulstalkers or at least the left one and slam the right one out of the zone with a Trancer – I can go 5-0.
Syvestro moved up and feated. The far right Trancer charged the Soulstalker, but didn’t hit. Both Dragonbreath cannons shot the left Soulstalker or tried to drift their AOEs in his direction to get -2 ARM on him. The misses caused him to jump around a bit, but stay in the zone and in contesting range of the flag. Second Trancer charged it, hit and did some damage, carefully staying out of counter charge range of a nearby Tormentor.
I am not entirely sure, what it was, but some missed attack caused him to place the Soulstalker deeper into the forest nearer to me. And all of a sudden, he was in charge range of 3 Hellebardiers. They charged and the first charge attack killed it. The other Steelheads killed the objective, the BE moved into that zone and I was up 4-0.
All I needed to do now was remove that second Soulstalker from the zone and I would win. I wanted to charge in the colossal and kill it, then remembered bulldoze and ran it straight up – only to be reminded that there was giant obstruction. Seeing the game all of a sudden slip away, I groaned. My opponent was gracious enough to remind me I could run through my objective and with SPD 8 on the colossal, I pushed the Soulstalker out and had a sort of easy 5-0 win.
Round 4 – The “Well, clock is a thing” game
This time around it was I who got Harbinger to deal with, as Bartek wanted to avoid it two games in a row. He got Constance Blaize, Alex got Zerkova 1.
My opponent chose Harbinger of course, I went with my trusted Syvestro list. He opted to let me start, to avoid the side with all the fire.
I ran everything up as far as I could/dared. Two of the Trancers went into the middle trenches. He moved up cautiously, to keep much of his army in Harbingers martyr range. He tried shooting a Trancer – but the 9-man combined from the Idrians missed it.
I start shooting stuff and slammed a Crusader back, moved everything into the zones and prepared for his retaliation.
Which wasn’t much. Again, he tried a 9-man combined attack on another Trancer. Snake eyes.
And now I had a casterkill on the table. One of his horse paladins stood base to base with his objective, Harbinger behind it. If I moved up the Vulcan far enough, I could get LOS to her.
After a bit deliberating, I decided to go for it. But, old habits die hard. And I take way too much time and clock myself. Harbinger didn’t die either, because I messed up positioning a bit and I should have used the Vulcans weapons differently. It was by no means a guaranteed kill, but I could have engineered way better odds.
Bartek wins, Alex loses – and we are 0 – 4.
Round 5 – The “Final chance to avoid last place” game
Last place was in sight. We played against a team from Saxony – with Skorne, Minions & Retribution.
Alex played vs. Rask, Bartek got Retribution and I had Skorne as my opponent. We settled on Syvestro vs. Makeda 3.
As you can see in the picture, the obstruction in the left zone was placed a bit unfortunately. I won the starting roll and went first, he just stayed on the top side.
I ran everything up as far as I could and switched the clock. He advanced cautiously with Bulwark up and the Krea animus. He parked both Archidons behind the obstruction in the left zone.
A charge from a Trancer and a shot from the colossal killed one Archidon, the BE damaged the second one. I moved up into the zones, as you can see in the following picture.
Makeda moved in, tried to kill Steelheads, but Tough is a thing (and no-knockdown). Hydra killed a few more, not alot else happened.
So now I had a choice – feat and try to kill Makeda, who was standing there with Bulwark & Krea aura up (and an Agonizer behind the Hydra) or feat and try to kill Molik & the Hydra.
I went for the second option. Below you can see the aftermath – the Hydra is dead, Molik lives and I went up 3-1 on CP.
He cleared a way through the Steelheads and past the Vulcan and a few hits later, Syvestro died.
Afterwards he asked why I hadn’t cleared Bulwark & Krea aura with Purification… duh?
I could have killed Makeda easily with something else as well. Move a Steelhead 1 inch in front of her. Move up the Trancer, slam the Steelhead into Makeda – after I have purified off Bulwark.
Proceed to kill Makeda with shots or a charging colossal and win the game.
First tournament of 2020, with a few more to come. I am not entirely happy with the overall result – its never nice to come in last, although we got a lot of prices. Shot glasses. Bourbon. A Skorne battlebox.
Looking back, I could have gone 3-2 personally. Game 3 was lucky – but Games 2, 4 & 5 should have been victories for me, especially Makeda should have died.
I am getting really comfortable with Syvestro and the list has enough potential to get me some wins, if I get my shit together.
I am still very happy with Crucible Guard and I am still all in on them in 2020. Getting them painted and the Belgian Masters XXX are the next projects.
Also – here are a few more pictures from the venue. It was an old slaughterhouse in Karlsruhe. Great location, the organisation was fantastic, the food great and there was pie. Lots of pie!