After getting the first proper game under my belt there was a bit of a gap until my next league outing due to work. My mate Tom had finally chosen a faction, USAriadna, and despite taking about 3 months to do it had actually glued together his models, so I was looking forward to getting in some games against him soon. In the meantime I had a couple of league games in Enfield. First up was Seize the Antennas against Robert and his Tohaa.
Inspired by my last game, as well as coming across the list of the winners of the Interplanetario and Lords of Wargaming tournaments [net lists FTW] , I decided to try out the Qapu Kalqi sectorial, and a link team of some of my favourite models, Sekban. I can’t find the exact list as I believe I only used a 4 man [!] link as I didn’t realise how strong the 5 man +3 to BS was. It was something similar to the list below, which is the list I took for my next game. In regards to my opponent’s list I have absolutely no idea what he took, because aliens. I just remember him being a top opponent, very friendly. I actually got to do him a solid as he was rolling smoke on a -3 every time during the first round as he thought it was always speculative fire, before I told him it was actually +3!
I don’t remember a lot about this game as I was absolutely shattered from work, but I managed to hack my home antenna and the middle antenna by turn 2, with the Doctor Plus in the Sekban link getting the job done. For some reason I went into 40k mode and decided to keep my models out of LoS for the last turn, so after a bit of nifty switching of orders from one pool to the other my opponent was able to run up the table and hack the middle objective to win with nary an ARO in sight. FFS. Despite the loss I was really pleased with myself at having been able to use a link pretty effectively. So, a close loss and a close win, not bad considering, but I was languishing towards the bottom of the league.
Game 3 was against Nomads, and Steve, another great opponent. I had been really lucky with the first few blokes I had played, which was really helping develop my love for the game. Scenario was Highly Classified.
Steve was running a pretty punchy Corregidor sectoral list which included an Alguaciles link team with full bells and whistles [missile launcher, HMG and sniper], Hellcats, a Reaktion Zond and Crazy Koalas all over the shop! Again, I had no idea how his stuff worked, which was something I would have to address at some point.
I got to use some of my new terrain [the orange and white MAS building, the white MAS holograms ads, the unpainted Zen Biker Bar, HAB1 building, and Fast Food Stall, and the Antenocitis Workshop cars]. I was beginning to develop a dangerous terrain fetish.
I won the WIP roll and chose deployment. Steve chose to go first, and played a really great turn. By the end of turn 1 I had lost most of my specialists, and quite a few orders, which would make it really hard for me to complete any of the objectives. Both of my Remotes had been taken out, so I couldn’t complete Test Run, and my Hackers and Forward Observers were down, so HVT Designation was out. However my Sekban link was still up, and, most importantly, the heavy rocket launcher.
During my turn 1 the Sekban HRL ended up taking out nearly half of Steve’s army, including the Alguaciles. That thing is an absolute beast with its impact template and fire rolls. Although this made me feel immeasurably better, it didn’t help with completing my objectives.
Turn 2 Steve’s Mobile Brigada went on a bit of a rampage, and Steve scored one of the classifieds [Extreme Prejudice, by stepping on the neck of one of my models]. Here’s the controversial bit. By the beginning of my turn 3 the only classified objective I was potentially able to complete was to doctor someone who was unconscious. However, I had no-one unconscious, and none of Steve’s models in LoS. So, I decided to have my Hawwa sniper jump off the building, go unconscious, and get doctored by a Nasmat, which earned me a draw at 1 point each.
It turns out it’s a moot point as the Hawwa would have had to have rolled a 20 as falling damage works the same as fire, so not just 1 wound. However, I got quite a lot of flack for being ‘gamey’ by doing this. What do you think, ‘gamey’ or not?