16 August 2011

Dire Brackets pDoomy vs Grissel

Grissel and Doomshaper had a long history of being at adds with each other.  Though he didn't like to admit it Hoarluk almost respected her and her unique abilities, it was too bad really that she lacked the ruthlessness needed to help him and his Dire Trolls Survive.  Leaping at the opportunity to show her a thing or two Hoarluk jumped at the opportunity to help her with some Wargames between their forces.  He would teach this so called female fel caller a thing or two once and for all.

She had to admit that Hoarluk was fearsome indeed.  His newfound kinship to the Dire Trolls was both amazing and terrifying.  Needing to understand his ways better and wanting to get some needed experience to her troops she offered up some games with the old Troll.  As they arrayed against each other her heart fell a little seeing her Champion Hero 'Eric The Red' fighting on Horthol's side... she told herself it didn't matter since she would never go down that round again anyway and made special note to walk by Gort the LongRider closest to her to let him know what his first order of business would be.  Eric would learn the hard way it appeared.

Hoarluk Doomshaper, Shaman of the Gnarls (-7)
*Dire Troll Bomber (10)
*Dire Troll Bomber (10)
*Troll Impaler (5)
Fell Caller Hero (3)
Janissa StoneTide (3)
10xKriel Warriors (6)
*3xKriel Warrior Caber Tosser (3)
*Kriel Warrior Standard & Piper (2)
Stone Scribe Chronicler (2)
Trollkin Champion Hero (3)
10xTrollkin Scattergunners (8)
*Scattergunner Officer & Standard (2)

Grissel Bloodsong (*5pts)
* Pyre Troll (5pts)
* Troll Axer (6pts)
Kriel Warriors (Leader and 5 Grunts) (4pts)
* Kriel Warrior Standard Bearer & Piper (2pts)
Krielstone Bearer and 3 Stone Scribes (3pts)
* Krielstone Stone Scribe Elder (1pts)
Pyg Burrowers (Leader and 9 Grunts) (6pts)
Trollkin Fennblades (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts)
* Trollkin Fennblade Officer & Drummer (2pts)
Trollkin Long Riders (Leader and 2 Grunts) (7pts)
Fell Caller Hero (3pts)
Horthol, Long Rider Hero (5pts)
Janissa Stonetide (3pts)

Our board had a 6" forest on each side of the table on each players left hand with two walls right in the middle perpendicular to our deployment and about 12" apart.  Grissel rolled highest and chose to go first.

Grissel ~ He put his Longriders on his right accross from the forest on my side of the table.  His Kreils right in the middle right and Fenns middle left, Pyre Troll on their right side Axer on their left framing in the Stone and Grissel Directly behind the Kriels His Burrowers he would later AD by his forest accross from my Scattergunners.
pDoomy ~ My scattergunners I put opposite from his LR away from my forest to allow them to try and gain a flank, to my dismay he later AD his Burrowers accross from them..  My Kriels I put in the middle but stretched them to the forest.  pDoomy I also put on my left away from his LR Bombers accross from either wall with the Impaler and support solos spread out in back.

Turn 1
Grissel ~ He would run his Kriels right up the middle.  His Burrowers alos ran but not quite thier full distance.  Grissel would dump it all on the stone and hoof the Kriels.  Long Riders advance and Horthol runs up his right side of the table using the forest on my side to keep him well hidden from my ranged.  Stone activates and moves up behind the Kriels with Grissel and Janissa right in the middle of the table with the axer on their left.

Horthol Chuckled at her aggressiveness, she was good he had to admit.  Though she had misjudged slightly.  One of his Bomber's instantly reacted to his prompting as the Impaler increased its range.  The laughter from the Bomber was eery as his exploding kegs landed amist the Pygs.

pDoomy ~ Wondering what I'm going to do with Fenns and burrowers going up that side I decide to allow him the flank on the Horthol side and commit to trying to take out the Burrowers and Fenns.  Far Striked Bomber does his job by killing a Fenn and Three Burrowers.  My Kriels go for the counter jam and I run four of the way up leaving them rest back as far as I can to counter.  My Fel Caller and Hero move to countercharge the LR and Horthol. My scattergunners Advance. pDoomy puts Banishing Ward on the Kriels and Fortune on the Scattergunners.

Turn 2
Grissel ~ His Fenns Vengeance then the Burrowers Burrow.  The stone pops the aura and his Kriels go after mine but in most cases there are no lanes so its a move to attack killing a few Kriels.  Fenns go next charging a couple of Scattergunners the rest are out of range. Horthol runs around the forest going for the flank.  His LR charge one going for a Kriel the other going for my hero that was just a hair too close.  Kriel warrior lives, Hero and LR reduce each other to one wound.  Grissel puts hoof it on the Fenns and moves up a little Janissa walls and Axer frames her in then feats.  Fenns Hoof it up and engage most the Scattergunners. His Pyre lobs at my bomber and lights it on fire and my Krieltough rolls.

Matching her aggressiveness with his own shouldn't have been so unexpected.  Old Doomshaper was crafty though and seemed to beging to exploit every weakness she presented him.  Stepping up a little closer Grissel begain calling her Cacophony to remedy the situation.  Seeing the old Troll try to shake the buzzing from his ears she knew she had at least taken care of his ability to take over her own beasts.

pDoomy ~ I start with my own Kriels who kill a few Kriels.  Bombers toss some bombs taking out one LR and his Kriels all tough their faces off.  Scattergunners start with the two in back that arent engaged and start spraying freeing up their buddies who then return the favor by spraying some more leveling most of the Fenns. pDoomy can't do much so he shifts to the corner of the killbox behind some Scattergunners and Janissa walls. My Fel Caller charges horthol failing the charge by a hair but getting in Horthols way.

Turn 3
Grissel ~ Grissel decides to be a jerk and calls cacapohony again His Kriels and mine change blows again.  His now popped up burrowers go to town on a Bomber and Impaler nearly killing them both. Then his axer finishes them both off along with a couple burrowers.  Horthol fails to kill my Fel Caller but hurts him and his LR finishes off a Kriel and my Hero. 
pDoomy ~ My Scattergunners move around and clear out nearly all the burrowers.  My remaining Kriels take out some of his and get in his LR way.  My Fel Caller dismounts Horthol. My remaining bomber drops one on Janissa reducing her to 1 wound, then she tough rolls. pDoomy shifts around a little and feats.

More annoyed than anything else about disrupting sonic abilities Hoarluk pulled at the strands of magic connecting to Grissel and her beasts.  He would make her pay horribly for attempting to cast any spells near him.  Looking up at her, he saw that she understood what had just happened.  She just set her jaw and called her disrupting Cacophony yet again in defiance.

Turn 4
Grissel ~ Grissel moves up to try and Calamity pDoomy but misjudges the distance so He decides to go after my bomber with his Axer and hurts it a little.  His Pyre lights a few things on fire and the Kriels continue killing each other.  His stone scribes join the fun and put another small dent in my Bomber but are unable to free up the Kriels blocking his LR.  Horthol finishes off the Fel Caller who tough rolls. 
pDoomy ~ This is it so I give it a go.  Scattergunners lay into Grissel hurting her much less than I had hoped.  Doomy charges Grissel and reduces her to four wounds but she still has two fury left on her.  Bomber takes a free strike from the Axer then punches Grissel twice but through transfers neither of her beasts is dead and she remains standing.

Hoarluk could not believe that so many shots from his scatterguns and even swings from his own Staff had not put her into the ground.  He knew he had hurt her, but she still clung to her chance at victory stubbornly.  Hearing his Bomber howl in rage he knew that luck had been on her side as he looked up at her Axer's upraised axe and her own Maul ready to swing in.

With Grissel and her Axer in pDoomy's face and no fury for transfers I conceded him the match.

Grissel just shook her head amazed at his Audacity.  Even in Defeat that old Troll would not yeild her the victory.   She just hoped that something had been learned by all else involved in the mock battle.  Even Eric The Red Fought off a charging Long Rider to seemingly defy her.  Angrily she stomped up to her tent only to come upon Eric.  Eric said nothing to her just nodded Grimly as he handed her a mug of the best ale available.  No dobt brewed by his Pygmy friends the whelp ale was just what she needed.  As she began to refuse him, Eric walked away not even allowing her to chance to refuse the ale.  Not willing to give him the victory she drank the contents of mug in one large group and aimed it at the back of his head... 

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