Hey folks. Started into Anomaly with a mostly new faction - Retribution.
The club members chose this one for me as it is the faction that I had the least understanding of and a limited choice of. They felt this would give them the most advantages and opportunities for laying a whupping on me. Fair Enough! The faction I had the most concern about was Circle. With so many of my elves toolbox abilities/spells being anti-warjack in specific or reliant on my stealth+pathfinder abilities to allow me to outmaneuver and come from any direction, the Circle seemed to be a natural foil to my lists. This meant I was going to have to think outside the box.....
|The target and his bodyguard...|
He played Baldur+Wold guardian+Lord of the feast+Megalith=18points
I brought Rahn, Phoenix, Manticore, Two Arcanists and Eiryss2=17points
We rolled the Anomaly season scenario with the prisoner cages which was a waste as neither of us had single wound troops to free - so we agreed to ignore these.So I went toe to toe with Andrew and the great blockhead known as Baldur. This was to be a pivotal battle for the local league as Andrew is arguably the best player. My biggest issue was that I knew he would be bringing a Wold Guardian and that my normal Ravyn lists would have a darn hard time busting up the big rocks at only 18points.
I gave Eiryss a TK bump out of cover and charged her at the LOTF. This was a POOR matchup. I hit and did a small amount of damage only to get complettely eradicated in responce the next turn. This seems like a waste of such a useful character but it held up the LOTF for a whole turn and allowed me to shift my weaker models a little to avoid any easy opportunity to use his teleoprt into combat ability. In the end it would turn out to be a crucial move....!
As the Circle moved forward I TK bumped and moved my Myrmidons forward, taking a few shots at Baldur. This went extremely well as my boosted phoenix rolled 6's on all three damage dice! This was of course transferred to the guardian but that was a great chunk to take out of the big rock.
Baldur tried to use his instant forest spell and Wold Guardian to block some lines of sight and charges while readjusting his lines to address the positions of my forces. He tried using some earthspikes etc but little came of it. The LOTF boldly ran forward behind the crates putting himself in a good position to make for an assassination run on Rahn. Rahn in response moved further away and put a sacrificial arcanist between him and the Lord. The Guardian got moved (an spun backwards) just enough that with another TK bump the Manticore had a clear charge on Baldur (man I LOVE TK!!) I laid into him pretty good (arcanist assisted combo Strike) and Baldur found himself wishing he had kept a fury to hand the damage off to the Guardian….. He was still barely alive, however. The Phoenix finished off the Wold Guardian and things were starting to look pretty good.
|If a Wold falls in the forest.....|
What did I learn?