They say the third time’s a charm… liars! Not for me anyway. The first game Saturday night was a 500 point match-up of my Cygnar against Marc’s Cryx. For some inexplicable reason I chose Stryker as my caster. I’ve never really felt that he was the anti-Cryx caster, and this game certainly did nothing to counter that conviction. But before I get ahead of myself, I give you the lists.
Cygnar – 492 pts (played by me)
Coleman Stryker w/ Lancers x 2, Journeyman w/Charger, Stormguard x 6, Long Gunners x 6, Gun Mage Captain Adept x 1, Stormsmith x 1
Cryx – 495 pts (played by Marc)
Deneghra, Nightwretches x 2, Deathrippers x 2, Defiler x 1, Deathjack x 1, Mechanithralls x 6, Skarlock x 1
Here we see the bulk of the Cygnar force deployed on the road.
I started the second turn by moving a lancer towards the enemy. Stryker activated next and moved closer as well. Stryker started by feating, so all Cygnar models (save the long gunners) benefited from Invincibility.
Stryker also cast Earthquake and succeeded in knocking down a boneturkey and some mechanithralls.
My shooting was rather unspectacular. The charger took down a deathripper, and other than that, there wasn’t a lot of action to speak of.
There is some knockdown action from the Earthquake.
Other mishaps took place during my turn, but I won’t list them at present. Suffice it to say, I was accomplishing very little, and was also playing right into Marc’s hand. I was spread thin, and had no solid core left.
Marc capitalized on this. Here we see Stryker in combat from my turn with a nightwretch. I’ll come back to this in just one minute.
And the mechanithralls piled in. More importantly, Deneghra advanced and popped the Withering. She was going for the kill.
The nightwretch who was engaged by Stryker and the other lancer left combat and circled around behind him. Neither Stryker nor the lancer could get a free strike off on the turkey. He blasted and hit for six points of damage. Although there’s no picture, the Deathjack advanced towards Stryker and cast Scourge. The spell caused 4 damage and knocked Stryker down.
And there you have it. I lost, deservedly so. I spread thin and allowed Marc to take me out one piece at a time. I’m still not convinced that Stryker is as effective at going up against Cryx as some other casters might be (Haley, Caine, and Nemo come to mind). Frankly, I don’t plan on taking Stryker against the Cryx army again anytime soon, so we won’t find out definatively one way or another for some time.
Other Events and Announcements from Saturday Geek Night
After a couple of games of Warmachine (both won by Marc), it was time to change gears. We generally wind down on Saturday nights with a boardgame or two. We started with a game of Mission to Mars, a VSF colonization game of sorts. It’s a real blast, and we laugh a lot (“LOST… IN …SPPAAAAAACEE….”)
Next up is our old stand-by for 2008, Race for the Galaxy. This was the surprise Xmas gift from my wife that just keeps on giving. We are starting to wear the cards out. When you make a game this good, you should be obligated to make the cards out of plastic, wood, or solid steel.
Ken and I have set the date for our first 1000 point game of Warmachine! Here it is, written in blood (read: pencil).
We both have a few models left to finish to play at this level. I have posted the announcement for your scrutiny, in the hopes that fear of public shame may motivate us to meet the date. Oh, and before I forget, the date is Saturday, October 4th. Keep watching kids – you know there’ll be a report. We’ll have Marc on site for witty repartee and photography.
Thanks for reading,