LVO 2015 Day 1 – There’s a thousand pretty women waitin’ out there

And they’re all livin’ devil may care

Day 1

If you did not see my list, you can find it here:

https://dzcrollinghot.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/bright-light-city-gonna-set-my-soul/

First game was against a fellow Shaltari player, Martin.  

Here is his list:

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The scenario was Targets of Opportunity, but with a small change. Instead of the normal Objective spread, the objectives were dispersed like the “5” side of a pip die. All the objectives were in large towers, save for one on Martin’s side which was in a medium building. This influenced the early game as he shoved infantry in there trying to get the objective before I leveled it.

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He did manage that and took an Objective off the board first. Meanwhile my own Braves were searching the building on my side, across from the medium building. It would take them a turn longer.

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My Yari went up the middle fast and downed a Spirit, helping to limit his mobility, but he still managed to get two squads of Braves into the center building. This did not bother me as that is why I take Firstborn, who followed them in. While all this is going on I started working on his other, larger, building with objective while also positioning to maybe go in later.  His brick was advancing down the middle, and both our ‘Drakes and Caimans were hanging back taking shots from afar. I also committed my tarantula down the middle which took some choice shots at his Coyote, but to no avail.

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His Yari came screaming down my right flank, but had no targets for their Light Ion Cannons.  I repositioned my Jaguar and later my Coyote to that flank.  He would respond sending his Tarantula there for my Jag, and then his Caiman after my Coyote hopped over.

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My Firstborn chopped three of his four bases of Braves to pieces.  The surviving base was reinforced by another two squads of Braves.  Meanwhile, my Braves had found the first objective on my side and had moved to the other building with objective on my side.  They would begin searching on Turn 4, the central building was being attacked by Firstborn, and the other building on his side would soon come down.  “It’s in the bag,” I thought.

Turn 4, I make my two search rolls needing a 6. No luck, but I wasn’t expecting it. Turn 5, ok, maybe I’ll get it, I need a 5 on one of two dice. Again no luck. Ok guys, no pressure but this is turn 6, you need to find this so it is not a draw. Needing a 4, neither roll is a 4, game draws and VPs make him a victor, 8-12 tournament points (we did not draw in this tournament, but always used KP to determine a victor).

What a bunch of bums!

What a bunch of bums!

What a bummer. Martin was a great opponent and it was a fun battle. He did not search in the central building while fighting the Firstborn. I am not sure if it was intentional or not. If he had searched and found it, there was a moment where he could of assigned four fresh bases of Braves to my four bases of Firstborn and let the fifth base of Braves slip out with the objective. I had units in the area in case this happened, but had the objective got out, I am not sure how this game would have ended, as it would have put it close to his brick.

Moving on from that disappointing loss, I played Solomon, the TO, as we had 7 players the first day and he was playing ringer with a unique Resistance list.  I don’t remember specifics but I think it had only five, if not four BG, one of which was an Air BG with an Archangel Pathfinder. I really hate those things. He of course had an Alexander in Lifthawk, six or eight bases of free riders, and Gun Wagons in Kraken. He had his fighters in a bus splitting a Kraken with Veterans in a second bus, and also a pair of Cyclones I believe. The surprise unit was his twelve drive on Storm Wagons. This unit is a reason I want to play Resistance and it was fun to see them on the table, as no one talks about them. With a full twelve-vehicle squad they gain Devastator 2 and can put a large template anywhere on the map.

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The scenario was Take and Hold, with two objectives close to each player and a Focal Point in a building at the center. I don’t remember specifics of this battle other than his Storm Wagons one-shotted my Caiman and I think my Jaguar (perhaps it was the Coyote). I sent a Spirit up my left flank and managed to get Firstborn into his building which dissuaded him from entering. They were able to find the objective and the Spirit was able to take it off two turns later. I also successfully located my own two objectives and got them off the table. I forget why, but he did not find his other objective. The building in the center had the Alexander peeking out from it, and I think I may have killed it. However, it shook out I won the Focal Point in the center giving me an 8-1 victory, which came to 17-3 tournament points. Solomon’s list was funky, but I know it was just his ringer list – he has beat me with Resistance in the past with some of his meaner lists.  Either that or I am getting better at handling the new Resistance.

Final game of Day 1 was against Kevin, another Shaltari player. Kevin would be unable to complete the tournament and would drop after this game, so I am lucky to have been able to play him. He ran a list very similar to Martin, but he had Tomahawks instead of Tarantula, Kukri, and four squads of Braves, but no Firstborn. The contents of the list were the usual suspects, but the structure of his BGs had my eyebrow cocked. For example the Dreamsnare was with the Tomahawks I believe, and the 2 Jaguars were with the Coyote. We played Bunker assault.

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He sent a Spirit or two with Kukris and Firedrake towards one bunker where my own Kukri failed to shoot the Spirit down in reaction, and his Braves managed to get into the bunker. This wasn’t an issue as I had Firstborn. While that CQB went on my Caiman and Firedrake whittled away at the Kukri. His walkers, Tomahawks, and Caiman formed a firing line stretching from the bunker closest him to the bunker at the opposite corner as the CQB.

There were plenty of buildings between us, so fire between the core of our forcers was limited.  I felt pretty sure my Firstborn would win the bunker they were in, and since they count double while inside, I didn’t think I needed to reinforce that position, so my focus moved to the other bunker. I deployed my Tarantulas and advanced them behind buildings waiting to ambush whatever strayed too close. The Dreamsnare got closest and I went for it, putting it down. The Tarantulas took a lot of return fire, as is usual, but this allowed me to move my Caiman and Coyote closer to the point, as well as Spirits and Edens. In the end I couldn’t remove his Coyote, which would win that bunker. His Jaguars would take the central bunker as I only had a squad of Braves in it and a squad of Firstborn dematerialized at the last minute outside it. My Coyote was gated to the bunker closest to his corner, winning it. The bunker where the CQB had taken place was controlled by my other squad of Firstborn, and the bunker closest to my corner was held by my other squad of Braves. I believe the score was 8-6 and the tournament points were 13-7.

At the close of Day 1, I was a bit miffed that I lost the first game 8-12.  Miffed because my dice failed me, not because of my plan, and also because it was counted as 8-12 and not 10-10.  The way draws were handled days 2 and 3.

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