Welcome to the Scrutator Semper Chronicles, a bi-weekly series that will tell the story of campaigns I have played using the ANNIHILATION campaign system for Warmachine and Hordes devised by the very talented Owen Conlan. You’ve already seen the first installment, but I thought an introductory post was in order to show where the series came from. The idea of ANNIHILATION is to show how two armies that clash over a number of battles take casualties and may gain the upper hand on each other by successive victories. At the beginning of the campaign each player makes a list which comprises all of the models that can be taken by that player in the campaign. If you are playing a game of 15 points, followed by a 25, then a 35 point, and a 50 point game to finish, you make a list which comprises 80% of the total 125 points, for a 100 point list. All of your forces have to come out of this ever-diminishing reserve. If any of your troops die, they’re gone for good!
This week on Nemesis, we’re laying a trap. We’ve always been able to set up traps for collosals, but against Haley2 she will trivialise and de-tooth your counterattack. And there isn’t much you can do about it. Butcher3 is an exception. He should get to move 6” in his maintenance phase independent of activations. Even crossing a wreck, you’ll get to where you want to go. Today we are talking about the math, and our assumptions about how the matchup will play out, and where we can expect the pieces to be in relation to each other.
Greetings and salutations!
As a brave and loyal Khadoran, you have heard horror stories of witches since the day you were born. Tales of crows and talons of steel, fables of women eating still beating hearts underneath the light of the three moons, fear and monstrosity in the unknown corners. Today, comrade, we will discuss the greatest of horrors for a stalwart man of the Empire. Today, we discuss the witch of time.
It’s been a while! Life has been hectic! You can believe I was moving house, and work has been hectic, but the truth, the real truth is more reductive.
Not unlike my actual face.
So let’s get back in the driving seat! Let’s dust off and get back on the horse! Let’s …something something wagon? This week we are covering Trollbloods and Retribution of Scyrah. For Troll bloods there are easier answers, as a Troll beast brick is basically unshootable, and very good against Cygnar. So we’ll discuss some other lists with an honourable mention or two.
For Ret I’m going to discuss the subtleties of the ‘easy button’ against two stormwalls. Not that it’s a difficult matchup if you’re careful, but it bears some thought on the matter! Of course, as always, be aware of the assumptions I’ll be making about Haley’s list.
Buenos Nachos Wargamers!
This week we get airborne, with both Legion and Cygnar. Legion have some fun options in this matchup, and I’m going to go with the zanier caster. Meanwhile Cygnar are the mirror match, which is always an awkward proposition. As always, be aware of the assumptions I’ll be making about Haley’s plan.
We’re back to getting time shifted and dodging bullets here on the frontlines this week. Don’t forget to familiarise yourself with the List and its general game plan. It’s not a bad idea to have access to the Major’s rules while you read. Never forget that pods are busted!