Saturday, January 19, 2013

Skaven v. Tomb Kings Battle Report (Intro)

*Squeek*

Grey Seer Nemo rubbed his paws together and sniffed nervously at the air.

"The Great Horned Rat watches" he muttered, "...so this challenge must be answered".

The "challenge" he referred to was the alarming proximity of many, many, dry-dead things around the fabled Great Green Stone. 

He could see it now, a huge chunk of warpstone on the battlefield where it had fallen many hundreds of full-moons ago. The Great Green Stone held a dread fascination to the Grey Seer (as it did to all his kin). Long had he coveted it - aside from the unfortunate fact that it was located next to an Elf-thing's tower, he felt sure that he and the local Warlord would have carried it into their tunnels moons ago (at which time the Warlord would surely suffer a mysterious accident...leaving the great stone to Nemo alone!)

Although finding it difficult to turn his eyes away from such an enormous potential source of wealth and power, the Seer managed to drag his gaze to his enemy, arrayed in silent (VERY silent) ranks across the battlefield. The seer had never fought these dead-things before (in fact, he avoided fighting wherever possible) but the twitching in his whiskers and the fur standing up on his back told him there was much dark and powerful magic at work among the enemy.

Hearing a sudden increase in the squeaks and critters from the Clanrats gathered round to protect him, he looked again across the field. The enemy was moving as one, in perfect silence, and in perfect step, towards them.

Closing his beady eyes, he began to recite a prayer to the dark, horned Lord...


XXX

This was my second ever game of WFB. It has been a long time coming, as I really only painted models the last couple of years and I had much more opportunity to play 40K. As you will have guessed from above, this was a Tomb Kings match-up at 2,000 points. My opponent has 3-4 games under his belt so like me had little experience. This made for a fun game, with lots of chances to review the rules - although with both of us checking all the time it was quite slow (fine by me!)

My list: Warlord Squeek Vermintide's Horde

Lords:
Grey Seer Nemo (265 pts, Dispel Scroll)

Heroes:
Chieftain Faderife of Black Chasm (72 pts. BSB, Shield)
Warlock Engineer "Boom Boom" Vilekin (95 pts, Level 1 Wizard, Doomrocket)
Plague Priest Pestilich Seep (254 pts, Flail, Plague Furnace)

Core:
x20 Clanrats  - Sness Fellbite's Stabbaz (110 pts, full command)
x30 Clanrats  - Kreep Kraktooth's Kritters  (220 pts Full command + PWM Weapon Team)
x49 Skavenslaves - Tos Bonegibber's ladz (100 pts) (Musician)
x49 Skavenslaves (100 pts) (Musician)

Special:
x30 Plague Monks (255 pts, Plague Banner) 
x5 Gutter Runners - Stabstab Backstikka's gang (90 pts, Slings, Poisoned attacks)
x6 Gutter Runners - Stabstab Backstikka's gang (108 pts, Slings, Poisoned attacks)

Rare:
x1 Warp Lightning Cannon (90 pts)
x1 Warp Lightning Cannon (90 pts)
x1 Doomwheel - Pilot Madcackle (150 pts)

Total Cost: 1999

My opponent's list: Tomb Kings



Lords: (330 pts)
Grand Heirophant Khatep (330pts) (Scroll of the Cursing Word, Liche Staff, Lvl 4 Wizard)

Heroes: (346 pts)
Tomb Prince (192 pts) on Skeleton Chariot. (Spear, Biting Blade, Glittering Scales)
Tomb Prince (154 pts) (Great Weapon, Armour of Destiny)

Core: (665 pts)
x14 Skeleton Archers (84 pts)
x15 Skeleton Archers (90 pts)
x5 Skeleton Chariots (295 pts) (BSB - Banner of Eternal Flame)
x49 Skeleton Warriors (196 pts)

Special: (659 pts)
x1 counts as Khemrian Warsphinx (210 pts)
x3 Necropolis Knights (210 pts)
x19 Tomb Guard (209 pts)

Total Cost: 2000

Not having much experience as a general, there isn't much I can comment on in this list, aside from to say that I believe it was purchased as a set from another player. That might explain the lack of some of the more common items one might expect to see in a TK list, such as a Casket of Souls, and the relatively low number of archers?

Also, doesn't the Sphinx look awesome?

Next time I will post the battle itself, so come back again!

*Squeek*







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