Last night's game was probably the most fun I've had with AT so far. I think that's because the forces were asymmetric. So it felt like a proper match up, rather than training. Although it was my opponent's first ever game he knew the rules better than me! A non-blurry deployment photo:
My 1000 points were made up of my reaver, a warhound with VMB & TLD and the newly christened Incandescent Midnight, armed with a plasma blastgun and inferno gun. He's the 'hound on the middle right and the newest fruit of my labour. Although his carapace & leg plates aren't finished yet.
My opponent took a reaver, warlord and warhound. So we both had legal maniples, but again eschewed maniple rules, Legio traits and also stratagems. My opponent has done a lovely job of getting his entire Grand Master set painted. It was a real treat to see the GW terrain on the table. As you can see, we used a lot more than last week. There are plenty of clear lanes of fire, and paths across the board for every titan class, but it means that manoeuvring and positioning became a crucial part of the game.
I'm still trying to find the right level of aggression for AT. In this game I did most of the manoeuvring and basically split my forces into two flank rushes. After two turns, this is how things looked:
On my left, my cerastus and Incandescent Midnight rushed forwards. Due to my poor positioning in turn 1, the knights got in the way of the titan and the 'hound got blasted by the enemy warlord. He survived and got out of the line of fire here. On my right, our respective reavers, who were symmetrically armed, engaged in a duel whilst my warhound rushed forwards. My reaver got the better of it and put some heavy damage to his foe's legs. I made the same mistake I keep repeating; getting my order activation wrong. I'd given my reaver first fire orders to try and finish of his foe, but then chose to move my knights first in turn 2. This meant that the enemy reaver got to waddle sideways into cover. The upshot being that it survived an extra turn.
As you might guess from the above left photo, the enemy warhound & warlord unloaded everything on my cerastus knights. Those little fellas are tough! They only killed one of them, leaving the second damaged.
Turn 3 saw this happen:
I was very happy! If I'm remembering rightly, my knights got up in the enemy warhound's grill. And then got wiped out. They'd tied up two titans for a couple of turns, so I was quite proud of them!
By this point:
I think we might have been on turn 5. My warhound on the left was doing his best to survive. That resulted in him being crammed up against the edge of the board and me messing up activation order and all sorts. Meanwhile, my reaver & other 'hound repositioned around the tower in the middle of the board.
The final stages of the battle saw the enemy 'hound circling around Incandescent Midnight and them going toe-to-toe. At one point I had to use emergency repairs to get IM's shields back up and then turn to face the enemy. So we had my titan with shields unable to fire facing the enemy titan without shields who could! On turn 6, which we decided to call the final one, this happened:
Incandescent Midnight used his inferno gun to drop the enemy shields and then fired his blastgun on MAXIMAL POWER! Two hits to the head lead to two devastating hits and two criticals! It was awesome! Then my reaver used his missile launcher to target the heat and blew the titan clean away! I loved that the head was magnetised and could be removed
This is the final state of play:
Right up until the end I'd have called it a draw. But I got some horrendously good luck on void saves and armour rolls in the last couple of turns. So it turned into a nice win. None of my titans had any shields left and the righthand warhound had some damage to his body due to a reactor overheat.
Stuff I learnt from this game:
(1) warlords are tough, its tough to get the shields down and even tougher to damage them.
(2) I need to pay more attention to activation orders in EVERY phase.
(3) a coherent plan works better than charging into a Ferrox light maniple
(4) the mega gattling blaster thingy warlord weapon is a lot better than I thought.
Edited by Achinadav, 28 August 2019 - 08:21 PM.