So, the last match in this VoteWar is here!
Tashin vs. Esco Thomson
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Tashin left, Esco right
Esco has first turn
Lord(Shield, Heartwood Lance, Dragonhelm, Opal Amulet, Virtue of Heroism)
Prophetess(Level 4[Heavens], Warhorse, Dispel Scroll)
Paladin(BSB, Sword of Battle, Armor of Agilulf, Dragonbane Gem)
Paladin(Grail Vow, Lance, Royal Pegasus, The Grail Shield, The Other Trickster’s Shard)
15 x Peasant Bowmen(Braziers) -
15 x Peasant Bowmen(Braziers)
9 x Knights Errant(Full Command, Errantry Banner)
8 x Knights of the Realm(Full Command, Banner of the Eternal Flame)
7 x Knights of the Realm(Full Command, Standard of Discipline)
3 x Pegasus Knights
2 x Trebuchet
Spells: Iceshard Blizzard, Harmonic Convergence, Uranon’s Thunderbolt, Comet of Cassandora
One unit of Archers deploys in the Wizard’s Tower, the other on the line behind the Dwarven Brewhouse, moving up and into the house on my first turn. Trebuchets will deploy towards the back between the tower and the brewhouse, staggered slightly to give a broader arc. Lord and Prophetess will deploy with Discipline Realms, and start below the tower, but within 3” for Loremaster. BSB with Flaming Realms on the upper side of the tower, with Errants above them. Pegasus Hero will deploy on the line right above on my side of the river. Pegasus Knights going above the Errant block, Vanguarding up.
Archers will focus first on the Marauder Horsemen, followed by the Warhounds, and lastly Marauders. Trebuchets will go after the Marauders first, followed up by the Warriors, and Chosen.
Magic will be conservative to minimize Puppet interference. Convergence, Blizzard, and Curse to be used if/when combat ensues to help out. Comets will be aimed about 7” in front of his lines, or dead center should he camp near the well. Thunderbolt on Warriors, Lightning only if he deploys his blocks close enough for bounces. Dispelling will focus on Seizures, and Delusions, and such, using my Scroll when needed.
Pegasus Knights and Pegasus Hero will focus on flying around and eliminating the soft targets, and avoiding charges. Marauder Horsemen, Warhounds, and waiting until the Marauder block has been thinned down, and attempting Flank and Rear Charges there.
Knight blocks will attempt to just avoid combat if possible. The goal will be to utilize superior movement to give me more time to rid him of his support blocks, leaving the small units of Warriors, Warshrine, and Characters. Nothing will over commit itself. When combat is nearing and seems unavoidable, I will combo charge his units, aiming for flanks if possible. My lord will attempt to answer his characters thanks to HKB.
It is worth noting if he tries to deploy towards the top, and bunker up, I will simply bombard the area with Trebuchets, and Comet while staying out of his spell range.
Superior movement coupled with ranged presence should secure the Lady’s favor, and victory.
Tashin landed a Watchtower on the map; however the scenario doesn’t reward anyone for controlling it.
Big thanks to Rising Leviathan and Cannibal God for the VW. Good Luck Tashin.
29x Marauders, MoK, great weapons, full command
12x Chaos Warriors, MoN, halberds, musician, standard w/ Banner of Rage
10x Marauder Horsemen, MoS, flails, light armour, standard, musician
12x Chosen of chaos, MoT, shields, musician, standard w/ Wailing banner, champion w/ favored of the Gods
Exhalted Hero, MoK, Juggernaugth, Dawnstone
Exhalted Hero, BSB, MoT, shield, Armour of Morslieb, steed of chaos
Sorcerer Lord, MoS, lvl 4, Infernal Puppet, Crown of Command, Charmed shield, Necrotic Phylactery, Diabolic Splendor
Alright! In real life this match up wouldn’t have been as doomy looking, as this one is. First of all, Esco has Loremaster on his Prophetess, he has the Dwarven Brewhouse giving him Stubborn, he has the advantage of charge-reach and lances, and last – and probably most threatening in this tournament form – he has Trebuchets and Archers. Now, as I stressed in the last match up, I honestly think that everyone are overrating the damage of warmachines in this specific tournament. Two trebuchets are nasty, and yes they’ll probably kill a dozen Marauders or a handful of Chaos Warriors, but no way in the Chaos Realm are they gonna wipe out any of my units all by themselves!
Also, let me get this final down straight strategy-wise. This fight is NOT about overwhelming my opponent in a straightforward charge, and it is NOT about getting into combat asap. It is all about getting into the right combats and all about minimizing casualties, thereby minimizing Esco’s VP and maximizing my own.
As Esco will probably pray, I’ll have the initiative, and with that in mind I’ll deploy and vanguard my Horsemen directly opposite of the trebuchets, thus with a extremely reckless 16” march move bringing me just a few inch away from a trebuchet in turn 1. That way, I’ll have 1 trebuchet down already after my second turn, halfing his ranged damageoutput.
With the trebuchet damage haltered, I can focus on getting into favourable positioning against Esco’s blocks of knights. This is how it’ll happen. 6 dice on Ecstatic Seizures every single magicphase targeting any unit of knights (pref. not one with the Prophetess in), simply cutting his knight-units down a third with each cast. With just a single successful cast I’ll have reduced his knight units to approximately 5 knights, making them totally useless against my high-strengt, high initiative blocks of Marauders/Chaos Warriors. Also, with Titilating Delusions I’ll be able to draw out weakened Knights.
And here is the most important part of my tactic. The Wyrding Well. By positioning all my blocks 3” from the Well, I’ll be able to regain any lost wounds caused by Esco, and with a reduced knight strength his charge into my tough warshrine/wardsave chosen/5 men wide steadfast marauders, his lances will count for nothing and my counterattack will be devastating.
Esco, Good job.
Voting ends in 72 hours. (3 days)
I would like to thank everyone who have done this VoteWar what it is, everyone who submitted lists, everyone who voted, and last but not the least, @Cannibal God for his excellent maps.