We held a grudge match of my Marcus crew versus his Rasputina crew. The last game we played resulted in a hard-fought, nail-biting tie. So the two crews were spoiling for another fight.
We used my made-for-Malifaux Terraclips terrain set, Streets of Malifaux. This is the first time that I've finally used this terrain, having purchased it 3 years ago! This is exactly the kind of terrain that I want to have for the canal district that I've been developing as a side project. Something that adds more 3-dimensionality to a skirmish game, with lots of catwalks and nooks and crannies. I'm building a similar concept for 40K, but an industrial theme instead.
Start of game
We have a standard deployment 12" from the centerline. The strategy is Turf War -- basically "king of the hill". Have two models within 6" of center to score one victory point per turn, beginning at the end of Turn 2.
Rasputina is on the left; Marcus is on the right. For those who know Malifaux, the 5 Schemes to choose from were:
- Line in the Sand (Rasputina, Marcus)
- Breakthrough (Rasputina)
- Protect Territory
- Plant Explosives
- Frame for Murder
|Rasputina with her evil, sidekick Wendigo. Plus two Ice Gamins and a Silent One.|
|Three December Acolytes were forward-deployed to the centerline.|
|Marcus, Myranda, the Jackalope, Sabertooth Cerberus, 2 Silurids, and 1 Moleman. Plus another Silurid & Moleman pair deployed on the left flank.|
With the December Acolytes forward-deployed, the action started right away. This picture fails to show all the action that happened at the top of photo, where 4 models immediately engaged in furious combat. It took a Sabertooth Cerberus to finish the task of dispatching a tenacious December Acolyte.
I made the same mistake on the first move of this game as I did the last time we had this match-up. Tempted by the proximity of the December Acolyte, I needlessly jumped it with a Silurid, just because I "thought it would be fun". It was fun, but it was no longer fun when he got squished, and the realization sunk in that I had needlessly sacrificed not only a useful resource, but an activation as well. Same as last time. It was even a Silurid the last time. You know what they say, when you repeat the same behavior and expect different results....
|The dead pool.|
In the foreground, the rest of Marcus' crew has stacked manpower against the threat on Marcus' left flank. Marcus used +3 to his Walk to zip him 24" from the opposite side of the table! It's a risk for Marcus, if Rasputina wins Initiative on Turn 2. The Wendigo could theoretically Devour Marcus and remove my Master from the game!
Rasputina won Initiative with a 13! But Rasputina's activation went towards a different threat than Marcus. Whew! That left Marcus free to deal with the Wendigo. Pumping up his Shillelagh into a 4/4/6 beat-stick, he stomped the Wendigo with a Red Joker on the first attack! Which left 2 Actions to actually Charge the December Acolyte and whop her on the head, scoring two kills in one Activation! This is the first time I've seen Marcus actually work a full offensive beat-down. The field was re-leveled, after losing the Silurid.
Meanwhile, Myranda made a move for the center courtyard, in order to claim the objective. She wanted to transform into the great white ape, Cojo, but she was underneath the bridge, and she couldn't fit Cojo's Height 3 form under the Height 2 bridge! So she transformed into a Sabertooth Cerberus instead, to replace the first one, which had just been killed.
Along the way, a Silurid Plants Explosives and scores 2 victory points!
Marcus' luck totally reverses. Bearing a constant onslaught of attacks, and despite spending his Soulstones fairly wisely, he eventually falls, due in part to a vicious series of 3 Aces and the Black Joker.
Sabertooth Cerberus goes on a suicide run, to shut down Rasputina's devastating spells, buying time for the Silurid and the Molemen to concentrate on Line in the Sand.
|A Moleman "Digs In", desperately holding on to his last remaining health point.|
A December Acolyte makes a desperate run to attempt the Breakthrough mission, but the resurrected Jackalope intercepts the Acolyte and spoils her plans.
All of Marcus' crew is dead except one resolute Moleman! But...Line in the Sand is achieved and Marcus' crew pull out the win 7-4!
|<sung to Queen> We are the Champions!|
|A photo I submitted to Wyrd's Summer Painting Challenge (now finished, so I may now post the photo)|