To induct my new setup, my friend, Chris, came over for his first game of Wrath of Kings. This game was the first game of Wrath of Kings that I have played casually -- my games to-date have all been tournament games. Tournament games are not my first choice, but, so far, they have been the only opportunities I've had to try out the game.
I much prefer a casual game at home, as opposed to what feels to me to be high-pressure, fast-paced tournament games. Not only is a casual game more relaxed, with access to food, booze, and music, but I can ensure that my opponent is a person that I'm going to enjoy spending my time playing with. And, of course, it's a lot easier to accommodate the dogs at home!
|The eager and excited spectators....|
Chris just finished assembling his Hadrossian force. I like how he solved the issue with the "deep-well" bases, by filling the bases with green stuff and then imprinting it with the texture stamps from Happy Seppuku.
Chris' Hadrossian forces were tasked with the Motivation, 'Burn it Down'. His Leaders had to control and Interact with the grey columns, which mark his objectives. Controlling an objective requires having more models within 1" of objective than the opponent does.
Since I was allowed to place one of the columns, I placed it on the chokepoint on the bridge. That ensured at least one of his objectives was out of the water, where the Hadrossians would have had a movement advantage. With very lucky Deployment and Initiative rolls, I was able to swarm the bridge and take control of it right away.
|Teknes swarms the bridge and blockades the first Hadrossian objective.|
The Teknes Motivation was 'Steal Intel'. An Infantry model must individually Interact with an enemy Leader.
|The forces inevitably meet near the Hadrossian objectives. |
|The Teknes vanguard control the Hadrossian objective, hopefully surviving long enough to bait Hadross forces into position for a counterstrike from the main force.|
|Hadross emit a wave of the dreaded, mind-numbing "Resonate" effect, weakening the Teknes forces and strengthening the defenses of the Hadrossian forces. Teknes troops drop like flies, and the game looks grim for the Teknes side. |
The tide has turned!
|Teknes retaliates with its Leaders, who lay down the pain. But with the Leaders wounded, it's anyone's game now.|
|Using some positional trickery with her 'Rescue' capability, a Teknes Defender Lineman (Linewoman?) slips through the fray to Steal Intel from the Hadrossian Gutter Friar. Teknes squeaks out a victory!|
Teknes: 0 points Hadross: -2 points