This Sunday I will be playing in my FLGS’s first session of the Narrative campaign. We got a late start due to only “doing warmachine” once a month and the need to encourage players to join up with the journeyman league.
Alternate worlds is not what I would call a highly competitive venue. Most of us only get to play when the store runs its events. For my particular limitations, this works well since I am not holding anyone back. Unfortunately, to keep people playing, the store runs at very low points values. This first section will be at 15 points—which is just short of a full unit of Man-o-War shock troopers or Malakov and a juggernaut.
I find myself preparing for games more than I used to. I reread the core rules, check discussions and tacticas for my models, and review the scenarios. That last is important since your choice of team (reapers or sewers) gives you different bonus point potential and victory conditions. I chose reaper since I have a newly painted Zerkova 1—which by store standards should put me in for one bonus point. Rorsh and Brine will be my 15-point army along with a decimator and juggernaut. This is…less than ideal but has the virtue of letting me play some new models while putting a lot of threat on the board for such a small force.
I have never played a caster like Z1 before. Kozlov was about as straight forward as they come. Zerkova has lots of tools between cloud walls, boosted sprays, and hex blast. I do not know how useful rod of whispers is going to be in this small a points range but even without grave door she seems to have a strong assassination potential.
My concern is that facing Josh’s protectorate wedge of sadness again ™ or any list with three heavies leaves me at a distinct disadvantage. R&B, for all their mobility, are not especially durable. It feels like my best bet is to ignore the scenario and go straight for assassination unless my opponent brings a decent clump of infantry. Meh, I am going to have to read up on throws and the like again. At least Rorsh comes with a boostable gun. Widowmaker marksman he is not but against mid-level infantry he should hold his own. Also, in the messenger scenario, he’ll be my only solo which may end up killing Brine but could win me the game.
Regardless, this is my list. I shall take to the mountains for Empress and country. I shall unleash freezing death upon my enemies. Woe to those who dare face lady Z’s wrath for they shall learn the truth of the age-old question of how the world ends—in ice, lots of ice.