So, another week, another BatRep. This time I played against James with his Steel Phalanx ALEPH list. (Last week was against Garth, and went so badly I'd rather not talk about it). This time we played Nimbus Zone, in preparation for the upcoming tourney. The key objectives are to disable antennas, steal data, and control consoles at the end of the game.
…the dice just hated me.
Army lists will be at the end of the BatRep, as usual.
The shot misses.
This would wind up being the move that essentially won me the game. It broke the Enomotarchos link by Isolating the link leader, and due to the specialist (hacker) also being Isolated, she was down to a single order each turn, and was well away from any other objectives.
…with the chain rifle Myrmidon.
Who tries his hand at pistol marksmanship against a long range TO
Camo target (my Proxy mk 2). He misses, and she misses her return shot.
The Agema missile launcher, however, blasts him into itty-bitty pieces.
Unfortunately for me, James's Agema passes both additional armour saves, meaning he's only unconscious, not dead.
Two TR bots enter, one TR bot leaves.
…James rolled well, but just slightly low. I rolled slightly better, scrapping his bot. The problem was it was a fair fight, and he couldn't stack advantages against me.
This then gives his officer a clean run up to my DZ. Now things are looking a little hairy.
But that was his last order, and now that officer is swinging in the wind.
The Asura shoots, wounding only once, but taking a Nanopulser blast in return, which also wounds my officer and the helper bot next to them.
Ignoring the officer as a losing game for now, I go back for objectives, taking the first data pack from the left hand console with my Proxy mk 5.
On the right flank (which I did not get pictures of …oops) my Proxy mk 2 Carbonited Achilles, stole the data from the right hand console, and then wailed on Achilles with AP rounds from her shotgun, wounding him twice.
The Asura's unopposed DA ammo shot finally kills the officer. There is something to be said for having MSV 3 and engaging at point blank/
Said push comes courtesy of my slow moving—but still useful, and more surprisingly, still alive—EVO bot. Which runs, climbs the main building, and downloads the final data pack from the central console.
The final score was 6-0, in my favour. James, I feel, was let down by two key factors (aside from his terrible rolls). The first is that he didn't deploy his reactive pieces—the twin Agemas—where they could effectively cover each other, allowing me to pick off the only one truly threatening my position. The second factor is that he didn't as aggressively as he could have with Achilles, especially if he'd chosen to run through the middle and engage at short range, instead of trying to snipe from the flanks that my reaction pieces had covered.
I know I got very lucky with that E/M grenade, as it's never a reliable tactic. My Dasyu may also have been deployed poorly, though she had good sight lines from that rear corner, she never really used them—but that may also be because I didn't feel I needed to reveal her until quite late. Additionally, the firefight in the middle of my DZ with James's officer could have gone better if I'd given it a little more thought, perhaps dodging first, then using a fresh order to fire once everyone was safely split up.
All in all, however, this list works really well, and is only a slight variation on my favourite list from N2 (having only added the missile Agema in place of an FO Naga).
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