Saturday, 17 October 2020

Game 148 - Order of the Brothermark - 2020/10/17

Greetings!

In the second game of Rage of Isolation 2 I played against Michael, the organizer of the event. Michael stepped in for this round as a Bye-buster as one of the players had to withdraw from the tournament.

What is more, Michael decided to use the player's army anyway, which is a challenge in itself, especially when it is a completely new army Michael has never played with before.

I have not had a chance to play against this particular faction under 3rd edition yet either, so it was already very exciting! I was really curious how Order of the Brothermark would look like after the split of the Brotherhood into two, separate army lists.

One would obviously expect some knights to be present but at the same time there were a few, quite tempting options that were not available in the previous version.

Here are the details of the army Michael was commanding this round:

Order of the the Brothermark - Army List

Ogre Palace Guard Horde (OPG), Large Infantry - 235
Ogre Palace Guard Horde (OPG), Large Infantry - 235

Order of the Abyssal Hunt Regiment (AH), Cavalry, Sir Jesse's Boots of Striding, Aegis Fragment - 245
Men-at-Arms Spearmen Regiment (S1), Infantry - 125
Men-at-Arms Spearmen Regiment (S2), Infantry - 125

Villain Skirmishers Troop (S3), Cavalry - 95
Villain Skirmishers Troop (S4), Cavalry - 95

Villain Siege Artillery (SA1), War Engine - 90
Villain Siege Artillery (SA2), War Engine - 90

Exemplar Hunter (H), Hero (Cavalry) - 125
Priest (P), Hero (Infantry), Heal (3) - 75
High Paladin on Dragon (PoD), Hero (Titan), Aegis Fragment - 315

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Game 147 - Forces of Nature - 2020/10/11

 
Greetings!

It's been a much longer break since I last posted a battle report. It was not due to lack of battles to write about as I participated in another local online tournament, played on Universal Battle 2 platform. 

This tournament was organized by Michael and was called Rage of Isolation 2. If you would like to check the full player's pack, here is the link:

Rage of Isolation 2 - Player's Pack

This time we played at 1850 points and as in the previous event, pre-designed maps were randomly chosen for each round. It made sure all participant played on the same battle field. We used online clocks as well, in order to limit the time of the battle and make the experience as close to any regular event. 

There were additional objectives too. Each player had to choose one each game and once the objective was selected, it was not available for the following rounds of the tournament. The objectives were selected in secret so players did not know during the game what is their opponents goal for extra points.

However, the most intriguing changes in comparison to the previous events were about the army selection. First, if you chose a faction that you have never used in the tournaments in the last 2 years - you got extra points. Second, factions were assigned to 5 tiers and depending on which you chose, you could either get bonus points as well, or get some deduced!

The aim was to provide a strong incentive to play with something one has never played before and use armies that may not be as powerful as these that are played with most often. 

I must admit that I almost did not take part in this tournament due to rapidly shrinking amount of spare time for hobby. And because of that I didn't quite thought about what else would I like to use instead of my Elves. In the end, I decided to go with the same army I have always played with, despite the heavy handicap it would mean in the event. 

There are two main reasons I decided to do so. First, it was easier to scale down my existing army and play with what I know. Second, and more importantly, I would have a great opportunity to test my army against armies I have never played before! That was too tempting to overlook so I hoped my opponents would forgive me using the same army as always. 

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Game 146 - Varangur - 2020/05/24

Greetings!

In the last, fourth round of the Rage of Isolation tournament, being played on Universal Battle 2, I played against Michael. The Big Boss and Tournament Organiser himself! If you were following my games from this event you would notice I did not post about the round 3. It is due to the fact that, unfortunately, the game was not played and I moved straight to round 4.

Michael plays with many armies but for this event he chose evil Northern Alliance, i.e. Varangur. It's been a while since I played against this army and I have not yet fought against them under 3rd edition rules. It was great that I had the first hand opportunity to see this army in action.

Michael decided to bring the army that is focused on melee and almost every single unit in it was able to deal a lot of damage in its own. Here are the details

Varangur - Army List

Frostfang Cavalry Horde (FC1), Large Cavalry - 265
Frostfang Cavalry Horde (FC2), Large Cavalry - 265

Huscarl Regiment (H1), Heavy Infantry - 225
Huscarl Regiment (H2), Heavy Infantry - 225

Draugr Regiment (D1), Infantry - 75
Draugr Regiment (D2), Infantry - 75

Reaver Troop (R1), Infantry - 135
Reaver Troop (R2), Infantry - 135
Reaver Troop (R3), Infantry - 135
Reaver Troop (R4), Infantry - 135

Snow Fox Regiment (SF), Swarm - 80

Lord on Frostfang (LoF), Hero (Large Cavalry)Aegis of the ElohiSnow Fox - 215
Magnilde of the Fallen (M). Hero (Heavy Infantry) - 175
Cursed Son (CS), Hero (Heavy Infantry), Mournful BladeMask of the Reaper - 160

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Game 145 - Salamanders - 2020/05/17

Greetings!

In the second round of the Rage of Isolation Universal Battle 2 tournament I had a great pleasure to play against Ben who commanded the army of Salamanders. You may know Ben as Bensome of Direct Misfire fame. If you don't or have not listened to this great podcast yet, you are really missing out! I suggest that you go and check it out, especially that the new episode about Ratkin Army has just been released!

It is not the first time when I had an opportunity to play against Ben as we played against each other at CanCon 2014. Six years ago! Boy, time flies indeed! If you are interested, here is a battle report from the game when we played something different, with a bit different composition of the armies and at the time when it was mandatory for me to include blurry pictures! :)


I was obviously very happy to have a rematch and it was great we played with the "same" armies but in a different system. I am quite lucky that my opponents bring very interesting armies and Ben is no exception! He definitely followed the rule of 2 while composing his force! Here are the details:

Salamanders - Army List

Tyrant Horde (T1), Large Infantry - 240
Tyrant Horde (T2), Large Infantry, Brew of Haste - 260

Kaisenor Lancer Regiment (KL1), Cavalry, Sir Jesse's Boots of Striding - 210
Kaisenor Lancer Regiment (KL2), Cavalry, Mead of Madness - 205

Salamander Ceremonial Guard Regiment (CG1), Heavy Infantry - 160
Salamander Ceremonial Guard Regiment (CG2), Heavy Infantry - 160

Ancient Troop (A), Heavy Infantry - 120
Ghekkotah Warrior Troop (GW1), Infantry - 60
Ghekkotah Warrior Troop (GW2), Infantry - 60

Fire Drake (FD), Titan - 210
Phoenix (P), Titan - 195

Clan Lord on Fire Drake (CL), Hero (Titan), Brew of Sharpness - 335
Herald (H), Hero (Heavy Infantry), Lute of Insatiable Darkness - 85

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Game 144 - Undead - 2020/05/14

Greetings!

Welcome to the first battle report from the online tournament called Rage of Isolation! This even is organised by Michael, who was recently interviewed on Counter Charge podcast about building Kings of War scene in Sydney:


I participated in a similar even Michael organised last year just before the release of 3rd edition of Kings of War. It was a great experience and and I was really happy he decided to do something similar again. 

The games are played over Universal Battle 2 platform, with one week time to arrange your game with your opponent. There are four rounds planned and armies are at 2300 points. However, the composition restrictions are used for 1995 size armies. If you are interested, full player's pack can be found here:


We are currently into 3rd round although I have not played my 3rd game yet. If you want to check the current standing, please follow the link:


There are 18 players participating with quite a diverse armies and you can check the details of the army lists here:


Please note that players are not allowed to change the army lists and need to play all four games with the same force as during the usual event.

In the first round I was paired with Matthew. We have played against each other twice so far and the last time was during CanCon 2020 a few months ago. Matthew decided to bring Undead army this time and I must say when I saw his army list I knew I am about to face a very tough foe!

Undead - Army List

Soul Reaver Infantry Regiment (SR1), Infantry - 250
Soul Reaver Infantry Regiment (SR2), Infantry - 250

Wight Horde* (W1), Large Infantry - 260
Wight Horde* (W2), Large Infantry - 260

Zombie Regiment (Z1), Infantry - 70
Zombie Regiment (Z2), Infantry - 70
Zombie Regiment (Z3), Infantry - 70
Zombie Regiment (Z4), Infantry - 70
Zombie Regiment (Z5), Infantry - 70

Deathpack Regiment (D1), Swarm - 75
Deathpack Regiment (D2), Swarm - 75

Vampire Lord on Undead Dragon (VL1), Hero (Titan), Blade of Slashing, Lightning Bolt (4) - 335
Vampire Lord on Undead Dragon (VL2), Hero (Titan), Lightning Bolt (4) - 330
Revenant King (RK), Hero (Cavalry) Undead HorseSurge (5) - 115


Sunday, 10 May 2020

Game 143 - Trident Realm - 2020/05/10

Greetings!


In the second game at 2300 points per side I played against Jeff again! We were about to submit our army lists for a local online tournament to be played on Universal Battle 2 . More about the tournament in the next battle report :)

I noticed in the past that even if I may not be able to play many games prior to the event, it does pay off to play a game or two. I did not intend to make many changes to the army list but I wanted to see if the items choice and allocation is what I would like to play with during 4-battles tournament. 

Jeff also wanted to have one more game to decide on the final list. But what is also important, we wanted to play with the use of an online chess clock to be used in the tournament. We used the one recommended by Michael, the tournament organiser:


We were allocated 10 minutes each for the deployment, followed by 90 minutes each for the game. It looks like a lot of time in comparison to normal tournament. However, some games on UB2 are done with the use of chat. And even if you are talking directly to your opponent, the online games always take longer for me. I was thus very intrigued and I hoped I would not time out!

Jeff decided to take Trident Realm to the tournament and here is the army he used for this battle (spoiler alert, he made some last minute changes to it before submitting the list to the event):

Trident Realm - Army List


Gigas Horde (G1), Monstrous Infntry - 205
Gigas Horde (G2), Monstrous Infntry - 205

Depth Horror Horde (DH1), Large Infantry - 185
Depth Horror Horde (DH2), Large Infantry - 185
Depth Horror Horde (DH3), Large Infantry - 185
Depth Horror Horde (DH4), Large Infantry - 185

Placoderm Regiment (P1), Infantry - 160
Placoderm Troop (P2), Infantry - 105
Placoderm Troop (P3), Infantry - 105

Tidal Swarm Regiment* (TS), Swarm - 70

Depth Horror Eternal (DHE1), Hero (Large Infantry) - 115
Depth Horror Eternal (DHE2), Hero (Large Infantry) - 115

Naiad Stalker (NS1), Hero (Infantry) - 95
Naiad Stalker (NS2), Hero (Infantry) - 95

Thuul Mythican (TM1), Hero (Infantry), Lightning Bolt (3) - 100
Thuul Mythican (TM1), Hero (Infantry), Lightning Bolt (3) - 100

Naiad Envoy (NE), Hero (Infantry), Lute of Insatiable Darkness

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Game 142 - Sylvan Kin - 2020/04/29

Greetings!

It's been a while since I played against Ed. In fact, exactly 10 games ago! You can read about this battle here:


It was thus about time that we played against each other again! Fortunately for me, despite the fact that Ed is playing quite often these days (at least in from my point of view :)), he was kind enough to save a spot for me in his gaming calendar.

This time, Ed used his Sylvan Kin version of the army that is designed around Forest Shamblers. In addition, we played at 2300 per side. If you are interested, here is the link to the topic Ed writes on KoW Forum where you can check the photos of his growing Sylvan Kin army:


And here are the details of Ed's Sylvan Kin army:

Sylvan Kin - Army List

Forest Shamblers Horde (FS1), Large Infantry - 200
Forest Shamblers Horde (FS2), Large Infantry - 200
Forest Shamblers Horde (FS3), Large Infantry - 200
Forest Shamblers Horde (FS4), Large Infantry - 200

Forest Shamblers Regiment (FS5), Large Infantry - 120
Forest Shamblers Regiment (FS6), Large Infantry - 120
Kindred Archers Regiment (A), Infantry - 120

Wild Gur Panthers* Troop (GP1), Cavalry - 85
Wild Gur Panthers* Troop (GP1), Cavalry - 85

Wiltfather (W), Hero (Monster), Sacred Horn - 315
Tree Herder (TH), Hero (Monster), Mace of Crushing - 265
Forest Warden (FW), Hero (Large Infantry) - 90
Avatar of the Green Lady [1] (GL), Hero (Infantry) - 185
Master Hunter (MH), Hero (Infantry) - 115