Week five of the Animosity Campaign;
“We’ve received a very interesting offer. Ilyana Draketooth, the corsair captain that once threatened Iscarion’s docks, has reached out to us and says that she knows a passage that leads through the underside of Alti’s metalith to the zephyr quartz crystals at its core. Destroy those, she says, and the castle will fall like a pile of bricks. She’s offered to take a strike team of us and the Ruyalar to see it done. It sounds like a good plan, but I’m suspicious. If Caradryas has turned to Alti, then this could be a trap. We cannot afford to lose the manpower if it is, but we also cannot afford to pass up this opportunity if it isn’t. It’s a damn tricky spot, but I’ll leave it to your best judgement.” – Renaya Oathsworn
We played the “Burn and Pillage” battleplan, with my Disciples of Tzeentch attempting to control and destroy the Zephyr quartz crystals for Celadec and preoccupy the Deadblade Dynasty (Soulblight Gravelords) while achieving our true goal: locating and ensnaring the Tome of Eyes.
I added a unit of Tzaangors to provide additional screening options and some much needed melee power to my force. Admittedly, it doesn’t jive with the Eternal Conflagration theme, but I’m still finetuning my army and building models.
I also continued to fine tune my spell selections. Ive found that while I’m generally happy with the spells I have been taking, I wasn’t happy with WHO was taking them. I gave Glimpse the Future to my general so that even if he wasnt in 18″ range to attack, he could still provide value through Destiny Dice. I moved the Bolt of Tzeentch from him to the Fateskimmer, which would (in theory) help me keep him at range until necessary.
Understanding how fragile my leaders are, I tried to be more aware of how I was moving them around the battlefield, while also trying to take advantage of their synergies (Changecaster/Horrors, Ogroid Thaumaturge/Tzaangors). I also wanted to play somewhat defensibly, knowing that if he got in my backfield, he could claim and destroy my objectives.
I posted the Ogroid with the Tzaangors on the left flank to hold the objective and try to prevent a graveyard summon from taking it from my rear. My general took to the center of the field with the flamers and exalted flamer, hoping to use their mobility and range and harrass either flank as needed. I postured the Fateskimmer, horrors, and screamers on the right flank to threaten one of his objectives. His heroes deployed on both flanks.
++ **Narrative Battle** (Chaos – Tzeentch, Eternal Conflagration) [1,490pts] ++
Grand Strategy: Prized Sorcery
Core Battalion: Warlord
Trushraith Mournforce (General), Magister on Disc of Tzeentch [150pts]: 0. Coruscating Flames, 0. Shroud of Warpflame, 3. Glimpse the Future, Arcane Bolt, Mystic Shield, Teeth and Horns, Tzeenchian Runestaff, Warlord – 1-2 Commanders, Warpsteel Sword
Changecaster, [135pts]: 4. Unchecked Mutation, Arcane Bolt, Magical Flames, Mystic Shield, Staff of Change, Warlord – 2-4 Sub-Commanders
Fateskimmer, [180pts]: 1. Bolt of Tzeentch, Arcane Bolt, Lamprey Bites, Magical Flames, Mystic Shield, Ritual Dagger, Staff of Change, Warlord – 2-4 Sub-Commanders
Ogroid Thaumaturge [165pts]: 2. Arcane Suggestion, 2. Secret-eater, Arcane Bolt, Cloven Hooves, Great Horns, Mystic Shield, Thaumaturge Staff, Warlord – 2-4 Sub-Commanders
Flamers [175pts]: 3 Flamers, Flaming Maw, Warpflame
Horrors [215pts]: 10 Pink Horrors, Hornblowers, Icon Bearers, Magical Flames, Taloned Hands, Warlord – 1-2 Troops
Tzaangors [175pts]: 10 Tzaangors, Brayhorns, Icon Bearers, Paired Savage Blades, 2x Tzaangor Mutant, Vicious Beaks
Exalted Flamers [140pts]: Billowing Warpflame, Exalted Flamer, Flaming Maw
Screamers [100pts]: 3 Screamers, Lamprey Bite
Endless Spell: Tome of Eyes [55pts]