Location: The Dong Peyote, Wotan Blockade
Time: day twenty nine
Theater: Dong Peyote Repurposed Freighter
Special Rules: 'The Dong Peyote'
Game size: 250pts.
For this fine battle I decided to dump the usual Intruder + smoke combo in favour of a new trick. I asked my opponent if he let me use the 'Dong Peyote' miniature, prepared just for the sake of Strikezone: Wotan and was granted a 'go for it'. I restrained myself from building a list around the new character and decided to cut out enough of my usual 300pts. list to be able to field him, leaving the feel of the list intact.
So, there was the usual stuff like Interventor LT, which I find to work miracles, especially as a potent HD+ hacker. Be it defensive, secured Cybermasked LT, support with LT orders at his disposal, or even offensive hacker with chunky WIP and BTS, not to mention an arsenal of very good programs at his disposal.
Total Reaktion Zond is also a simple choice with it's low points cost, Climbing Plus and ability to be Marksman L2 buffed by a hacker. Mobile HMG to snipe enemy targets - a very potent offensive piece.
A single Moran Maasai Hunter is new to me, as I usually field two of these. Still in this particular case I dumped one in favour of a cheaper Zero Minelayer, fielding two of the latter to deal with potential enemy Camo and spam the map with my Camo Markers, playing mind games with my opponent.
Single Chainguar as a potent corner ARO piece or a good, reliable counter.
Some Transductor Zonds to provide cheap orders and Mimetised, high BS (WIP) ARO pieces.
A Daktari with a Zondbot on top, to keep most of these guys afloat.
MSR Spektr in second group to be used as a surprise ARO piece, and then maybe to eliminate easy targets in active turn.
Three Morlocks to provide smoke cover and exploid openings in enemy defenses.
This left me with 41 points to be used on the Dong Peyote - a surprise attack piece, that had to outperform it's big cost in order to help me achieve victory.
“Fear not Human Sphere – Dong Peyote is here!” Is a phrase that the Dong Peyote uses to announce himself, once he plunges balls deep into enemy lines! He strikes from behind, but not like a shadow - No! He goes hard, guns blazing, fists dealing punches and cock-rocket trailing clouds of smoke as it launches itself to deal tremendous damage! He cares not for the outcome, but for the performance itself! To adorn the Nomad mask and die in a blaze of glory is the ultimate reward!
As a side note - you can visit this link: http://scarhandpainting.com/dong-peyote-special-project/ to learn more about the Dong Peyote. There's also a full gallery: http://scarhandpainting.com/gallery/dong-peyote-special-project/
In my experience Karol grasps the 'tricks' of the game very well. He loves to use shenanigans like TO Camo to surprise me. He tends to reveal his TO Camoed troops in unpredictable spots to deal major damage to my list. Then, just as I feel secure and drop my guard, he pops out another TO Camoed troop and prooves me wrong. On top of that he usually goes heavy on his deployment zone, keeping troops far away from my Nomads and then unleashing them in waves, using Coordinated Orders. Aaaand he likes snipers.
His list, which I know now, is just that. Two Tuaregs to mess me up. One Janissary HMG Heavy Hitter, some versatile troops to be coordinated with him. Lasiq sniper. Some orders to fuel this. A Doctor Plus on top cause it's just awesome and tends to come back to live with his Auto Medicit time and time again.
I asked Karol to add a note about his list himself - he will do this in time and I will edit the Batrep with it - am curious of his point of view :)
I won the roll off with a Critical pass of the LT's WIP of 15. Needless to say that the gods of dice were just as eager to see me using the Dong Peyote as I was myself. Still I decided to forfeit the initiative in favour of luring my opponent to spread his troops, thus enabling me to use the Dong to his full potential and carve a deep path to gloory.
HAQQISLAM TURN ONE:
I used a Command Token to deny Karol the use of more than one of these at his first turn. No more rushing at me with half his troops with the damned Coordinated Orders.
Haqqislam forces opened up with just that - a Coordinated Order, which saw a Janissary, two Ghulams and Khawarij advance. (It took me a while before I decided to reveal a TO Camoed trooper in first order of the first turn... but...) Out of thin air a Spektr MSR appeared to put a bullet through the head of the leading Ghulam. The latter fell to the ground, bleeding and unconcious.
Just like in the 'Enemy at the gates' a Lasiq sniper sprang instantly from behind cover to try and deal with this new ARO threat. Unfortunatelly for Lasiq he failed in three attempts in a raw. With his final shot he managed to hit the Spektr, who shrugged the bullet off and used a failed Guts Roll to hide behind solid cover, thus denying the kill.
Zhayedan Doctor+ saw the opening, rushed to try to heal the fallen Ghulam but his medikit sent the poor guy into overdose - the Ghulam died.
In meantime a Camo token (Farzan, which was not known to me at the time) moved closer to Nomad lines in preparation for future outflank options...
NOMADS TURN ONE:
The Haqqislam's 'behind' was pretty well defended, thus the Mighty Dong Peyote withheld his entrance for just one more turn. Instead a Moran Maasai Hunter advanced forward to sneak close to enemy troops rounded up on top and behind a small building. A Repeater and a Crazy Koala in range of both a Lasiq and Janissary meant a potentially good outcome for the Nomads in this part of the table.
A Morlock burst into action, using his 8-4 Metachemistry move to cover entire battlefield, jump out from around a corner and basked both the Zhayedan Doctor Plus and the HMG Janissary in a warm light from his flashlight, cause for unknown reason - he took a flashlight instead of a Chainrifle. The sassy targets stood there, mouths agape, then peppered the Morlock with enough bullets to turn him into a strainer.
A loud facepalm announced the Spektr comming out of his cover just in time to witness the Morlock's demise. With no targets in sight he just prepared for another turn of ARO.
A Transductor Zond moved in, closed on the enemy HVT and let it's Repeater be used by Interventor LT's Order to Spotlight the Civilian.
The turn closing to an end, a Zero Minelayer, moved forward, mined the area and then went back to being Camoed, just to mess the Haqq's up with the ammount of Camo Markers laying around.
Last order of the turn was spent on a Morlock, who advanced through the middle of the board, just to be stopped by an appearance of a Tuareg AHD's shot. If not for a splendid reflex of the Morlock and a Smoke Grenade throw that smoked the entire area around him - he might got killed...
HAQQISLAM TURN TWO:
With a Moran and a Crazy Koala covering the Lasiq, a Janissary opened up in a try to deal with both of these threats at once. On top of Crazy Koala bursting into action, the Moran replied with a Boarding Shotgun blast, all the while Interventor LT Oblivioned the Janissary through the Moran's Repeater. Janissary reacted, sending four HMG bullets in Moran's direction. Bad luck befell him, as he ate up all three ARO's and failed to do any damage to the Moran. He was as good as done, going to Unconcious.
Crazy Koala gone, a Tuareg Sniper appeared over the spot where the Lasiq was hiding and shot the shocked Spektr to unconcious. He then continued trying to take out a Transductor Zond from HVT's range, but failed spectacularly in four orders. He took out a Morlock standing nearby the Zond instead, this one falling to Unconcious without complaints.
AHD Tuareg moved forward, avoiding the Mines nearby, by moving prone. He slowly closed in on the Nomad Interventor LT and hacked to isolate him, but in typical 'against an Interventor' situation, he got Sucker Punched to unconcious in return...
NOMADS TURN TWO:
The last of the Morlocks rushed in the direction of the closest enemy. A Camoed Farzan withheld his ARO not to eat up a mine, that layed nearby and basked in the sun. The Morlock, being the last one of his entire group, spent his Irregular Order, Discovering then Shooting the Farzan, who to his surprise, Dodged both the pistol shot and a mine on a Crit...
That triggered me. With a loud announcement of "Fear not Human Sphere – Dong Peyote is here!" I put my 'dong' on the board...
In a whirlwind of blasts, punches and a cock rocket shots The Mighty Dong Peyote entered the board...
With a kill count worth of four enemy troops and 78 total points, entire order pool spent, the Mighty Dong Peyote finally succumbed to his wounds and died, but not before he screamed #Hoooodoooong! in a Braveheart style, with his last breath...
Wiping the teatrs from his eyes, the Interventor LT used his order to Spotlight the enemy HVT, thus honoured the fallen hero, ensuring a fulfillment of the Classyfied Objective...
HAQQISLAM TURN THREE:
Loosing four troops, LT among them, was a blow to Haqqislammers. Farzan took over command and advanced to enact revenge. He shot the versatile Transductor Zond in the back and closed in on the Nomads.
Just as usual, the Zhayedan Doctor Plus got up with an auto-medikit (he always does!) and took a defensive position, along with Lasiq and Tuareg Snipers.
Haqqislam troops braced for the last Nomad turn to come...
NOMADS TURN THREE:
Last Nomads turn was a real massacre. Interventor LT buffed the Total Reaktion Zond with Marksman L2 and let it loose on the enemy.
The berzerk Zond moved right through the Nomad Deployment Zone, taking out Zhayedan Doctor Plus from behind a cover. Next to fall was the Farzan, peppered with bullets, instantly dead. Lasiq followed short. Tuareg sniper - last to face the Zond - performed a bit better, goping through the first wave of shots without a scratch. He fell down in next order tho. Being the last Haqqislam warrior on the board, Tuareg delivered the last points to the Nomads score...
Once the dust settled down the remaining Nomad forces swiped the area. This was a fine victory of 9:1 for the Nomads, but not without a cost. The mighty hero who appeared on the battlefield at the time of the direst need and turned the tables on the Haqqislammers got killed. Strangely, his body was not found among the dead...