Warhammer: Age of Sigmar - Digest 004
Well, the armies are not quite painted (I am more behind on this than Jason), but we wanted to get our first game in regardless. So it was a standoff between the Flesh Eater Courts (Jason) vs Nighthaunts (Justin).
From the get go, Jason’s setup and plan was much better than mine. I had initially planned to come down the right side to capture the house objective there, but well… no plan survives contact with the enemy, right Helmuth von Moltke?
Looking back, I made a really dumb decision by letting him go first here. Part of that was me not fully understanding the running/charge/pile-in rules, and it allowed the Flesh Eaters to push past the objectives and suround me, essentially bogging me down. At least that is what I thought. With the flyer trait of the nighthaunts, I could have retreated past this combat and taken the objectives for myself, but I instead (wrongly) thought I could sweep them out of my way and then push to the objective.
In playing against the Flesh Eaters, i realized that those suckers have some staying power! It’s not that the models have a hard time dying (with the exception of the dragon and the varghulf—they just would not die!), it’s that they kept coming back! I would waste away at units, only to be horrified when I saw them respawn right before my eyes.
This quickly became a landwar in Asia and I saw Jason wrack up the victory points as hi models were camped near the objectives.
Recognizing this for what it was, I conceded the fact that I wasn’t going to get the victory points and decided to try to table my opponent. Again… no. I failed in the beginning to protect my hardest hitters. I failed to get my most powerful troops involved, and most importantly, I failed to separate the idea that defeating my opponent was the same thing as winning. This game is not about tabling your opponent, it’s about winning a battle, even if that means sacrifice.
I learned a lot about the game, the mechanics, and my army in general, and the best part of all this is that there are plenty of souls to feed my nighthaunts!