So today I played my first game of Warzone Resurrection against Andreas´ Dark Legion. It was a fairly small game with 750 points for each side and just the standard OOB. My Bauhaus troops were led by Max Steiner and consisted of two squads of Hussars (one 5-men with rocket launcher and one 6-men with LMG), three Armoured hussars and a Vulkan. Andreas´ forces were led by a custom warlord and consisted of two squads of Undead Legionaries lead by a Necromutant each, two squads of Necromutants, two Razides and a Necrobeast rider. We played the fighting withdrawal scenario, which essentially meant, that we both had to try to get our forces off the opponents table edge. So far so good. And how did it go?
Well not so good for me! Max Steiner had deployed in a foxhole slightly in front of the troops, leading from the front. I quickly had to find that even hard cover, camouflage and LOS drawn through yet more terrain is no guarantee for survival. So while he was waiting to spring the trap on the advancing enemy, he received a wound from a Razide (who can ignore terrain when firing), topped of by two Undead Legionaries who rolled natural ones (which means no saves and no heal rolls). So he was dead before he even fired a shot. Otherwise there was not much action there since virtually everyone else was out of range and just advancing. Except for the second Razide, who gave my Vulkan two critical hits to the engine.
The second round saw initiative go to the Dark Legion. The first unit to activate was the Razide and not wanting to lose my Vulkan I played a card that reduced its rate of fire to zero. So Andreas bumped that up to at least one shot by spending a resource card and lo and behold… two more critical hits on the engine and kaboom went the Vulkan. Which meant points wise, I was just 60 points short of having lost half my force. It about went on like that. I activated my Armoured Hussars only for Andreas to lay a card that did not allow them to fire any weapons that turn. So I put them on defensive mode (bumping their armour to maximum) and advanced them into a better position for next round. Only to have two of them killed by Necromutant assault rifles. The next round the remaining Armoured Hussar charged the custom Warlord through the walls of a large ruin (there is a reason these are called Juggernauts) only to be overcome by his fear of the undead on the other side and doing no harm, but being shredded apart be the Necromutants. Now I was down to less than a third of my points and had not caused a single casualty. But at least now my Hussars were moving into firing positions.
But this did them no good. while the ones on my left flank at least managed to pick off one Legionnaire, they were slowly mauled by the crossfire coming at them from three directions. Not that their mates on the other flank were better off. They received some flank fire, but took it in stride only to be charged by the Necrobeast rider. It was a real monster in close combat and it moved through the rank and file like a hot knife through butter. In the end only the trooper with the rocket launcher remained and managed to get off two shots (over tow rounds) at paint blank range at the beast, but one of those got caught up in its armour. After that, he two was killed.
Shortly after we called it a day, with me only having one Hussar on the table (the only mini who constantly seemed to roll good). On the other hand I had only managed to cause some minimal damage to the Necrobeast and killed one Legionnaire. I guess this was a resounding victory for the forces of evil who now marched on….
All in all I can say, I have had more pleasant first games, but those are the whims of the dice! But Andreas was great to play with and I learned a few things (in addition to “do not roll below average, when your opponent rolls above average”). Amongst them is that no amount of cover of camouflage can save you from natural ones, so never deploy your Warlord in an advanced position on his own, even if it is a great position. Oh and expensive units can just as easily be gone before they even did a thing!
Anyway, I am going to leave you with the panorama shots of the table. Lets see how next weekends league game is going to go!