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Braggoth's Beast Hammer vs Ironjaws: battle report

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Kessler

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Battleplan: Knife to the Heart

Armies: Beasclaw vs IronjawsIMAG3928.jpg.5c3fb7e86decce3e11d3e40b672d9d75.jpg
Points: 2000
Ironjaws
1 Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (Ethereal Amulet)
1 Megaboss
1 Grot Shaman
10 Brutes
5 Brutes
3 Gore Gruntas
10 Ardboys
10 Ardboys
+Redtooth and Brutefist or something battalions and Maw endless spell

Beastclaw Raiders:
Allegiance: Beastclaw Raiders (Shyish)
Frostlord on Stonehorn (420)
- Artefact: Ethereal Amulet
Huskard on Thundertusk (360)
- General
- Trait: Everwinter's Master
- Pelt of Charngar
4 x Mournfang Pack (320)
- Gargant Hackers
2 x Mournfang Pack (160)
- Gargant Hackers
3 x Orruk Gore Gruntas (140)
3 x Orruk Gore Gruntas (140)
2 x Mournfang Pack (160)
2 x Frost Sabres (40)
Braggoth's Beast Hammer (230)

Total: 1970 / 2000

Pre-battle strategy: Opponent left 20xArdboys and 5 Brutes to his objective and other units to the right. Seeing I had no chance to break through that 55 wound Save 4+ wall even with ALL my army attacking it, I went for minor victory. Put 2 non-battalion mournfangs to the left to bait the Brutes to charge and then counter charge and attack from the wings.

1st ROUND
Beastclaw:  had to go first. Did not do much, just moved some inches and used Huskard's bird.

Ironjaws:  Shaman Mystic Shielded Brutes and moved to the right with Gruntas, Brutes and both Megabosses. Others just huddled around the objective.

2nd ROUND
Ironjaws: I won the initiative roll, but Beastclaw is too slow to get to charge range, so I gave initiative to orruks. Brutes, Gruntas and Megabosses moved forward, Brutes and Gruntas were close enough to make the charges. Brutes charged my two non-battalion Mournfang and blocked the from Gruntas. Brutes attacked, two guys with special weapons killed both Mournfang with ease. Brutes reroll all misses against Beastclaw.

Beastclaw: Didn't get to re-roll wounds, moved 3" instead. Used a bird against Maw-Krusha, Huskard iced 1 Grunta - actually I wanted to kill Brutes, but just said the wrong unit name...

Moved Frostsabres to block Grunta move to objective,

2 Mournfangs and 3 Beastclaw Gruntas charged Brutes, Frostlord charged Maw-Krusha, did 5 mortal wounds. Frostlord attacked, could not kill Maw-Krusha, regardless of +1 to hit and re-rolling 1s to wound. But finally killed him thanks to battalion one time power to attack once more.

Brutes killed Mournfangs and wounded Gruntas. Megabosses attacked Frostlord, almost killed him due to my rolling seven 1s and two 2s. Great...

My Gruntas kill two Brutes.

3rd ROUND
Ironjaws: Didn't win priority. Ironjaws killed one Grunta with Maw endless spell, which left a hole for Brutes, who retreated to my objective and had more models than me around it, so MAJOR LOSS for Beastclaw.

SUMMARY: Cannot really see how to win that battle plan with Beastclaw. Just not enough bodies and not enough damage output. Maybe just stay arounf my own objective and hope for kill points.

My clear mistake was leaveng the hole for Brutes to retreat. Even 1 model would have blocked it, but my Huskard was just a bit too far away. Also half of my army was too far away and could not keep pace with Ironjaws - I know it sounds weird, but Beastclaw is not really fast army. 9 inch move is nice, but no boosting whatsoever, Ironjaws clearly outpaced them and in last game the Breyherd did the same.

I think next time I might try to exchange Huskard and cats against second Frostlord. Or Troggoth Hag.

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Nice try, too bad for your opponent that didnt let you hit the proper unit but oh well !

The more you play, you ll get a better feeling of your army and will be able to make even better choices, really nice rep !

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