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post Jul 5 2018, 09:14 AM
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Nowhere else to post mini reports, so here it goes...


Had a great game last night. I won, but it was only down to some truly horrible dice roles from my opponent in his last turn. He was ahead three points to zero in the last round, he'd killed or immobilised all but one of my specialists that o needed to flip a console for a point, and he surrounded the console with his remaining army. All he had to do was hack one more thing on roll of a ten or less on a 20 sided dice.

It took him six rolls to do that, which depleted his order pool, allowing me to run my last specialist up, flip the console, and send my big stompy robot around the corner to clean up, putting me one point ahead.

Even after all that it came down to the second to last order. The last run was a comedic flip flop of my TAG shooting one of his specialists with stun ammo, giving the other one a chance to react and come out fo the stunned state I'd just shot him into, and then again and again.

Anyhoo, it was fun. We were playing a practice mission for an upcoming tournament and my list was in no way optimised for it. I'd brought along models to allow my big TAG to kill things and few models to push buttons. In the end my TAG ended up killing All The Things, and I had one button pusher left, so it worked out. Never underestimate immense firepower.

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post Jul 5 2018, 09:56 AM
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Nice photos!

White PanO looks legit.

You able to provide a rough outline of your list and your opponent's? Knowing the name of the scenario would also help us live vicariously through you. smile.gif


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post Jul 5 2018, 11:26 AM
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lol, thansk mate. Here's my list (the LT Fusi is a mistake, it's justa regular combi):

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IPB Image FUSILIER Lieutenant Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 10)
IPB Image PATHFINDER DRONBOT Combi Rifle, Sniffer / Electric Pulse. (0 | 16)
IPB Image FUSILIER Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 10)
IPB Image FUGAZI DRONBOT Flash Pulse, Sniffer / Electric Pulse. (0 | 8)
IPB Image CROC MAN Hacker (Assault Hacking Device) Combi Rifle, Antipersonnel Mines / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 36)
IPB Image SPEC. SERGEANT (CH: TO Camouflage, Infiltration, Forward Observer) Combi Rifle, Antipersonnel Mines / Pistol, Knife. (1 | 27)
IPB Image PEACEMAKER Heavy Shotgun + AUXBOT_3 / Electric Pulse. (0 | 21)
IPB Image IPB Image AUXBOT_3 Heavy Flamethrower / Electric Pulse. (- | 4)
IPB Image CUTTER Lieutenant MULTI HMG / . (3 | 115)
IPB Image IPB Image CRABBOT Flash Pulse / Knife. ([/b])
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MULTI Sniper Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (1.5 | 34)
IPB Image MACHINIST Combi Rifle, D-Charges / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 15)
IPB Image PALBOT Electric Pulse. (0 | 3)
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My opponant was using a Druze army, which I'm not very familiar with, but from memory he had a baggage bot, Shotgun Peacemaker, a Pathfinder, Bashi Bazouk, definately one brawler, a five man link Shock team that was loaded with pitchers and hackers, a fugazi, a Hunzakut, and one sniper at the back... could have been another Hunzakout but I don't think so. His LT was hiding at the back all game with a medic, I can't remember what it was, Sorry.

And the reason he was hiding was because it was hunting party, so we had to declare our LTs at start with.

My plan of attack, such as it was, was to mow down anything that could threaen my cutter with said cutter, then clean up with the objectives. Part two od that plan never happened, but it's the first tiem I've used the cutter and I'm honestly shocked at how bloody devestating it it. It was repsonsuble for all of my kills, knocking out over half his army, and didn't even have to make an armour save. It would have been even more deadly had there not been a limited range effect in the mission limiting shooting to 32".

Making it the LT was a good choice, given I only had ten orders and wanting to make the most of of the 115 3SWC points. Next time I might rethink my list a little. I was tempted by a simlar list that had a Dragao, a FO Crocman and an Assuat hacking Father Knight rather than the cutter, Hacker Croc and FO Order sergeamt. I might see if I could include the Cutter in that list next time, as the Croc died pretty much instantly.


And I continued my run of gettin zero value from the Nisse snipper. Died in turn one after making a truly amazing series fo saves against the Peacemaker, only to be pasted on the next order. Sven died without making an impact. RIP Sven, you useless Viking you.
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post Jul 5 2018, 12:49 PM
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Cutters are amazing.

I'm surprised they don't much love in the meta considering how much people love Avatars.


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post Jul 5 2018, 01:04 PM
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They are. I'm definately sold. I was wary of using it due it's lack of close range weapons, but supporting it with a nearby models and repeaters helped it do its job.

I've now played with the Cutter, Dragao, Seraph and Uhlan and love them all. I like hwo each is veru unique. I won't stop until I have all the PanO TAGs painted and played. Except the Squalo. I just don't like the pose or the 'sit at the back and lob grenades' idea.

Anyhoo, I need to tech a Tec Bee / CRabbot pack so I make use of the Specialist profile and some more Remoates for cheap orders and repeaters, then I'll be happy.
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post Jul 20 2018, 09:02 AM
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Another game last night, this time a white wash to my opponent. I could see it coming even before I got to the store. He asked to play the Kuragi Crisis stage two YJ mission as I said I'd bring YJ and I didn't actually read the mission until I left home, with a list I wanted to try out that was in no way suitable for the objective or the faction I was facing.

Which isn't to take anything away from how my opponent played, but when you bring a hacking heavy list with only two anit material CC weapons to face the unhackable Caledonians guarding an objective that can only be destroyed with CC anti material weapons you know you're in for a bad time. Compound that with me mentally throwing in the towel beforehand and not thinking enough about deployement and then manageing to fluff the second roll of the game and get ARO'd through smoke and losing my MSV Level 2 Spitfire and it swifly went down hill.

But it was a learning experience, and I needed to understand what this list can do.

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post Jul 23 2018, 10:05 AM
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What was your list?

Can't have had much left over after adding in the models in your photos:

Yan Huo 2x ML
HacTao Hacker
Ru SHi
Lu Duan

Also yeah, those Kurage missions can be really skewy if you don't bring that one thing you need to complete them.


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post Jul 23 2018, 11:29 AM
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This, but with one Zanshi replaced with a Spitfire Tiger soldier due to the extra 25 points from the mission.


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IPB Image YĀN HUǑ 2 Missile Launchers / Pistol, Knife. (2 | 52)
IPB Image HAC TAO Hacker (Assault Hacking Device) MULTI Rifle, Nanopulser / Pistol, DA CCW. (0.5 | 70)
IPB Image NINJA Hacker (Killer Hacking Device) Tactical Bow / Pistol, DA CCW, Knife. (0 | 29)
IPB Image GŬILÁNG (Forward Observer, Deployable Repeater) Combi Rifle, Antipersonnel Mines / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 27)
IPB Image RUI SHI Spitfire / Electric Pulse. (1 | 20)
IPB Image LÙ DUĀN Mk12, Heavy Flamethrower / Electric Pulse. (0 | 21)
IPB Image TIGER SOLDIER Paramedic (MediKit) Combi Rifle + Light Flamethrower / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 29)
IPB Image ZHANSHI Lieutenant Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 11)
IPB Image ZHANSHI Hacker (Hacking Device) Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 19)
IPB Image ZHANSHI Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 11)

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IPB Image SHAOLIN Chain Rifle, Smoke Grenades / Pistol, Shock CCW. (0 | 5)
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The only two models I had that could have damagedthe objective were the Hac Tao and Ninja (DA CCW). I also learnt that the Lu Duan was veeeery unwildy in tight scenery due to the 55mm trple base holoprojector. Still a solid 21 pt model though.
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post Jul 23 2018, 04:25 PM
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I'm in love with the Lu Duan at the moment.

People just assume it's a crappy Ru Shi (no MSV2, no Spitfire) but jeez does it have some nice kit going for it.

For my next trick, I'm going to disguise it as a Pangguling and wait for someone to round a corner on it expecting an easy kill...


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post Jul 23 2018, 04:33 PM
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QUOTE(Master Chris @ Jul 23 2018, 04:25 PM) *

I'm in love with the Lu Duan at the moment.

People just assume it's a crappy Ru Shi (no MSV2, no Spitfire) but jeez does it have some nice kit going for it.

For my next trick, I'm going to disguise it as a Pangguling and wait for someone to round a corner on it expecting an easy kill...


Yep, I agree, it just didn't work for me in this game. And I reckon I'll be doing the same when I get an Pangulling also. It's going to depend on who I'm facing. If I'm up agains someone I know who will have lots of mines like vanilla Ariadna I the two holopjectors would be just useful as minesweepers.
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post Aug 6 2018, 09:05 AM
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Alrighty, had my first tournament yesterday, Mid Tier Infinity at Mindgames in the CBD. Have to say, haven't concentrated for so hard for so long in a long time. We got three games in and the time flew by.

First up I took my Yu Jing against Tunguska in the Hunting Party mission. First time I faced the sectorial but not Nomads, so I had some idea of what was coming. I made a silly mistake in placing ne of my main models (putting it behind a peice of terrain that, standing right above it looked solid, was see-through), and while it was a loss until the last turn it was pretty close. And considering it was against the guy who eventually went on to win (spoiler alert - I didn't win) I'm happy with the result.

Second game was again Haqqislam in Safe Area. I've never played against Haqq before, so this was definitely a learning experience, mainly around of Impersonation works. I lost my LT and a hacker in the first few orders when my opponent passed a roll to placed a guy in my deployment zone ("I didn't know they could do that..... I DIDN'T KNOW THEY COULD DO THAT!" - note to self, they can do that), but despite that I managed a win. What swung it for me here was definitely winning the initiative roll so I could go second, having a plan and sticking to that plan.

And last of all was Annihilialation against Druze. This was a pretty solid loss. I've played against my opponent and Druze before so I have no excuse for not seeing what was coming my way, but I was solidly impressed at how the Kuang Shi performed. for 5 point models they did most of my heavy lifting.

So, there we go. I was busy packing up at the end so didn't here where I can int he rankings, but it woudl be pretty low, but while I didn't win thje tourney, I did win the best painted force (woohoo!) and got a O-Yorai TAG, which is a) pretty cool, and b) pretty ironic, given I was playing Yu Jing and the Japanese sectorial have pissed off taking their TAG with them wink.gif Still, already had an offer to take it off my hands, or I could paint it up as a funny looking Guija.

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post Aug 6 2018, 03:16 PM
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Super sweet!

Yeah, WIP 15 on a Fiday to deploy 0.1mm away from your Lt can be pretty punishing. smile.gif

What did the Druze do to you that was so horrific?

Nicely done on the TAG front. Make your local JSA player angry by turning that limited edition TAG into a terrain piece. Have it wrecked with a dog cocking a leg on it. XD


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post Aug 6 2018, 03:58 PM
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QUOTE(Master Chris @ Aug 6 2018, 03:16 PM) *

What did the Druze do to you that was so horrific?


Ah, a few things, but it was partly down to me bad choices from me. It was the last game and I was pretty tired, so missed a few things, namely I forgot to use a command token to strip him of orders (he did offer after a few moves as we'd both forgotten, but as it was a mistake by me I declined), and also that his Brawler link team had a EM grenade launcher and moved my su jian into range. From past games I knew he had it, I was just not thinking.

Which isn't to say I wasn't outplayed, only that I should have played better in return.

lol on the TAG. Although I reckon I'll sell it. Looks like they go for quite a lot, and given Coldfront and Beyond Coldfront are coming out I'll be needing that cash.
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post Nov 16 2018, 09:18 AM
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Had another game last of Infinity last night, time playing Aleph.

I took an Asura Hacker Lt, Achilles v1 with spitfire, a Deva sensor, a Naga Assault Hacker, a Sophotek with one yudbot (the second sacrificed for the Asura’s multirifle), a Dakini HMG, two Dakini, paramedics and two netrods.

My opponent took OSS with the Asura Hacker LT lvl2, a Chukra Consultant, A sophtek with one Yudbot, the flashpulse bot, the total reaction HMG bot, and a link of Dakinis (one HMG), Deva sensor and the rocket bot, plus Dart held in reserve.

The mission was Supplies, and neither of us achieved our secret objectives, so I won’t bother with them.

On the one hand, I’ve played my opponent and his same list before, so knew what to expect from it, on the other I’ve never played Aleph before and I got the rules on medics healing NWI and rocket impacts so, so wrong.

Anyway, short version; I won.

Longer version; I won on the last two orders, despite decimating my opponent through the constant application of Achilles to the face.

My opponent won the initiative roll and went first, grabbing two of the objectives with Dart and the Asura, taking out my Dakini HMG as they went. In return I knocked the Asura down to NWI state with mw own Asura, so not exactly bad.

Then it was my first. I used two coordinated orders on Achillies, the Asura and my Sophotek to take out orders to try to take out the enemy sophotek and total reaction bot, achieving no much and losing my own Sophotek into the bargain, and then thought, “What am I doing?” and then let Achilles off the leash.

Oh. My. God.

I felt violated, and I was using him.

After the game we worked out I spent around 23 regular orders through the game, and all but four or so were on Achilles. In return killed Dart, the HMG Dakini twice (it got revived y the Sophotek), the total reaction bot twice (Sophotek), another Dakini, the flashpulse bot, the Deva and knocked the Asura back into NWI (Sophotek again).

He died in round three, but he did so upon a pile of bodies. And it wasn’t until later I realised I didn’t actually have to make a single armour roll for him all game. He was taken down by four crits (one cancelled by a return crit).

All that was left was to spent one order on the Naga to pick up one supply to secure a draw, then Asura’s faced off with mine unwounded against a NWI’d model, picking up her dropped supply when she died to win with two orders left.

So, despite leaving only the rocket bot, one Dakini and the Chukra alive it was pretty close.

So, what did I learn?

Achilles is a beast. But I do feel it was like a tag, in that my opponent didn’t have anything to counter him. He had one hacker and one set of MSV on the board on the same model, so all I did was skirt around the edges to avoid that one threat, choosing my battles. I’m not saying it’s a fun way to play, but it is effective.

There wasn’t much else to say about the list. The only other model who achieved anything was the Asura, but considering she and Achilles represented half of my points, that makes sense. I think next time I would swap the Asura out for some Proxies to spread my specialists and get some more board control, but that’s about it.

Other than that, I need to learn to set up better; choosing fire lanes to deny free reign to my opponent. He took advantage first turn, grabbing two objectives and retreating to a very good defensive position. Had I not had the previously mentioned Homeric hero on the table I would have found it hard to crack. As it was I had to murder everything to get in.

So, fun was had, lessons were learned, and now I’m looking at Steel Phalanx….

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post Nov 19 2018, 09:29 AM
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Feels pretty good to run two mini-TAGs, doesn't it? smile.gif

I really like where Aleph/OSS/SP are sitting at the moment. They're all interesting play-styles.

If you're willing to trade Achilles out for something, your list starts to look like a delicious OSS composition.


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Yeah, I reckon if I was ot change anything about that list, it would be swapping Achilles for some proxies, and maybe a CoC Chukra if I could find the points, then upping the Asuras to the Lt lvl2 Hacker. I'll have to see if that could work.

I'm painting the v4 and v5 proxies models up now for that reason, and have the Cold Front box assembled and primed and ready to go. Also, my opponent said he had a full Steel Phalanx army he was willing to part with as it didn't suit his playstyle, and asked if I was interested, to which I replied *(&^ yes. I thought MO were aggressive, but these guys are just insane.
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Actually, this looks pretty fun.

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IPB Image10 IPB Image DAKINI Tacbot Paramedic (MediKit) Combi Rifle / Electric Pulse. (0 | 15)IPB Image DAKINI Tacbot Paramedic (MediKit) Combi Rifle / Electric Pulse. (0 | 15)IPB Image DAKINI Tacbot HMG / Electric Pulse. (1 | 21)IPB Image DEVA (Sensor) Combi Rifle, Nanopulser / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 24)IPB Image ASURA Lieutenant L2 Hacker (Hacking Device Plus UPGRADE: Redrum) MULTI Rifle, Nanopulser / Pistol, AP CCW. (0.5 | 78)IPB Image SOPHOTECT Combi Rifle, D-Charges / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 31)IPB Image YUDBOT Electric Pulse. (0 | 3)IPB Image NETROD . (0 | 4)IPB Image PROXY Mk.5 (Forward Observer) 2 Submachine Guns, Nanopulser, E/M Grenades / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 10)IPB Image PROXY Mk.4 Heavy Rocket Launcher, Submachine Gun, Nanopulser / Pistol, Knife. (2 | 20)IPB Image PROXY Mk.2 Hacker (Assault Hacking Device) Boarding Shotgun, Nanopulser / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 21)IPB Image SHUKRA (Chain of Command) Boarding Shotgun, Nanopulser / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 25)IPB Image NAGA Combi Rifle, Monofilament Mines / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 30)IPB Image YUDBOT Electric Pulse. (0 | 3) 4 SWC | 300 PointsOpen in Infinity Army

The Asuras would be the main assult thrust making use of her two Lt orders to deal out the damage or put up Cybermask ready for the reactive turn, the Proxy Mk4 i my acnhor at the back, and could tea up with the Dakini HMG for a solid firebase (Or i might run him up with teh Assura for some Assisted Fire fun - depends on the mission / layout), the Proxy Mk 4 and 2 are my objectve grabberrs, and the Naga has mono mines for that look of "You're putting WHAT down there?" on my opponant's face along with some solid area denial.

The Deva and Chukru are really there to make sure I don't hae a LOL situation, spot camo threats, hold the bakc line, and generally be enough points for my opponant to think "does he have a TO proxy on the board?"

That's 7 specialists inc the CoC in a ten order pool with twelve orders thanks ot LT lvl 2. Looks kinda fun.

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post Nov 20 2018, 01:24 PM
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Yeah, that looks schmicko.

I love what CB is doing about making 10 order lists more viable.


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Yep, that gets my vote. Although 'm not a fan of their mixed fire teams. Having a core fire teams with three different units and remote is silly, IMO, but that's a gripe for another time.
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