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….