41 Soulstones - Malifaux Encounter
Mission: Reckoning (Strategy (2014))
Hamlin beat Shenlong 4 to 0.
Deployment was standard 6 inches.
Most of the terrain (we had a lot in this round) was height 2 soft cover. little wood fences to be exact. We also had some height 2 stone walls that were hard cover, and some height 6 buildings that were completely blocking.
Well, there were two from my point of view. The Monk of the high river really showed his usefulness. They are not as well rounded as the Torkage, but this is almost a boon for them. They can set stuff on fire in a hurry, and they can really lay on the damage with their discard/charge ability. Add to that the innate ability to push two inches means you can easily set up a charge on most things, even if you're already in melee range!
The second Man of the Match for me was the rat king. (weird right? choosing the opponent's model? wth?) actually it's quite simple, the rat king is harder to kill, yes, but my opponent can not stop the rats from becoming one, so it ate up his biggest advantage over me which was his ability to nearly double my activations in a turn.
My BFU Event in this game was before the game even started. I learned the hard way that Shenlong and Sensei Yu want to be close together on the battlefield, not 18 inches apart.
NOW YOU KNOW!
In the end, Hamlin's vermin overran the monks with little trouble, 4 to 0. It was a fun game, for sure, and Shenlong's crew has quite a learning curve... but the crew was fun enough that the learning curve isn't such a bad thing.