Thursday, 1 March 2018

"Wizkids" Battle Report: Fantastic Four - The Cosmic Cube Of Doom - Part Two

THE HUMAN TORCH AND MISTER FANTASTIC FACE THE BRUNT OF DOCTOR DOOM'S ATTACK
"The story so far… The Cosmic Cube has mysteriously appeared within a derelict suburb of New York City. The Fantastic Four want to take it into safe-keeping, but Doctor Doom intends to seize the cube for his own nefarious plans. Accompanied by three Doombots, the Latverian Monarch has therefore already launched a devastating attack upon Reed Richards and Johnny Storm..."
THE TABLETOP - A RUN DOWN PART OF NEW YORK CITY

With a loud bellow of "It's Clobberin' Time!", The Thing charged into Doctor Doom, using his additional pace to buckle the plating of the medieval-looking monarch's armour [Attack: 5 + 2 dice for the Charge]. The "skilled sorcerer" was ordinarily had to hit due to his armour's augmentation [Heavy Armour: Saves any hits on a roll of 5 or 6], and his "elaborate schemes" [Stupefy: Opponent's are -1 Attack/Shoot when fighting this model]. But the sheer formidability of Ben Grimm's assault meant that Victor Von Doom suffered two wounds.

Sensing her husband's plight, Sue Storm-Richards stopped trying to whittle down her opposition with force field projectiles and headed towards Objective Three (Cosmic Cube). Mister Fantastic headed west towards the abandoned vehicle in order to get his elastic fists into range of the evil doctor's Doombots [Short Range Shoot: 2 dice]. Meanwhile the Human Torch attempted to melt the mechanoid confronting him in the ruined building. Unfortunately though, the robot was proving to be annoyingly fire-proof.
THE THING CHARGES INTO DOCTOR DOOM AND STRIKES A BLOW FOR THE FANTASTIC FOUR
Reed Richards charged into Doombot Omega, and managed to penetrate the android's armour. Only Doctor Doom could save the automaton now [Command: A friendly unit that is within 12" may re-roll a single dice roll once per turn], but it wasn't to be and the construct exploded into flames.

Johnny Storm attempted to continue the destruction by burning his way through Doombot Alpha, yet was once again thwarted by the machine's tenacity to survive. Ben Grimm continued to pound away at Victor von Doom, but the Latverian Monarch's armour was proving difficult to best. It truly was looking set to be a slug-fest of Stan Lee proportions in the centre of the battlefield. Sue Storm-Richards attempted to connect with another of her force field projectiles at Doombot Beta, however the missile missed its intended target.

Inspired by it's creator's commanding presence nearby, Doombot Alpha chopped away at the Human Torch inside the ruined building, and struck the human mutate a painful blow. Only Johnny's fiery form [Armour: Saves any hits on a roll of 6] prevented the youth from taking a final, unconscious-rendering wound. Things weren't looking good for Flame-head.
MISTER FANTASTIC DESTROYS A DOOMBOT, AS VICTOR BATTLES THE BEN GRIMM
Doctor Doom continued to wrestle with Ben Grimm, the two powerhouses testing each other for physical weaknesses, whilst Doomboot Beta ineffectively returned fire upon Invisible Girl.

Mister Fantastic reached Objective Two (Oil Barrels) and readied himself to throw a far-reaching punch at his arch-nemesis should the fiend overcome the Thing. However, Reed didn't think he needed to worry too much as he saw Ben Grimm jolt the "skilled sorcerer" with an earth-shattering punch. Victor von Doom didn't look as if he was going to last much longer...

In the north-west corner, buried within the ruined building, Johnny Storm continued to struggle with Doombot Alpha, whilst his sister, Susan, made a mental note to visit the X-Men's Danger Room at some point in the near future and brush up on her marksmanship.
REED RICHARDS RUSHES TO THE THING'S AID, AS DOCTOR DOOM THREATENS THE WORLD
Doctor Doom realised that the battle was now brutally balanced. The Latverian Monarch failed once again to hurt his rocky-hided foe, whilst his armour's in-built sensors informed him of Doombot Alpha's stalemate with the Human Torch. A scream to the east however, informed him that Doombot Beta had finally caught Invisible Girl a glancing blow. The woman's invisibility [Stupefy: Opponent's are -1 Attack/Shoot when fighting this model] had made her a difficult target, but once struck, the Storm-Richards' defensive shield [Armour: Saves any hits on a roll of 6] had easily been penetrated by the automaton's armour-piercing laser technology [Armour Piercing: Models with Armour may not make any saving roll].

With the fight having entered its final stage, Doombot Beta took Objective Five (Statue) revealing a single Victory Point, whilst its fellow robot attempted to defeat a wilting Human Torch. Fortunately for the Fantastic Four the fiery youth survived the attack. Enraged at his androids' failure to overcome their foes, Doctor Doom battered Ben Grimm with a ferocious wallop which caused the Thing to visibly shudder. However, it was not enough to fell the former pilot, and Aunt Petunia's favourite nephew had enough still in him to return the favour...
INVISIBLE GIRL CAPTURES THE COSMIC CUBE, WHILST A DOOMBOT TAKES A STATUE
With an alarming bang and shower of sparks, Victor Von Doom broke apart as a result of Benjamin Grimm's latest punch, collapsing to the ground and revealing himself to be a simple facsimile of the Latverian Monarch. Sensing victory was at hand, Sue Storm-Richards captured Objective Three (Cosmic Cube) which was worth five Victory Points and Reed Richards remained by Objective Two (Oil Barrels) claiming four Victory Points. The battle was over and the Fantastic Four had clearly outfought Doctor Doom's evil robotic forces...

20 comments:

  1. Cool second instalment to the aar, Simon. I really quite enjoyed the two posts featuring the Fantastic Four. No idea why, as I know next to nothing about them, but I think the close connections between the characters played a part.

    The paints you've used for the female hair colouring look ace, btw. Least I think so :)

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    1. Thanks very much Roy. I have re-painted Sue Storm since I first posted her (I might even update that posting with some new pics come to think of it). They'll be more "Fantastic Four" coming, as I've just finished a large foe to accompany Doctor Doom in a future battle - he'll be posted soon ;-)

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  2. A fitting conclusion to the fight Simon. Ben Grimm is a beast! “It’s clobbering time” indeed!

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    1. Cheers Andy. Ben Grimm does indeed pack a punch, so you really don't want to get into hand-to-hand with him. Doom is actually considerably more expensive than the Thing in my rules, but they're spread out across the statistics so he can shoot, command and stupefy etc.

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  3. A most exciting and thrilling slugfest with the Fantastic Four emerging as worthy winners. I'm pleased to see you including more wide angle shots now.

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    1. Thanks Bryan. The middle shot was a bit of a test to see whether it helped understand the action better. Not a full board pic but one which hopefully gives a little clarity to proceedings? I did think about adding some S-FX to them but then thought words might get in the way. I'll stick to the formula for the next "Fantastic Four" battle too and see what the response from people is like...

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  4. Great conclusion Simon, and FF won in the end with the best of them taking out Dr Doom ( well his facsimile at least)

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    1. Cheers Dave. I'm hoping to build upon this campaign over the coming months with some additional minis to both sides :-)

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  5. Fantastic AAR Simon which showed off your mini's and rules in true 'comic book' fashion :-)
    It certainly was "Clobberin Time", and obviously Doctor Doom (maybe even the real one!) will return, so I'm looking forward to more Stan Lee style action!

    For what it's worth, I agree with Bryan that the wider views help to visualize the action ;-)

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    1. Thanks Greg, very much appreciated. I'm just flocking the base of Doctor Doom's latest acquisition, and once posted, they'll be back in a BatRep facing off against the "Fantastic Four" once again.

      I'll stick to the photo-formula for the next one too then, and see what the feedback is like :-)

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  6. Simon, you are like a finely tuned machine! You get more done in one week than I can accomplish in a month (if I'm that lucky!). Great stuff :) Always love seeing an AAR with Doctor Doom, hopefully he'll be back sooner than later to exact some revenge.

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    1. Cheers Ivor. I have a bit of a posting backlog currently, so expect plenty of additional "Heroclix" minis to appears, amongst others, over the next few weeks. Indeed, just as soon as I can post up an ally of Doctor Doom's then the Latverian Monarch will be back for a follow-up BatRep :-)

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  7. Super conclusion to a great Batrep Simon, I always enjoy these and with the FF in action well it had to be a good'un.

    Even Ben didn't let me down this time!

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Many thanks Roger. I do remember that fateful battle with Ben and Blockbuster still, a great "7TV" game of old :-)

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  8. Nice finish to the game mate. I really thought the F4 were on the backfoot and were going to continue so.

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    1. Cheers Simon. There were certainly a few dice rolls which if they'd gone Doom's way would certainly have caused the FF some problems. Plus, despite capturing more objectives, the VPs could still have worked out in Victor's favour at the end :-)

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  9. Great looking bat rep, the wide shots work for me!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain, much appreciated :-)

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  10. So Doc Doom defeated; I'm devastated, I was sure he was in with more than a fighting chance, but the F4 really upped their game. Oh well...
    Great game and excellent read.

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    1. Cheers Joe. Doctor Doom certainly had it made at one point and just another blow to Reed or johnny would have put the "FF" in bad trouble. Maybe next time... and there will be a next time ;-)

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