Friday, 7 September 2018

"Wizkids" Battle Report: The Howling Commandos Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Verses Dire Wraiths - Part Two

THE HOWLING COMMANDOS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. CONTINUE TO BATTLE THE DIRE WRAITHS
"The story so far… Having received intelligence that a band of Dire Wraiths are weaving a spell which will resurrect the formidable Hybrid, the Howling Commandos have been dispatched to an abandoned village in the Sahara desert, Tunisia. However, upon their arrival Warwolf's team realise they have very little time with which to stop the extra-terrestrial Queen's dark arts and resultantly have immediately launched an assault upon the shape-changing aliens' location..."
THE TABLETOP -  A GHOST VILLAGE IN THE SAHARA DESERT

With the green-hued Dire Wraith matriarch in her sights, Vampire By Night hot-footed her way east into the settlement believing her ability to regenerate any wounds would ensure her survival until she at least reached her intended target [Regenerate: At the start of its turn, a model may roll a D6 for each missing Mass point. Upon the roll of a 6, a single Mass point is returned to the model].

Nearby, Manphibian fired at the northernmost alien and despite the evolutionary offshoot of a Skrull taking on the appearance of an innocent villager so as to 'throw off' the Howling Commandos' aim, the Dire Wraith was struck by a bullet and injured. Determined to put an end to his red-skinned foe, Manphibian utilised Warwolf's Command ability [Command: A friendly unit that is within 12" may re-roll a single dice roll once per turn] and trained his firearm at the snarling, vaguely humanoid-looking creature from the Andromeda Galaxy. The monster fell dead under a hail of bullets.
VAMPIRE BY NIGHT LEADS THE CHARGE AGAINST THE DIRE WRAITH QUEEN
Sensing the close proximity of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s super-powered agents, the Dire Wraith Queen weaved her sorcerous arts and generated a staggering 6 points of Dark Magic. It would not be long before the Hybrid was returned to her coven. In the meantime, one of the monarch's sisters by the settlement's western wall charged into Vampire By Night, causing the blood-drinker one wound [Attack: 2 + 2 dice for the Charge].

To the south, the Dire Wraith watching the large palm trees sent a magical blast hurtling towards the Man-Thing and due to the fiery attack's supernatural origin it caused Ted Sallis' alter-ego some noticeable discomfort as it scorched his vegetable matter. Disconcertingly however, the Howling Commandos' mission was about to become even more difficult as Warwolf was twice struck by more missiles summoned from within the Dark Nebula and fell unconscious to the sand...
THE DIRE WRAITHS AMBUSH NINA PRICE WHILST THEIR QUEEN PERFORMS HER DARK ARTS
Encouraged by James Marks' manifestation being close at hand, the Dire Wraith Queen used her arcane spells to produce two additional points of magic. The alien was now just three points away from success, and her human opponents were leaderless. With a haunting shriek she directed one of her fellow witches, who was just north of the tower, to charge into Vampire By Night. Already locked in close combat with one Dire Wraith, Nina Price was unable to fend off this second onslaught and sadly fell before the extra-terrestrial's numerous blows.

The defeat of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s vampire/werewolf hybrid left the shape-shifter who had originally been fighting her free to unleash a sorcerous blast upon Man-Thing. The Howling Commando was partially protected by a small rocky outcrop [Cover: -1 to hit], but still caught the best part of the magical attack. The Dire Wraith south of Theodore also fired at him, and the former Legion of Monsters member shook in pain. Having been wounded thrice the "large, slow-moving, empathic, humanoid swamp monster" was literally on his last legs.
MANPHIBIAN SLOWLY CLOSES IN UPON THE DIRE WRAITHS' STRONGHOLD 
Bravely however, Man-Thing was still determined to stop the Dire Wraith Queen in her unholy ritual, and ploughed into the Dire Wraith who had vanquished Vampire By Night, partially crippling the alien [Mass: 2]. Elsewhere Manphibian moved northeast to the northern edge of the settlement's wall.

For a moment time seemed to stand still as the Dire Wraith's monarch weaved her spells for a fifth time. But the matriarch only managed to generate two points of magic meaning the Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. had one move chance to stop her foul machinations. Unfortunately for Nick Fury's special agents though, the Queen's sisters took the opportunity to 'swamp' Man-Thing, and brought Ted Sallis' vegetable matter-made form down under a flurry of blows.
THE DIRE WRAITH QUEEN SUCCESSFULLY SUMMONS THE HYBRID
Alone, with no hope of reaching his mission's target before she uttered the final incantation necessary to bring about the resurrection of the Hybrid, Manphibian decided that a tactical retreat was probably the better part of valour. The super-strong gill-man had gained some valuable intelligence on the Dire Wraith menace, and would return for revenge...

31 comments:

  1. Cool batrep, Simon. I was expecting the Howling Commandos to fare better but fair play to the Queen; her and her minions did what had to be done to win the game. No doubt, SHIELD will return with a stronger force against the Dire Wraiths and the resurrected Hybrid.

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    1. Thank you kindly, Bryan, the Howling Commandos did not fare as well as I had hoped, but the Dire Wraith Queen's magic rolls were unbelievably good and put a lot of pressure on the heroes getting across the battlefield quick. As you say, S.H.I.E.L.D. reinforcements are on my painting table ;-)

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  2. O my, not a happy ending at all.

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    1. Indeed not, Dai. But the Howling Commandos will return soon...

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  3. Damn Dire Wraiths. Where is Rom when you need him?

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    1. Spookily, I do hope to have some Space Knight help arriving for the next confrontation with the Dire Wraiths, Natholeon.

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  4. Great conclusion Simon, the shield members went down in a blaze of glory the same as any comic book superhero death

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    1. Thanks Dave, I am though hoping a few of them return from beyond the grave for a re-match; albeit I plan to paint up a few additions to both sides for that one :-)

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  5. Great rep Simon, I had hoped the Commando's would have faired a bit better, but hey, the heroes always lose the first round, and just when all hope is lost, they discover teamwork is the key!!

    Sorry, cheers Roger.

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    1. Cheers Roger, there was definitely a bit of a domino effect with the Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. in this game. But I'm hopeful a few additions to the team will help them in future conflicts.

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  6. That was a jolly good romp and even if I don't understand the background, I can still recognise a good fight>
    I'm guessing the 'heroes' are Shield and therefore shold have won haha. Do the casualties return to fight another day ?

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    1. Thanks very much Joe. S.H.I.E.L.D. always lives to fight another day, LOL, so the Howling COmmandos will be back with some additional support, as I now want to use this result to carry this on as a campaign.

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  7. Nice read, very enjoyable. It is nice to see the baddies win sometimes, but in this case I was hoping Shield would win. Nice minis and a nice tabletop too.

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    1. Cheers Undercoat, so bascially what you're saying is you thought this was "nice" - LOL!!

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    2. In my defence I wrote the comment while in my sick bed, feeling sorry for myself! If it makes you feel better it was a great batrep, with great minis and great scenery! Oh wait, I have done it again....

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    3. Well I'll take "great" over "nice" all day long, Undercoat LOL!!

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  8. looks like those dire wraiths and Hybrid figurines had some extra work done on them to look a bit more real. is that some kind of paint job or some photoshop work on the images? either way it came out well.

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    1. Thanks Shlomo, all my "Heroclix" are at least repainted, if not not converted in some way, shape or form (such as Warwolf and Manphibian). Glad you like 'em! :-)

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  9. by the way i think a more appropriate line on that last panel would have "feast on their brains".

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    1. LOL!! Yes... that woould have been more fitting :-)

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    2. Did you ever read the original Rom series?

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    3. Hi Shlomo. Yes I own the run. I’ve reviewed some “Rom” comics over on my daily comic review blog here: https://thebrownbagaeccb.blogspot.com if you’re interested; albeit I don’t think I’ve gone back as far as the original run yet.

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    4. When you say you “own the run” are you talking about the idw reboot series?

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    5. No, the original “Rom” series from the Eighties by “Marvel Comics”.

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    6. Oh gods of Galador be praised I’m glad to hear that the idw series is atrocious.Google key word search “Rom spaceknight blog” I think you’ll like what you see.

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    7. LOL. Yes I’ve reviewed a few of the “IDW” “Rom” issues on “The Brown Bag” - wasn’t impressed much.

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    8. no, that's not the site i was talking about. this is...
      http://romspaceknightart.blogspot.com/

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    9. Great blog Shlomo, I was especially impressed by you tracking down the "Heroclix" Spaceknights and some of that fan art :-)

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    10. thanks, i spent a lot of years trying to make that site unique and always a place for old school ROM fans to collaborate.

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  10. Yes, more Howling Commandos (despite an unfavorable ending)! Great report and story Simon 🙂

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    1. Thanks Ivor, I've got some reinforcements on the pianintg table as I type :-)

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