Last night saw me utterly trounced by James's high elves in a battleline engagement.
Historically...'ve never liked elves. Ever since my first game of battlefleet gothic against the nigh undefeateable eldar, I've loathed those pixies and their game bending antics - be it their magic, speed, firepower and/or their additional special rules.
James didn't seem to understand my apprehension or my inward groaning at his suprise High Elf hoard in a box in a box in his cupboard. Unfortunately, for my beastmen, they arn't a good matchup. Neither were dwarves, his other potential army - but it's not in James's character to pick an army to give me an easy time.
The game went predictably, although I was experimenting. My usual lv4 took Beasts rather than shadow, and lv 1 gave up wyssan spam for miasma spam.
James took a lv4 with shadow, and obviously rolled withering, enfeebling, pit and miasma. I got wyssans, horros, aranheir and kadon.
The first two phases my gors got miasma'd and withered, shot to death (through cover and at an additional -1bs) and mercilessly halved. They then failed a charge by an inch before being combicharged and destroyed.
My bestigors had better luck, charging and wiping and eagle and over running through into a unit of archers. Unfortunately by then my gor hoard with lv4 croaked, leaving the magical field to James and my bestigors were hexed more than a gypsy's ex boyfriend.
So yet again, shadow proved its dominance. Cheap casting in addition to those infamous high elf tricks of extra d3 power dice per turn and and additional +1 to casting just for being an elf. There's little to do. The number of dispels I failed by 1 as well was agonising.
My casting was all over the place too. I hexed and hexed, but little difference it made. I couldn't get wyssans off, and never got opportunity for my big spell.
When you need to pass a leadership test on double 1s, fail it on a reroll, then for your flee roll you roll...a double 1...you know it's not your fight.
So, basically...bloody pixies and their bloody pixie dust!
Don't get me wrong, I'm far from a sore loser, and my losses are higher than my wins. I just never fare well against elves. Just like Slaanesh and her daemonettes, I harbour an unnatural hatred of elvenkind.
I don't mind dark elves though.