My old BL always used to joke that his paint n' takes were the free first hit.
Guess he wasn't joking...
One of the really cool things about Warlord to me is that you can play the exact same game with the same army builds and usually have the game come out completely different each game simply based on the order of the card flips (and yes those pesky rolly things called dice)
Yeah, I really need to try this list again and see if something changes in the cards. Maybe switch out Rahl for Javolith to free up some points, possibly drop Aundine...
...and insure my bloody dice know whom it is they actually serve...
All things being equal (which they never are), it's always been my opinion that as long as you win 2 out of three of the following areas - tactics, initiative, and dice rolling - you can always overcome the third and win the game. Have any two of those go against you, and you are in trouble. Your dice were clearly against you; were the activations fairly balanced, or did they favor one or the other of you? Or, did you commit any tactical errors that cost you a key model (the situations with Rahl or the Marilith would be obvious places to start)? Just a thought. :)
The activations seemed pretty balanced, if not actually in my favor.
The marilith ended up being a road block for the Doom Kitty, which actually worked pretty well. Taking the Murder Doggy down was a bonus, even if it did just get brought back.
Rahl was more of a fluke. Finari got in two lucky Cleaves. If either of those hadn't of been Cleave attacks he would've still been standing. Maybe instead of splitting my two melee units I should've sent them both up one side (the table was pretty much cut in two by a really large tree), but that would've left them easy pickings for AoE attacks (my wife loves her Firestorms...) and would've left a flank open two her battle nuns.
having both Rahl and Vysa charging up one side would've forced her to redirect the nuns, but maybe
if I'd rolled higher than a 2 when Vysa set off her Hellfire Flask things would've been different also.
We'll see what happens next time...