The Regia Maniple
With the release of the new Titandeath book I took the opportunity to try out a new Maniple for my next battle. After reading through the book the Regia maniple took my eye. I had not run two Warlords before and the surviveability of merging shields intrigued me, and these were supported by two Courtiers (Warhounds) and rounded off by my newly painted and converted Cerastus Knight household.
My opponent was running his Myrmidon maniple of two warlords (volcano cannons and turbo laser destructors), Reaver (twin gatling cannons, missile launcher), and household support of 6 Knights with battle cannons and CCW.
Missions, I chose Retrieval, so was trying to rescue the downed titan crew, with my opponent choosing Hold the Line in a mission to prevent my advance.
Deployment & Turn 1
With a stand off the titans advanced into position making use of the available building cover provided by the cityscape. With multiple volcano cannons the knights pressed forward in the middle; on the left the king and queen advanced with their courtier; on the right flank the lone courtier pushed the reactor to full stride, but took it too far causing a shield burnout.
Fortunately with the extra activation my Princeps advanced to bring the opposing knights into arc of his volcano cannon, with a direct hit, and support of the turbo lasers when the resulting dust had settled 4 had been taken out of action, leaving a much reduced threat.
With limited targets return fire was all against my king, queen and courtier but the shields held.
With the lowered shields recovered by an emergency repair the courtier made a break from cover exposing himself to the combined fire power of the opposing maniple, in support his sister courtier advanced with the Queen towards the crew. On the right the King continued his flanking manoeuvre both splitting their fire to keep plenty of targets in their sights.
Despite taking heavy damage the courtier survived the barrage to pick up the crew, turning on the spot to bring his guns to bear on the remaining knights. With a defensive barrage covering the titan, he was still able to bring his guns to bear and finish off the remaining knight unit. In the middle the remainder of the maniple advanced into enemy territory in a bid to distract them from the rescue. The knights successfully getting within the blind spot of the larger titans carapace weapons.
Turn 4 & 5
The King and Queen brought their full weaponry to bear on the damaged Reaver and combined with the support of the knights brought the titan crashing down.
The opposing maniple was feeling the pressure and with the remnants of the knights putting pressure on the titans reactors to deal with the risk these began to overheat and cause significant damage to the body. A lucky shot from the Queen saw the opposing princeps titan explode, taking the remaining knight with it.
Meanwhile the lone courtier headed off to safety with the crew safely onboard.
Victorious thoughts of the day
The final score made the battle look very one sided, 33-2. There were a couple of key moments where I almost lost my courtier which would have hampered my win. There was also a chance to remove my knights, but in bid to save the doomed Reaver my opponent activated this, allowing my knights to make a charge on his warlord.
As for the Regia maniple I was very impressed, the ability to merge shields within 3″ meant the Warhound was safe from incoming fire and with the superior Warlord shields meant that 3+ save remained intact. This was doubled up in the first turn when the Warhound was within 3″ of both the King and Queen.
Overall I think the Titandeath book has really opened up great possibilities and tactics with the new maniples.
My next step is to try out some of the Legio specfic traits for my maniple.
Time to name the titans, thanks for reading.