Me and Rob played a game of Warmachine last night. I'll only post a brief writeup, since Rob posted one already here.
I took a Cryx list, using:
Iron Lich Asphyxious
* Skarlock Thrall
Bane Thralls (Leader and 5 Grunts)
My standard assassination list, with Asphyxious instead. Part of my goal to give all my casters (and slowly, all my models) a try under Mk II. Ashyxious is a different beast than Denegra. No stealth makes him more vulnerable to ranged attacks and he doesn't have nearly the debuff abilities she does, but he is more durable, and can lay a HUGE beating in close combat. I figured with the Slayer, the Bane Thralls, and Ashyxious, I should be able to get the jump on my Khador opponent, and grind him to the ground.
* War dog
Battle Mechaniks (Leader and 5 Grunts)
Great Bears of Gallowswood
Lots of close combat punch.
I tried to play more conservatively than usual, trusting my spells and slight shooting advantage to try to take a few parts of his army away before I made my assault. Rob also advanced very slowly straight up.
Then, Rob surprised me, and would've won if he had planned a turn ahead.
Strakhov is a cool caster. His feat adds +4" to a model's speed. He also has a spell that adds +2 to a model's speed. Another spell allows a model to get a full advance when an enemy model is killed under certain (easily obtained) circumstances. Combined with Beast 09's reach weapon, that's a threat range of 21 inches (Spd 4, +4 from feat, +2 from one spell, +6 from other spell (including bonus from previous spell, +3 charge, +2 reach). I had Asphyxious about 14" away from him, thinking that I was safe. And I even KNEW what Strakhov's spells did. I just never made the connection.
Anyway, to the point- Beast 09 charged Asphyxious, and took chunks out of his health. Not enough to kill him, thankfully. Rob had to cast Superiority on Beast 09 this turn, instead of upkeeping it from a previous turn, depriving him of focus, and therefore critical extra attacks he'd need to win.
In response, Asphyxious wrecked Beast 09, but that was a very very clear message that I was underestimating my opponent! I moved things into hiding, and worked on creating more advantageous positions while healing. We ended up calling it because it was getting late, and although I'm fairly confident I would've won at this point, it was still a VERY close game.
As Rob gets another game or two with this caster, I'm going to need to be extra careful!
Next game, probably in two weeks, will have me use Skarre. Should be fun, as I never tried her under MkI (she was VERY cheesy then, and is less so now).