WHFB: 2014 04 12 A right old set to ! Part One

We had planned a game of Warhammer for Saturday. I had originally planned to be GM and Host, leaving the four Byakhees to be the players. At the last moment due to back injury and yet another problem with his car, Rich had to pull out, so I was now the fourth player.

I opted to play Dwarfs as I have a few and they haven’t seen the light of day recently. I didn’t however have the new rulebook, so Anthony agreed to write up an army list based on what figures he knew I had. Each player had 1500 points, so quite small armies, but with four players and 3,000 points per side enough for a full day’s gaming especially as Roo is only just getting back in to warhammer.

My dwarf army, which has barely seen lick of paint ! A lot of old school models here.

Lead by my general Shambles (named after an old AD&D character I played), busy smoking his pipe, and some rare finds on e-bay of a standard bearer and musician from the pre-slotta days !

  • Quarrellererers – 20 X Bows, including command squad, veteran and Shambles (Noble), pre and ealy slotta figures.
  • Bugmans Rangerererers – 20 Bugmans Rangers with X Bows and Great Weapons, second edition of the Regiment of Renown.
  • Long Beards – 20 actually painted plastic Dwarfs, Noble with BSB.
  • Organ Gun – with a few runes on it.

I allied with the tricksy Elves, to fight against Beatmen and a horde of Gobbos.

After Roo’s No.1 son Dylan (6 years old) had set up the scenery for us (supervised), and had finished admonishing his father for not having painted all his Beastmen (!), the armies deployed:

Beastmen & Gobbos. Unit of Minataurs on the bottom flank, spider riders top, hordes of (plastic grey) gobbos and Gors centre.

Lothern Sea Guard in black undercot flank the dwarf Longbeards and Quarrellererers, organ gun and RXB. Phenix guard guard the other flank.

Bugman’s Rangers deployed well foward to menace the enemy’s lines. This almost turned out to be a mistake, as I’d forgotten spider riders are Fast Cavalry, so get a vanguard move which meant they ended up on the Temple of Skulls, and that they ignored difficult terrain !

Meaning, I had now become the hunted ! A hasty re-arrangement, with reinforcement hurrying ofrward in the form of the Phoenix Guard and War Eagles calmed me somewhat, not that I needed to have worried…

The Spider Riders pounced, losing a few on the way in due to X-bow fire. I lost three Rangererers.

Before wiping the Spider Riders out entirely, and reformed to face the oncoming horde behind me:

Gors and Goblins advanced across the table. In our favour the large goblin unit of archers spent two turns squabbling due to the good old goblin animosity rules.

More worrying was the advance of the Minotaurs through the ruins on the flank. Fortunately, the Lothern Sea Guard with magically souped up fire power did their duty.

Cutting them down in number, before a second volley of fire wiped them out.

Anthony’s High Elf War Eagles closed in on their target – the goblin trebuchet. This had already squished a few of my Long Beards !

Two gobbo hordes, relatively unscathed by my Organ Gun and X-Bow fire charged in to the Longbeards and Shambles’ Quarrellererers.
At the same time a large unit of Gor Ambushers popped up right behind the Dwarfs (luckily for us unable to charge in that round of combat !).

The Eagles catch their prey…

Whilst the Phoenix Guard enter the fray with the somewhat battered Gors.

To be contionued…

PS: There is a running joke in our group about Dwarf unit names, hence the Rangererers, Quarrellererers etc….

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