WHFB: Dark Elves cause Carnage – Part 2

So at the end of turn one, we’d had a lot of combat and it was pretty close, probably just in my favour.

I charged my Silver Talons and Breathy the Hydra into Eega Ugezod’s Black Orcs, and also launched a Blade Wind attack beforehand to whittle down their numbers.

The wolf riders got a flank attack from a CoK Chariot. In fact, this game consisted of lots of flank attacks from units, which meant we rarely had the issue of numbers of ranks and associated steadfastness coming up.

The Spider Riders and Trolls got wiped out, and Spitty and Redark (Hunter in the dark) [cue twlight theme music for this very very scary name] my General followed up (Mengil’s couldn’t as they are reavers and spent time tearing up the corpses of their victims).

ASnd another one bites the dust, the Warlocks defeated the Wyvern and rider and moved on to another bolt thrower crew (all too easy).

Another flank attack, as Gav pushed the Orcs forward along with the Goblin horde !

End of turn 2, and its all a mess with so many units in combat. Great fun !

Well it was for me, as I had the Orcs for lunch, allowing my General to run them down, and Spitty turned to face the goblins.

The Orc Arrer boys did however over-run the Shades, but ended up pursuing them into the realms of nowhere they could do anything useful for the game as my CoK cavalry bypassed them. As I had no static units they didn’t get back into the game.

Gav’s right flank were similarly out of the game, having spent a couple of turns squabbling and then trying to move towards the middle of the battlefield.

the Night Goblin bowmen rounded the ruins, released the fanatics, who failed to make contact with my one unit of 10 RXBs and again were effectivelly out of the game.

The Orc Arrer Boyz (second unit) finally got into a scrap with the Spearmen, but Faygin Cheapsoul (my bargain basement hero with SFA) saw them off, moments after the goblin horde had received its own flank charge from Mengils who carved a path of destruction through them (again, unable to follow up).

WHFB: Dark Elves cause Carnage – Part 1

On Saturday, Byakhee Gavin A and I had a big game of WHFB – 5k per side – as he was able to game well into the evening as it was one of his respite days. A battle at 5k points value is quite large, so we were filling the entire table when deploying armies.

Of course the first thing I always have to do, is ensure his troops asre properly based. After 25+ years I am still doing this as he manages to find figures unbased or on the wrong bases.

Fixed !

I started out well, winning both the choice of table edge, then who did vanguard movement first, then who went first !

I deployed my scouts well forward.

Then the vanguard as far as I could forward – which resulted in me blocking Gav’s Wolf and Spider Riders being able to make a vanguard move.

Except, for the second set of Spider riders which moved into the middle of the table.

Entertainingly, Gav had put the Savage Orcs on the table, facing backwards – a prescient move as it turned out. he turned them round to face the enemy forces before we started. 🙂

My Dark Riders, were unable to resist temptation and charged them in the first turn.

And the second Dark Riders, and Warlocks also charged in the first turn – I have said previously that the rules for WHFB reward aggression, and that is doubled down in the DE rules. My army as a whole advanced rapidly.

The Warlocks broke the Savage Orcs much to my surprise, whilst the two sets of Dark Riders were held by the Wolf Riders (on the flank), and the Spider Riders in the centre.

Gavin then brought up his Trolls in a flank attack (there were a lot of these in this game, and we rarely had to worry about counting ranks in combat resolution).

His Lord on Wyvern moved in to support the beleagured Shaman and bolt thrower crew.

And his Orc Arrer Boyz flank attacked what remained of the Dark Riders – luckily I’d augmented them with Blades of Aiban so they were doing ok, but…

The Dark Riders were wiped out, and the Trolls and Spider Riders followed up into Spitty the Hydra, and Mengil Manhides’ troops, which was a mistake on their behalf.

Whilst the other Dark Riders were similarly despatched, with the Wolf Riders following up into my Shades.

Fortunately the Warlocks killed the Shaman, destroyed the bolt thrower crew and wounded the hero on Wyvern, winning the combat so they reformed to face the Wyvern and rider…

And this was all in the first turn !

WHFB: Conclusions, Pizza, & Cats

So this is how it stood at the end of the game.

My COK were slightly harmed, my Silver Talons returned to the table, Spitty the Hydra was stil around as were a residue of RXBs. But the Empire artillery was intact as was a substantial number of Halberdiers and Hippygryphs.

So it was a marginal victory to Richard:

  • My set up was great, his sucked;
  • My first flank move was very good;
  • I failed to capitalise on that by throwing in the rest of my army;
  • Which meant in the second turn onwards his artillery became more important, probably decisive;
  • His dice rolling started off bad and got better, mine was the reverse;
  • By having my COK and Eric stand still, I sucked up his PV for his knights, BUT his artillery could, and did shell me to bits.

So, as usual, caution got treated with contempt.

I should have gone hell for leather and stuff it all down his throat ASAP. As advocated by Black Jack.

Rich brought me some of his home grown chillis, small, butI thought they might be potent.

The chicken and chilli pizza. I ended up putting 4 of Rich’s chillis on it, just as well I stopped there. It made us go bright red and sweat a lot.

BlackJack obviously wrote me off and simply fell asleep.

WHFB: Snatching Defeat from the jaws of victory

W/e before last Byakhee Rich and I had a game. Empire vs Dark Elves:

I had a strong left hand cavalry wing with the Warlocks in there, their third (?) outing as I stil am assessing them as a combat/cavalry/magic unit.

Rich confessed to mucking up his deployment, as I distracted him with Eric and the Cold One Knights, and he deplpyed his artillery and knights on his left flank against them, which caused him pain to re-roganise once he’d seen what I was up to.

But this still left his rather impressive two infantry units facing me in the centre.

First I got the Vanguard move for the Fast Cavalry (10 Warlocks, 10 Dark Riders), then I won initiative and went first and was pouncing on his poorly defended right flank.

Stupidly, I did not move up the centre of my army to support them.

WHY ?????

Because I thought I’d wait to see how he re-arranged his army. Pathetic, I should know better, I should have moved them up immediately. I really should learn from Belkar Bitterleaf, and know that throwing an angry housecat in the opponents face is the best way tio solve things.

This resulted in me wiping out his skirmishers (at a price of most of my Dark Riders), and then following them up along with my army general on Manticore into one of his large units. As you can see in the back ground, the Silver Talons (c30 Spearmen) are a long way away – at least two turns).

Still I hoped that the General and Manticore would cause significant casualties.

Nope, the dice were as against me as they were against Rich.

Rich starts to re-arrange his army in the meantime.

Whilst both our knights faced off against each other. However, Richard managed a few shots onto Eric, so after two turns I blinked and moved Eric forward with the CoK suffering from stupidity stuck where they were. Typical.

Despite not winning by a convincing margin, my general stayed in combat, and then Rich failed his LD test when I did win combat the second round. Both of us were hurling Augment and Hex spells into this fray, as you can see by the caspell cards we slipped under the models’ bases. (our one concession to on table clutter).

Mt RXBs whittled down an Empire detachment to one Wizardess and one archer. Much school boy humour about the wizardess holding her globes !

The Manticore got killed, the general was defeated.

The Silver Talons after dithering and being whittled down by organ gun fire, closed in and defeated the halberdiers.

But too late to rescue the general who failed his LD test, ran and was cut down by the Empire Halberdiers.

Eric pranced forward, before being cut down by the Empire Cannons. The hippygriff knights got bored and moved across the front of my army to engage the Silver Talons.

The Warlocks got this Empire contraption (chariot) in the face, and whilst good were no match for it. I think they’d be good against infantry.

So, because I’d idled for one round, Rich was now in a better position than me. Conclusion to follow.

WHFB: Morathai

Finally some Warhammer painting in progress.

This took a lot of effort. I’d had a go and Byakhee Rich nhad a go, I think it flew across both rooms a few times.

A lot of pinning later I managed to paint it, and I think it made a half decent paint job.

I painted the claws, hooves and teeth with granite to match in with the scheme I did for Eric.

As post 666, I suppose its approrpiate to be talking about the mother of the Witch King…

WHFB: A right drubbing ! Part Two

Not wanting to mix it up with the Phenix Guard the Dark Riders and Worlocks (both fast Cavalry) made a dash round them towards the melee in the centre of the table in a last ditch effort to help out the Cold Ones who had survived another round of combat depleting the Lothern Sea Guard. Both sides were succesful in casting spells, hexing and augmenting units but it was a war of attrition that I wasn’t winning.

The Dark Riders over-ran one of the RBTs and then charged the spearmen – no it wasn’t going to work really was it ?

The worlocks headed for the next RBT and out of harm’s way.

Talking of which my sorcess was alone and on foot, and had the two Giant War Eagles headed her way with no chance of fending them off.

Eric faced off against the Phoenix Guard – that wan’t going to work either ! So at this point I threw in the towel and conceeded edefat.

What had gone wrong ?

  • Assuming one army list, and my opponent bringing to totally different one
  • Not deploying in a sensible way, I should have refused a flank
  • Going in piecemeal…
  • …against a numerically superior enemy
  • Frittering away the Hydra, it should have moved to support the Dark Riders on the flank instead of hanging around being the target in target practice for the Shadow Warriors
  • Not getting Eric into combat with the Cold Ones, again he didn’t see action so was another couple of hundred wasted points

All in all an embarrsing list of failures for me as a General. “Could do better” would be on my report card.

WHFB: A right drubbing ! Part One

Byakhee Anthony and I had a game on Monday, Dark Elves vs High Elves.

I’d thought I’d be facing a cavalry heavy army, so planned accordingly for my own cavalry heavy army.

Dark Elves:

  • 3 Sorceresses
  • 10 Cold Ones, plus BSB and a hero
  • 2×10 Dark Riders
  • 10 Worlocks
  • 10 RXBs
  • Eric, the Kharbdrys
  • Spitty, a Hydra

Instead, Anthony brought an entirely infantry army.

  • 2 War Eagles
  • Lothern Sea Guard ~20
  • Spear Men ~30
  • Two RBT
  • Phoenix Guard ~20
  • 2 Mages, one of whom had all the signature spells from all the magic lists
  • 2 heroes, one with the Moonbow

Vanguard move – lots of Fast Cavalry moved forward.

But Anthony won the roll for the first move…

Anthony rolled two 6s for the winds of magic, and proceeded to carry out a very canny tactic of lots and lots of low level signature spells, which eventually wore my dispel pool and reduced the RXB unit to 4…in the first turn ! Shooting then reduced them to 2 !!

I charged forward anyway trying to outflank and encircle his infantry blocks to pick them off.

On my flank, the Dark Riders raced passed the Shadow warriors in the woods, whilst the hydra headed for the war eagles. This was a mistake.

Because Anthony then charged the War Eagles into the back of the Dark Riders, who held for one turn before (as ever) I failed the LD test and they were cut down, including a Lvl2 Sorceress.

The Cold Ones charged the Lothern Sea Guard losing 2 on the way in ! Anthony then moved the Spearmen to line up a flank attack.

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

The Phoenix Guard crushed the Gors, taking their BSB with them and pursued across the battle field towards more foes.

Meanwhile, another unit of Gor ambushers erupted behind our lines, trapping the Dwarf line front and rear. Luckily, Anthony’s army list for me had ganted me Stubborness so whilst locked in combat with numerically superior numbers Shambles held the line. Several challeneges were declared and accepted, but each took two turns to resolve ! Eventually stouter Dwarf skill held out and the gobbos lost their BSB and hero.

Shambles’ unit got charged in the rear by the Gors and took casualties.

But the Longbeards defeated the other gobbos and chased them across the battlefield not quite catching them.

Having wiped out the goblin trebuchet crew, the War Eagles swooped onto a lone Goblin Shaman, as overseen by BlackJack who ensured Anthony’s measuring was purrfect. 😉

The Phoenix Guard caught the gobbo archers (about 30 of them) whislt the Eagles swooped on the hapless shaman.

The Longbeards caught up with the fleeing gobbos…

The goblin army fled across the centre of the board away from the rampaging High Elves and Dwarfs.

Meanwhile, Shambles’ unit had held the line fighting off the gobbos and the Gors despite casualties (stubborn is a great rule !), allowing Bugman’s Rangererers to charge the gobbos in the rear and the Long beards and Eagles to come to the rescue. Against all odds, the Organ Gun crew withstood (by one beard) the attack of the second Gor unit of ambushers, and held them there !

Phoenix Guard mopped up the last of the gobbos completing their slaughter.

Whilst Bugman’s Rangererers slaughtered the gobbs, crashed through into the Gors and drove them off.

At this point, the game was won with only one unit of Gors left to take on the virtually untouched Lothern Sea GUard, Phoenix Guard, War Eagles, Long Beards and Bugman’s.

Victory for the good side.

Just as well as BlackJack was found to be cat-napping Anthony’s bag underneath the table. 🙂

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….

Special Guest Superstar DJ: WHFB Lizardmen

Byakhee Stuart has provided some new Lizardmen photos of the new models he has got and painted up.

Sadly other than Top Secret projects the only paint being splashed around is by the builders. Anyway, onwards…

Slann.
I have one of these thrones for my Amazon army.

Terradon stuka bomber !

Nice model.

WHFB “not” Anklyosaurus.

A not T.Rex.

Hero. Looks a complex model.

Shaman – the photo is a bit dark but certainly colourful.

And some Saurus Warriors.