|Equis Tyranus charges thru the Orc lines.|
As I sorta prefaced in my previous post, The Bob and I played Warhammer Fantasy Battle 8th Edition this past weekend. This was my first game in about a decade, and it has been a long time for Bob also, so we were treating this game as a bit of a refresher. It was a standard 2k pitched battle. Despite the rusty rules knowledge, I went in with an open mind and a desire to push these greenskins as hard as I could.
I brought 2k points consisting of:
- A Black Orc Warboss
- Orc Shaman (Lvl 2)
- Night Goblin shaman (Lvl 2) AKA Oddgob
- Big Uns
- Arrer Boyz
- Boyz with twin choppas
- Trolls (7 of them!)
- 2 stands of spear/shield Night Gobos
- Night Gobos with shortbows
- 3 Fanatics, one hidden in each Night Gobo unit
- Forest Gobos on Giant Spiders
- And a Boar Chariot
|Waaagh Neverness assembled.|
- A mounted Prince
- A lvl 1 Mage
- Silver Helms
- Dragon Princes
- Sword Masters
- White Lions
|The elves gather.|
|The armies deploy.|
Amazingly, none of my units gave in to animosity. Most of my units moved forward, some faster than others, in an effort to engage the fearsome High Elves before them. The chariot whipped the boars in a full throttle boost towards the High Lines.
High Elves Turn 1
Bob returned that insult and the Archers shot a volley into the Gobo Shaman's unit slaying 6 of the gits.
His Seaguard fired a volley into the Boar Chariot that was rampaging towards them putting a wound on it.
All in all, it was a fairly soft opening of the game...
|End of Turn 1 state of the battle.|
Orcs Turn 2
More maneuvers performed with the stupid Trolls actually moving where I wanted them to go. The Spider Riders failed their charge on the Silver Helms but the Snottlings that I sent in to support them actually make it in!
|Snotings engage the Silver Helms.|
|Snottlings run away from the Silver Helms.|
|Chariot impacts the Swordmasters!|
High Elves Turn 2
Showing her magic muscles, the High Elf Mage cast Soul Quench at the Trolls with Irresistible Force! Killing a Troll. She detonated as a result but since no one was in base-to-base with her no one died (much to the relief of Bob).
|If spiders were really this big,..|
The Dragon Princes moved in on the Night Goblins only to find the first of the Fanatics. After that frenzied interlude 2 of the Dragon Princes were dead!
|"But I'm your biggest fan!"|
The three remaining Dragon Princes easily routed the Night Gobos but they elected not to pursue them.
|"They clean with soap?! Run away! Run away!"|
Orcs Turn 3
Failing their animosity test, the Night Goblin Archers charged the Seaguard. ("Idiots!" I declared in disappointed awe). The other two Fantaics were released, one went toward the Archers while the other, emerging from the charging Night Gobo Archers, towards the White Lions. The one that crashed through the White Lions destroyed a whole rank as it took out 6 of them! The one Night Gobo Archer unit that attempted to charge the Seaguard lost 7 grots to shooting, paniced, and routed!
The Big Uns, led by the Black Orc Warboss, charged the Dragin Princes. The the Princes were defeated by the raging Orcs. The Warboss challenged the Champion and bashed him to death but not without taking two wounds himself!
|The Warboss wins the duel!|
High Elves Turn 3
Set up for a perfect side flank charge, the Silver Helms charged the Trolls. The Sword Masters charge the Orc Boyz with twin weapons, and the Lions charge the unit of Gobos who have yet to run away.
|Charge of the Elves!|
In the middle of the table, the Swordmasters and the Orcs have a tied combat!
|Big bash in the middle of the table!|
I was utterly beside myself and my morale was genuinely crushed.
|Silver Helms trample over the Trolls and sight their next target.|
Orcs Turn 4
It was tough to continue after that, I wanted to fold. Over half of my living army was in route and the High Elves seemed unstoppable. But I pressed on. The Goblins on the table edge failed to rally and bolted off the table. The Arrer Boyz and Spider Riders did rally, which was a refreshing turn.
The Fanatics rampage through the enemy lines again, killing 3 Archers and 6 Seaguard!
The Big Un's charged the White Lions. My Warboss issued a challenge to their unit champion which he accepted. The Warboss slaughtered the White Lion champ with ease however the faster White Lions massacred the Big Uns leaving only one survivor and the Warboss.
|Big Uns cherge the White Lions.|
The big tussel in the center continues as Sword Masters and Orcs whittle each other down. The Sword Masters actually lose combat but do not Break thanks to the proximity of their army's battle standard ("cor...we need one of doze!" Says the befuddled Orc Shaman..)
|They just won't run!|
High Elves Turn 4
Having lost way too many elves to the Fanatics, the Archers and the Seaguard shoot the fanatics to death ending their threat once and for all.
The White Lions finish off the Warboss and the last Big Un.
The tussle in the center continues as the Orcs crush the surviving Swormasters but still take more losses due to the arrival of the Silver Helms crashing into their flank. Again, it was those hits from the steads that were the deciding element The Orcs don't break (by some miracle) but there is simply no way they were going to survive another round.
|The Silver Helms triumphant!|
All-in-all, we had a good time. My lack of recall on certain rule elements and tactics regarding the Night Goblins and the Trolls (especially the Trolls!) Cost more greenskin lives that could have been otherwise prevented. I say that, but...my dice.
The Fanatics impressed me more than I thought they would and clearly I need more. But only if I stick with the Goblins. It's really Orcs that I need more of as they aren't only a bit tougher and more effective in combat but their Leadership is better. Bob was suggesting that I acquire some Black Orcs, but making additional purchases for this game is something I am hesitant to do at this stage but I shall ponder upon the notion further...
The High Elves were awesome against this army. I was especially impressed with the Silver Helms who were just so tough to kill. And his damned horses...in our post game discussion we named the one that routed the Trolls: Equis Tyranis.
We'll see what happens when we try it again...