Saturday, January 17, 2015

Dismal Dwarven disaster

First Kings of war game for a long time, and it was the Dwarfs against Adrian's Orcs .... again.

Initial deployment, with obligatory bottle of Porter on the table edge.

I pushed forward with the Brockriders (hey, I know they are spider riders, but .. it's my fantasy army LOL) on my right wing. They were supported by a steel behemoth. The unit of Orc Gore riders was destroyed in one turn, such were the casualties, and the high roll in the nerve test

On my left a unit of Ironwatch confronts three Troll.. oh dear.

A unit of Orc Ax push past the Ironwatch and towards the army standard bearer

Adrian pushes his second unit of Gore Riders forward, supported by a Krudger on a winged slasher .. ooo , might not end well.

The Dwarf Shieldbreakers wait in the centre

The centre from the dwarven side. The Dwarf cannon had performed well, scoring  a hit on the Orc Ax Horde (on the right of the photo) every turn for three turns. Eventually enough casuallties to break the unit.

The Brockriders taking severe casualties. The Krudger attacked the steel behemoth. The Orcs won both combats, eliminating the Dwarf right wing .. the turning point of the game.

The Orc horde wavering

The Dwarf left wing Ironwatch survived two turns of combat against the trolls,

The view of the Orc centre with the Horde gone. At this stage things still looked pretty good for the Dwarfs.

Orc Ax get around behind the Dwarf left. The unit of Ironclad manage to turn to meet the threat.

Finally the Ax and GreatAx make contact in the centre

The Shieldbreakers  .. well, they 'break'.. oo damn!!!

The Krudger attacks the Dwarf King.

The Ironguard are hit from the front and the side, as the Orc right wing Gore Riders break through.

The Dwarf left.. almost all that is left of the Dwarf army.

The King and the Krudger battle it out .. the Krudger won.. sigh

The Ironguard are lost

The standard bearer faces of against the Trolls ....

... wavering, but thank goodness it was the last turn.
So that was out first Kings of ear game in certainly a year, maybe longer. I had pulled the dwarf centre back remaining just out of charge reach, while maximising firepower on the Orcs. This worked, but once my right wing went, I decided to attack in the centre. This was the turning point of the game.

From the perspective of winning the game, I should have continued to pull back. However, the game was a lot of fun.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

I had the pleasure of joining Keith, Jon and Alastair at 'Casa Bryndwr' for a 6mm Napoleonic game, set in the Peninsular, using our favourite Volley and Bayonet rules set. It has been a while since I've played a game sign their rebased 6mm armies. They have increased the troop density on each base, and the result is visually outstanding. I grabbed a few photos on my phone during the game, and thought that they were worth sharing.

Messing around with pre game bombardments in Great War Spearhead

While the 1917/1918 WW1 western front painting project isn't finished yet (work and life tend to fill most waking hours at the moment), ...