And from the October mists, a second report comes. Unfortunately some of that mist appears to have found its way onto my camera for this one. Apologies in advance!
GAME 2 – EMPIRE
My opponent has something like my nightmare Empire list, minus steamtanks.
Karl Franz - barded warhorse, Ghal Maraz
Wizard Lord of Life, dispel scroll, talisman of preservation
BSB – armour of meteoric iron
12 Knights – FC, Steel Standard (Karl, Luthor and Wiz Lord here).
10 IC Knights – FC, great weapons.
18 Greatswords FC (witch hunter and BSB here);
3 Demigryph knights
3 Demigryph knights
So it was Karl ‘Monster Hunter’ Franz and Luthor ‘Mark of Chaos Intro’ Huss bringing their badass hammers forward with a Life Magic life bus. My opponent deployed everything front and centre. Karl´s 3-rank bus faced my centre left. On its right flank were the greatswords, then 3 demis facing my left. To Karl´s left were the greatsword inner circle knights, then the other demis (my right). The spell wagons hovered behind the centre and archers around the flanks.
I had to tackle 4 fast-moving and hard-hitting targets. I couldn’t do all that in one turn and I didn’t want to risk my dragon in a straight fight against Franz’s bus, or his hammer. So I deployed the phoenix guard early, in the centre, to hold for Asuryan. The archers sheltered close to their right, then the helms and a phoenix, hoping to bust through the Empire left flank. On my left flank, the dragon and the second phoenix hoped to bust through there. I wasn’t planning on holding with the dragon so, again, my World Dragon Banner and the dragon itself were separated.
EMPIRE TURN 1
This is an easy one to write. My opponent shouted “Charge!” and everything came forward in a straight line as far as possible. There was some crowding around the building opposite my right flank which slowed the demgryphs there. Close by, the pegasus captain sheltered from bolt thrower fire.
In the magic phase, I dispelled Throne of Vines and Earthblood on Franz’s bus using the power of the Book, but I couldn’t stop Flesh to Stone. (He also had Shield of Thorns and Earthblood.) I wasn’t popping the scroll this turn. That was for base contact Franz time. The luminark discovered that Banner of the World Dragon was in the silver helms.
HIGH ELVES TURN 2
The dragon and left-phoenix both charged the nearest unit of demis. Lucky for me! In the centre I sacrificed some reavers to hold up Franz’s bus and the inner circle knights. No double-flee shenanigans, just straight throwaways to stop these units rolling in free charges. But I got two for the price of one with those lovely long cavalry bases. The phoenix guard advanced into charge range of Franz.
In the magic phase my phoenixes got +1 In and I was able to cast only a drain magic from my archmage to give my dragon a 5+ ward save, and my mage a 3++. Nice. Arcane Unforging was scrolled. Shooting whiffed.
Combat was tremendous. My dragon and phoenix tore into the demigryph knights and sent them running – through the greatswords in fact, because I’d placed my chargers left of centre. Perfect. My dragon archmage reformed but my phoenix flew down the demis and rolled into the flank of the greatswords.
This was looking tidy but it was still all about Franz. Could I hold him in the centre, or would he blow through before I could surround him?
The elves’ monstrous allies force an early decider on the left flank…
…and kill their way to good positions on the field. The elven centre harasses and braces for action.
EDIT: After struggling to get Imgur to work properly and paste the above pictures, I've given up trying. If anyone has any advice, or even better another image-posting app which doesn't make me want to hurl my laptop from a tall window, please let me know!