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Tinagel watched with awe as he saw the rise of the green horde. “Such beasts cannot enter this forest!” Outraged he raised his bow and fired an arrow in a goblin which was jumping up and down on a flower. One enemy of the forest is down, a few thousand to go.
A group wardancers emerged from the forest. Tinagel recognized the dawndancers, the famous group who danced every morning to celebrate the beginning of the day.
The rhythm started and slowly their dance began. The group headed straight at the orc frontline. With grace they quickened their pace and charged the Orcs, with an elegance of a falling leaf. Faster and faster the rhythm went until the group moved as a whirlwind. A straight line was cut through the green horde in a matter of seconds. Green blood was oozing from the wounded and dead orcs. With a supple cut the leader beheaded three Orcs and landed in a striking pose in the center of the group.
A hail of arrows erupted from the forest sowing death and agony in the green mass. “All armor has a weak spot.” Tinagel mumbled to himself. A goblin shaman tried to cast a spell. Four arrows thudded in his chest. The enemy will be slaughtered if we keep up this pace. A second volley reduced the foul beast to pincushions. Tinagel hoped that the arrows will last until all green skins are dead. Goblins were trying to take cover but were grabbed by the Orcs and used as a green shield. Nevertheless the arrows homed in on the enemies.
A screech in the air made Tinagel look skywards. Three warhawks joined the fray. The fierce creatures slashed their way into the flank while the riders loosened arrow after arrow in the mass. Even a blinded dwarf couldn’t miss in that crowd. Tinagel saw a claw slash of a head from a black orc, a spray of green blood splattered the ground. One of the birds was hit and its rider leaped from the bird and impaled two Orcs with his spear before he was mowed down. The remaining hawks screeched with rage and attacked with vigor.
A giant roar went up to the sky. The Orcs were shouting like maniacs their grin widened and Tinagel even saw some dribble with glee. Like a gigantic wave the green horde surged forward. It looked like this was going to be a long day.
Ha, not bad. Just writing about your army for a bit of fun, or is this a recount of a recent table-top battle, perhaps?
Thanks! It was more like a pre-war story. I was going to fight an O&C army and this one got me in the mood to slay them. I was thinking how the units would work in the field when they were forced to defend themselves and the forest.
Well, now I have to ask if your motivational writing piece translated in to a win!
I should probably do a little more of that pre-game thinking. I've been having a few games of Warmachine of late and not been doing well, possibly because I don't really know what I can do with my units! Maybe I need to adopt your approach for a bit...
Alas, it's not an auto-win, would be very boring if this was the truth but making the stories is fun. Me and a friend of mine sometimes write a pre-war and an after the battle story. Depending who wins. We always try to diss each other a bit with fatal flaws in the tactics or moments that went wrong. Very funny.
Ahhhh this piece gives new reason to find and slaughter some pesky elves, after trampling their silly flower gardens.
And when dawn breaks our own 'wardancers' will be dancing on the corpses of those pink-skins
Nice read Rolef!
Warchief Diggah o da Bloodmoon Squiggahs
Thanks Digger! Somehow I have a strange vision of Goblins doing the polonaise.....
That would be amazing... the goblins doing the polonaise that is.
The best battle reports in the section are the ones that are written like a story, in my opinion. I've always done it that way, it makes things far more interesting than the cut-and-dry "I moved my Knights, then he countered with his Spearmen". Nobody wants to read that, but if you make a story out of it, then it becomes twice as entertaining!
Ever thought of playing a campaign with your friend? Just linking your after-battle stories to the next battle somehow?
Well, I did actually. Most of the times the winner writes the story. I'll try to post the next one. And I think that warhammer is more then rules and mathemetics. I know its a big part and is for winning the game but its way more fun if you can visualise how your army works (or doesn't work at all) and laugh with your enemy when something goes wrong.
Ah well, thats my point of view, sounds cheesy but I play this game for fun. Winning is nice but being routed by a better tactician is also fun to see and an oppertunity to learn from.
Is pretty much how I play as well. Every so often I'll worry as I can discuss filthy builds with the best of them, and usually get called beardy for it - until they see such combinations aren't even touched upon in my lists!
Fantasy: Wood Elves, Dark Elves, Beastmen and Tomb Kings.
LotR: Misty Mountains and Rohan