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I just entered a warband league at my local game store, and played my first match. It's very odd playing a game of WHFB that lasts well under an hour! The lists were as follows (roughly).
x3 Repeater X-Bowmen
x2 Cold One Knights
x5 Black Guard w/Tower Master
x10 Night Goblins w/bows
X12 Night Goblins w/shields + hero w/some kind of annoying sword that gives + to S and I.
x1 Goblin Doom Diver
A rough account of the battle is as follows:
It was a simple assignment - Vasilakis, the Tower Master and commander of the small detatchment of dark elves was charged with destroying the local goblin presence in the area. Was he confident? Yes. Arrogant? To a fault. However, he was not naive, and was not about to let his focus lapse even in the face of what to him was a laughable assignment.
The small horde of shapes representing the enemy was seen across the field -- he quickly spat out orders. The knights were to flank to the right - the archers to provide support from the left - and the corsairs were to march ahead of his unit of black guard to "test" for fanatics that may be hidden within either unit of goblins, ready to maddeningly fling themselves at his ranks.
After deploying his troops a loud, shrill cry rang out as the doom diver crew launched a hapless goblin far into the air. It may have been pure, random luck - or perhaps Mork and Gork were personally watching over the battle, but the ill-fated diver flew hundreds of yards across the field and slammed directly in the middle of his unit, killing two black guards. This sudden blow broke the steely nerve of his men -- much to Vasilakis' rage his two remaining black guard turned and fled, leaving him to chase after them in an attempt to rally as the two units of goblins slowly advanced.
The cold one knights prepared to advance - but their mounts suddenly lurched forward, their eyes staring blankly into space. The knights tried in vein to compel their steeds to march onward, but could only hang onto their saddles in vain as the beasts lamely stumbled forward a few yards. This was not the way Vasilakis had intended for the battle to start.
Amidst the chaos in the center and right flank, the archers moved around a building to get a better vantage point of the battle, and let loose with their crossbows, culling two from the ranks of goblin spearmen, and readying to get to a more advantageous position.
The goblin horde advanced ever closer, and a second doom diver flew across the sky, striking the ground with a harmless thud well behind the lines. Vasilakis raised his halberd and struck the back of a fleeing black guard, his other hand extending, grasping the cloak of the one on his left as he screamed, "One more step and I'll give you to the executioners!!" his eyes narrowed in rage. His sudden display, his explicit threat, jolted the fleeing black guard from their flight and the two shamed guardsmen reformed on Vasilakis' flanks.
The knights dug their plated boots into the thick hides of their mounds, spurring the cold ones ever forward - covering a vast amount of distance and closing in on the rank of goblin archers. The crossbowmen advanced and let fly a volley at the doom diver crew, but the missiles failed to find their mark, flying over the heads of the tiny crew.
The goblins spear unit continued to advance, with the archers forming a line and letting loose a hail of arrows from their stubby little shortbows. The projectiles bounced harmlessly off the thick hides of the knights, and the doom diver fired yet another miss, the doomed goblin creating another impression in the hard earth.
Vasilakis led his men forward, muttering oaths about tossing the guardsmen's decapitated bodies to the hag queens if they didn't come through in this battle. The corsairs charged marched forward, ready to sacrifice themselves in case the spear unit contained fanatics - but no fanatics appeared - the corsairs holding fast, dual blades in hand, ready to receive the inevitable goblin charge as the archers marched into position, aiming their bows at the rear of the goblin spearmen.
The cold one knights charged forward at the line of goblins -- faced with the prospect of receiving a charge from even two cold one knights, the goblins panicked, dropped their bows, and fled. Ironically, it would have more than likely been better for them if they had held and fought, as their extended line brought them into contact with a house - a structure that knocked the fleeing goblins cold as they ran blindly into it, taking the unit out of the battle.
The spear unit charged the corsairs who held their ground - fighting tooth and nail with the swarm of greenskins -- two corsairs fell to the rabble while the third sliced one of the wicked creatures in two -- though his confidence was broken. The lone corsair fled with the horde well on his heels.
As the corsair fled, Vasilakis advanced, and stared the ill-fated corsair dead in the eyes, causing him to stop in his tracks. If nothing else, Vasilakis was renowned for presenting his troops with a choice: face the enemy, or face my wrath. The corsair dug his heels into the ground and turned, caught between a rock and a hard place.
The goblin archers shattered, the cold one knights turned their lances toward the doom diver crew and charged up the hill - crashing into the three surprised greenskins - utterly cutting them down to a man, and overrunning the position as if the crew wasn't even there, ending their charge on the other side of the hill. It had been a rough start, but now it was looking more and more like the day would belong to the dark elves.
There was still one unit left, however - and the battle would not be over until the fates dictated so. The goblin spear unit charged the lone corsair again, felling him with multiple jabs of their spears, and overrunning into Vasilakis and his two black guard as the crossbowmen advanced on the goblin's rear.
In a flash of steel and fury, Vasilakis and his men parried every oncoming blow of the goblin hero and his retinue, their eternal hatred delivering a return of blows that felled three goblins and caused the unit to break -- to break directly into the unit of archers that now stood behind them -- their crossbows dropped to the ground, replaced with short blades that cut through the retreating horde like wheat.
Silence fell across the valley as Vasilakis took a moment to survey the carnage. He had lost five men, and the goblins had lost it all. Today truly was a day for the bloody handed god.
This was a crazy game. First a direct hit on my commander's unit by a doom diver, followed by a failed stupidity roll on my cold one knights. Fortunately in the end it all came together much better than I would have predicted after the first few turns, but damn, it was scary for awhile.
I sort of feel bad for the goblin player - of all his casualties he lost about 10 goblins that he'll have to purchase again, and he lost his hero who ended up with four injuries, including a -1 to movement, a -1 to toughness, a loss of all magic weapons, and a loss of all starting abilities.
Of my casualties I lost one black guard and one corsair, which gave me a net gain of 87 points after repurchasing. This was enough to add two more cold one knights and a unit of 3 harpies to my list, which gives me even more hitting power and some tactical options.
I think I really like warbands!
Last edited by Reuptake; October 10th, 2008 at 04:57.
I'm starting to like the look of Warbands too. Good report. It was easy to follow what was going on, even though it was written as a story.
A few questions - first of all, aren't 200 pt warbands limited to low cost heroes and core units? Or was your league using different rules from the ones I have? I found a rather old version of warband rules on some random fansite, so I am curious if there's a newer version. I think mine are from a 2004 White Dwarf.
Also, how is the league going generally? What other lists are there and how are they faring? I am thinking about putting together an all Knights Bretonnian Warband and want to know if that'd be too cheesy, too few models, etc.
We're using the White Dwarf rules too - though I'm not sure about the specifics regarding heroes. I my army together using army builder, which didn't detect any abnormalities - and the other guy had his list vetted by the guy at the store. Perhaps there's a variant that's being used.
Warbands are easier on some armies than others - to be honest I'm not a good person to ask about this because I had to more or less go inactive in the league due to a bunch of upper level classes at college this semester, which has severely cut into my gaming time. I'll ask around though when I can make it back to the shop.
Glad you enjoyed the battle report.
Great report Reuptake!
I loved the style in which you told it. got any website that has those warband rules on them they seem like a load of fun. Is it a campain aswell then? since you had to rebuy dead models and got extra points?
can't wait till you play a big game and report it in this style should be a great read. Repped and noted as a great report!
Edit: oh thanks pinkus for the rules!
Thank you very much, jayz - I'm glad you enjoyed it. I haven't had the opportunity to play much WHFB recently, but that should change a bit as the semester winds down and winter vacation comes. As a result, I probably won't have any reports to post for a little while, but here's an old one you can read if you like (I think it's still on the first page of this forum, actually):