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This very long and is my first true attempt at a battle report.
Dwarfs and High Elves faced each other on the battlefield last night. It was a bloody affair.
The elves landed a scouting party on the dwarves shore looking for a stolen relic taken by the Skaven. They had not intended on meeting anyone else, but they did know that they were in the dwarf’s realm. When they ran across a dwarf runelord and his contingent they were afraid a fight might ensue. The dwarfs still carry many grudges in their grudge book. They lined up for battle and refused to depart.
The dwarfs were in the northern part of the field. They had a low hill in the west with a pond and forest next to each other to the east. The elves entered the battle from the south with a forest in the east then a building with some space between them and a long low hill to the west.
Looking west to east the dwarfs had a unit of warriors 10 strong just west of their hill, then on the hill they had a cannon with engineer upgrade, 10 thunderers, behind them was the runelord and his anvil then an organ gun, continuing west to east in the middle of the table there was a unit of 20 Longbeards with a BSB thane, 20 Ironbreakers with a second thane and then on the dwarfs eastern flank was 20 a unit of 20 slayer. Not in view waiting to pop up later was a 10 man unit of miners with a banner.
The high elf deployment running west to east was as follows. 5 dragon princes with noble behind the forest, bolt thrower between forest and building. East of the building but west of their hill was 10 Spearelves, 20 phoenix guard with lord, 20 phoenix guard with BSB. Then on the long low hill set 3 more bolt throwers. East of the hill was 10 spearelf unit and on the east flank were 6 dragon princes.
The dwarfs wanting to show the elves that they would not tolerate them being on their soil stuck first. The 10 dwarf warrior unit to the west move up at a slight angle and the three big unit in the middle of the table all moved up in a battle line. Since the only thing that had range to fire was the cannon it shot at the unit of 6 dragon princes on the elves eastern flank killing one of them. Then the runelord struck his anvil in the direction of the other dragon prince unit on the elves western flank. It did not kill anybody but with the ground shaking it did slow the dragon princes to half speed.
The elves started to try to move into position. All their units moved up with the exception of the spearelf unit next to the building. They turned and attempted to cover the rear of the bolt throwers on the hill for they suspected the dwarfs had some miners somewhere. Since this was a scouting party the elves were light on magic. Their lone mage was left on the boat due to illness; therefore they had no magic with them on the battlefield. All four of their bolt throwers shot at the Ironbreakers in the middle of the dwarf line killing 7.
Mean while the dwarfs in the middle continue to move forward. The warriors on the west flank moved up with a greater angle to move around the forest on that side. Then the miners did pop up, with the help of a steam drill, behind the three elf bolt throwers on the hill. They moved forward. The dwarf cannon then shot at the elf lords unit killing none thanks to their ward saves, the thunderers did the same killing one. The organ attempted to fire at them also but misfired and was out of commission for a while and had to be repaired. The runelord then struck his anvil helping the miners to charge two of the three elf bolt throwers on the hill killing three of the 4 crewmen, then running down the 4th as they run into the rear of the eastern spearelf unit and causing the third bolt thrower crew to flee. Grim start for the elves.
The elves countered with a charge into the flank of the dwarf warriors by the western dragon prince unit and a noble attached. They were able to run through the forest unhindered due to their magic banner. The fleeing bolt thrower unit rallied turned back to face their machine. The eastern dragon princes reformed to attempt to counter charge the miners that were attacking the Spearelves form the rear. The second spearelf unit realizing that they had failed in their attempt to protect the bolt throwers turned back around and head toward the battle, while the two phoenix guard unit moved forward. The lone remaining elf bolt thrower fired 6 blots at the Longbeards doing no damage at all. The miners having surprised the spearelf unit from the rear won that fight and caused the elves to flee into the slayers destroying that elf unit. the miners overran. The dragon princes in the east defeated the warriors. The noble attempted to hold his unit back to keep the dwarf cannon from firing down their flank, but the elves were to gear to listen and ran down the warriors anyway ending up very close to the flank of the dwarf cannon facing the wrong way.
The dwarf Ironbreakers charged the elves BSB unit of phoenix guard from the front and the miners attempted to charge them from the flank but failed. The Longbeards with their BSB elected not to charge the elf lords phoenix guard but remained where they were. The slayers moved up and blocked the elves eastern dragon price unit from charging the miners in the rear. The dwarf’s cannon then fired grapeshot at the western dragon prince unit hitting 3 of the 6 elves, but at a powder level of 4 allowing the elves armor to save them all. The thunderers then shot at the elf lords unit killing one more and removing a rank. The organ gun was still being repaired. The runelord then struck his anvil again helping the miners charge the flank of the elf BSB unit. In the ensueing fight the dwarfs kill 2 elves one being the unit champion in a challenge with the dwarf thane. The elves kill 2 miners. With the miners coming into their flank the elves were shocked but they managed to hold their ground.
The elf general and his unit charged the dwarf BSB and his unit of Longbeards. The eastern dragon prince unit charged the unit of tar pit slayers. The western dragon prince unit turned to face the dwarf cannon. The remaining spearelf unit continued to move up to try and flank the miners and the once fleeing bolt thrower crew return to their machine getting it ready to fire again. The elf bolt thrower in the west fired 6 bolts at the thunderers on the hill killing two. In the continuing fight between the iron breaker/miners and phoenix guard the elf BSB accepted the dwarf thane's challenge and survived. The dwarfs killed two more elves while losing one miner. The elves unit again held their ground, but this time with the help of the BSB. In the fight with the elf lord's unit and the dwarf's BSB unit the elf lord issued a challenge but the dwarf unit did not have a unit champ and the BSB felt him could not defeat the elf general so he moved to the back of the unit. The elves manage to kill 3 Longbeards but they held their gourd also. In the fight between the dragon princes and slayers the elves killed 5 slayers and were stuck in combat there.
With all of the dwarf and elf major units in combat the thunderers turned to face the dragon princes that were about to charge the cannon. Said cannon then fired a powder level 2 grapeshot into the dragon princes killing one. The organ gun is now repaired; it fired at the same dragon knights hitting 10 hits. Killing all of the unit and wounding the noble once. The runelord struck his anvil at the recrewed elf bolt thrower on the hill killing one of its crew. In the hand to hand fights, the dwarf BSB remained in the rear of his unit but this time elves managed to cause the Longbeards to run and they ran them and the dwarf BSB down. The other fight went in the dwarfs favor. They were able to cause the elves BSB and his unit flee getting away from the Ironbreakers but not from the miners. The miners then overran into the second spearelf unit. The slayers lost 2 more but were able to beat the dragon princes, but the elves out ran them.
The lone elf noble after having his unit shot away charged the cannon and the elf lord and his unit charged the organ gun. The remaining dragon prince unit rallied and turn to face the slayers again. The elf bolt thrower on the ground shot at the only thing it could now see which was the runelord and his anvil guards, killing one guard. Then the bolt thrower on the hill killed two more thunderers. In the miner/spearelf combat. the elves kill one miner while losing three of their own, they hold their ground. The noble kills two of the cannon crew but the remaining crewman and engineer hold their ground. the elf lord and his unit kill the organ gun crew and overruns into the runelord and his remaining guard.
The dwarf Ironbreakers moved to charge the Spearelves in the flank and the slayers advanced on the dragon princes. In the combat that follows the elf noble kill the reaming cannon crew and overruns into the thunderers. The runelord and the elf general start a ever ending challenge while the remaining anvil guard is killed. The Spearelves killed another miner and in turn the dwarfs slayed a spearelf to keep that combat going.
The western elf bolt thrower move to try to get a shot on something, anything. The dragon prince unit charges into the reduced slayer unit again. The elf noble still upset about losing his comrades manages to slay three thunderers and cause them to flee into the elf generals unit and die. Exhausted from his combat he decides to stay where he is and rest. The runelord and elf general continue their combat not being able to hurt each other. The Spearelves kill all but one miner but he is a true dwarf and will not run. The dragon prince unit is able to kill 5 more slayers on their charge but the slayer are look for a glorious death so they are going nowhere.
The Ironbreakers now are able to charge into the flank of the remaining Spearelves that are in combat with the lone miner. In that combat the last miner finally dies but the Ironbreakers are able to avenge his death by wiping out his killers. The slayers are reduced to three left while the dragon knights lose none. The generals challenge goes on with the same results as before.
The two elf bolt throwers shoot into the Ironbreakers and kill three more leaving seven or eight alive. The knights manage to kill the last three slayers in their long fight. while the generals are still not able to hurt each other.
After receiving information from another elves scouting party that the magic item that their expedition was after had been recovered the elf lord broke off the engagement, retrieved his dead and wounded and returned to their ship. He was saddened by the chance meeting that caused so much death.
If you read all of this I hope you understood what happened and enjoyed it.
Final tally was a minor victory for the High Elves.
Last edited by Hightide; February 17th, 2009 at 15:19. Reason: add spacing
Some more "air" or room in your text would be appreciated.
Great report though and I love that you actually incorporate a story into it. Could you post the complete army lists? At least for your army.
5000p. High Elves
Your right some more space is needed. I coped from Microsoft Word, it had each turn spaced. Guess I should have previewed it before posting. Thanks for your comments I will edit the post.
The list was build to fight the dwarfs. Sorry I don't have my book with me and I don't remember all the magic item's names, but it consisted of:
Lord with GW, Armor of Caledor, Vambraces of Defense & Gem of Courage.
Noble - BSB mounted on Steed with barding, Heavy Armor, Shield, Helm of Fortune and Guardian Phoenix 5+ ward save.
Noble mounted on Steed with barding, Dragon Armor, Shield, magic sword that takes away armor saves and a talisman that gives a 6+ ward save.
10 Spearelves with musician
10 Spearelves with musician
20 Phoenix Guard with full command and Battle Banner (+1 to cr) Lord went here
20 Phoenix Guard with full command BSB went here
5 Dragon Princes with musician and standard. Standard was the Banner of Ellyrion. Second noble went here.
6 Dragon Princes with musician
4 Bolt Throwers