Welcome to Librarium Online!
I have to admit, I was a little intimidated when a friend of mine had a Bretonnia list that was undefeated within our circle of friends. Still, Ogres are never ones to pass up challenges, so we met for a game.
I was playing a fairly standard army: Tyrant w/Tenderizer, Battle Standard Bearer, 2 Butchers, 3 units of 4 Ironguts (standard, look out gnoblar, musician), 1 unit of bulls, 3 units of 2 leadbelchers, gnoblars, and a gorger.
I was shocked when he revealed that his list consisted of only 4 cavalry units, one siege engine, and 3 characters. I was even more shocked when he revealed that over half of his 2000 point army was contained within one unit! It was a unit of 10 grail knights in lance formation, with the lady's blessing, and 2 characters within it.
I used my smaller units to trick him into setting up on one side of the table, and then just before he put out his grail knights, I placed some iron guts on the opposite side of the table. He took the bait, putting the grail knights near those ironguts, and then I proceeded to put the rest of my army as far away from the grail knights as I could.
The game started slowly, with him slowly inching forward, and with me steering everything away from the grail knights, except a unit of leadbelchers which I pushed forward to march block the grail knights. The knights obliterated them, of course, but I was able to draw them even further away from the rest of my army, which ganged up on what remained of his.
His lesser knights ate through my leadbelchers, but when they overran into my gnoblars, they were shocked that the little guys actually WON the combat, and forced the knights to flee! That's what he gets for fighting the little guys head on. :-)
My gorger tied up another unit of his lesser knights, and my core units and leadbelchers wiped everything else out. As a final bonus, after the lesser knights finally finished off the gorger, I hit them with braingobbler, and the knights ran right off the table.
What happened with his victories against our other friends, is that they tried fighting the monstrously large grail knight unit any way that they could, and ultimately lost. I was able to bait it away and run around it, allowing me to more or less avoid it altogether. Good thing too, as that unit was BEASTLY!
In the end, all he had left of his army was that single huge unit of grail knights, who only saw a single close combat the entire match, against leadbelchers. I, on the other hand, had everything besides two units of leadbelchers, and the gorger, giving me a solid victory! Hoo ha!
Horse legs anyone? ^_^
Nice work, from what i've seen so far in my warhammer expierences alot of people don't realise when someone is trying to pull a unit out of position, they just think "ooooh easy kill over here"
Agreed, the amount of people that simply take the bait (even with Empire) is incredible.
Nice job on your win there, and thanks for taking the time to write up this report for us. How big were the KotR units?
I remember facing a similar list from WoC, but the superunit was 10 chaos knights of Khorne with the Banner of Rage, lead by a Chaos lord and exalted champion. Due to Frenzy (and a unit of gnoblars on hand), I came this close to getting a rear charge on them with a unit of ironguts lead by a tyrant toting his Tenderiser. Unfortunately, he managed to get my trappers eliminated by something else, so I got charged by them (killed the lord though).
KotL? Do you mean the grail knights? I was kind of iffy on the exact names of the units, but they were set up basically like this, each in lance formation:
10 Grail Knights w/full command, magical banner (I forget which, but it didn't come up during the game, so it was wasted), a Lord (he had the sword that auto-hits), and a damsel.
12 errant knights w/full command
12 knights of the realm (I believe), w/full command
11 knights of the realm (I believe), w/full command, and a damsel
That was his army. Keeping everything in the lance formation actually hurt him as much as helped him, since every time he wanted to cross terrain, it was that much harder.
That 10 man unit of Grail Knights just seems... stupid. No offense. And he just wasted them.
Still a good victory. Your opponent made a mistake and you exploited it fully. Good job.
No, I agree, it was foolish, but I can see why he wound up doing it.
It was tempting, because many of the players in our circle are very new to the game, and that unit would be very difficult for an inexperienced player to handle it. He probably just got hooked on the idea of mercilessly crushing his opponents that he abandoned strategy and tactics, which is how I outmaneuvered and defeated him.
Hopefully he's learned his lesson now. ^_^
Good Victory! As a Bretonnian player I find it shocking for him to use 10 Grail Knights with 2 characters in it. Would of been better if he dropped 4 of them and put the characters in his other units.
How did his Trebuchet do? I am like a surgeon with mine.
And no Pegasus Knights either?
Anyways, good job. I am actually looking to start an Ogre Kingdoms army myself.