A 2,000 point game at the club of humans against Orcs although in practice the Orcs ended up a few points light. I thought that I had 5 units of Orc regiments but on laying out the models that turned out to be 2 regiments and 1 horde. My opponent had no experience of Kings of War so took the theoretically stronger human force. All the figures (except the giant) are Games Workshop that were originally signed up for Warhammer armies. With the introduction of Age of Sigmar classic Warhammer games are no longer in vogue over here. The 2 obvious alternatives are the fan supported 9th Age or Mantic’s Kings of War. With the exception of the trolls and some individual pieces the models are on magnetised movement trays. Some of these are commercial MDF others made from bits of wood and floor tile. All my trays used to be optimised for Warhammer unit sizes and some have now been cut down for Kings of War. I can also do Kings of War using Warmaster based 10mm figures. These are a tiny bit fiddly but a lot easier to transport than 28mm armies. I only just made it to the club with this lot.
A view of the human army from the Orc lines at set up. The Orc archers have used their free vanguard move to get into the trees on the right before turn 1. Just off camera to the left is a giant signed up with the Orcs. The brown areas are wooded broken ground. They have no significant height.
The Orcs took first turn and made a cautious advance in the centre while pushing forward on the right wing. Good shooting and a poor nerve test saw the human shot unit that used to be where the yellow die is now take an early bath.
The rest of the Orc army moved forward cautiously except on the left wing where units advanced to deny the rough terrain to the humans.
Human turn 1 sees shot and reitiers manoevring to block the Orc flank attack. All yellow dice are unit losses, green dice are rolled for combat. The giant takes a single hit.
A view from the human lines at the end of their turn 1. Most of the action is on the human right but human berserkers are moving up on their far left. The cannon only shot once through the entire game and even then inflicted minimal damage.
Orc turn 2 sees the Orc archers repositioning to shoot at the human knights. 3 chariots will not fit onto the approved base size so the chariot unit is made up of only 2 chariots but with a boar mounted outrider.
On human turn 2 there is more shuffling as the humans rely on firepower alone to halt the Orcs. The results are disappointing.
Orc turn 3, the giant charges in hoping for an easy kill but inflicts minimal losses and is driven back. For a repaint of a £1 store toy figure he is still holding his own against those flashy Games Workshop castings.
The beginning of human turn 3 shows the steady Orcish advance.
The humans go for it. Their knights and general slam into the Orc horde but only cause 5 hits. We learn that Orcs are tough.
The steamtank also charges into the trolls, again the enemy is not destroyed.
Orc turn 4 sees massive and devastating Orc counter-attacks. One unit of reiters is lost, another is shaken by a boar rider atttack. The steam tank and knights are down.
The human flanks are looking weak. The Orc chariots charge into a unit of shot but the defenders stand.
Human turn 4 sees some good news for the humans as a unit of berserkers sees off the Orc chariots and the human general flies out of danger.
Orc turn 5 sees a steady Orc advance. The human shot hold out due to the nearby very inspiring leader on his winged beast. The cannon should have gone at this point but we forgot to treble attacks against war engines.
At the end of human turn 5 the berserkers have destroyed the last unit of Orck bowmen and have turned to face the expected troll onslaught.
Orc turn 6, with the berserkers wiped out by trolls the humans concede.
The spear and halberd hordes in the human centre never got into the battle. The humans frittered away their excellent knights and the steam tank in unsupported attacks. The flying general did OK but as a model was a nightmare. He looks the business but bits stick out all over requiring and unreasonably large box to transport him to and from games. I will be tidying up the army lists and taking the Orcs up to the full 2,000 points then trotting the armies out again hopefully swapping sides to see to what degree the lists or the generals’ ‘tactics’ had to do with the overall result.