I decided to take part in my first, and only, wargaming
competition in 2004 when I received details of Lincombe Barn’s Border Patrol
competition on Halloween.
I spent ages trying to produce 500 pt armies with no more
than 4 units and where no figure could exceed 125 points cost. In the end
it all became too much for me and I went with the faithful Goblins. I hadn’t
used them this year.
My army consisted of 2 units of 24 Night Goblins, (sword
and shield) each with full command and 2 fanatics.
1 unit of 24 Night Goblins, (spear and shield)
with full command and 2 fanatics.
1 Goblin Chariot, with 4 crew and 3 wolves
1 Goblin Big Boss with Lt armour, sword and the only magic item I chose - the Enchanted
Cost 499 points
I decided that magic wasn’t worth it.
My first game was against a young Lad – Mathew Garlick
who hadn’t played before. He was using Lizards which consisted of 12 Saurus,
10 javelin armed Skinks, 10 Chameleon Skinks &
We only played 2 rounds as I spent so long helping him
with his rules. I also didn’t appreciate that the objective was worth 300 VP.
I had managed to charge the chariot and a block of Goblins
into the Saurus and creamed them to a lizard.
My first win – it was against a 10 year old
my second game I met Alan Vowles’ Dwarven host. Alan had chosen the only piece
of artillery in the competition – a bolt thrower. This was backed up by 10
crossbows & 2 units 12 of warriors and a Thane.
unit of warriors on one flank broke from fanatic casualties and rallied, but
were out of the game. The other unit of warriors on the other flank took a
charge from the chariot and a block of Goblins and broke.
3 was against another Portbury guy – Dave Ley, using Bretonians. His force
consisted of 2 units of 6 knights, 10 Long Bows and a Paladin.
wasn’t too worried as he had 10 missile men, so hopefully the 25 man Goblin
units would hold for a while. I did take some care positioning the chariot
out of reach of his bows (I hoped).
got first turn and advanced 2 units of Goblins over the objective. Dave then
launched one unit of cavalry at each of them. Out came the fanatics and destroyed
1 of the cavalry units. The other unit suffered only 1 casualty. Oh dear clobbering
swept away only 4 of the spear armed Goblins and the remaining 6 figures struck
back – slapped would have been better, but 1 won by a musician & he broke
back through the fanatics finishing him off. I pursued, but not enough to
move into the fanatics. I was going to call it a day, but the blood was up
and I went for his bowmen and Paladin, which I caught and saw off.
biggest win & Dave’s only loss of the day
4 saw me facing the 3rd Portbury entrant – Jo Lang riding at the
head of her High Elf force. Consisting of 5 Silver Helms,
joined by the general, 10 bowmen and 10 Seaguard.
again I took the offensive and managed to remove 3 Silver Helms with fanatics,
who broke and rallied. Jo kept them out of harms way after that. I went forward
into the bowmen and saw them off. Jo charged through a fanatic to get to my
other Goblin foot unit. 8 Seaguard became an attacking force of 2 after they
bumped into the fanatic. They broke.
grief 4th win of the day
of the last game was well received, if only because I was somewhat pooped
by this stage. I faced Mark from Lincombe Barn with his Dark Elves. Mark has
played DE for years, and was just starting a Night Goblin army.
employed 18 Spears, a general in a chariot and 6 dark riders.
this game I think the Goblin host was more unruly than all the others put
together. I just couldn’t get them to do hardly anything. One unit of Goblins
broke before the charge of the general, running through their own fanatic.
The chariot pursued into the fanatic and killed the general and took another
wound from the chariot. The rout took my chariot with it – both rallied
the centre Mark charge my spear armed Goblins + general with his spears and
we tussled for 4 turns. The Dark Elves eventually fled. I tried not to pursue
as I was on the objective, but off they went anyway. No VP for me then
Riders kept picking on one unit of sword armed Goblins, fleeing & rallying,
then they stood the next charge & held. They
were overwhelmed and broke in the following round however.
made a clean sweep of the day’s games.
the fear of the potential of Goblins exceed their true killing power. In true
fashion I killed more of my troops than that of the enemy.
end I had an enjoyable day, and that’s what counts in my book.