A new army, thatís an old army.
You know me, never the one to play it straight
out of the box, I always need an angle.
Iíve had my Goblins out of late and when Tim
challenged me to a game I thought of Undead, but Tim had just
played them and wasnít too keen.
So I was stuck with Greenskins, but wait,
I wanted to use may barbarian warriors Iíd been harbouring for
sometime in the back of the cupboard. Life just isnít fair.
Then it struck me why do I always have to use
nothing bigger than a Gobin? Well there is no reason what so ever,
so I thought Iíd go for an all Orc force. Big tough barbarian types.
The Savage Orcs could be my fanatic warriors, and the Big
ĎUns my body-guard. I get chariots and mounted troops & rough,
Itís a pity about the animosity, but life
is rarely perfect.
What I ended up with was 4 characters,
including a Shaman. 3*24 man units of warriors, 1 bodyguard unit of
24 & 1 unit of 24 fanatics. I also used 10 mounted warriors &
I didnít go for any archers as Tim was using High Elves, but
there are possibilities for the future.
So Ďtis off to WAR. What follows is my version
of what happened, any inaccuracies and lies are mine alone
We ended up with scenery stretched across the
middle of the board, with hills in front of each deployment
Looking from my side of the battlefield L to R
10 mounted figures + Big Boss,
Chariot, 24 Savage Barbarian foot, Chariot, 24 Ordinary Barbarian
foot, Big Boss, Chariot, CinC, Shaman, 24 Ordinary Barbarian foot,
24 Big ĎUn Barbarian foot & 24 Ordinary Barbarian foot.
Tim deployed 24 Spears, Magician, 20 Sword
Masters + CinC, 2 repeating bolt-shooters, 24 Spears, 20 Bows,
Magician, 24 Spears.
I elected to take the first turn. No animosity,
so a general advance to my left, apart from the Big ĎUns & the
far right Ordinary Barbarian foot, who dummied to my right.
I managed to get off a spell and did a wound on
one of the magic users. No firing from me.
Tim held his line and fired both bolt-shooters
and the bow unit at the far 24 Ordinary Barbarian
foot unit to my right. 3 dead Ė tough Barbarians.
Turn 2. No failed animosity, so I pressed my
advance to the left to itís full, with the mounted troops going
wide to avoid a wood. The Big ĎUns switched from advancing to the
right to advancing on the centre & the 24 Ordinary Barbarian
foot on the far right withdrew 2". My Shaman exploded and took 2
Barbarians with him.
Tim held again and switched targets with the
bolt throwers to the unit that had contained the Shaman & General.
10 Barbarians bit the dust from magic & bolt shots, but when they
reacted they didnít care.
Turn 3. The mounted troops failed their animosity
test & decided to get stuck in against the flank of Timís spears.
Oh the lows & highs of animosity! The Big ĎUns decided to squabble.
I was a little cautious with the unit that took all the
casualties and just teased them forward (I was trying to avoid
presenting a flank to a spear unit). The general changed units &
the Savage Barbarians pressed forward. No Magic or
firing from me.
The spears lost, but didnít flee Ė typically
the mounts did the killing.
Tim then charged the Swordmasters plus CinC
at the dilapidated unit of Barbarians, which I elected to flee.
Tim nicely presented the flank of this unit to a counter-charge
next turn from the Barbarians lead by my CinC Ė animosity
permitting. Bolt-shooters and bows targeted the unit of Barbarians
on my far Right and killed 3. Toughness four, donít you just
The spears engaged by my mounted troops broke
& fled, being run down in the process & pursuing into the wounded
My turn 4, no animosity, and a chariot and the
24 Ordinary Barbarian foot accompanied by the CinC charge the
Swordmasters + General. Breaking them in the process & running them
down. The magic user falls to hooves of my mounted troops and
sweeps into the Bolt-shooters. Nobody panics. Blast that
We played another round and decided to call it
quits. I enjoyed the initial outing of my Barbarian Orcs.
I think my mental picture of Barbarians fits in with the
Orcs, apart from the animosity Ė but who cares. Must now paint
the army. I think Tim is looking for some additional bows to
introduce some flexibility into his game.