Monday, June 29, 2015
The Battle Of Balin's Tomb Part 2
Yeah, this is supposed to be a Warhammer Classic 1st edition blog, but I dont think those rules translate well for skirmishes in dense terrain. So for this battle at least, I used LOTR SBG. Its simple and provides dependable enough results. At some point in the future, I want to create my own mishmash of SBG LOTR & Warhammer (and any of the other dozen or so rules sets on my shelf); taking the best bits I like about them and hammering it out. Anyway, my philosophy is that complexity should be in the scenarios, not in the rules. With that in mind...
This is a defensive scenario, where the defenders must protect an objective (Pickles the Dwarf) for an unknown number of turns, I used playing cards to determine when Pickles finds the map and the Dwarves may then exit the area via the eastern board edge. The Joker card was that marker and I shuffled it in among 11 other cards. Then I took another 6 cards and placed that on top of the 12, which meant that the Joker would show up sometime on turns 7 to 18.
Victory conditions for the opposing sides are:
1) Decisive Dwarf victory = Defeat all Orcs
2) Dwarf victory = Pickles finds map and exits eastern edge
3) Orc victory = Pickles is slain without finding map (or map never leaves the board, Pickles may pass the map to another Dwarf)
4) Decisive Orc victory = Defeat all Dwarves
To add some more spice, I also ruled that certain Face cards meant a special random event had taken place, of which I made 3:
King of Hearts = Young Green Dragon with Orc handler arrives on random board edge
Ace of Hearts = Dark Elf scouting party arrives on Western edge, these are Orc "allies".
King of Diamonds = Hodor and his Dwarf mercenaries arrive on Eastern board edge
So there's the basics of the thing, lets see how it played out...
Those Reaper Orcs look massive in relation to Dwarves. Which suits me fine, I want my Dwarves facing insurmountable odds.
Is that Porkins at the very front? Fall back you brave little pork!
Henchman 1: What we gonna do now, Tony?
Tony Montana: We gonna war, thats what we gonna do. Come on, Sosa, you wanna go to war, we take you to war, okay?
King Gorrin raises his sword in defiance of Orcish threats!
King Gorrin: Stop! See this royal magical sword, it means I am a King and I order you to stop your Orcish aggression!
Dennis: Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
To the Chamber lil stunties!
Sir Robin: Would it help to confuse it if we run away more?
Those Orcs will find a hard time of it, crossing that archway!
Bridgekeeper: Stop. Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see.
Sir Robin: Ask me the questions, bridgekeeper. I'm not afraid.
(By the way, its an Oldhammer dragon. 1987 Citadel Young Green Dragon)
Ahem, they may take our lives, but they wont take our freedom... or some such... For Narnia?!? Boo!
Behind him, you can see Pickles and Grumpy, and behind them, the southern defense. At least Nindalf and Gloin have successfully stalemated the Orcs there. For now at any rate...
Thats alot of hurt coming our way, boys!
We're all in strung out shape, but stay frosty, and alert. We can't afford to let one of those bastards in here.
They're attacking from behind us!
Turn about! Look to the rear! You dogs, move!
There are too many! We cant hold them!
Orcs are caught on the stairs and surrender, while the rest flee for their lives! Back into the chamber, everyone! The whole southern defense force rushes back to fight with Gimli, Grombrindal, and King Gorrin.
On the left, Gloin and Nindalf find themselves face to face with Murkillor the Wraith!
In the center, Gimli and the Dwarf Lords manage to hold the line.
And on the right, Hodor smashes through the greenskins and are about to flank the orcs below
Hodor has turned out to be a beastly Orc killer and a hero to boot!
Nindalf strikes back with a lucky sorcerous blast and the Wraith dissipates into nothingness with a terrifying wail! Of course, what is dead may never really die, but it wont cause any more trouble, at least in this game!
Alls well that ends well, Grumpy!
Its a Decisive Dwarven Victory. Scenario probably needed more orcs, or less Dwarf heroes.
(Oh let them have some happiness for a day or two! Dwarves will find sorrow and woe eventually in the deep dark of Moria!)
We have a map to find Balin and whatever is left of his colony.
Oh what about Baron Hawk and the Dwarves that left to secure the crossroads?
They have successfully done so, but more Orcs are on the way, and Dark Elves have also been sighted. They are closing in on our own colony at the East Gate of Moria. The Dwarves decide they must put off finding Balin for another day and return to warn their comrades of the gathering storm. They must begin bolstering their defenses for the impending attack.
So theres my first proper battle report. Hope you readers enjoyed that. I think the pics turned out pretty good, considering I didnt put too much effort into it. Oh and I forgot to mention, the Chamber of Mazarbul terrain piece is Ziterdes all the way from Germany! Took a little time for it to arrive, but they kept in contact with me and let me know. When it did show up it was so well packaged and had no damage from its long trip. Bravo Ziterdes, thumbs up from me.
So, whats coming up next? Im not slowing down the pace one bit.
Well, a nice big terrain piece is! And some warmachines to defend it! Ah, now Ive said too much...
Until next post, keep on "keeping on",