Basically, no one is getting in or out of this Chamber. However, since the Elves are the closest to the VP, they still control this location.
Meanwhile outside, the remnants of Hodor's mercenaries flee the hellish memories of that place.
Porkins: We've caught a witch, may we burn her?
Sir Bedevere: How do you know she is a witch?
Porkins: She looks like one!
Sir Bedevere: Bring her forward...
Gimli: At my challenge, by the ancient laws of combat, we are met at this chosen ground, to settle for good and all who holds sway over the five points: us natives, born rightwise to this fine land, or the foreign hordes defiling it.
She casts Skirriks Pentagram! It creates a 2" bubble forcefield around her that no one can pass, not even missile fire, nor magic. It remains in play as long as she remains stationary.
As they fall, Wallace yells out: FREEDOM!!!
Greenskins approach from the Southeast!
Its Muffling! And as he promised, General Gragg has arrived with his army.
The Old Guard has broken~!
The cry resounds throughout the battlefield.
Some valiant Dwarf units form square to help the others get away safely.
Gimli: Its my fault.
All the Dwarves: No sir!
Gimli: Hear me please, friends. It is entirely all my fault!
All the Dwarves: No sir!
Gimli: I thought we were invincible. We must rest now and fight another day.
All the Dwarves: Let us hit them again, sir! Let us reform and hit them again! This time we can break them!
Gimli: There will be another day. Meanwhile, let us show good order. Never let them see you run!
Pickles: General Gimli, sir! While we are now cutoff from going back to Easthold, I was thinking we are close to the secret passage that leads to... wherever it is, that Balin went.
Gimli: So be it! We will take our wounded and take the secret ways to Balin. There we will rest and try to get back to King Kazador and Easthold later. I hope they will be ok without us.
(he motions to Baron Hawk)
Baron Hawk: Yes sir?
Gimli: I know you love your bird, but I must ask you to send him with an urgent message to Easthold. Tell them what has happened here and that we are going to continue our search for Balin. Hopefully, we can bring him and whatever forces he has to help our cause. In the meantime, tell King Kazador I wish him the best of luck in defending Easthold.
Baron Hawk: (looks at his bird companion wistfully) Of course sir! The message will be sent!
Lord Commander Alric: Ummm, Hi!
Ambassador Muffling: The General says we are most happy to have helped crush the Dwarves, and hopes that the future of our two races will be one of cooperation and mutual admiration...
Countess Alyssa: The Lord Commander feels that Starfleet's mission has always been one of peace. Let us drink a toast. To the undiscovered country! (everyone looks at Alyssa) Peace.
Everyone: To peace!
Ambassador Muffling: I thought Klingon ale was illegal...
OK, lets cut the scene there, before more wires get crossed!
Some final thoughts on Warhammer 1st edition...
The "to hit" chart is different. Equal WS vs WS is 5+ to hit, instead of the 4+ Im used to. But charging gives a +1 modifier. Countercharging negates this modifier. Also, if your unit is flanked, you get a -2 to hit modifier as well. Since winning a combat allows you to flank 2 models this helps you win future combats. But you must have models from a second rank to use as flankers. As the loser, you may also pull models to face the flankers, thus avoiding the flank penalty.
Also, there are no rank bonuses! Having that second rank helps in the above situation. Its fiddly and I dont like it! The later editions rank bonus do nearly the same job, but are more streamlined.
I do like the pushback 2" rule, I will keep that. Keeps the battle lines look more battle-like, with units pushing each other all over the place.
Also, if a unit is pushed back "x" amount of times they become routed. x = 4 for Elves, and 5 for Dwarves. Interesting, but since I was using such small numbers for units, they didnt stick around that long anyway.
Morale checks only happen at falling under half strength, when the Army Leader is killed, or for an individual model on its own when it is wounded.
I personally like the random spell generation, it feels like D&D without having to play D&D.
And some final thoughts on what is happening fluffwise...
I guess Balin is coming sooner than later. Im trying to think what happens next... either we continue our focus on Gimli and company OR focus on Easthold and whats happening to them pre-siege. I will roll a die here... It is done, the dice gods have spoken, the next post is about Easthold and King Kazador! I think I see a scenario forming already! Yup, something about "dungeon meats"!
Until next post,