The battle lines clash in a tide of fury!
Dice are rolled and.... 6 hits... for 6 wounds. No armor saves allowed... devastating. The Hawks make a successful roll for panic and stand their ground, but a whole rank is lost. That takes them from a +3 to a +2 rank bonus if they get into combat without further casualties.
On the allies turn, Melisandre fries the Fanatic in front of her with a Fireball (Lord of Light be praised!), the other Rangers use their crossbows to kill the one in front of the Mumak. And the Elven Druid all the way on the West flank is able to just barely get in range to cast Crows on the other Fanatic in front of the Band of Hawks. Which seems to be a waste of a spell, but the Dwarf General is in that unit, and anything to save the fighting strength of the center is worth it!
In the next turn, a Fanatic rolls doubles and dies as the Ball & Chain wraps around his head.
While another Fanatic runs into (of all targets) the only other Fanatic! They collide as the Stunties cheer the end of the Fanatics. Strangely, the Greenskins also cheer. Its a good death, they say. And apparently a funny death is doubly good!
Again, the guns of the Thunderers ravage the Orc lines, but now close combat is at hand!
The organ cannon crew elect to hold their ground. The rules say, the crew form a line in between the warmachine and the enemy, but that would put the stunties on the wrong side of the wall. C'mon, they are most probably doomed enough as it is! So I moved the Cannon back a little, so the poor lil fellas have room to stand behind the wall next to their Thunderer buddies.
Hmm, in the background there you can see that the Hasslefreesians have flanked Skarsnik. Forgot to take a pic of some events there, but here is what happened:
The Gobbo Witch casts Fists of Gork. And ethereal green hands pummel the Hasslefreesians and several fall casualty. Even the Dwarven wizard takes a hit and cannot use the "Look out sir" rule. The gobbo shaman sees this and uses 'Eadbutt to finish off the wizard. Despite the battering, the Hasslefree Dwarves flank Skarsnik in the center. Negating Skarsniks rank bonus and giving the Band of the Hawks a fighting chance.
The Elves continue to pepper them with arrows and Feast of Crows, but are now in charge range of the orcs.
Find out in the next post!