Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Campaign for Kümer – Year Two – Spring

The Map

In the Spring the armies of Tria Nomina, Transil-Valishog-Atania and Ronarok converged on the port City of Cognomen, where the Ilferien were still making preparations for their march to Praenomen…. There the four armies met in battle…

The Battle of Cognomen

The Tria Nominian-Transil-Valishog-Atanian battle line.

The Ilferien and Ronarok battle line.

The four armies close…

The lines meet with a thunderous crunching of shields and bone. The anxious Ronarokings charge in and whipped out the Orc archer and set the beasts to flight. Further down the line, however, the two warbands of berserkers were crushed by the disciplined legions of Tria Nomina.

The battle lines shoved back and forth, the Orcs taking a serious beating, Their magician ensorcelled their elvish opposites, but then were cut down along with Vlad the Kinslayer himself!

What of the the Orcs vassals the Dwarves…? They stood to the rear and watched their overlords army be destroyed by the Ronarokings.

(To be honest we forgot to even deploy them for a turn or two – but to be honest they had strict orders not to be involved and so only served to draw the battle out a bit longer – by increasing the number of orcs that had to die to have half their number lost and demoralize their command…)

The Ronarokings also destroyed a unit of Tria Nominian Legionaires and a unit of their auxiliary spearmen… When the Orc general was taken out it went rapidly downhill for their army and their allies…

In the end the elves lost a unit of archer and a unit of riders were driven off. The riders were reformed but the archers were so savaged by the Tria Nominian Legionaries the few survivors were split up among the remaining units.

The Army of Ronarok lost two units of Hird and the two warbands of berserks on the battlefield. The survivors of the Berserk warbands had to be amalgamated into a single warband. The Hird are made of sterner stuff and both units were back to fighting strength shortly after the battle.

The two units of Tria Nomina that were destroyed on the field of battle were never heard from again.

The orcs had the worst of it… there were only enough survivors of the four units of blades lost to reconstitute one! Vlad Kinslayer himself was gravely injured and would be out of the action for the balance of the campaign season! The Wizard and his handlers were overrun, but he was found hiding in the woods later and brought back to Toctglenn with the rest of the survivors. The Beast fled so quickly they were the first back to Toctglenn, but the archers ever made it back having been utterly wiped out…

As spring rolls into summer the Army of Tria Nomina is retiring back to Praenomen and the shattered remains of the Army of Valishog is retiring to Toctglenn. The Armies of Ronarok and The Ilferien hold on to Cognomen and will be preparing to march again…

Will they split up and give chase to both armies? Or concentrate on trying to utterly destroy one or the other…?

The sound of battle could also be heard further to the south as the Sapphic League and Grummsh went at it again. This time the orcs maintained their initiative and marched north into the lands of the League. The two armies met at Beauvoir…

The Battle of Beauvoir

The Sapphic League arrays for battle outside the gates of Beauvoir.

The Army of Grummsh, hurtling across the plains from the south, prepares to attack!

The Giants, Trolls and Orc foot advance on the east side of the river to give the Sapphic line something to think about while the Wolves and wolf-riders charge up the opposite bank in an attempt to outflank their enemy… It worked last time!?

Unfortunately the Elvish sorceress spent the winter confined to her quarters and, while recuperating from injuries sustained in the fall, honed her craft to a precision edge…. In a brilliant ball of fire and smoke the giants utterly disappeared from the battlefield!?

Plagued by poor communications, uncooperative troops, and a witch sorceress that sewed confusion amongst their ranks Golg Skullcrusher (brother of bolg, High Chief of the Grummsh) had a hard time getting his troops to move, let alone attack with any effectiveness…

General Libby and her host of Centaur mares rode down the Orc foot…

… then turned back to deal with the Orcs and Wolves attempting to cross the river.

The Wolves and Riders begin their crossing.

The Wolves are stopped at the bank by the Witch Elf Warband – thrown back again and again.

The Trolls are surrounded by Dwarven Shield maidens and hacked to bits…

The Wolves were turned back a third time, this time a pack of them put down by the Witch Elves. The Riders and Golg made it across only to be met by the righteous fury of General Libby and the Centaurs. After and short sharp melee The battle was over, Wolves and Orcs fled back south in an utter route. None of the Giants or Trolls made it out of the land of the Sapphists alive, and the head of Golg was rumoured to be on a pike by the city gates at Beauvoir….

It has been a black spring for Orc-kind….

Country: Tria Nomina
Race: Humans
Head(s) of State: Aculeo Bibaculus Mediocrito, Imperator of Tria Nomina
Commander of the Field Army:
Capitol: Praenomen
Other Cities: Nomen, Agnomen
Location of Field Army: retiring to Praenomen
Prestige Points: 7
Army Size: 20AP

Country: The Sapphic League of Unity and Togetherness
Race: Mixed – WOMEN!!
Head(s) of State: Myrah the Mighty, Chairperson of the Council of Empowerment of the Sapphic League of Unity and Togetherness.
Commander of the Field Army: General Libby
Capitol: Thatcherton
Other Cities: Bhutto, Beauvoir,
Location of Field Army: Beauvoir
Prestige Points: 24
Army Size: 22AP

Country: The Ilferien
Race: Ilferien (Elves)
Head(s) of State: Consul Rhalasa
Commander of the Field Army: Consul Sundiasen
Capitol: Melitele
Other Cities: Anasterele, Wynstrele, Dyladele, Cognomen
Location of Field Army: Cognomen
Prestige Points:
Army Size: 22AP

Country: Toctland – Vassal of Transil-Valishog-Atania
Race: Dwarves
Head(s) of State: King Malaius MacDoogleg
Commander of the Field Army: General Gilgidi MacAuslin
Capitol: Ghillebrae
Other Cities: Weinglenn,
Location of Field Army: *Has no Field Army – all troops are accompanying their overlords army…
Prestige Points: 2
Army Size: 6AP*

Country: Ronarok
Race: Humans
Head(s) of State: King Claudius Hrosskellsen
Commander of the Field Army: Jarl Thorvald Skardsen
Capitol: Ludharn
Other Cities: Marham, Skohln
Location of Field Army: Cognomen
Prestige Points: 14
Army Size: 22AP

Country: Transil-Valishog-Atania
Race: Orcs
Head(s) of State: Vladimeag Votostogish (Vlad the Kinslayer)
Commander of the Field Army:
Capitol: Brasog
Other Cities: Gorj, Dolj, Toctglenn
Location of Field Army: retiring to Toctglenn
Prestige Points: 12
Army Size: 12AP

Country: Grummsh
Race: Orcs
Head(s) of State: Bolg Skullcrusher
Commander of the Field Army:
Capitol: Marrow
Other Cities: Crudd, Otisburg
Location of Field Army: Otisburg
Prestige Points: 8
Army Size: 12AP


  1. Super dramatic spring move leading to a potentially equally dramatic summer. Wow! Awesome job Tim. And thanks to our anonymous tabletop generals.

  2. That big battle was HOTT! Those long lines of troops looked good stretched across the table.

    The blood was ankle deep that day.

  3. I love the look of those trolls! Could you tell me the scale (25mm/28mm?) and Maniufacturer?

    Nice paint job (as per usual)

    Very impressed with the figures and campaign :)

  4. They are 28mm figures from West Wind Productions' Dwarf Wars line.

  5. Excellent write up. This is turning out to be a great campaign game. Keep up the good work all involved!