Friday, August 8, 2014

Orcs Raid Across the River

It’s been a while since I played with Dave and Patrick – it might have been the Winter Wargaming Weekend that I last played games with them… (really…?! REALLY?! It was a busy winter… and spring… and summer…). It’s been almost as long since Rick has been in the house! So it was good to get them back around the game table and get them throwing dice in (mock) anger – and finally introduce Dave and Patrick to Song of Blades and Heroes - I’d played a game with Rick back in March!?


Orcs are raiding arcoss the river into Dwarvish territory! Warned of their approach, some Dwarves go out to meet them.


Just a straight up, knock ‘em down, battle…


Dwarves – played by Patrick

Dwarf Commander
Q 2+, C 4, 95 points
Leader Fearless

6x Dwarf Warriors
Q 3+, C 4, 34 points each
Short Move

Orcs – Played by Dave

Orc Boss
Q 3+, C 3, 60 points

6x Orc Warriors
Q 4+, C 3, 23 points each

3x Orc Elite Archers
Q 4+, C3, 33 points each
Shooter (medium), Unerring Aim


After a bit of catching up and rules explaining and some smack talk we got down to it….

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version)

The Dwarves approach as the Orcs begin to cross the river.

The opposing sides class!

A dwarf is felled… (ha hadn’t far to fall…) er… Patrick had even named him… but I forget what he was called… strangely – every Dwarf that Patrick named died in this game!?

The Dwarves have their revenge and inflicted a GRUESOME KILL on their first victim! One orc fled into the river… their boss fled back ACROSS the river and another ran to the very board endge and two others took shelter in the woods…


It’s pretty rare that I’ve seen any gruesome kills… but rarer that I’ve seen such a reaction to it!? Just about every orc in range failed on at least one of the morale/quality dice.

(wait for it…)

Then “Curly” killed another orc…

Nameless Dwarf Warrior #1 killed another…

A pair of Dwarves then chased down the Orcs that had fled to the stream and drowned him in it….

…and then is just got so exciting I forgot to take any more pictures.

Or maybe it was more of an “…and then it ended so abruptly I didn’t take any more pictures…”

In that last picture you can see two Dwarves in contact with the Orc leader… well… I think they got at least two more in contact… and then scored a greuseome kill… and since everyone was close enough that was a morale test for all the orcs…. Oh, but it was also the leader, so that was another morale test for all the orcs…. Oh, and wait… it was also 50% casualties… so that was ANOTHER morale test for all the orcs.

And then there was no orcs left of the table…

Somewhere before they left an orc archer killed “Curly”… and I think another Dwarf had been named (and then died) somewhere along the line… but I can’t remember who… or where…

Much fun was had and we’ll be getting together a few more times in August to play and then are planning to kick off a campaign in the fall.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Amanada’s away teaching at some Yoga Retreat for the weekend so I promised the kids we’d play games and paint toys (and maybe ride our bikes) all weekend so expect a few more game reports and painting posts over the next few days. 

1 comment:

  1. Nice report! However, the result is not quite surprising - as such, the dwarves were Q2+ C4 when in reach of their leader, and that is somewhat challenging with all their C5 power blows and your leader having Q3+ C3...