Monday, 27 May 2013

A Blast from the Past - Part II

So, as I posted before, I decided to bring out my old High Elves for a game against my friend Karl. Since it was to be a friendly game, I didn't want to take anything too silly, so no Banner of the World Dragon or Book of Hoeth.



In the end, I combined my two Spearmen units into one and took the following.

Loremaster (320) - Armour of Silvered Steel, Talisman of Preservation.
Noble (156) - Battle Standard Bearer. Lance, Dragon Armour, Elven Steed, Ithilmar Barding. Enchanted Shield, Dawnstone.
Noble (140) - Dragon Armour, Elven Steed, Ithilmar Barding. Star Lance, Shield of the Merwyrm.
Mage (145) - Level 2 (High Magic). Dispel Scroll.
27 Spearmen (273) - Full Command.
15 Archers (180) - Full Command.
15 Archers (180) - Full Command.
8 Silver Helms (214) - Shields, Full Command.
17 Swordmasters (251) - Full Command.
Eagle Claw Bolt Thrower (70)
Eagle Claw Bolt Thrower (70)

This turned into a giant slugfest in the middle of the board. Some highlights included the Loremaster surviving four rounds of combat against the Vampire Lord (thanks to the Hand of Glory spell, extra WS and I causing the Vampire to hit on 4s instead of re-rollable 3s - massive difference). The Grave Guard led by the Vampire charged into the Swordmasters, IFed Hellish Vigour and caused a Dimensional Cascade. 14 Grave Guard, 11 Swordmasters and the Vampire dead). Karl's Varghulf proved a nuisance, killing a unit of Archers and then flanking the Spearmen. This saved the Vampire Lord, as his Skeletons were about to be wiped and he would probably have died to combat resolution. The game was finished by the Silver Helms, who killed a unit of Fell Bats, smashed through a unit of Ghouls in one round and then slew the Vampire Lord and Varghulf. The Vampire Counts were wiped out, but the High Elf army had suffered heavy casualties.

Shortly after, Karl let me know he would be back two weeks later, and he wanted a rematch. This time, the Book and the Banner were coming out to play.

Loremaster (320) - Book of Hoeth, Sword of Might, Shield of the Merwyrm.
Mage (145) - Level 2 (High), Dispel Scroll.
Noble (156) - Battle Standard Bearer. Lance, Dragon Armour, Elven Steed, Ithilmar Barding. Enchanted Shield, Dawnstone.
Noble (132) - Halberd, Dragon Armour, Elven Steed, Ithilmar Barding. Star Lance, Charmed Shield.
27 Spearmen (273) - Full Command.
18 Archers (200) - Standard Bearer, Musician.
8 Silver Helms (214) - Shields, Full Command.
5 Ellyrian Reavers (105) - Bows, Musician.
18 Swordmasters (314) - Full Command, Banner of the World Dragon.
Eagle Claw Bolt Thrower (70)
Eagle Claw Bolt Thrower (70)
This time around, I started really well. The Ellyrian Reavers ran through the Dire Wolves in turn one, the Silver Helms outflanked the Vampires and the Loremaster nearly killed the Vampire Lord with a Spirit Leech. Karl responded by hitting the Silver Helms with a Gaze of Nagash (killing 3 of them. So much for armour.) He then used Vanhel's Danse Macabre to turn the Grave Guard to face the Silver Helms, revealing their flank to the Swordmasters, so in I went. With the Grave Guard down and the Vampires flanked, I rolled through the Skeletons and Ghouls, leaving Karl with just his Varghulf left. Just a Varghulf, right?

Firstly, it made my Archers flee off the board when it charged, made an arseload of Regenerations, got charged in the flank by Spearmen, made more Regenerations, broke and ran down the Spearmen, charged the Swordmasters, made another arseload of Regenerations, and broke and ran down the Swordmasters as well. Finally it succumbed to a bolt through the skull. One Varghulf, 1402 Victory Points scored.

So, I enjoyed my experiment with the High Elves. Maybe I might use them again sometime. Pictures below. Rude gestures courtesy of Karl.


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8 comments:

  1. my varghulf went on a rampage. 175 points well spent and cheers for the game. next time im up ill be glad to go again

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    1. Scored 8 times his own value in Victory Points. Next game he costs 1402 points to include in your army.

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    2. 2804 is a lot to be spending on Varghulfs

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  2. There's something about this post & I just can't seem to put my finger on it. lol

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  3. Nice reports Lenny - seem like nice games with Karl and his ninja Varghulf!

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    1. Was good fun. Karl has named the Varghulf "Bruce Wayne". I've named it something considerably ruder.

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