I'm back at work, but confess that working from home offers many distractions. Most notably the accessibility of my garage, where a bunch of toys in painted and unpainted states constantly call to me. I have avoided being sucked in to the vortex entirely, but yesterday could not prevent myself from playing another fantasy game, just to try out the rules and refine them a bit. And there is definitely some refining needed. Orcs for instance, were ripped apart by the Dwarf army before getting into contact. This tended to happen in Dragon Rampant too, so maybe my Orcs just need to be sneakier, but I suspect what I really need are some faster units, like Boar boyz. Add that to the shopping list.
|Aerial view of the Battle of the Two Fords|
I didn't do a full battle report for this game, just taking a few photos of the set up, as I new time was precious, but the idea was that the Orcs were advancing from one direction, and Chaos from another. Opposing them were an Imperial-Dwarf alliance, defending the two fords that cross the river.
|The Imperial set-up. No knights, just foot troops.|
|Opposing them a matching force in terms of points, but light in numbers.|
|The Orc force, ready to strike|
|And the brave Dwarven defenders|
|In the centre sat a woods which was unpassable.|
|In the first clashes the Orc Warlord was seen off by a combination of the handgunners and the gyrocopter. After that, things just got worse for the Orcs. Only at the end did the Shaman use his magic to literally squish the Dwarf King.|
Overall the Dwarfs were too strong, but I put this down to the activation system. The Orcs' lower Discipline rating meant that they failed their command tests often, and this allowed the Dwarfs to activate their units. As such, the cannon and handgunners were shooting just about every turn. So I think that I might abandon that mechanism, and just try the rules with IGo-UGo.
|AT the end the Chaos knights are sweeping through the Imperial flank, while the Giant turns around and walks away - he did this for most of the game.|
In the evenings I've continued to paint, mostly Star Wars Legion.
|The dark lord of the Sith|
|I tried very hard to follow the guide by Sorastro|
|But gave up in the end and used gloss varnish|
|My third squad of stormtroopers|
|And two units of speeder bikes|
|The second squad of Stormtroopers, and the last dozen 54mm Great War figures|
|The Chaos Sorcerer can summon a demon, so this Reaper miniature that I bought years ago has been painted and drafted into use.|
Currently painting Macedonian pikemen for Craig.