Thursday, 25 August 2016

The Battle of Vanhaldenschlosse: Part 4


This is the final part of the Battle of Vanhaldenschlosse report. You can find the previous part here, or go back to the main page here.


Empire Turn 4

Empire Turn 4
The battlefield was littered with corpses and broken bones and everywhere the snow was turning red with the blood of the living. The Empire lines were holding their own, however the right flank was being sorely tested and the Grand Theogonist himself was in grave peril.

The Battle of Vanhaldenschlosse: Part 3

This is a continuation of the Battle of Vanhaldenschlosse report. You can find the previous part hereor go back to the main page here.

Empire Turn 3


Empire Turn 3
Volkmar decides to get his hands dirty.

The Battle of Vanhaldenschlosse: Part 2


This is a continuation of the Battle of Vanhaldenschlosse report. You can find the previous part here, or go back to the main page here.

Empire Turn 2


Empire Turn 2


The Battle of Vanhaldenschlosse: Part 1

This is the first part of the Battle of Vanhaldenschlosse report. You can find the introduction here, and the main page here.

Volkmar pulled his cloak tighter to try to shield himself from the cold air as the war altar upon which he rode swayed slightly in the wind. Despite the fact that spring had arrived in the Empire before this expedition set out, winter still clung to Sylvania. A thick layer of snow lay on the ground and the biting wind and dark clouds overhead made it clear that more could soon be forthcoming. The Grand Theogonist had no doubt that these brooding clouds were the reason that Sylvania had not escaped winter’s clutches. It was said that these clouds were a constant presence over this land nowadays. Volkmar scowled. It had always been a cursed place, but now it was cursed, dark and cold.

Despite the snow, the army had been making steady progress as it pressed deeper into Sylvania far faster than would normally have been possible. The warnings which they were acting upon had stressed the need for haste, and to that end they had engaged a pair of wizards from the Light College to help ease their passage. The entire march across the Empire and into Sylvania had taken less than half the time it should have. Volkmar did not pretend to understand how the wizards achieved this (indeed, the less Sigmar-fearing men such as himself knew of such practices, the better), but it was hard not to notice that the days seemed to drag on far longer than normal, and the way the villagers they passed along the way seemed to be moving in slow motion. 


With any luck, their mission to thwart the plans of the foul necromancer Helman Ghorst would soon be accomplished. The force they had assembled was formidable and their arrival in Sylvania had been incredibly swift. Already the ruined towers of Vanhaldenschlosse were coming into view over the tops of the trees. If he were not Volkmar the Grim, he might have allowed himself a slightly satisfied smile.


As if to prove that he was right to be such a grumpy pessimist, these thoughts were interrupted by shouted warnings from the pistoliers at the head of the column, followed by pistols firing and the eerie howls of wolves. The familiar moment of queasiness came and went as the Light wizards aborted their time-altering incantations, and the world seemed to blur and then settle around them. The sights and sounds of the forest around them became clearer, and movement could be seen through the trees.


Ignoring the cold, Volkmar now shrugged the cloak from his shoulders and reached for his weapon. They had marched hard and could not have hoped to have made better progress than this. Now it was time to fight.


The packs of wolves and ghouls that threw themselves at the Empire army did little to slow it down as it marched the remaining few miles to Vanhaldenschlosse. The formations spread out into a battle line as they came to the clearing around the ruined castle. 


An army of the undead was ready and waiting for them.


Volkmar drew the horses pulling the war altar to a halt as he surveyed the enemy lines. The experience hard-won from countless battles over the years allowed him to assess the strength of the undead force, and it gave him some grim satisfaction. The army he led was the stronger. It would be a battle, but they had the advantage.


A tired-looking pistolier galloped up to spoil the mood. "My lord, more undead are approaching from the west. They will be here within the hour".


Volkmar’s expression darkened once more into its customary scowl. Whatever advantage they held, it would not last for long.


"Best get on with it then," he muttered.

The Armies

Vampire Counts
  • HG Helman Ghorst
    Overall General. Master Necromancer (Level 4, Lore of Vampires) with Cursed Book, Talisman of Preservation on Corpse Cart with Unholy Lodestone
  • LvC1 Luthor von Carstein
    General. Vampire Lord (Level 1, Lore of Vampires) with Armour of Fortune, Sword of Bloodshed, Shield
  • HotHF Horror of the High Fells
    Strigoi Ghoul King on Terrorgheist with Red Fury
  • AvC1 Abraxas von Carstein
    Vampire Lord on Zombie Dragon with Heavy Armour, Shield, Ogre Blade, Talisman of Endurance
  • MK Master Kraven
    Master Necromancer (Level 4, Lore of Death)
  • N Necromancer
    Level 2, Lore of Death
  • G1 80 Ghouls
    Led by Banshee
  • Z1 90 Zombies
    Led by Wraith
  • DW1 10 Dire Wolves
  • GG1 20 Grave Guard
  • FB1 6 Fell Bats
  • V1 15 Vargheists
  • H 5 Hexwraiths
  • T1 Terrorgheist
  • T2 Terrorgheist
  • GG2 50 Grave Guard
    Razor Standard. Led by Wight King
  • S1 50 Skeletons
    led by Vampire
  • Z2 60 Zombies
  • CC1 Corpse Cart
  • BK1 10 Black Knights
  • V2 Varghulf
  • V3 Varghulf
  • W1 6 Wraiths
    Led by Banshee
  • BC1 Black Coach
  • DW2 10 Dire Wolves
  • FB2 6 Fell Bats
  • BC2 Black Coach
  • BC3 Black Coach
  • BS 5 Bat Swarms
    led by Wight King on Barded Steed with Shield, Talisman of Endurance, Sword of Might
  • BK2 15 Black Knights
  • FB3 10 Fell Bats
  • FB4 10 Fell Bats
  • GG3 25 Grave Guard
  • S2 60 Skeletons
    led by Wraith
  • GG4 60 Grave Guard
    Banner of the Barrows, led by Wight King with Heavy Armour, Talisman of Endurance, Sword of Might
  • G2 60 Ghouls
  • Z3 44 Zombies
  • Z4 40 Zombies
  • VvC Vlad von Carstein
    Reinforcement General
  • LvC2 Lucius von Carstein
    Vampire Lord (Level 4, Lore of Shadow)
  • AvC2 Altschul von Carstein
    Vampire Lord on Zombie Dragon with Heavy Armour, Shield, Ogre Blade, Talisman of Endurance
  • G3 60 Ghouls
    led by Wraith
  • G4 60 Ghouls
    led by Wraith
  • DW3 10 Dire Wolves
  • DW4 10 Dire Wolves
  • V4 Varghulf
  • V5 Varghulf
  • S3 70 Skeletons
  • Z5 50 Zombies
  • GG5 45 Grave Guard
    Banner of Swiftness, led by Vampire (Level 1, Lore of Vampires) with Heavy Armour, Talisman of Endurance, Sword of Might
  • BK3 15 Black Knights
  • W2 8 Wraiths
    led by Banshee
  • CC2 Corpse Cart
  • FB5 6 Fell Bats

The Empire

  • VtG Volkmar the Grim
    Overall General. Riding War Altar
  • EG Empire General Franz Stark
    Right Flank General. Riding Barded Steed with Full Plate, Shield, Talisman of Preservation, Ogre Blade
  • AL Arch Lector Derych
    Left Flank General. Armour of Meteoric Iron, Mace of Helsturm
  • Grf1 Empire General
    On Griffon with Full Plate Armour, Shield, Ogre Blade, Talisman of Endurance
  • Grf2 Empire General
    On Griffon with Full Plate Armour, Shield, Ogre Blade, Talisman of Endurance
  • Grf3 Empire General
    On Griffon with Full Plate Armour, Shield, Ogre Blade, Talisman of Endurance
  • BSB1 Battle Standard Bearer
    Barded Steed with Full Plate Armour, Shield, Talisman of Endurance, Sword of Might
  • BSB2 Battle Standard Bearer
    Barded Steed with Full Plate Armour, Shield, Talisman of Endurance, Sword of Might
  • BSB3 Battle Standard Bearer
    Full Plate Armour, Shield, Talisman of Endurance, Sword of Might
  • WL1 Wizard Lord
    Level 4, Lore of Fire
  • WL2 Wizard Lord
    Level 4, Lore of Heavens
  • WL3 Wizard Lord
    Level 4, Lore of Light
  • BW1 Battle Wizard
    Level 2, Lore of Fire
  • BW2 Battle Wizard
    Level 2, Lore of Heavens
  • BW3 Battle Wizard
    Level 2, Lore of Light
  • Hal1 60 Halberdiers
    led by Captain with Full Plate, Shield, Sword of Might, Talisman of Endurance, Warrior Priest with Heavy Armour and Great Weapon, Witch Hunter with Brace of Pistols
  • Hal2 60 Halberdiers
    led by Captain with Full Plate, Shield, Sword of Might, Talisman of Endurance, Warrior Priest with Heavy Armour and Great Weapon, Witch Hunter with Brace of Pistols
  • Hal3 60 Halberdiers
    led by Warrior Priest with Heavy Armour and Great Weapon
  • G1 60 Greatswords
    Razor Standard. Led by Captain with Full Plate, Shield, Sword of Might, Talisman of Endurance, Warrior Priest with Heavy Armour and Great Weapon
  • Sw1 60 Swordsmen
    led by Warrior Priest with Heavy Armour and Great Weapon
  • Flag1 60 Flagellants
  • G2 40 Greatswords
    led by Warrior Priest with Heavy Armour and Great Weapon
  • ICWWK 20 Inner Circle White Wolf Knights
    led by Warrior Priest on Barded Steed with Heavy Armour, Great Weapon
  • WWK 20 White Wolf Knights
    led by Captain with Full Plate Armour, Barded Steed, Sword of Might, Talisman of Endurance
  • ICKP 40 Inner Circle Knights Panther
    Steel Standard. Led by Captain with Full Plate Armour, Barded Steed, Sword of Might, Talisman of Endurance
  • K1 24 Knights
    Led by Captain with Full Plate Armour, Barded Steed, Sword of Might, Talisman of Endurance
  • K2 16 Knights
  • Reik 16 Reiksguard
    Led by Captain with Full Plate Armour, Barded Steed, Sword of Might, Talisman of Endurance
  • Demi1 10 Demigryph Knights
    Banner of Swiftness
  • Xbow1 40 Crossbowmen
  • Hgun1 40 Handgunners
  • Hgun2 40 Handgunners
  • Xbow2 16 Crossbowmen
  • P1 5 Pistoliers
  • P2 5 Pistoliers
  • P3 5 Pistoliers
  • O 5 Outriders
  • Sp1 40 Spearmen
  • Sp2 40 Spearmen
  • FC 30 Free Company
  • Hal4 35 Halberdiers
  • Flag2 30 Flagellants
  • Sw2 30 Swordsmen
  • Xbow3 19 Crossbowmen
  • A 20 Archers
  • Hgun3 10 Handgunners
  • Demi2 3 Demigryph Knights
  • K3 10 Knights
  • ST1 Steam Tank
  • ST2 Steam Tank
  • ST3 Steam Tank
  • GC1 Great Cannon
  • GC2 Great Cannon
  • GC3 Great Cannon
  • GC4 Great Cannon
  • GC5 Great Cannon
  • M1 Mortar
  • M2 Mortar
  • M3 Mortar
  • VG1 Volley Gun
  • VG2 Volley Gun
  • VG3 Volley Gun
  • RB1 Rocket Battery
  • RB2 Rocket Battery
  • E1 Engineer
  • E2 Engineer

Deployment

Deployment
Along the Empire line.

The Battle of Vanhaldenschlosse: Introduction


And now for something a little different.

In honour of the new The Grim & The Grave expansion for Total War: Warhammer, we were invited to organise one of our traditional battle reports based around the characters being added to the game. We will then go back and try to recreate the battle in Total War, and see how that plays out.

Total War: Warhammer. The Grim & The Grave

Monday, 8 August 2016

Another War Altar

My painting priorities have been swirling around a bit recently, but over the weekend I finally managed to get something else finished.
The Grand Theogonist, Volkmar the Grim. I finally have a proper Sigmarite War Altar! Don't worry Ulric, you will always be my favourite. I am old school...

Monday, 1 August 2016

General update

Sorry for the lack of campaign updates. I seem to be a bit busy at the moment. I still have several games to catch up on, and one more game to organise. I'll get there in the end, I promise...

In general hobby terms, I have been slightly lacking focus again. I started working on some MOM Miniaturas Dwarves that I have been looking forward to tackling, but then shifting priorities mean that I have altered course again. I will have to come back to the Dwarves.
The almost-finished prototype is shown at the front on the right. They will have the same colour scheme as my old Marauder Ironbreakers. And the Siegebreaker Ogres, when they're done too.
Empire Swordsmen with special round Ostland bull-head shields. I hope to get 40 of these done in a couple of waves.
On the weekend I also managed to play another game of Kings of War. I had a camera with me, so took a few pictures. Some of them came out OK. But the game ended up a bit of a blow-out, so I thought I would just share a few shots here and be done with it. Busy busy busy, don't you know.
Lining up against Ben's Undead. Having not really done it before, I thought I would try a shooting-heavy list just to see how it performed, and then of course we rolled up a scenario where you have to move. An obvious flaw with this plan.