Game 5 - Battleline
Matt Sellick, Ogre Kingdoms
- Slaughtermaster - lvl 4 Great maw. Sword of anti heros, d/scroll & tali of pres
- Slaughtermaster Gen- lvl 4 heavens. Great wep, Hell heart, Armour of destiny
- Hunter on Stonehorn - Sword of striking, dragonhelm, giantbreaker, harpoon launcher, ironfist,
- Bruiser BSB: Death cheater, Rune Maw, heavy armour,great wep.
- 11 ogres. F/C iron fists
- 8 ogres. F/C iron fists
- 1 sabretusk
- 1 sabretusk
- 4 maneaters: standard, Dragonhide banner (scout/swiftstride)
Comp Score: 4
Ogres again! What was it with Ogres? After losing my previous game, I kind of assumed that I would be pushed properly off the top tables and fade safely into anonymity in the middle of the room. Turns out that wasn't quite right. There were a lot of people who had won 3 games at this point, but I seemed to be on top of them, presumably thanks to losing no points due to comp and taking the odd table quarter. So I plummeted all the way from Table 1, back down to Table 4.
Matt's army was a bit different from the previous two Ogre armies. There was not an Irongut in sight, and there was an actual Hunter on a Stonehorn! Truly ruly! I mean, I know you can put a Hunter on a Stonehorn, but I don't think I've ever seen anyone actually do it. This match-up looked pretty good for me, really. Apart from the Stonehorn, the army lacked a real number of high-strength attacks. And the magic lores were not those that were likely to lash out and kill my stuff. I wasn't sure I could crack the gutstar (bullstar? Ogrestar? How about Ogstar?), but in this win-loss-draw system, I probably wouldn't need to.
|Back on Table 4 again.|
|Matt's deployment, after the fashionably late arrival of the Maneaters.|
|There is a Sabretusk lurking behind that tower, like a lurky lurkmonster.|
I got the first turn (somewhat fortuitously, since he had fewer deployments), and advanced at walking speed with my main battle line. This allowed my bows and Bolt Throwers to have a crack at a few targets. The Sabretusk next to the Stonehorn fell, and so did 2 of the Ogres in the unit toward the centre (this may have been from casting the Dwellers Below or something. I don't quite recall). The unit panicked and fled through the Ironblaster, but unfortunately for me it passed its own test and the Ogres rallied immediately, so I didn't gain much.
|Yeah, you better run.|
|The Dragon Princes decide the Bolt Thrower is safe from the lurking Sabretusk and head for the other enemy forces.|
|My forces move up, Turn 1.|
|The Dryads brace for impact. After the impact hit wounds the thing looked like a done deal. Then regeneration saves happened.|
|What are you lookin' at? Don't point that thing at me!|
|During my movement phase, Turn 2.|
|Having failed to break through the line, the Maneaters pay the price.|
|The last Maneater heads for the hills. Glad he didn't roll a double 1 and rally - he might have gotten away.|
|The Dragon Princes move up out of sight of the rallied Ogres.|
|Durthu attracts the attention of... Just about everyone, really.|
|The Fence of Truth...|
|Durthu stands alone against half the enemy army.|
|The ill-fated Sabretusk delaying mission.|
|The Maiden Guard arrive to help Durthu.|
|Nothing like some free Skeletons to buy time and annoy opponents.|
The Ogstar charged and destroyed the Skeletons whilst the other combat continued. This time I think I managed to block Trollguts, but Bullgorger got through. The result was a little savage. Durthu smashed the Hunter to pieces, then got pulverised by the Stonehorn in return. This was enough to panic the Maiden Guard who had dealt with the Ogres, and then fled back toward my lines.
|The Dryads do their best to distract the Ogstar whilst the Stonehorn rallies after outrunning Alarielle's regiment.|
|The Dryads take one for the team whilst the mage watches on.|
|C'mon, it's just one Stonehorn. We can take him!|
|I really didn't think this combat would go quite so well. Probably because it shouldn't have. I was at best hoping to break him.|
|You think you can sweep me aside? You got NOTHING!!|
In the end I had only lost Durthu, but in driving towards Matt's corner, I hadn't left much behind that was eligible to claim table quarters. Only the Maiden Guard who had fled and rallied were in a position to claim one uncontested.
Result: Win (15-0) +1 Table Quarter = 16
You can find the final part of the report here.