So the club show has come and gone and I thought I’d post some shots of the game.
As with last year, I was asked if I wanted to run a demo game. Always one to jump at the chance of playing an epic size battle, I quickly agreed. Knowing that my regular opponent, Dr Luke Blaxill (you tube channel of the same name and insta: oldhammer_powermetal_painting) was keen to display some of his models on the table, because of the show and clubs historical roots, we decided that we would field a large contingent of Bretonnian knights. Luke already had a fabulously painted army so I knew I had to get cracking on my half (hence the flurry of recent Bret posts!).
Meant to be helping us out on the day was one of our DnD group, Matt, who unfortunately (together with his wife) had food poisoning the night before so had to pull out. Given the choice of various armies, he had picked dwarves again (I say again, as he’s enjoyed taking them during our recent triumph and treachery games). That suited me as it meant no painting was required for them!
So with the armies decided, it was just left to put together some lists and design a suitable battlefield.
Having learnt from last year I realised that although it looked good, we probably had too much terrain. This year I wanted a themed board but not as cluttered, especially as with Brets you would want to leave them some good charge lanes.
Going to town with some graph paper scales to reflect the board size and then cut out scenery sections, individually blue tacked, allowed me to play around to my hearts content and I eventually settled on 2 possible setups.
In the end, we used the second option, as although it was not as ‘themey’, it meant the Bretonnian player wouldn’t have to be reaching over the castle every time he wanted to move anything, so there would be less chance of accidents! Prudence wins every time.
What I did do on the day was to change the lay out of the houses etc, having a few clumps of terrain to not impede the mass of troops.
Rather than list every item, what I’ll do is give an overview of the army. I again tried to follow the lead of the ‘Hoodling’ and give many of the heroes and lords identical load outs to keep things simple (though Luke rewrote his half of the Bret list adding in some different items, a bombard and an Emperor Dragon!).
High King Thorgrim Grudgebearer with personal bodyguard of 49 Hammerers, accompanied by 1 of the armies battle standards.
Ungrim Ironfist, the Slayer King, with 39 slayers
Runelord on Anvil of Doom
28 Ironbreakers with Thane and Runesmith
39 Warriors with Great Weapons and Thane
38 Longbeards with shield and Lord on shieldbearers
39 Miners with Runesmith
Grimm Burloksson and 19 Irondrakes
39 Quarrellers with Runesmith
20 Thunderers with shields
4 * Gyrocoptors
3 * Organ Guns each with an Engineer
1 Grudge Thrower
1 Flame cannon
1 Bolt Thrower
This gave the dwarves around 340 infantry, 4 flyers and 7 warmachines.
King Louen Leoncoeur on Hyppogryph
The Fay Enchantress (lore of light) with 10 Knights of the Realm
11 Knights of the Realm with Paladin
11 Grail Knights with Damsel
16 Questing Knights with Paladin and Paladin BSB
12 Knights Errant
12 Knights of the Realm with Paladin
24 Peasant Bowmen
Paladin on Pegasus
4 Pegasus Knights
12 Mounted Yeomen
2 * Trebuchets
Luke’s Brets (approx)
11 Grail Knights with Heavens Prophetess
10 Knights of the Realm with 2 Paladins and Paladin BSB
17 Knights Errant with Life Prophetess
5 mounted yeomen
45 Men at Arms
12 peasant bowmen
10 peasant bowmen
10 peasant bowmen
10 skirmishing peasant bowman
3 Pegasus Knight
1 lord of Pegasus
6 Grail Knights
The Green Knight
2 * Trebuchets
1 Bombard (used as a cannon)
1 Emperor Dragon
2 * Unicorns
This gave the Bretonnians, 127 Knights/mages on horses, 10 flying knights, 17 mounted peasants, 111 infantry, 5 artillery, 2 unicorns and a dragon.
This was just equalling all kinds of epic fun in my head!