Yes, after expecting Murl to show up his goblin horde, he instead fielded Ogres. He sold a nicely painted ogre army some years back, but apparently found enough parts to field another ogre army in his bitz box (and people still give me shit about finding an unassembled Chimera in mine some years back...go figure). Non-deterred by this sudden turn of events, my army of Stirland was up to the challenge as you will see in the photo dump/bat rep below.
|The forces of Stirland brought a cheerleader!|
|My battle line.|
|The Ogre's battleline.|
|Turn 1, my Amber Wizard, casting the Transformation of Kadon (or whatever its called) turned himself into a rhino! Ermm, I mean a black hydra. We didn't have anything to use as one, but figured a rhino was about the same size as a Hydra's base.|
|Tank shock!!! Uh, I mean the 'hydra' charges the...maneaters? They outflanked whatever they were.|
|2 turns and 3 hull poi-I mean wounds later, it was victorious!|
|No one else was moving too far forward yet. A few failed long range charges, but nothing else of note by this point.|
|The Swordsmen charge forward, beat and summarily run down the three leadbelchers, huzzah!|
|Stirland charges with an accompanying flank tank shock! 'Screw you fantasy, I got a rhino!' Was my battlecry, lol!|
|Rhino/Hydra goes splat as does my halberders (and general). The Greatswords however hold their line!|
|The butcher and his two buddies tied them up for a bit...|
|...and then the Swordsmen managed a rear charge!|
|Squishing them between the two units! Victory was mine!|
So not a bad first run! My wizard's Hydra transformation really swung the advantage in my direction from the get go, and things may have been quite different without it. The archers' shooting was entirely ineffectual vs. the Ogres. However they'll have some support in that area here shortly.
Indeed, both my Stirlanders and my Girlfriend's Tau received a lot of reenforcements, and quite unexpectedly too! But due to my grandparent's imminent move, my gaming time for this week and weekend coming will be next to nil. So I'll save that for a later post or two.