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There are lots of things that can make a battle epic. Overcoming unfavorable odds, expert ingenious tactics, unthinkable comebacks, and other amazing feats of battle. So please, share your greatest battles of all time, your most epic battle that you have been a part of while playing Warlord.

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Well, all of my battles are epic so it's hard to narrow it down. :devil:

 

Hmmm...seriously though, since I am work I will have to think about it and work it up in Word or something before posting it. I'm sure I can come up with something. ^_^

 

Wild Bill :blues:

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No game has ever produced more epic games than Warlord. I've had a great many of them. Pick one? Hard to do.

I do remember a stunning defeat in a campaign. Orba was the last model on my side. If he died, Wildbill earned extra points. Orba was bleeding from a dozen wounds and forced to FLEE from several chasing enemy soldiers. It was awesome! He would have to kill one, then run, kill one, then run. All the way to the board edge. A complete nail-biter and loads of fun.

As WIldbill will come on and say, that campaign produced many epic battle we still talk about today. The underground battle that left a single model alive was incredible.

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Warwick and I spent somewhere upwards of 6 weeks many summers ago playing with the campaign system that was in the back of the Warlord 1.0 rulebook. We were not alone, of course; we had 4 other players. So, you would think that this would have led to all kinds of epic battles over the course of the summer for control of the town etc. Instead, it turned into the other 4 players acting like merchants and doing peaceful trades while Warwick and I mercilessly beat other into submission. We had the least amount of points at the end, but because we actually played games (what a novel concept!), we still talk about them all of these years later!

 

I was still pseudo-new to Warlord, and while I was a big fan of the Dwarves from the very beginning, I was still very much in trial mode: which army seemed awesome to play? So, for the campaign I was fielding Crusaders while Warwick was playing Mercenaries. I don’t remember every single battle (there were too many), but there were two battles that definitely stood the test of time, both of which Warwick already touched on.

 

One battle Warwick actually fielded the mighty Orba. Unfortunately, I have had a hard drive crash or two since then so I don’t remember the exact composition of my Crusader list. All I really remember as being epic is knowing that if I did not kill Orba that game, then he was going to survive and Warwick was not going to have to spend precious resources bringing him back. Near the end of the game, he only had Orba left on the table while I had 3 Unforgiven trying to chase him from various angles. For those of you who may not remember, back in this time, if you had a model with more than one damage track he was considered to be a monster to take out. Orba had 3 (maybe 4) damage tracks, so he was nigh impossible to kill. Thankfully Orba had already taken one wound during the course of the game, which dropped his DV enough to help my Unforgiven out. The first one charges in, and manages to pull off the impossible and wounded Orba! Of course, Orba turned him into so much hamburger, but every wound counts! He continues running for the edge while the other 2 Unforgiven are chasing him down! The second one manages to charge in and of course whiffs! Orba is not so merciful on the return strikes and cuts the Unforgiven down. Then, Orba chose to flee off of the battlefield like the scared little goblin he was, leaving my poor Unforgiven to hurtle curses at his back!

 

A second battle during that campaign was over an underground gold mine. It was a vast complex (that just amazingly enough happened to fit on a 4’x4’ board! :lol:) and we were given the layout of the mine ahead of time. So, each of us had an opportunity to prepare our forces accordingly. I made sure to field two Crusader Baby Kitties (aka Celestial Lions) as they were major tanks. Warwick took like two crossbowmen that were totally upsetting my grand plan. They were plinking away safe and sound behind their front line while I valiantly charged through the tunnels. I remember finally getting my poor defenseless little kitty cats into combat with the evil Mercenary forces. :devil: I lost both cats, but managed to make a major dent in his forces, which enabled me to rush the rest of my Crusaders into the gaps. But, a nice tidy rout it was not to be. Instead it turned into a major slugfest with both sides suffering heavy losses. In almost a repeat of the first game, it came down to a couple of my grunts vs a couple of Warwick’s grunts. This time the Crusaders stood victorious as I had the last remaining model on the board while Warwick tried to run away like a scared girl once again.

 

We had decided that the campaign should last a certain number of turns before declaring the “winner”. Well, when that last round arrived, I decided that it was time to go balls-to-the-wall and attack Warwick on every square he owned. I think it totaled something like 6 simultaneous attacks. I don’t remember too many details of the battles save one: I lost every single one. :down: I think that was one of the last time I played Crusaders for several years. LOL! ::):

 

Man, this is a good topic. I am going to have to try and recall more games that Warwick and I have played over the years. We have had so many close fierce battles that it is difficult to separate one from the next!

 

Wild Bill :blues:

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I usually play low model count armies, and my Vamp army is just that. So I face off against Mark and his Goblin Swarm. It didn't look good for me. But terrain saved the day! I managed to find a spot to put my back against the wall, stand my ground, and let them come to me. It was like a scene from 300! Wave after wave of gobs. Dare I say it? Gobs of gobs! And the Vamps killed and drank and killed again. The poor little guys couldn't hurt me enough on their turn. I healed up on my turn. That was a great fight! Vamps for the win!

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One game I decided to bring Overlords and 3 Iron Golems. I didn't know WIldbill was bringing 3 Treebeards in an Elf army! On paper it looked like an amazing smash up was going to happen. In action, it was less smashy and more Warwick gets hopelessly butchered. First turn...I draw every single card in a row. My entire army moves out and stands in the fricking open or hides behind walls like kittens. We are both laughing and pointing because you just know what happens next. Arrows blot out the sky. Iron Golem down! Troops cut to ribbons! Mass panic! Run in circles! Round two, he gets the first draws. Complete bloodbath! And super fun. I did kill a few Elves, but that was some brutal defeat.

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Ahhh yes...fun with Elves. Now that was gloriously epic for me! :lol:

 

That's ok, Warwick got his revenge later. He was playing Overlords against my Dwarves and Mark was playing Crusaders (I think). A 3-way battle is difficult at best, but little did Mark and I know that Warwick was fielding every mage in the Overlord list that could wield a Fireball!! Mark and I decided to have our best units tango. I had a big unit of Shieldmaidens square off against his Justicars. All of a sudden, the Init Deck goes Warwick's way and that's when we learn about the art of bbq: he proceeds to light us UP!! WOW! The smell of burned dwarf hair kind of stings the nostrils, let me tell you what! :devil:

 

:lol:

 

Mark and I proceeded to immediately cease and desist all hostilities and focus everything on Warwick. It was a grand plan...except we were unable to move fast enough to catch those stupid wizards! We got burned alive! And then were burned again for good measure! I can't remember if we even killed a single Overlord model that game!! It was epic for Warwick!

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As others have said... Not every game has an epic conclusion, but more of my games have had them than not. Mainly on the epic come from behind types. I have been on plenty of both sides of them. I have been on plenty of huge come from behind only to fail at the last swing too.

 

Just a month ago, I played in a game where I made something like 14 tough rolls. My opponent made like 10 himself. and we had huge laughs over the final outcome.

 

I love the small strong army against the horde wars too. I am not gonna sit here and say that the small group has a good chance in every one of those battles, but I have seen more than a few that still come down to one model left on each side for the win.

 

I will have to add to this thread soon.

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I love reading everyone's epic battles! It really shows someone like me, who recently got into this awesome hobby and hasn't played a game yet, what kind of fun and exciting experiences Warlord has to offer. It really makes me want to hurry up and get my army done and start gaming!

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