Warwick Posted September 10, 2015 Share Posted September 10, 2015 Long is the rivalry between Elves and Dwarves. Old grudges and slights can turn a chance encounter into a battle without mercy asked for nor given. Tonight, yet again, the mettle of these old races was tested. Axe and hammer versus arrow and blade. Under the banner of the Protector's Doctrine, my army of six units and 27 models rode out to meet the grubby Dwarves. Daereth + Book of Tactics Vale Swordsman X2 Vale Archer x 5 Daereth Vale Swordsman X2 Vale Archer x 5 Daereth Vale Swordsman X2 Vale Archer x 5 Giant Eagle x 3 Across the ruins stood two good-sized units and two powerhouse solos. One of them was the unstoppable Stone Spirit. The other, the Griffon. There was no controlling their movements, as I had no mage. My best bet was to spread out, minimize the casualties, and wait for a moment to strike. My only hope was finding a way to bring down the Griffon in a hail of arrows. I had no hope against the Damage Reduction of the Stone Spirit. Not with a bunch of 1 attack models. Avoid him at all costs. I would use my soldiers as speed bumps, never attacking, holding the forces in check while arrows slaughtered their ranks. That was the plan. Similar to last battle. I spread out my forces in a blend of archers and soldiers, the eagles floating on thermals high in the clouds. First turn, I move three archers forward a few steps and launch an attack on a lone Piercer on a hill. Two arrows slam home and he falls. That's the start of some great rolling for me. Arrows all over the place landing with uncanny marksmanship. Then my skirmishing soldiers performed exactly as I wanted. My leaders got into the action and dropped the wounded Dwarves as they ran up, bleeding from arrow wounds. I can find no fault in my tactics nor most of my die rolls. I lost anyway. I lost by 72 points. I simply couldn't kill his solos. With staggering DV and DR, nothing would have mattered. Wildbill will say it was Freya - and I'll get to that - but it was his solos as soon as they hit the table. A bunch of 1 attack models can't fight big solos. Not in the configuration I had. Wildbill is too crafty to let me surround his solos, anyway. He's a veteran of many battles. That Stone Spirit isn't dying to Elves. Two other things come to mind that had an influence. Oh great balls of fire, are the Giant Eagles total pushovers. They work great when attacking soft targets like clerics or mages or straggler soldiers. Giant base and DV 11 makes them wet tissue paper after that. I doubt all three of them killed more than five dwarves. Really disappointing. And now...Freya. Do not heed my opponents cry of how she won the game. Sure, her points would make me win if I had killed her. But that can be said of any of his big models! The main difference between Freya and the solos...I fired a forest of arrows at Freya and missed every single time. More than once all five archers from a unit aimed at Freya and hit nothing. Like that scene from Predator. We hit nothing. I was dropping models left and right that needed 8+ to wound. Not a scratch on Freya. The Elves have a bitter pill to swallow this night. They did everything right and the dice gods were with them, and they still lost. Next Battle: Nefsokar vs Crusaders! 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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