Our campaign continued this weekend for the first time in over 1 1/2 years. I kept forgetting to take pictures but just a few are above. The first three pictures are of a siege battle where my dwarves attacked a goblin held castle. I also attacked a tomb king banner located in the daemon infested Dark Lands to the north. I had a small Tzeentch force fighting along side my dwarves. This same battle was also a monstrous confrontation. So the battle field saw trolls, a bone grinder giant a young dragon and a hippogryph. My 3rd and final battle of the weekend was against a goblin all cavalry banner in open ground. The dwarves ended up winning all three battles.
Post by TheREALricksalamone on Aug 24, 2020 4:25:39 GMT
Here’s a shot of General Schein’s imperial army attacking a factory garrison of tomb king soldiers in the daemon lands. The game was also a monstrous encounter so I was able to add a chimera, cockatrice, and griffin to my attacking force.
Here is a more detailed and fluffy account of my three battles from this last weekend as told by the Dwarven Grudge-Erasers clan.
Earlier in the year Rumphle Runestriker had been tasked with scouting out the daemonic tainted dark lands far to the north. His dwarven expedition had been able to quickly claim several vast tracts of land due to the lack of enemy fortifications and the other empires of the old world were similarly claiming new land while generally avoiding battle. The dwarven lands claimed in this strange part of the world bordered those of the empire of man and also the undead. The dwarves of the Grudge-Eraser clan have held a long standing alliance with the empire of man but the undead sharing a boarder made Rumphle nervous. So in mid-summer the dwarves lead an attack against the undead.
Strange magic coursed through the dark lands at this time summoning monstrous creatures to aid both armies. An enormous bone grinder giant and a unit of trolls joined the ranks of the dwarven army for the upcoming battle. The dwarven army outnumber that of the undead even prior to being aided by these monstrous creatures. The battle was brief. Early in the battle Fizban, The Wondrous Wizard used his shadowy magic to suck a strange giant shaped figure made of bone into a pit of shades. Just moments later the organ gun Evil’s Bane rang out a volley of hot lead a smote down a young dragon which had joined the undead army. The loss of these two large monsters devastated the Tomb Kings armies’ chances at victory, but yet they fought on. Before long the huge bone grinder giant had entered combat with a unit of skeleton horse archers. The giant began to jump up and down on the unit and continued to do so until nothing but a fine dust was left. With that the Tomb King army began to withdraw from the field of battle and the dwarves claimed victory.
Simultaneously in mid-summer Rodin led his banner against the goblin held castle just to the north of the sea fortress. This castle was built by dwarven hands and was wrongly seized and taken by foul goblins some few years ago. The goblin held castle had found itself isolated from other goblin support as the dwarves and men of the empire fought to reclaim lost territory. This had left this castle isolated and ripe for the taking. The dwarves were able to lure a giant in to aid in the forthcoming siege in exchange for a few barrels of Bugman’s XXX Ale. The dwarven artillery began to lay a brutal bombardment of fire upon the castles towers. If the castle could not be Rodin’s he would rather have it lay in ruins. The goblins sent a pair of foul giant squigs to sally out and disrupts the dwarven lines. Erik Doomseeker marched out to meet the giant squig hoping for a slayers death. The two lunged at each other in the frenzy of battle. Erik’s axe cleaved deep into the squig’s body, but the massive creature, at least 3 times the size of Erik, crashed his dying body down upon Erik appearing to crush the slayer. The now drunk giant marched to the castle walls and began clearing goblins off the ramparts with mighty swings of its club. By the end of the battle the dwarven artillery had caused two of the castle’s towers to crumble into ruins. The goblins seeing this began to flee the field of battle leaving the dwarves to claim victory. Rodin was pleased with the recapturing of this castle. He order repairs to the two destroyed towers to begin immediately. As the sun began to set Erik Doomseeker wandered back into camp bruised and bloodied but alive and looking to fight another day, unable to meet his doom at the hands of a giant squig.
While besieging the goblin held castle a fast moving goblin banner comprised totally of cavalry began a forced march with the intention of breaking up the siege if it became a prolonged event. However, Rodin had quickly taken control of the castle. So by late summer a goblin banner was assembled near the newly held dwarven castle. Rodin did not want a swift moving enemy banner in his lands so he led his force to attack the goblin army and cut off any route into the dwarven lands. The goblins were outnumbered and their army included no artillery. Rodin ordered his forces to hold back and the artillery began to bombard the goblin army. The goblin force included two massive spiders, both of which became flying carapaces of torn limbs and blood early in the battle from a barrage of cannon balls and huge rocks hurled by dwarven stone throwers. Yet again Erik Doomseeker saw an opportunity to meet his end as yet another giant squig bounced about the battle field. In a near identical repeat of his last encounter he raced forward to meet an enraged ball of teeth on the battle field. And yet again Erik smote the creature with his axe blade only to be trampled, thrown to the ground and run over by the creature’s final steps. But yet again Erik was able to escape the event alive, even if sustaining some minor injuries. The battle ended in but minor close combat engagements with the goblins realizing they could not hope to defeat such a large dwarf force without the help of their now dead Arachnarok Spiders.
...the undead sharing a boarder made Rumphle nervous. So in mid-summer the dwarves lead an attack against the undead...
When will you all realize? The Tomb Kings aren't evil. Per say. We aren't opposed to you any more than we are to the Goblins. No need to be nervous.
No need to be nervous, unless you've robbed the Treasure of our Tombs. Oh, wait. What's that? The Dwarves DID waltz right in to the Land of the Dead and proceed to loot away. No, you should be nervous. We're coming for you.
Post by wilsonthenarc on Sept 1, 2020 14:37:31 GMT
King Lakhashar maintains his twofold stratagem:
 To vanquish the Great Usurper, i.e. Nagash.
There is no other being or leader or general that we hate more.
[1a] We plan to send armies to meet Nagash and his legions on a field of battle.
[1b] We plan to find a way to occupy and destroy the Black Pyramid of Nagash. It is currently owned and occupied by Brand the Bloody-Handed. We will not ally ourselves with the Demons of Khorne. currently, a non-aggression pact is our foreign policy. Perhaps we shall discuss diplomatic ways to work together to bring down the Black Pyramid of Nagash.
 To forcibly remove the other interlopers of Nehekhara.
[2a] We have made note of those that stole (“Looted”) treasure from our Tombs; they shall be punished, and our treasure shall be reclaimed. We shall not rest until all of these thieves are destroyed and every memory of them is ground into dust.
[2b] We shall actively campaign against any and all armies within the land of the dead, as we consider this a violation of our sacred homelands.
Post by TheREALricksalamone on Sept 7, 2020 3:36:16 GMT
Update on what the Imperial forces are doing this season:
Hasenauer’s Talabec troops, working in conjunction with their dwarven allies, volunteered to scout a nearby chaos warrior force. Their small scouting force hopes to deliver information back to the dwarves to aid in the major offensive against chaos. The imperial party has not returned and there are no reports coming back to the dwarf camp.
General Schein led a siege with superior numbers against the daemon factory. The imperial force was bolstered by a cockatrice, griffon, and chimera. These chaotic beasts were wrangled by Schein’s force as they swept across the daemon lands. Reports came in that the imperial-held city gate is under attack by the undead.
Wizard Matthias Zajak was dispatched to the gate to defend against a massive coalition of Tomb Kings and Nurgle Daemons. The attackers were thwarted by Zajak’s raising of several undead units, including a legion of reanimated Talabheim soldiers to defend the gatehouse.
Reiksmarshal Arno’s agreement with the Bretonnian duke to reclaim The Moot has been a source of frustration. After nearly a year of planning, word of repeated failures required Arno to personally visit the front and spur the Bretonnians to action. A pack of Khorne daemons, under the control of Balthasar Gelt and joined to Arno’s main force, have created some unease between the 2 human kingdoms. The Bretonnian force features an uneasy contingent of Nurgle daemons and the two rival daemon pacts managed to drag their controlling masters into conflict. Things appear to be settled as the goblins inhabiting The Moot are being starved out by the Bretonnian soldiers.
Arno is supervising operations in the area while gathering additional resources to support his campaign. He recently captured an undefended mine from Ogre-controlled border territory.
Oh, yes, we actually played that siege game in a steel cage. Steel cage match!