Song of Blades & Heroes Campaign, Session 5 – Fortress Besieged
His weary defenders had to divide their attention between Jon's dark elves and my undead, which were carrying an array of seige equipment to assault the walls. Here they are:
And here's the leader of Jon's warband: a dark elf warrior mounted on a huge, beautifully painted manticore!
The game began, and Jon and I mobilized our forces to assault the walls. With 9 models on the board, my warband was more of a horde, whereas Jon -- with just 4 models in his team -- was more of an elite squad. In addition to his manticore rider, he had a dark elf sneak, a dark elf chariot and a minotaur berserker.
After a few turns of moving and some shooting from the walls of the fort, Mike decided to sally forth and confront the undead invaders. It helped that he had a cleric on his team, which was lethal vs. undead, so his few guys were able to really break up my advancing siege troops. Here's how it looked when his guys came out to confront my zombies.
Across the table, Jon managed to position his guys for an all-out charge into the fort's main gate. With a crash and a roar, the gates splintered and his forces smashed into the stout armored defenders of the fort.
Yes, we totally quoted Gandalf from Lord of the Rings: Return of the King at this moment: "You are soldiers of Gondor! No matter what comes through that gate, you will stand your ground!"
The battle turned into a bloody stalemate as Mike's footmen stymied the advance of the dark elf chariot. Seeking to turn the tide, Jon sent his manticore rider swooping over the walls to engage the enemy leader. Mike committed two more figures (a giant owl and a young dragon) to the fray as the manticore attacked.
Alas, shortly thereafter we reached 8 turns and ended the game. We called it a minor victory for Mike's defenders because they had managed to keep most of the invaders out of the keep. It wasn't a major victory for him, though, because Jon's bold manticore rider took the fight to the enemy inside the fort.
On my side of the battlefield, Mike's warriors scattered my zombies and set fire to the siege equipment, effectively ending any plans I had for battering down the walls. Here my liche lord hisses in rage as his battering ram goes up in smoke.
By this point we had played just two games. Before the night was over, however, we ultimately played five games. And it's here that my notes get a bit fuzzy. I know Tim and I set up a game in the Mistfallow Steppe, which saw his terror birds storming across the map to assault my undead. One of those pics is at the very top of the post, and another is right here.
The last couple of photos I have are from a game pitting Jon's dark elves against Karl's wood elves. As I recall, this was the last game we played that night. Jon's elves were few in number, but damn they looked good when they smashed into Karl's elves!
Oh yeah, that's one pissed-off minotaur!
The final photo of the night was from the same game -- Karl's wood elf queen, Lady Meliter of the Upper Forest, flew up to the top of a medieval building. It looked cool, so we snapped a photo.
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-- Patrick, Chicago Skirmish Wargames club member