Thursday, 31 July 2008

Boring Mordheim Meetup 2008 - Chapter Two

Tom & Tortiou proudly present
Live from Vienna, Austria, a TBMB&TBMF exclusive
1st MORDHEIM MEETUP Battle report!

Chapter Two - Wyrdstone hunters

The first game we played was a wyrdstone hunt: wyrdstone counters were placed on the board by the players successively, rather far away from the table edge and not too close to each other. To spice up the scenario a little bit, we also decided to place Victory Point-counters (I suppose WarbossKurgan didn't know he was the one who put that idea into Tom's head), each counter being worth 1, 2 or 3 VP. These counters were meant to be carried by warriors just like a wyrdstone counter. The speciality of these counters however lies with the fact, that the number of VPs they are worth was written underneath them and revealed only after the game!
We decided to also award 1 VP per kill, to balance the game for slower warbands.

Boehm and Erkwin placing the counters:
two teams of three warbands each were rolled for:

Team 1
Admin Tom (Witch Hunters)
Lanyssa Ryssyll (Dwarves)
Erkwin (Reiklanders)

Team 2
Boehm (Dwarves)
Matt (Possessed)
Tortiou (Reiklanders)

We started on randomly determined table edges, so the teams were actually quite scattered all over the city, some being sandwiched between the enemy! Matt and Boehm started close to each other, and so did Admin Tom and Lanyssa Ryssyll. But Erkwin and Tortiou were cut off from their allies and dangerously close to ennemy models.

Erkwin's Reiklanders are deploying...
Everybody's getting ready for the big battle:

Tortiou's Reiks are warming up:
Admin Tom is showing off (as usual :P)

Tom's Witch Hunters are lighting the torches and sending the dogs to the front line
An isolated Reiklander archer (Erkwin) covers his teammates

Lanyssa Ryssyll (his back to us) moving his dwarves towards a wyrdstone counter, while Matt and Boehm discuss a joint operations strategy, closely watched by Erkwin (the actual positions of the player reflect the location of their respective warbands on the board):

The first close combat between Matt's Possessed and Lanyssa Ryssyll's Dwarves... and the amazing debut of Krackatoaaar's killing spree.

No one - except for Matt, one would assume - was ever sure how to spell Krackatoaaaar's name correctly
(Kraktor? Gragtoooh?), but it was a lot of fun to burst into that "sound" every time Matt's warrior went into a rampage... In fact there was yelling of "Kraktooooooor!" in almost every close combat phase :)

The tension mounts as both teams are now in possession of approximately the same number of wyrdstone counters and VP counters.

Lanyssa Ryssyll meticulously analysing the situation:

The jubilant jumping Erkwin exulting after his Champion gives the coup de grace to Boehm's reckless dwarf Beardling:

Undeterred, Boehm's enterprising dwarves continue to advance towards the fighting:

On the other side of the table, Tortiou's Reiks are desperately trying to counter Lanyssa Ryssyll's dwarves and Tom's witch hunters by firing volley after volley of arrows...
without no luck:

Erkwin's packed Reiks are slowly progressing:

"Do you think he can see my warrior?" -"Yes he can!" -"Mmmh, maybe yes, maybe no..." -"Let's ask the referee..."

The whole game balance changes as Tom's Witch Hunters and Lanyssa Ryssyll's dwarves finally reach the little plaza at the centre of the board and grab the remaining pieces of wyrdstone.

This is the last pint of Lanyssa Ryssyll's dwarf called Vue-Troublée (Blurred-Sight) before being shot by one of Tortiou's archers. Soon after this, Lanyssa Ryssyll routs, but manages to keep one WS counter while fleeing.

Erkwin's Reiks overwhelming one of Boehm's dwarves:

Last action heroes: Tortiou's Reiks heroically charge Tom's witch hunters behind a corner... resulting in two Reiklander going OOA
(one being Captain Tortiou himself, bitten to death by a dog):

Tom's Warhounds proved to be one of the surprisingly effective units in this campaign. Twice they were charged by Reiklanders (and well armed ones on top of that) and both times the warhounds were the ones taking their agressors out.

The game ends with Erkwin's Youngblood picking up another WS counter at the last second. What we did at the end is count the points for each team, giving 1 VP per wyrdstone counter, 1VP per kill and 1, 2 or 3 VP per VP counter picked up. Now was the time to reveal how much VPs each counter was worth. Actually, both teams had taken possession of roughly the same number of VP counters, but luck favoured Erkwin-Tom-Lanyssa's team: when we flipped the VP counters over to see how much each counter was worth, Erkwin and his teammates got more points than the other team!

Here you can see Erkwin's VP counters flipped over:

The results:
Team 2 (Tortiou - Matt - Boehm) only totaled 11 points, whereas Team 1 (Tom - Lanyssa Ryssyll - Erkwin) totaled 18 points.

Team 1 was declared the winning team!

All players at the end of the game, during the post-battle sequence:

After that, we went out to have some food, but quickly returned for the second game... more to come in Chapter 3!


Matt said...

compliments to Tortiou for the writing :)
i think you forgot to mention that Krackatoaaar (i changed his name in the middle of game one :D)
killed almost whole Lannyssa's warband :D :P

Tom Goudsblom said...

looks good :) nicely written!

Fritz said...

I'm a 40K player, but wow- what a board- I'd love to play anything on that. Looks like a ton of fun!

Lanyssa Ryssyll said...


Pfreck said...

Amazing battle report, good job on the writing Tortiou!
Looking forward to see part 3. :3

Ashton Sanders said...

Absolutely amazing! Great work guys. I need more pictures of that beautiful board! Wonderful! Great post!

wamez said...

I've been out of the gaming world for about ten years but I've got to say that your blog is hugely inspiring. I want back in!

I've just started prepping a Dwarf Warband and my wife likes any girls that can fight so we ordered her a box of the Sisters of Sigmar.

I'm totally copying half of your terrain. Good stuff! I'm so glad to find people still playing this game with such fervor. Fight on.

Thomas said...

Thanks for the kind words guys!

I'm glad this blog inspired you to pick up Mordheim again, Wamez. You might be interested in joining our friendly forum as well!

Thanks to Tortiou for writing up the reports of our games! :)

I'll see you in Chapter III.

Matt said...

Lanyssa, if you want to kill me, you should come to castricum :)
and before you kill me, maybe we could play another game or something :D? (i've upgraded Krackatoaaar, he'll never expect that :D)

WarbossKurgan said...

" we also decided to place Victory Point-counters (I suppose WarbossKurgan didn't know he was the one who put that idea into Tom's head)"

Hehehehe! Brilliant!

Looks like another fantastic and successful Mordheim day has taken place! I'm a little bit jealous I missed out on this one! ;o)

Looking forward to the next chapter!