Thursday, November 5, 2015

Battlesystem Castle attack!

I haven't posted anything in a while.  Working 2 jobs causes you to loose a lot of playing time.

I have had some chances to play the new Star Wars Armada game, which was fun, but I don't have any pictures or reports.  (I lost badly, so a report isn't too much fun!)

The Battle

Forces of Good

The leaders are inside, not on the roof!
Lord Gorfus  AD 10/6*,  AR 4, Hits 3, Morale bonus +1
Mage Sandara - AD 4/4*, AR 8, Hits 1, Spell Points 8,  Magic Mis. 1 pt, Fireball 3 pt,
Father Tannor - AD6, AR5, Hits 2,  Spell Points 9,  Bless 1pt, Chant 2pt, Heal 1pt

Heavy Infantry - AD 6/8/6*, AR 5, Hits 1, ML 12
Heavy Archers - AD 6/6*, AR 6, Hits 1, ML 12
All of our defenders

Main Body of the orc army

Forces of Evil

Grog - AD10, AR 4, Hits 3  Morale bonus +1
Shaman - AD4, AR 9, Hits 2  Spell Points 5, Battle Rage(increase AD +1 for 2 turns) 2 pts, Courage(Increase Morale +2 for 1 round) 1 Pt

Light Orcs  AD 6, AR 9, Hits 1, ML 10 - Irregular only.
Med Orcs AD6, AR 7, Hits 1, ML 11
Orc Archers  AD 6/6*, AR 9, HIts 1, ML 10
Western Attack Company
Ogres  AD 8, AR 7, Hits 2, ML 11

Army banner adds +1 to ML
Southeastern attack group - Medium orcs
Army Musician - Doubles Grog's command distance.
*= ranged weapon

Orcs have recently crushed a relief column bringing troops to the castle, so the defenders are greatly outnumbered. A couple of orc unit have come around from the south to stop the defenders from escaping.

The main body is coming in from the north.  They have 1 catapult and 1 ballista to aid in the attack.

Round 1

Western group crossing river
The evil side moves first.  All of the orcs advance, but are out of bow range.

 The catapult loads with small rocks and hurtles them at the tower.  They completely miss.
The good side has no targets as they are all out of range.

Main force advances
The defenders on the western wall looking for targets!

Round 2

First blood of the battle, and the start of a bad day for this unit!
These guys would hold their position for the rest of the night!
Evil moves again.  The catapult reloads
Good moves next.  The orc band to the west is now in long range.  The defenders fire and manage to get two hits, and one is a kill.  First blood is drawn!  The archers on the main tower fire at the orc archers and one of them also falls!

Round 3

One archer down!
Evil moves first again!  The orcs continue to advance.  Now the ballista fires.  It scores a hit, but the walls of the tower saves the defending archer.  The catapult fires again, and this time some of the rocks strike.  One archer falls to the blow.  The advancing orcs unleash a battle cry!
When the good side activates, they find a lot of targets in their range.  The archers on the tower fire again, and the lightly armored orc archers have two more fall!
A particularly bad round of fire for these guys!
To the west a round of extremely good dice rolls kill 4 more orcs.  Amazingly they manage to make their morale check!

Attack the tower!
Round 4

This time good activates first.  On the west they fire on the orcs once more, and 3 more fall.  They make another morale test.  This time they fail miserably, and find themselves fleeing in complete disorder across the river.  The archers on the tower manage to miss every shot!

They are getting closer!
When the evil side activates they continue to swarm forward.  The ogres are now moving past the archers and crossing the stream.  All of the orcs are now making their way across the river.
The broken unit to the west can't rally, and continues to flee.  One more failed rally will see them disperse!  The archers fire, but all miss.  The ballista fires but it too misses.  The catapult is reloading.
The defenders are now getting very nervous!

Round 5

The attackers view!
NE group crosses river.
Good activates first again.  The archers on the towers fire at the ogres as they cross the river.  They get three hits, but the ogres simply shake them off.  However the wizard fires a magic missile at the ogres and manages to actually kill one!  They make a morale test but succeed.  On the east side of the castle, several archers now can fire at the orc unit coming out of the stream.  They get two hits and both kill.  They make a morale check and succeed.
Getting across the river
The defenders on the west now turn to face the orcs crossing the stream to the northwest.  They fire and kill one orc.  The orcs easily pass their morale test to keep moving.

These guys rally, but are still shaken
When the evil activates the orcs are crossing the river as quickly as possible.  The orgres cross and move rapidly towards the gates.  The orc archers continue to blast arrows, and by sheer blind luck, they actually strike a defending archer and the man falls dead!  The orcs to the west of the castle manage to rally, and are now shaken, but not fleeing.

Round 6

Evil activates first.  The ogres rush the gate and start bashing at it.  They do 4 points of damage, so the gate has 6 left!  The defenders are now worried that the gate would soon fall!  All of the orcs are now across the river and preparing to rush the walls.  The orc archers continue to fire, but all of their arrows go too far or bounce harmlessly off of the walls.  The unit to the west tries to rally again, but can't, so they stand still.
The most devastating moment came when the catapult fired again.  This time it's rocks struck down with deadly effect.  Two of the archers fell, leaving only one left on the tower!

When the good forces activate, the last archer on the wall fires as quickly as he can at the ogres below.  He gets off two arrows, and both hit home!  One ogre falls!  The wizard fires yet another magic bolt, and gets a hit, but only wounds one.

With the gate shuddering Lord Gorfus decides to move some soldiers to the courtyard to defend the gate.  They also shift the others around.

The soldiers on the west wall fire again at the orcs who are getting close to the walls.  They land 6 solid hits, but the lightly armored orcs manage to deflect all but one arrow, so only one kill.  That was a heartbreaking moment for the defenders.

This report will resume this weekend when the battle comes to an exciting conclusion!

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