Well, I guess last night since it’s already past midnight.
So I would have provided some pictures, but of course I left the camera battery in the charger. At least next time it will be fully charged!…as long as I remember it.
It might be a good thing that I couldn’t take pictures, as the game did not go so well for my Skaven army! Granted, the Island of Blood starter set which we used is not balanced: the High Elf Prince on Griffon should be not available until a, what, 2000pt game? This was DEFINITELY not a 2000pt game. The Elves only had three units and two characters. The Skaven only had three units and two characters (and two weapon teams). I just have to say that in terms of a nice balanced starter set for the game, IoB fails. For a good start to your model collection, however, the set shines. Especially for the Skaven, who love 40 well-sculpted Clanrats, etc. Thanks to Andrew and a little bit of Hordes trade-fodder, I’ve got two sets of IoB, so plenty to play with. With a little converting, the character ‘doubles’ could be other things.
So, about the game.
Andrew took the High Elves and I took the Skaven. We set up for a “pitched battle” or whatever basic scenario it is.
I’ll skip the play-by-play, mainly because the Skaven got nuked by Turn 3. It would most likely have been over by Turn 4.
But speaking of nuked, I’ll offer some highlights:
1) On Turn 1, Caladris the Elven Mage casted with Irresistible Force not once, but TWICE! Unfortunately, he was nowhere near any other models so only he took the Wounds. Heh. Twice. *poof* No more Caladris. I didn’t even get to roll my Dispel Dice, man! AND I channelled for an extra! So cheap!
2) The Swordmasters of Hoeth, in their unit of 10, was whittled down to 6 through my Magic and Shooting. Like when my Poisoned Wind Mortar got a direct hit, knocking out two of the swordies. And Ratchitt’s Warp Lightning Spell got another two. Good times. We forgot to check for Panic!, but I’m sure they would have passed.
3) The Reavers charged into the Poisoned Wind Mortar’s flank, clearly the favourite in that combat, didn’t manage to do any damage, and thus hung out there beside the PWM, just chillin’ as the attached Clanrat unit went off and Charged the Swordmasters.
4) The Rat Ogres failed charge against the Sea Guard. Friggin’ useless oafs.
That’s about all the fun stuff of the game. I played poorly, tactically. But it was a learning game for both of us (my second-and-a-half game, his second).
Hopefully our next game will have more of my Skaven painted, in a bigger, proper army list. And hopefully Andrew will have his Lizardmen by then.
Oh, and thanks to Steve at Meeplemart for having his store open on Tuesday nights for gaming such as this!