July 29, 2011

Battle Report - Dwarfs vs. Orcs @ 2400pts

It is the year 2610 in the Old World and once again the lands and people of Karak Thorinkin are threatened by the evil forces that plague the Warhammer World. Scarcely a decade has passed since the Thorinkin (People of Thorin) defeated a large scale incursion of Druchi into their ancestral lands. Now in the 90th year of the reign of King Druegar Strominsson, a reign veiled in the blood of almost constant warfare, another threat has emerged. On the surface tribes of Orcs and Goblins are starting to move into and through Thorinkin lands bringing their filth with them. And below Ironbreaker patrols report worrying signs that Skaven may also be returning – strange sounds in the lower tunnels, increasing disappearences of mining units and most concerning of all freshly dug tunnels. Not since the Goblin Wars (1608-1692) and the Storm of Chaos (2523-2526) has the hold faced such peril.

King Druegars Hammerer Bodyguard stand ready with the rest of the army

Now a large force of Black Orcs, Orc Big Uns and Savage Orcs has invaded the holds southern territories burning settlements and destroying crops. Runelord Thirak Grazgdukr has marched out of the holds southern fortress of Kazad Thrombidal to do battle on the plains of Drulkin Zhuf.

The right flank of the Green scums battle line - River Trolls, Black Orcs & Wolf Riders
Runelord Grazgdukr sends a Regiment of Rangers ahead of his main force to open proceedings
The Green scums right flank - Savage Orc Boys, Orc Big Uns and Boar Chariots.
Runelord Grazgdukr deploys his forces. Sensing the vile taint of Shaman magic he positions himself behind in the Forest behind the Organ Gun and readies himself to call up the Runes of his people. The armies Battle Standard Bearer Kilagh Urgarad stands ready with the Hammerers and Warriors of Clan Theolik "The Goblin Killers" and ruling clan of Karak Thorinkin.
On the right flank Quarrellers ready themselves as the Cannon crew warm their gun barrel sending a great cloud of smoke out over the battlefield.
Advancing impatiently the Green scum move forward managing to avoid the squabbling that plagues their race. The Thorinkin wait patiently and tense as the first crackling waves of Greenskin magic slice through the afternoon sky. But the runes of the Thorinkin are too powerful and the result is little more than a shower of faint sparks over the battlefield. Greenskin artillery - Doomdiver and Catapult - show the weakness of non-Dwarven warmachines and misfire to the delight of the watching Dwarfs.
Battle is joined. On the Dwarven left flank the Rangers have cut down one unit of Wolf Riders and turned to face the River Trolls whose vile stench makes it hard for them to breath. Meanwhile after watching their Black Orc cousins be decimated by repated Organ Gun Volleys the Savage Orcs and Big Uns charge the main Thorinkin Battle line.

Cheers erupt throughout the Dwarven ranks as the Big Uns are cut down in droves by Dwarven Great Weapons and flee the battlefield. Both their initial charge and retreat take them through a Wlydewood which proceeds to turn on the Green scum adding scores of corpses to those at the feet of the Dwarven Warriors.

Meanwhile to the rear a Regiment of Miners has emerged from its underground advance and charged the rear of the Black Orc unit and the Green scums General and the Rangers have charged the Trolls.
The River Trolls proof strong opponents but not strong enough. While their vomit horribly kills half of the Ranger unit they themselves are cut down and forced to flee. This allows the Rangers to charge into the flank of the Orc Generals Black Orc Regiment adding their numbers to those of Miners. At the same time the Warrior regiment which saw off the Big Uns also charges the Black Orcs and soon they are surrounded on three sides by Dwarven Great Weapons.

But to the rear things are not going so well. The Hammerrs even with the support of the armies Battle Standard Bearer are hard pressed to hold against the Frenzied double weapon weilding Savage Orcs. Although half of the Orcs are dead so to are half of the Dwarfs, and there are less of them. The survivors stubbornly refuse to run but can only watch as a unit of Wolf Riders, after first routing the Quarrellers charges into their flank.
Soon the Hammerers are dead and the Battle Standard Bearer Kilagh Urgarad stands alone for several rounds of combat resoluting refusing to flee, and coming close to causing the Orcs to run from his seemingly invincibility.
To the rear the Orcs suffer further losses but also display similar courage. The Black Orcs are cut down in droves leaving the Orc Big Boss alone against two full Regiments of Warriors and the Miners. But he battles on, perhaps mimicing the actions of Kilagh Urgarad and wipes out the Miner Regiment single handed. But he cannot survive and he is cut down, not even the rallying of the Big Uns and their charge into the flank of the Dwarven Warriors midway through the melee can save him.

The Orc General is cut down and the Warriors turn on and swifly rout the Big Uns. But to their victory is short lived as to their right Kilagh Urgarad's brave fight ends in as an overwhelming tide of Greenskins bear him to the ground in death. But more horribly still the Orc Shaman in his last act breaks through the Runes protecting the army and kills Runelord Thirak Grazgdukr with the Big Foot of Gork. With both armies now having lost their Generals, their Battle Standards and a large proportion of their infantry the battle ends as both Dwarf and Orc slowly withdraw. The Orcs though take some pride in having caused slightly more losses to the Dwarfs, but only slightly.

But their is no rest for the Thorinkin. As the remnants of the Dwarven force return to their fortress they are greeted with a horrifying message - "Skaven have breached the lower tunnels!!!"....

[Next week Dwarfs vs. Skaven @2400pts stay tuned]

1 comment:

Fnurgn said...

Thanks for the post. Sounds like a fun game :).