September 7, 2012

WHFB Battle Report - Ogres vs. Dwarfs

Managed to get a friendly game of WHFB in at the club last night, first one for some time, with my Ogres taking on Adam and his Dwarfs (ably supported by part of my own collection).  Think it was 3rd of our Ogre v Dwarf match-ups and I was 2-0 up going into this one.  The more I use Ogres the more I enjoy them and if I can get the OK ill bring them down to Vermintide which is the next WHFB tournament I should be able to make this year.  Our respective lists were
(Pictures are a bit rubbish as I was using my focus which cant focus worth a damn)

Ogres @ 2400
Tyrant
w. Heavy Armour, Ironfist, Sword of Strife, Dragonhelm, Opal Amulet
Bruiser
w. Heavy Armour, Biting Blade, Enchanted Shield, Talisman of Endurance, Ironcurse Icon, BSB
10 x Ironguts
w. Full command
6 x Bulls
w. Full command
6 x Bulls
w. Full command
6 x Bulls
w. Full command
4 x Mourfang
w. Full command, Banner of Swiftness
Ironblaster
Gorger
Gorger
Gorger

So 2,400pts exactly with no magic - its something I do on occassions when playing Adam as he often takes an Anvil of Doom so no magic negates 400+ pts of his army.  No shooting expect for Ironblaster as Leadbelchers were proxying as Bulls and Gorgers.

My Deployment - Majority of army on the right facing the Castled Dwarfs (boring).  I kept the Ironguts behind the Mournfang for some reason - forget why now.

The other flank - Bulls and the Ironblaster.  The flocked terrain bases are forests (just without trees.).The Dwarfs have a Bolt-Thrower in the building with 30 Quarrellers to the left of it and a Dragon Slayer to the right.  The other Dragon Slayers protect the flanks of the Stone-Throwers.

Up against my Ogres was a horde gunline Dwarf army consisting of:

Lord
w. Shieldbearers, RO Might, RO Speed, MR Spite, RO Preservation
BSB
w. MR Gromil, GW, RO Resistance
Runesmith
w. RO Stone, RO Spellbreaking x2, Shield
Dragon Slayer
Dragon Slayer
Dragon Slayer
30 x Quarrellers
w. Full command, GW
30 x Quarrellers
w. Full command, GW
30 x Hammerers
w. Full command, MR Grungi
Stone Thrower
w. Engineer, 2 x RO Penetrating, RO Accuracy
Stone Thrower
w. Engineer, RO Penetrating, RO Accuracy, RO Burning
Bolt-Thrower
w. Engineer
Bolt-Thrower
w. Engineer

Unlike me Adam likes the gunline approach to his Dwarfs aiming to whittle down his opponents before the GW infantry go in for the kill - whereas I have 4 blocks of GW infantry and generally just march up the middle (or go left or right for a bit of difference).  This list was another modification of one he is trying to get sorted for tournament play and was reasonably balanced.  Dragon Slayers always appear in his lists and are a pain in the butt, but I was expect more of his usual tricks as Adam is very good at building challenging and offbeat Dwarf lists.  Lord w. Shieldbearers was a different choice - he was a staple of my 7th Ed lists as were the dual Bolt-Throwers (esp. as you could autokill chariots with a S7 shot) but these have largely fallen out of favour in 8th Ed.
Adam gets the first turn and immediately aims all his warmachines at the Ironblaster - damn LOS rules mean he can shoot through the forest - and manages to get it down to 2 Wounds.  Other shooting does a few wounds on the Mournfang and the painted Bulls.  I follow up by advancing straight at his castle - but forget to keep the Mournfang back out of charge range.  The Ironblaster gets some minor revenge killing 3 Hammerers but thats it for Turn 1.


Turn 2 and things get nasty as Adam being strangly aggressive charges the Mournfang with his Hammerer unit which includes the Lord and BSB.  The Lord issues a challenge which I accept but in the resulting combats the Mournfang manage to hang on - and dish out some serious damage in the melee.  In my Turn 2 the flanking Bulls charge in, but Adams Lord who cut down my Champion in the challenge goes Berko and in the resulting combat my units get creamed.  The sole surviving Mournfang and 2 Bulls both break and run away before being cut down by the pursuing Hammerers.
AH HA - The Hammerers chase to far and hit the Ironguts (I never seem to get a damn charge off) and Turn 3 starts with this combat and Adam reorientating his Quarrellers to face 2 of the Gorgers which have just popped up by the building on the left.  He also moves one Dragon Slayer forward to block the (unpainted) Bulls in the forest by his warmachines - but as it turns out doesnt move him far enough.  His other Quarreller unit also charges my 3rd Bull unit which opts to flee.
The Hammerers manage to survive for Adams turn but thats it and my Turn 3 starts with the (unpainted) Bulls charging a Bolt-Thrower just missing his Dragon Slayer and lining themselves up to overrun through his warmachines. The 3rd Gorger also comes on and pops up right between his Stone Throwers - which in the previous turn managed to kill one Gorger landing a Stone right on its head.
My Butcher proxying as a Gorger pops up in a helfpul place

But the Hammerers get squashed. Our respesctive BSB's duke it out with Adams getting killed along with the rest of the Hammerers in the resulting melee and the Lord all by himself fails his Leadership (he needed double 1's), breaks and is run down.  Unfortunately, the Gut-Bus doesnt pursue far enough to hit the flank of the Quarrellers.
Turn 4 and the Quarrellers and Dragon Slayer catch up with my 3rd Bull unit which doesnt last very long, is killed off, chased down and wiped out.  The Gorger meanwhile gets pinged by a Bolt-Thrower but manages to hang around doing very little.

Victorious Dwarfs cut down the fleeing Bulls
But then things go my way - the remaining Bull unit kills off the Bolt-Thrower and overruns into one of the Stone Throwers, and I then get off a successful charge by the Ironguts into the Quarrellers, with the Gorger joining in as well.  Shooting kills off a single Irongut and they go stomping in, the Gorger getting D3 impact hits because of a high dice roll.

The resulting combat isnt very pretty - for the Dwarfs- and the next picture shows the pile of Dwarven casualties from the 1st round of combat, a round in which not a single Ogre is killed.
The Ironguts and Gorger pursue the few remaining Quarrellers but dont quite make it into the other Stonethrower.  At that point we pretty much call it game over as with only 1 unit of 30 Quarrellers left, his other infantry dead along with his BSB and General, and all of his Warmachines about to go with them (the 2nd Gorger was set up to charge the building mounted Bolt-Thrower) there wasn't really anywhere for Adams army to go.
A quick game and a fun one, really wish I started Ogre's years ago so much fun.  Probably not many more games for me over the next few months as the club is exceptionally quiet at the moment WHFB wise, and Cricket season starts up next month which generally means I stop gaming and focus on nothing but painting.

2 comments:

Sam said...

Hi John.

The painted Mournfangs and bulls look great on the gaming table!!

Just one thing, when the Hammerers charged the Mournfang, as you get a 90 degree wheel, Adam should have maximised his unit so all of them where in combat with the Mournfang, then he would have overrun into the ironguts.

John Murrie said...

Cheers Sam - the MF are nearly finished got some detailing to finish off. Need to get the armour highlighting right, not enough contrast between the different areas at the moment.

Yeah we made a couple of mistakes in that game but it all panned out :)