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Old June 3rd, 2009, 11:30 PM
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Mossman's Pictured Battle Reports- Epic 4-Army Battle! 3/27

I couldn't wait to break out the Romans I bought from the Wave 1 re-release, and wanted to use my Hanging Gardens map. Just for fun, here's a four-army, no range, no flying, no mounted, 350-ish point battle.

Romans: Marcus, 5x Roman Legion
Samurai: Tagawa, Izumi, Kozuke, Shiori
Knights: Gilbert, Denrick, 2x Knights of Weston
Zombies: 5x Zombies (plus two extras), Isamu

The Battle:
Marcus and one squad make a dash for one of the three paths up the Hanging Gardens, but the Kozuke get there first, and quickly cut down three Legionnaires.

The Knights move out as one, with Gilbert leading the way up, and meet the Zombies, cutting down four and losing none, though Gilbert takes three wounds.



The Zombies send three up the third path, but the Samurai are the first to reach the top, claiming the +8 initiative glyph.



The Roman Legions re-group, and move out en-masse, but Marcus takes off on his own, chopping down Shiori before being surrounded by the Tagawa, who inflict one wound.



More tomorrow!

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Old June 5th, 2009, 10:18 PM
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Man! I'm jealous of your figures AND Terrain! Can't wait to see more!

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Old June 6th, 2009, 05:33 PM
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The battle continued, with the Knights and Zombies slugging it out, with casualties on both sides, including Sir Denrick. Meanwhile, one Kozuke holds the glyph while the other two attack the Romans. Several Romans fall, but their superior numbers finally win out.

The Zombies gain the top temporarily, but lose it immediately to Gilbert. The three remaining Knights take up positions around the top of the Hanging Gardens, giving them height advantage, and Gilbert's attack aura.



The Tagawa finally bring down Marcus, and the remaining two engage the zombies, cutting down four. The Zombies numbers are dwindling, but they manage to surround and take down the Tagawa, and two Zombies rise again. The Izumi take to the high ground at the corner of the map and turtle for the rest of the battle.

The Romans divide their forces; half go after the Izumi, while the other half climb the Hanging Gardens.



Despite their highly defensible positions, the Izumi fall without much resistance.




The Knights put up a valiant defense, but fall to the combined might of the Zombies and Romans.



Isamu finally moves out of the corner, and he and the Zombies hold the top against the remaining Romans.



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Re: Mossman's Pictured Battle Reports

Very nice pictures!

The knights lost, however, and that is not fair.

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Old June 6th, 2009, 10:45 PM
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Very nice pictures!

The knights lost, however, and that is not fair.
The knights around the top were rolling 5 defense dice, and two of them whiffed on the same turn (Thus each became a zombie). Just wasn't their day.
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Great pics, however im sad to see the knights become zombified.

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Old July 6th, 2009, 08:26 PM
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I tried out the Steamroller against an army of Romans. The Romans put the archers in front with all their order markers, hoping to take down some Glads as they moved across the board.



Crixus charged into the Roman lines and began chopping down archers. The Gladiators kept mostly together, with Spartacus bringing up the rear.

A knot of archers on height twice used their combined shot to deal damage to Crixus, who whiffed on shields the second time, and went down early in turn two.

As the Capuans moved in, Marcus and the Legion moved up to meet them. Marcus remained just behind the front line, providing them his attack bonus.



As the Glads and Legion battled, Spartacus swept around the left flank, gained height, and bit into the Roman's right flank.



The Legion continued to hold the center, and the reserves swarmed Spartacus, who was a human meatgrinder, cutting down countless Romans, but taking the occasional wound himself. Meanwhile, the Gladiators took the high ground on the Roman left, took out the archers, and charged the remaining pocket of archers in the back of the battle line. In a critical turning point, the archers all rolled double skulls, and the Glads could not defend.

Meanwhile, the Roman center failed, and the Gladiators swarmed Marcus.



The remaining archers, still pumped from their takedown of the Capuans, again rolled a whole mess of skulls at Spartacus, putting him on the edge of death. He took down one more Legionaire before falling.



It finally came down to one Legionaire and two archers against two Capuans, who moved to height next to cover, but on the very next turn, the archers continued their awesome shooting, while the Capuans continued their lousy defense rolling.



Winner- Romans!

Analysis- I played loose and careless with the Gladiators, thinking they'd make quick work of the Romans. I exposed Crixus a little too carelessly, and though Spartacus was a beast, I shouldn't have plunked him down in the middle of things so early. The Capuans were quite average once he went down. Even then, the archers shot better than I've ever seen them. They usually aren't that effective. In the end, sheer numbers and the luck of the dice did the Steamroller in. I'm looking forward to playing them some more, this time with a little more thought and strategy.
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Re: Mossman's Pictured Battle Reports- Steamroller vs Romans

Cool pictures. Maybe I missed it but did you list the make ups of the army? 500 points?
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Old July 6th, 2009, 08:51 PM
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Sorry. Omitted that. 500 points for the Glads and just under 500 for the Romans.
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Sorry. Omitted that. 500 points for the Glads and just under 500 for the Romans.
So I think we're talking....

Spartacus - 200
Crixus - 290
Capuans x3 - 500

vs. something like....

Marcus - 100
Romans x3 - 250
Archers x4 - 470...?, sit out a Legionaire?

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That's it. I think I sat out two Legionaires.
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I was able to purchase the D&D minis for Tandros and Erevan in order to make customs, and decided to do a mini-battle using them.

The armies:

Tandros Kreel, Erevan Sunshadow, and 2x Mohican River Tribe= 340

6x Zombies= 360 (You'll see a few non-'Scape undead in the mix).



The mission:
Capture the treasure chest from the center of the island:



And carry it through the gates on the far end:



The battle begins with a squad of Mohicans, supported by Erevan, sweeping to the left and up the steps toward the treasure chest, while Tandros leads the way on the right. Many, many zombies (exactly 6 per-turn) shamble forward.

Erevan's fire blast works like a charm, rolling two skulls on each of his first two attacks, and frying a couple of zombies. Unfortunately, no more walking corpses are in range.

Meanwhile, Tandros boldly steps into the midst of a zombie horde, and survives their onslaught attack with only one wound. On his attack he rolls 4 skulls, and cleaves two of the beasts in half.



Though the Mohicans put up a brave (pun intended) fight, the sheer weight of zombie numbers forces Erevan to use his Fey Step early. He reaches the summit and seizes the treasure chest, but is immediately surrounded by zombies.



Erevan's special fails him, and with only 2 defense, he dies a quick death.



Tandros fights his way to the top the hill, taking two more wounds in the process. Reaching the summit, he cleaves two more zombies and claims the treasure chest.



Bad positioning and bad dice rolling, however, cost Tandros dearly. He is encircled, and the zombies roll five skulls, to which our intrepid hero whiffs.

Angered that their general forgot that only a hero may carry a treasure "glyph", the remaining Mohicans go on a rampage, slaughtering the remaining zombies.



The result- 2 Mohicans left alive, mission not accomplished.


Reflection:

As I often do with new units, I played recklessly, eager to see what they could do. Tandros acquitted himself well, and Ereven did okay. Erevan's 2 defense means he needs an ally with a defense aura, or at the very least, needs to stick by Tandros, who can draw attacks away from Erevan. Tandros was pretty good- +2 broadsword and cleave worked a couple of times, and he did manage to shoot down a zombie.

Had I been taking the game a bit more seriously, I would have scoured the board as much as I could with the MRT, who really came up strong, and followed behind with Tandros escorting Erevan. Ideally, Erevan would have carried the treasure, and use his Fey Step to escape.

Overall, they are both fun figures to play, and a skilled, thoughtful player (not me) will make good use of them. Most important to me- at no time did I think, "Gee, these don't feel like Heroscape miniatures to me. They look like D&D minis." I had the same experience I always have when I play 'Scape- good fun.

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