Saturday, 22 April 2017

Those Stubborn Dwarves...

Good afternoon,

Last night I headed back round to Robin's place, this time for a Kings Of War bash. 1750 points worth of Kill and Pillage, to be precise, hence the green objective markers. Robin's Dwarves vs my Skellies, Orcs 'n Goblins.

Yeah, sorry about the focus on this shot. I'm not convinced the camera on my new phone is as good as the one on my old. So...if they look like pink Goblins on spiders...they're actually Brock Riders!

Horde of Joe Blogs Dwarves.

Organ gun (nasty piece of work!), and Cannon. Quite an inaccurate one, as it happened.

And here's where I get lost.

Type B  and C Dwarves...

...type D and E...

...and a Steam Tank. No, really!

(That's a cool wee mini!)

Against my Mummies...

...a horde of Orc Boys...oh, sorry, Ax...

...a Flagger behind a troop of out-of-focus More Ax. Seeing as they have more axes, you understand...

...Hordes of Goblins and Skellie spearmen...

...and my mobile flank guard.

Reverent Cav, Mounted Archers...

...and Fleabag Riders.

Oh, and a Necromancer, and a Krudger on a Chariot.

And so we began.

Shambling approach by the Undead...

...with some quicker movement from the Fleabags.

First casualties taken from the Organ Gun on the Gobbos.

Note the at-first-dismissed-as-a-little-silly-but-then-actually-used-and-found-to-be-quite-cool Mantic "wound counter trees". For lack of a better term.

Robin charges into my left.

And just like that, my Mummies cried mum and turned to dust!


Nasty nasty steam tank. Gyrocopter. Thing.

The Mounted Skellie archers take a pot shot at the Brock Riders. For one wound.


As does my Goblin Wiz on the Organ Gun... no effect.

More biffo on the left...

...causing a touch of disorder...whilst the cannon spoke again.

This time sending them to oblivion!

But the carnage wasn't all one way.



...the More Ax proved quite effective, going in as they did on the flank.

Still, what to do with that dreaded steam driven monster to my rear?

I rushed over what little I had that was unengaged...

...while the Skellies, with a gust of Surge, finally pile in... does the Krudger.

In the centre...

...the cannon finally hit something! Splat goes the Wiz!

Over on the left...alas, in this game, exposing your rear, so to speak...

...doesn't really pay.

The back and forth develops in the centre...

...and the Revenants finally get into contact with the Brock Riders, who have been slowly backing up throughout the game. Which, along with the terrain, meant that had to go in alone, rather that with the Gobbo support I had planned.

At least Robin's artillery doesn't have anything to shoot at!

Everyone piles in again.

The Orcs almost break the...Type C Dwarves on the hill. One more pip on the dice would have done it!

However a lucky roll on the nerve test against the Steam Tank...


Or however you say that in Orc.



...another flank charge and pop go the green heads.

The Skellies hold nicely in the centre...

...but not so much on the right.

Those Brock Riders are some tough hombres.

At least my Skellie Archers inflict one wound on the Dwarven King!

Last turn and all caution is thrown to the wind.

The Flea Bags finally get into contact, albeit through the wood...with Necromancer support...who did nothing...

...and in rolls the Krudger!

The Mounted Archers are disordered, and sit idly by.



And that was the end of that.

Upon counting up points for the objectives won, and enemy was a draw! (Well, our points were within 10% of each other, in Robin's favour, but hey...a draws a draw!)

Thanks once again Robin for your hospitality and the game, it was indeed a grand spectacle!



  1. Nice report Nick, and nice armies too! What do you think of KoW ? I tried this set of rule a couple of time, I found it well balanced and easy to use, but only with generic Humans vs Undead, I would like to read your point of view.

    1. Hi Phil. I like it. I've only played a handful of games myself with Orcs, a few Lizards (before their lists came out - I counted them as Orcs!) and now the Skellies. The bonies certainly have a different feel than the green skins, which in turn are different from Robin's Dwarfs...but above all, it's just a fun game to push figures around and roll a bunch of dice!

  2. Looks like a lot of fun was had! Reminds me a bit of the old Warhammer battles I remember, where you'd pretty much use what you had a not worry too much about lists. I've been looking for other options to WFB and I really ought to take a proper peek at Kings of War.

    1. Hi Alan,

      Yes, it was fun, especially once we realized just how close we came in the end. Those dratted Brock Riders...!

      I certainly recommend that you give KOW a go. It's a fun wee game.