Friday, April 29, 2011

First Warhammer Game

I got to play my first game of Warhammer Fantasy last night. Played a local club head in a 1250 point Wood Elves vs Empire match. I wish I had remembered to bring my Dell Mini to record the whole think and be able to make a proper battle report, but I didn't. I'll try to remember next Wednesday when we play again, and he brings his own Orcs and Goblins army (The Empire army was the shop owners).

I don't know a think about his units, other than he fielded two big blocks of infantry, each with 2 detachments: another small infantry block and some shooters, as well as 3 cannons. Oh, and one of his infantry blocks had a wizard.

My army, I obviously have the list for:
   1 Spellweaver, 310 pts (General; Level 4 Upgrade; Lore of Life)
      1 Divination Orb
      1 Seed of Rebirth
      1 Ruby Ring of Ruin
      1. Awakening of the Wood
      3. Throne of Vines
      4. Shield of Thorns
      6. The Dweller's Below
   10 Glade Guard, 120 pts

   10 Glade Guard, 120 pts

   8 Dryads, 96 pts
   1 Branchwraith, 140 pts (Level 1 Wizard)
      1 A Cluster of Radiants
      1 1. Tree Singing

   1 Treeman, 285 pts

   5 Wild Riders of Kurnous, 173 pts
      1 War Banner

We just took the table as it sat in the back of the shop, which really wasn't too good for me, but I managed. Along his side there was one big hill on which he deployed all 3 of his cannons with his infantry placed to either side of it. Towards the center of the board there were 2 small woods and a few ruins along the left leading back onto his side. I had a large hill on the far left, my own woods I added right in the middle, and a large building on my right.

I placed my Spellweaver and her accompanying Glade Guard right behind the building, ready to take it. The other unit of Glade Guard took the center where I placed my forest. The dryads took the space between them. My Wild Riders took the far left of the field, intending to cut behind the ruins to take a run at his cannons, and the Treeman sat at the far right, intending to cut around the building for his big infantry block.

Turn 1 really sealed it for me, I started with taking the building with my Spellweaver and everyone else just moved up a bit. I proceeded to try and cast Throne of Vines, which was dispelled, but then got a Dweller's Below cast on his infantry block with irresistible force. It caused a panic test that ran that entire huge block off the table. The resulting Detonation came out with all 1s, and I'd used the remainder of my power dice, so there was no loss there. I ended with a little shooting at the other infantry and called my turn good. I had not only taken out a huge block of infantry, and almost half his army, but also his only Wizard.

His cannons tore into my Wild Riders, leaving just the musician behind to go and hide in the ruins alone next turn. I lost a couple dryads to a third volley, and his infantry block marched towards me.

My next turn, my Dryads charged into his shooting detachment, which decided to stand and shoot, albeit missing me entirely. My Wild Rider musician went and hid behind a wall from his cannons, and my Treeman took a few more steps around the building. I then made what I now realize was a mistake: I cast Awakening of the Wood on his detachment I had just charged after moving the wood onto them. But, the mistake went by and I didn't remember the rules well enough and it appears my more experienced opponent didn't either, or he just let me slide for the sake of enjoying my first game. The dryads tore up the rest of his detachment and ran through to get behind the big block before it could destroy them, as my Glade Guard units killed off one cannon's crew, and the other killed a few off his big block.

Once again, his dice hated him, as his center cannon exploded, and the other took only 2 Dryads down. He moved closer to my still stationary Glade Guard in my wood, and had to call that good.

My Dryads charged his last remaining cannon, annihilating it, and barely missed casting another Dwellers Below on his infantry, but we still called the game good at that. The next turn, he would've taken out my Glade Guard, but would've had to spend far too long turning around, while sitting in range of my Spellweaver and her accompanying volley of arrows, as well as my dryads now available to turn and meet an attack.

All in all, I really enjoyed my first game, even if 2 of my units were entirely useless (the Treeman wasn't even a distraction as he walked behind the building, way too far from the combat). I've learned a bit too, and will likely replace my Wild Riders with Glade Riders, and probably trade out the Treeman as well.

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