IntroductionThe local schools have now restarted after their summer break. This means that my games club in Helensburgh has restarted; tonight was the first session after a long, empty spell. I decided to take Hordes of the Things; this always goes down well!
The last time we saw the Knights of Lyonesse was something of a disaster for them (here). They lost a number of heroes and quite a few of their nobles in a failed attempt to defend the Tower Perilous from the encroaching Black Mountain goblins. However, the Knights aren't beaten so easily. Lord Vesper, Saint Florence of Artenay and the Red Knight all survived the previous battle (just!) and have raised another army. Their bold plan is to strike at the source of the goblin's power: the Dark Tower itself! To that end they have bolstered their force with a contingent of mercenaries.
The Knights of Lyoness appear on the left of this picture. They have 1 command (24AP) of knights, archers and squires (split on both sides of the wood with the small cabin in it) and another command (24AP) of Tilean mercenaries (pikes, crossbows, a cannon and a weird flying machine).
The Black Mountain goblins have 2 commands of 24AP each and are drawn up in front of the Dark Tower. Their army consists of a mix of wolves and trolls, backed by hordes of infantry. They also have a ballista!
The Game StartsImmediately, the knights started to work their way round the wood with the cabin, intending to flank the goblin horde. Saint Florence, the mercenaries and the longbowmen stood firm in the centre, awaiting the inevitable onslaught as the goblins surged forwards.
Suddenly, with a braying of horns and the clatter of hooves, reinforcements arrived (more players, arriving late!). Each side received another contingent of 24AP, taking the totals to 72AP apiece. Oddly, both sides decided to deploy their extra forces on their left flanks, so the new armies entered at opposite ends of the table from each other.
In the centre, the longbows and cannon took a savage toll on the approaching hordes, while on the far side the goblins moved to occupy the wooded hill.
The Far Side
The Centre Ground
Despite being disappointed in their heroine, there were plenty more knights to fill in the gap, especially when Lord Vesper and the Red Knight came back round the wood. In particular, the archers fought like demons, killing huge numbers of goblins in hand-to-hand and with their shooting.