IntroductionChao Kung) has foreseen this attack and has summoned Kung Fu warriors to aid in defending the local peasants. He has also sent a plea to a band of mercenaries who are slightly further off, in the hope that they will side with their fellow humans against the green menace. Will these motley forces be enough to stave off disaster?
This is a 48AP battle using the Hordes of the Things rules, so there are 2 commands on each side.
- The attackers are all goblins - we used 1 army of foot troops (mostly hordes, but with some warbands as well) and 1 army of wolf riders. Oh, and both goblin armies had a large number of trolls with them as well!
- The defenders also have 2 armies. The villagers (Kung Fu army) is deployed as normal. However, the mercenaries - who have a distinctly Renaissance Italian appearance - such is the joy of HOTT - aren't initially on the board. Instead, they will enter on the southern edge at any location or locations desired on their first bound or later, using PiPs as normal to make these initial moves.
- The attackers win if they capture the village/stronghold. The defenders win if both attacking armies become demoralised before they can capture the village.
The GameMasses of goblins advanced as fast as they could towards the village, intending to outflank the defenders on both sides and overwhelm them. A few of the wolf riders peeled off to face the approaching mercenaries, hoping to delay them whilst the rest of the goblins did their grisly work.
In response, the Kung Fu heroes charged the goblin warbands, without much success on either side. Bartolomeo Crespi, the leader of the mercenaries, led his small body of knights to meet the goblin riders, whilst his crossbowmen and artillery covered the open space beside him. Some of the mercenary foot troops, including a pair of assassins, moved forward through the woods.
Chao Kung sat in front of the village, meditating as the defenders and attackers engaged all along the line. Initially there was a lot of pushing and shoving, but the villagers were generally holding their own. However, there were just too many goblins and a large column of green meanies started to outflank the battle line to the north.
In revenge, the assassins leaped out of the woods and attacked the general of the wolf riders, who just happened to be at the end of the first line of attackers. The flying machine joined in as well (the mercenaries rolled a '6' for PiPs on the turn following the death of their general). Taken by surprise, the evil goblin leader was quickly dispatched by the furious assault.
Let's see: only 2 elements removed so far - but they're both generals!
The Abbot Strikes Back
Alone on the very entrance to the village, Chao Kung and his deacon faced the foul-breathed monster. As it turns out, clerics in HOTT aren't too bad in combat - they're not as powerful as heroes, of course, but still are capable of holding their own against many opponents. In this case, the abbot was unmovable and the troll retreated in confusion, its tiny mind unable to figure out why it was retiring.
I love the kung fu Army. very characterful and jolly impressive to look at. A very nice report. I will have to get my act together ands get some HoTT armies finished and painted and into action. I know I know I keep saying that but I keep getting sidetracked.ReplyDelete
Yes, I'm quite fond of my Kung Fu army as well. It's the first purpose-built HOTT army I built, as opposed to re-purposing my Warhammer figures.Delete
Nice batrep! Were these on 60mm frontages?ReplyDelete
Thanks. Yes indeed: 60mm frontages, 28mm figures.Delete
I also like your big battle scenario--it's a refreshing change from our usual "line all the armies up on both sides and meet in the middle" BB games.ReplyDelete
I do try to avoid "line 'em up and last-man-standing" games. In this case there was only a small variation from that, with a slightly-delayed flank attack.Delete
Nice AAR, The martial arts villagers is a great idea and they look wicked!ReplyDelete
Again, thanks Simon. One day I may make a purpose-built bandit warlord army to face the Kung Fu heroes. Until then they'll just have to face my more traditional fantasy armies :-) ...Delete
As soon as "Bartolomeo Crespi, the leader of the mercenaries" was mentioned, fo some reason I just knew he was a gonner, though it came far earlier than I expected !.ReplyDelete
Your "HOTT" aars are a very entertaining read and like you I too do like a bit variation on the line v line type of scenario.
Interesting to see the Kung Fu army in action and the battle could so easily have gone either way - it's definitely one for a re-match !
Either you're using the benefit of hindsight or you're beginning to develop an impressive ability to predict outcomes!Delete
Nice report and great looking armies!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Phil. Glad you liked it!Delete
I'm enjoying your HOTT game reports. I'm trying to decide between HOTT and 2hrWargames Sword play rules for a LOTR project I'm starting.ReplyDelete
HOTT is a very generic set of rules; it's an excellent toolkit for almost any imaginable genre. You need to build scenarios and stories on top of it to really make it fun. "Mighty Armies" is another set of rules in the same vein, though I only know about it by repute.Delete
I also have Swordplay, though I've only played it once or twice. It's much more of a skirmish game and I haven't quite made up my mind about it. I'm gearing up to use the very popular "Song of Blades and Heroes" instead for this type of action. The latter isn't free, but it doesn't cost much.