ScenarioThis is a big-battle game of Hordes of the Things, but it's not an even match-up. The knights have fewer troops than the goblins, but they have more leaders. The victory conditions are also asymmetric and no strongholds are used.
TerrainWoods and hills are as normal in the rulebook. The river counts as clear terrain at the bridge, the fords and the shallow parts near the little island. At other points the river is difficult terrain and affects movement and combat outcomes accordingly.
- Knights: 3 commands of 16AP each (i.e. a total of 48AP)
- Goblins: 2 commands of 36AP each (i.e. a total of 72AP)
Victory ConditionsThe knights must exit as many elements as possible off the far side of the board. The goblins must stop them. Note that I've been deliberately vague about exactly how many elements are enough!
|"Ah. Hordes die if they recoil into a behemoth"
The central command of knights were slowed down by a couple of trolls. These were unsupported (the goblin hordes watched from afar), but still the 2 behemoths held up their foes just long enough for the goblin warband general to counterattack successfully and kill some of the horsemen.
|Another group of wolf riders is pushed back into the river and drowned
|...and another one.
ConclusionI had wondered if handicapping the knights' numbers and the goblins' leadership would cancel each other out. However, right from the start the knights just crushed everything that was put in front of them. Only in the centre were they slowed down (by 2 trolls and several greater goblin warbands).
It's not as if the knights' strategy was particularly cunning or anything; they just didn't want to stop. Admittedly the goblin generals made some slightly questionable tactical decisions and some terrible dice rolls, but even so I'm completely surprised at the magnitude of the victory.
One element of knights had left the table when we packed up, but there was no real doubt that the rest of the army could follow them whenever it chose to do so (i.e. when they got tired of picking off goblin stragglers). This was a total victory for the forces of Lyonesse, though not without some loss...