Onslaught in Oamaru 2021
Gordon really went above and beyond an ensured that everyone had a great time. I ran my kingdoms of men list with a list minute tweak. Many of us were newbies to the game so the idea was to have a couple more straight forward games on day 1 and more complex ones on day 2.
I ran my Kingdoms of Men, Easterling, list with a couple of last minute tweaks.
· 1x horde of shield wall with the diadem of dragonkind- I wanted these guys to simply hold the centre and not advance too much so thought aa fireball (8) option would give them a little more versatility.
· 3x knight regiments- to do the heavy lifting, enough said.
· 2x mounted sergeant regiments- I’m not sure why. I’d never tried them but figured +1 crushing strength was your friend.
· 2x mounted scout troops- to provide some missile support and harassing duties. These were at the expense of the ogres I had been taking.
· 2x giants- versatile, not very reliable but a handy unit for supporting charges- and good in rough terrain.
· 1x general on a fell beast- aka the flying chicken. My mission- to figure out this flying thing!
· 1x wizard with lighting bolt and a boomstick- again my version of a sniper rifle.
Game 1 vs Ken- Kingdoms of men
Ken ran a kingdoms of men list with a giant, mammoth, 2x knight regiments, pike block, a couple of foot guard regiments, and some elves in support.
We played each other a few weeks back.
I deployed my knights in a 2up, 1 reserve formation. Ken got the first turn and his silverbreeze support shot one of my mounted scouts troops off the table. The turning point came in turn 3 when two of his charges vs my knihts failed to rout my units and Ken was left to et flank attacks from my own knights and I rolled up his army.
Lesson learned by me: Concentration of force is really useful!
I was looking forward to this game. One of our most talented painters had been painting Nigel’s Samurai army of the past year or more, no one had seen it, not even Nigel. The theme being a Samurai with abyssal allies force and it is truly beautifully painted.
The game started well for me till a rash charge by my giants (who forgot that they had strider) ended up with them bogged in a forest for 3 turns trin to hack their way though the succubi regiments. Nigel fed more reserve in and soon I was in trouble,, while on the flanks I too got bogged. Going into turn 4 I still felt confident. By the end of turn 4 it was a different story and Nigel overcame my troops for a well deserved final victory.
The previous game had been Nigel’s first and he had learned- he deployed his 4-5 heroes before his main units so I was out deployed and then had the audacity of using my own feigned flight tactics of mounted scouts against me. For most of the game I felt in wiht a chance but in the end was outplayed and it was a well deserved victory to Nigel.
Lesson Learned: Don’t charge giants into the forest full of succubi! But my bigest mistake was praobly trying to inore and not destoryhis pike block.