I have been a bit slack lately with gaming reports, busy with work and moving offices (and towns), and getting my place in Timaru ready to rent out.
I've finally achieved my goal after 14 years of moving to our bach at Kakanui near Oamaru and have transferred to our Oamaru office so now instead of a 5 minute bike ride or 10 minute walk to work I now have a 15 minute drive or 30 minute bike ride (on my new e-bike purchased for the commute).
There could be worse commutes than following the stunning North Otago coast in the morning.
I had to pop up to Christchurch for a weeks training for work at the beginning of December so arranged a couple of games of Kings of War vs Martin and Mark. I stayed at a hotel in Cathedral Square. It is now 11 years after the devastating earthquakes the Cathedral is still a ruin, though work is now being undertaken ot repair it. the central city had emerged new and envigorated and unlike the previous version designed for pedestrians and has a really nice vibe about it.
My army had been tweaked post Conquest incorporating some of the changes from Clash of kings 2022.
- 1x Boomer chariot regiment
- 1x warrior regiment
- 2x boomer regiments- screeners and chaff
- 1x Hunters horde
- 2x Siege Breakers
- Manny the Mammoth- the big deal.
- 2x boomer sergeants
- 1x Beserker bully
- 1x Nom Nom.
Some interesting changes. The warriors replaced the beserker braves frm Conquest- having decided the Def 5 and melee 3 would be more handy.
The boomer chariots have stealthy and this has proved a real boon vs shooting in the games I've played with it and has been invaluable because of this.
Manny- brutal 2, very inpsiring, Manny is the brains behind the whole ogre outfit.
Game 1 vs Martin.
We played ona 3ft wide board so only had a narrow deployment zone which really worked in my favour vs a crap load of Dwarf hordes! At Oamaru Onslaught Martin deployed his war machines behind the dwarven hordes but this time he wouldn't be able to. This battle was push. I put my tokens on my siege breakers on the far right, Martin put his tokens with his crossbow horde and only late in the game relasied he couldn't win as his crossbows were stuck near his baseline while the siegebreakers had pushed over half way. I managed to roll up the dwarves on the hill on the right and rolled up the dwarf line to take a 4-2 victory. It was a good fun game, and thoroughly enjoyed the change to catch up with Martin again.
Games 2 vs Mark's Abyssals.
I didn't know what to expect from the abyssals so was quite wary of it. It is another beautifully painted army of Mark's. We played Salt the Earth.
The demons were quite a combined arms force with some heavy hitting units, some shooters and various flying demons. It ended up a bit of a bloodbath but in the end we managed a 2-2 draw, thanks mianly to Mark forgetting that he went first and so failing to protect a key objective on the final turn. As so often happens attrition of units slowly wore down the ogres and I ended up just hanging on for the draw. It was a very close game and nice to get in another game in vs Mark. Once again Manny performed well and was MVP.
Game 3 vs Gordon's elves- invade.
A stalemate developed till turn 5.