Monday, August 22, 2016

The Battle of Deadwald

As Rogvaldas' army marched south to plunder the weak lands of men, they encountered a stench very familiar for those devoted to Nurgle. The stench of death and decay.  Rogvaldas and his Chieftains gave the orders to push further South through Deadwald with hopes of avoiding the unliving. The undead were a chore to combat with little glory or carnage. The only glory found in fighting undead comes from felling a vampire or a vampiric creature. The army and the Gods would prefer a real opponent, a living opponent. 
As the army continued through Deadwald, it became increasingly clear that they were not alone and their presence was unwelcome.  Rogvaldas' quickly drew his battle line.  

Meet the Lords and Heroes of Chaos
Rogvaldas Storm Rider and Ivar the Unbound, as well as their bodyguard of Chaos warriors.

Baldir the Bastard, and Vilkas Dragon Tongue, with their marauder tribesmen 

And the Hero of the battle Rurikas the Unyielding and his Warrior bodyguard.

Meet the foul undead
Uhtred Von Karstein, and his skeleton horde

Heinrich Kimmler the Deranged. A Necromancer on his beloved corpse cart.

And Goebels the Wight along with his Grave-guard 

The Field of Deadwald pre deployment

Deployed Battle Lines: I refused a left flanking force, because I was seriously outnumbered.

Opening views

Black Knights make a rash decision and charge out of the woods at Rurikas' and his warriors. A unit of ghouls surges behind, through the forest, in anticipation of flesh consumption

On the Right Flank, a slaughter-brute catches the ethereal hex knights, where they remained engaged until the penultimate turn when the hex knights finally fell the beast.  

The Baldir the Bastard, Vilkas and their Marauders meet the graveguard for greatweapon on greatweapon action. And the Chaos Knights charge the Skeleton spearmen.

Sadly this is where my pictures came to a grinding halt. Probably because its where the battle was in full swing and all units were engaged in combat.  Rogvaldas and his warriors met Uhtred and his Skeletol horde in Combat. Rogvaldas challenged Uhtred in single combat, and the two remained locked in their duel for 5 rounds of combat. Rogvaldas was outfitted with 2 extra attacks from his Tyrfingas sword and armor forged by chaos dwarves that bestows a +4 ward save and the mark of tzeentch stacking his ward save to +3.  The damned Vampire had a beguiling power that forced a leadership test at reduced leadership, and if failed all successful hits had to be rerolled. Rogvaldas failed every leadership test in the duel. Rogvaldas wounded the vampire Uhtred every other turn, but those wounds were often regenerated through foul necromancy.  The Vampire was finding it difficult to wound Rogvaldas. However, the Necromancer Kimmler boosted the undead armies fighting capabilities, giving Uhtred the final edge needed to fell Rogvaldas Storm Rider in their long duel. However Rogvaldas' Bodygaurd and Ivar the Unbound carried on the combat with their flank occupied by a horde of zombies.  Eventually the remaining warriors killed all the skeletons left in Uhtreds unit, leaving the Vampire to take the wounds the undead incur from losing combat. This was the end of Uhtred.  Though Kimmler lost his beloved corpsecart by a blast of fiery chaos magic from Vilkas Dragon Tongue, the undead army was lucky the necromancer lord Kimmler was alive and well, and held the undead forces intact

Rurikas and his warriors slaughtered the Black Knights, and then were surrounded by ghouls and freshly raised skeletons on their flank.  A terrorgheist flew over the chaos battle line and met the Hellcannon in comabat, where the Hellcannon and chaos dwarves met their ends.

The Graveguard and Marauders were also locked into a long combat, that eventually lead to the graveguard victory and the demise of Baldir the bastard, Vilkas Dragon Tongue and their Tribesmen. But before Baldir the bastard met his end he killed Goebels the Wight in single combat.

The final turn looked like this: The Graveguard had failed to kill the remaining Chaos Knights and the hex knight refused to help in the combat for fear of losing its last knight and counting for VP points.  The terrorgeist was off in irrelevant land. Rurikas and his warriors were able to catch the Necromancer Kimmler and brutalized his corpse.  This final kill gave the ultimate edge in victory points to the Chaos forces, if Kimmler remained the battle would've been a draw.