At long last, Rev. has returned with a stunning, inspiring, and jaw-dropping battle report for you today. This absence of documented wars since the winter has been fraught with planning and coordinating with forum goer Lord Mercat. We made plans to meet up and hang out at Brickfair Chantilly 2013 as exhibitors. Lord Mercat built a beautiful terrain board and for Friday we set up a diorama of a pitched battle for the public to ogle at on Saturday morning. And finally, on Saturday afternoon, we pulled out our respective Medieval armies and began to brikwar. Lord Mercat, despite lack of experience in medieval battles, is a swell chap and a cunning brik warrior, so I hope you are ready for some great footage.Turn 0
: Battlefield and Deployment
These are some quick photos of the Thairm battlefield. The scenery is rich with lots of battle potential. Crags, floating platforms, rivers, bridges, you get the idea. What might be slightly obvious is that room for cavalry is limited.
Lord Mercat's Mythic Order assembles on the far side of the river behind the waterfall. On the left flank, as you can see, plenty of cavalry in the one open space on the battlefield. He's amassed 4 knights, 2 halberdiers, 3 warg riders, and 3 rangers. On the right flank, 2 more knights, 6 rangers, 3 swordsmen, and 6 templars. In the back is a battle cleric, and Arycelle the Archer Hero.
Unfortunately, I lost the picture of the Dragon Guard left flank. There I assembled 6 archers, 3 knights, 5 fireblades, and a cleric. On the right flank, Lucien Sylvanus marches with 6 dual-wielding mercenaries, 6 spearmen, and 2 dragon riders. Spearmen have taken the bridge, and the dragon riders are prepped to hop over the river.Turn 1
Arycelle of the Mythic Order begins with a William Tell type feat. She spies a dragon rider across the river.
Sploink! The feat succeeds and Arycelle takes off the dragon rider's head.
In the previous photo, you'll notice that the rider's dragon was also downed. Mythic Order troops move up and the rangers let loose, pinning the beast to the ground.
On the left flank, the Mythic Order also has a bloody beginning. Two fireblades are skewered by rangers, by overkill damage if I recall. Two MO knights dual charge a dragon knight. A third had attempted to charge the archers, but two of them bailed out of the way. While one of the archers was in the process of bailing, a fourth MO knight charges him! The rest of the Mythic Order forces move up as you can see.
Lucien--operating on a Galahad cliche--attempts to part the river Moses-like so that his soldiers can walk safely across and charge into battle. Alas, his prayer fumbles and he stumbles into the brine. The spearmen trudge across the bridge, and the mercenaries make it to the top.
The second dragon rider skips the river and drops his rider off. The dragon then barbecues a paladin and a ranger, setting a second ranger on fire.
To the left, dragon knights thunder in, taking one MO knight with them; the second they attempted to attack survived I think.
With the help of a dragon cleric, four fire blades rush the horse of an MO knight. The horse is slain and the rider leaps to his feet.
And here...meet Trollface, a chaotic demigod that has intruded on the battles of Rev. and Lord Mercat. Trollface appears randomly, attacking a random general in the trolliest location possible. On turn one, he pops out of the river and smacks two Mythic Order halberdiers to death.Turn 2
Templars smack the green dragon around a bit. At the same time, Arycelle takes a magic arrow out of her quiver and starts to aim.
Her intended targets were the spearmen squad who had just landed. Damage from the shot was SO CRITICALLY SUCCESSFUL that it slew three infantry outright and destroyed half of the bridge! With the decimation of the bridge, the mercenary squad falls helpless into the waters.
Arycelle takes another shot; this one fails, however, and she headshots one of her own.
Mythic Order infantry surround the dragon rider, yet no one's attacks accomplish anything.
On the left flank, several Mythic Order soldiers make short work of Trollface; no one wants him to stick around...for long...
Cavalry attacks end in deaths on both sides.
Archers of the Order take out the dragon cleric and a fireblade.
Two battlefield overviews.
Archers of the dragon guard set their sights on a warg rider. The squad leader commandeers a Mythic Order horse and saunters forward.
Right of the waterfall, Sylvanus prayers for...something...I don't remember what the feat was supposed to be. It failed.
Mercenaries begin to emerge out of the river. They are none to pleased to see so many of their deceased comrades. Spearmen enter close combat with some rangers but whiff pretty badly.Turn 3
Mythic Order units move forward, likely taking out some Dragon Guard along the way.
Several of those casualties are mercenaries still floundering in the river. Like fish in a barrel, lol!
Left flank action sees the demise of the archer who took the horse, and a fireblade. MO Archers tried to pick on another fireblade, but he uses his supernatural die to creation a fire shield against the damage.
Hmmm, Trollface has reappears! He shows up behind several rangers...don't provoke him and maybe he'll go away......
Lucien gets up and pulls a pair of coconuts out of his pants. Seems, however, that their horses are all tuckered out from swimming in the river. Feat failed...again...
Field Overwatch. Rolled a whole lot of ones this turn Turn 4
A Mythic Order knight counter charges a dragon knight who had previously lanced a warg rider. Critical success launches his helmet to a nearby obelisk.
The dismounted knight severs a fireblade. Only one left out of the original five...
Once again, Mythic Order units turn on Trollface. Oh, he'll be back....he'll be back...
To the right, things continue to look grim for the dragon guard. More spearmen bite the dust.
The Mythic Order battle cleric raises a ranger. Because the ranger had its skin scorched, (s)he is skeletonized.
Arycelle takes a shot at a mercenary. Seems pretty successful to me!
And the rangers make short work of the second one. Sylvanus continues to hop around in the background, banging his coconuts together wildly.
With very few men left, Rev finally charges into the fray. He decaps a ranger. Sylvanus also attempts a banishment feat to rebuke the two skeletons on the field. The feat backfires and one of his own soldiers raises from the dead against him!!!
However, moral victory on the left flank. The fireblade criticals his damage and decapitates the dismounted Mythic Order knight. Huzzah.
Trollololo lololol lololol.
Trollface turned the fireblades head into a croquet ball and eliminated a fleeing archer. Actually, all the archers on the left flank are fleeing!Turn 5
"Cowards deserve a cowards death!"
Arycelle fires an arrow into the sky. Enraged at the fleeing archer's lack of honor, she turns him into a permanent decoration on the battlefield.
Templars make short work of a spearman.
And a dark day for the Dragon Guard. Combined archer attacks and CC attacks lead to massive damage, hemorrhaging, and evisceration. Lucien Sylvanus has been slain!
With but a single archer left fleeing the battlefield alive, the news of his lord's demise is too much to bear. He will not become another dead coward! Turning on his heels, he secures an arrow from his quiver and takes a mighty leap at the knights that pursue him!
Right through the visor!Turn 6 - Finality
Arycelle is intent on letting no Dragon Guard leave the field alive. The Sword of Aurora will belong to the Mythic Order. Taking a run, she skirts and leaps off the cooling body of Sylvanus, misty flips through the air, and launches a final arrow across the battlefield. The archer who accosted her knight meets his end. Arycelle lands nimbly on the opposite side of the river and assembles her victorious expeditionary force for a photo op:Victory to the Mythic Order
That's it, folks. Game one of the outing to Brickfair 2013. We completed this match on Saturday but held a much larger battle on Sunday before I had to return to PA. In all likelihood, I will not have that batrep up until next week, but please sate your appetite with this gem of mayhem.