I've had a small battle last saturday, which is part of my upcoming series of battles entitled "Dark Shadows".
This faceoff is the prologue.
The warring sides:
A small border guard led by Captain Konrad Lionmane, landlord of one of the backwater regions of the Human Empire.
Border Guard forces
-A squad of swordsmen(7)
-A squad of pikemen(7)
-A squad of archers(7)
-Knights of the realm(4)
This force had to face a rampaging warband of orcs and skeletons, led by shaman Grishnák.
-2 Squads of Orkboyz(8/squad)
-2 Squads of skeleton Archers(6/squad)
It was bit plain, two main props were:
- A murky swamp (anyone entering it will sank) with a ruined tower in the middel
- A small fort/garrison
After rolling the initate, the imperial forces began the battle, by getting into their positions, and so did the invaders. Grishnák used a heroic feat to teleport onto the top of the tower.
The Imperial archers quickly took the garrison's advantage, and climbed onto the safe firing position.
Grishnák succesfully used his heroic feat to enrage the orkboyz, thus giving them 1d6 extra movement.
After the supporting fire from the skeletons (1 pikemen died) the bloodthirsty orks ran into the pikemen squad (Lord Konrad joined them meanwhile), chopping down 2 pikemen; the remaining ones retaliated and slayed 2 orks too.
On the other side the same actions happened (Skeletons fired, orks chopped); killing a swordsman.
The Knights charged into the Skeleton squads, killing 2 from each. An ork also died by the archers.
Lord Konrad used his heroic feat to slay an armored ork instantly, and awesomely.
The pikemen attacked the orks, none managed to kill, but one pikeman died in the counterattack.
The swordsmen attacked the orks, killing one of them, and losing two in the countering.
Grishnák attempted to summon 1d8 rats into the archers position, but failed, and they were summoned to the field instead.
The a squad of skeletons ran away from the knights (the knights managed to take down one), and shot down one from safe distance. The other squad did the same; unfortunately the knights killed the only archer with a quiver.
The pikeman officer slaughtered an ork; it's corpse fell on a rat and squished it.
The orks killed a swordsman.
A knight killed the last skeleton archer with a quiver, disabling the invader forces from ranged support.
A pair of knights attacked the orkboyz from behind; killing two of them.
Lord Konrad executed the ork officer; others failed to do damage.
Grishnák used his heroic feat to cast a deadly fireball in the middle of the archers; five of them died.
The flag bearer (with his squad devastated) ran in panic... right into the swamp, where he sank.
The summoned rats not knowing who's friend or foe, choosed to feast on the fresh corpses.
The remaining 2 archers miracously shot down shaman Grishnák. He fell down from the ruined tower, and flattened a skeleton.
The knights aided Lord Konrad and the pikemen; with their combined attack, the last orks had been killed.
The invading forces had only 3 skeleton archers; they foolishly attacked the swordsmen. Oddly, the killed a swordsman indeed! (what a shame: being beated to death by the butt of a crossbow!)
With a combined attack (a shot, a charge, and a hit) the remaining invaders were obliterated.
The battlefield afterwards:
Lord Konrad Lionmane was succesful; he defended the border against the evil horde. But victory is bittersweet: only 10 of his men survived. The undead mean that this was more than an orc raid. What will happen next? Dark Shadows are crawling as the sun sets...