Friday, September 27, 2013

More Saga

Yesterday I got in two more games of SAGA at Galactic comics and games in Statesboro. I decided to try some of the fantasy boards created on the internet which I have found at this excellent German blog SAGA Fantasy Battle-boards . My fellow players were nice enough to let me use them so it was great. Miniature wise until I find the time and money to get some more appropriate minis, I have been press-ganging my Warhammer Beastmen.  Which is fine by me !

The first game was against a Byzantine warband and it was a game of Escort. He had to escort three pieces of baggage (a magic sword, a cow, and a magic book :p), across the board from his edge to my edge. I played Mordor organised into a large group of Hearthguard, a large group of warriors , and my warlord. 

The Byzantines sent a small unit of mounted kavallaraioi (Hearthguard) to tackle my Hearthguard, while the rest offered close escort to the baggage. My warriors moved to block that escape path. 

My warlord got peppered with arrows which though did not hurt him. The idea of man-flesh and horse-flesh for dinner excited my creatures!

The kavallaraioi charged into my warrior unit  but were driven back by their bestial rage. 

Another tussles and my warriors got their taste for man-flesh and horse-flesh satiated (Come on it was a funny scene in the Two Towers movie adaption: MAAANN FLESSSSHH)

In the end though a combination of his warlords suicidal bravery, and single-mindedness to save the baggage, gave the game to the Byzantines!

The second battle was a bit more to my liking. A Challenge! A mighty clash of two warlords to see who is more badass. As per rules the two warlords start close to each other, while their peeps are on the sidelines, rushing to join in the glorious carnage. I played the Goblin Battle board while my opponent was an Irish warband, which also had dogs. My warband was made of two units of hearthguard (8 and 4), and a unit of warriors (8). 

The battle started well for me, as I moved first. Arrgghh! My warlord and hearth-guard crushed into his, shaving off 6 of 12 hitpoints (in Challenge warlords have 12 instead of 2 hit-points) . 

However, at a terrible price. His own warriors and bodyguards came up to help his warlord!

While the warlords clashed, my hearthguard was whittled down bit by bit, even though at times my dice were really good. Try as I might, for the rest of the game I was unable to take any more HPs from the Irish chief.

And the Irish were more than willing to use cowardly javelins to pester me! 

Warriors and warlord would clash with warlord, but my big horned goblin king held his ground! Fatigue began accumulating to both sides. 

Meanwhile my second hearth-guard and his war-hounds edged to the fight. 

A scene from the nightmares of fantasy authors! A beast vs. beast battle! The hounds tore the flesh of my monstrosities eradicating the last of my big hearth-guard unit! 

Meanwhile my warriors on the other flank and his warriors engaged in a see-saw battle!

My warlord feels a bit isolated! But no matter! The Eye protects and man and dog flesh shall succor! 

HAHAHAHAH! TO THE DEATH! Another massive Irish attack on my warlord fails to do the job.

Man is repalced by his best friend, as the warhounds bark and jump to tear the flesh of my warlord1

But alas for the puppies, they shall be food tonight! 

My remaining hearth-guard come up to help! While fatigue starts to accumulate to dangerous levels among the warriors of Erin. 

Dice are rolled and hits are thrown as my beast tries to kill the enemy chief! 

But it was not meant for the Dark Eye to win today. The Irish warlord smashed his sword into mine, and does enough damage so that he can win the fight, even though my ravaged warlord is still alive. 

The last of my hearth-guard kill one of the bodyguards of the Irish warlord.

And in the end , all side exhausted the forces of the Eye slither away in darkness to dark dens to nurture their wounds!

All in all it was a blast. I did not feel I got a chance to fully explore the Mordor Battle-board in the first battle, but the fight was different from the usual. The second battle was epic!  The Irish are fun and interesting enemy, and the Goblins battleboard while not fully facile due to the low numbers of my warband, made my warlord a rock on which the Irish storm broke. In the end I lost, but it came after a game full of many good "what the devil" moments and a lot of mayhem!

As it should be in Saga! 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Saga in Statesboro

I finally got a chance to play some miniature wargaming. Every Thursday night a good group gets together at the Galactic Comics store in Statesboro and plays historical miniatures wargames. I finally got a chance to join them. We played SAGA, a game I have decided to invest in a bit. I used my Warhammer Beastmen as proxy Pagan Rus. We played a free for all 4 player scenario (feast of crows I think). The other players had Welsh, Normans, and Caroligian Frank. I deployed with the Normans in front of me and the Welsh on my left. There were sheep as well. 

The Welsh and their mascots.

The Normans in a really scary formation. 

My warriors looking at archers and crossbows.

Game begins with the Frankish and Norman horse coming unto me, after a volley of Norman arrows. 

Freaked out I used some good dice to activate two nasty Pagan Rus ability. One limits movement and missile ranges, and the other lowers the armor of mounted models. The Welsh took advantage of it and hacked into the Franks.

While my boys braced for the Norman cavalry charge

To make a long story short, the Norman cavlary hacked my warriors to pieces. Then it hit my hearth-guard unit. Glorious bloodshed ensued, which I lost. 

Immediately then I sent my Warlord against the Norman Warlord and the remaining Norman Knights.

After some heroic slashing and hacking my warlord fell!

Bored of getting shot to death by the Normans :) , I sent the other hearthguard to fight the welsh, for the hell of it.

It did not end well !

In the end I ranked number 3 in killing. 

The game was awesome and good fun. Saga is easy, fun and simple, but produces some interesting choices!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

DBA II/33 Polybian Roman

Wow, it has been a long time since I last updated the blog. But this year may see a lot more action miniatures wise. I have not found board-game players in Statesboro, but I will be hanging out for historical and fantasy miniature war-gaming at the Galactic Comics Shop as many Thursdays as I can. In all possibility I will try to build a small Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Saga force since people are into it down here. I may also use warhammer armies as proxies. I will also try to get some Savannah gaming in, since the group down there was so helpful.

Meanwhile I will try to gain adherents for DBA, Age of Sail and Pre-Dread wargmaing and maybe someone to play board-games as well.

Speaking of DBA, I finally finished my sixth personal army, ninth total army I have painted in DBA. This is another Polybian Roman army created from the miniatures given to me by TMP member Kyoteblue, the coolest person ever. The army was painted during my sojourn in Sweden, but I based and sealed it today here in Statesboro. A project that lasted 10 months! It is not my best painting job since I really just wanted to be done with it! Nowhere close the same army I painted as a gift. But it is adequate. And brings me closer to finishing my DBA goal of 8 personal armies.

Here are the pics!