The forces of the human City States took on the Elven King's army in a vicious battle over a holy Elven grove just inside the borders of the City States' border.
I did not set a turn limit at the beginning, but after five turns, I decided the game was halfway done. The first few turns did not play out as enjoyably as I had hoped, but I am glad I stuck it out for an exciting finish.
I need to read the rules again, but I think I am getting the hand of things. I also need more command stands.
I forgot to count ammo from the start and the Elven archery almost won the game. My units are double the width of the bases called for in the rules so I need to create a house rule to allow a little more maneuver and passage of lines.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night.
|The Elven grove is in the center just past the two fields. Humans on the left in this picture.|
|The Elven center...matched pairs of bowmen and warriors with the Grove Guard prepared to advance to defend the trees.|
|Massed Elven cavalry on elk and unicorns.|
|Nomadic Wood Elves prepare for a flank attack.|
|The human center, elephants and mixed swordsmen, axemen, and spearmen; the Ronin are in reserve.|
|Human cavalry leading hoplites.|
|The elephants advance rapidly but suffer from the Elven arrow storm.|
|The ambush is sprung on the human light troops protecting the flank.|
|The Magnificent Zuron blasts the Grove Guard with magic bolts as they prepare to throw the island slingers out of the grove.|
|Both sides prepare for a whirling cavalry battle on the flank.|
|Confusion sets in...the Elves pull back across the stream.|
|As the human center disengages at the same time.|
|The humans get the short end of the stick on the flank...losses are severe.|
|They break and stream to the rear.|
|Elven cavalry comes out on top at the beginning.|
|And the Grove Guard scatter some archers.|
|The counter-attack is fierce.|
|The Grove Guard is defeated!|
|But the Elven archers get revenge by emptying many saddles.|
|With the rest of his command destroyed, General Greco leads a band of horse archers back into the fray.|
|The Ronin absorb the Wood Elves' volley and begin to slaughter the unarmored Elves at the edge of the forest.|
|In a shameful display of cowardice, the human commander retreats to a safer position with his best troops.|
|The Elven center gets the upper hand...but will they prevail in time.|
|No...the dastardly humans have cut down two sacred trees for their holiday feast screened by the slingers.|
|Both sides are exhausted on this flank.|
|The Elves could have succeeded with just one more turn.|
|The Wood Elves slink off into the forest to lick their wounds.|
|The field is short a dozen or so units.|