Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Massacre at the Lizardmen Temple

I played a solo game with my fantasy rules mash up based on the Piquet/Hostile Realms rules. The undead forces led by the Evil Overlord (trademark EO) sought an ancient relic at a Lizardman temple. The local Lizardmen called on their neighbors in the Great Kingdom and the Hillmen tribes to defeat the unholy threat.

The undead had a better card deck but otherwise the sides were evenly matched.

Undead in the foreground with the best troops in the center headed for the temple.

Skeletal Knights face their living counterparts and get flanked by additional horsemen.

The undead hunters and Lizardmen reach the temple and set up a stout defense.

While a huge demon tears into the Hillmen warbands.

The action is focused in the center and on the undead's right flank.

More Hillmen (and women) take on their skeletal enemies.

Cavalry destroys the Mummies...in their first battle.

The fanatics (naked and clothed) slam into more skeletal warriors. This would turn out poorly.

Dismounted skeletal knights caught between the cavalry. This went on forever...the cavalry could not finish them off.

Things were looking good on the allied left; the warbands have turned the flank.

The demon keeps chewing up the opposing warbands, but they held out to the end.

Despite taking their sweet time getting into action, the Vampire Thralls send the naked fanatics running for some clothes.

The best allied command on the table was unwilling to get their hands dirty...rolled three "1s" on a row to activate.

These guys turned the tide...Dracula would be proud.

It was like a dog fight on the opposite flank.

The Zombie Horde could not take the temple, but they kept the Lizardmen engaged while others closed the noose.

The Kingdom and Hillmen forces began to withdraw to avoid being destroyed.

Surrounded on three sides, most of the Lizardmen were slaughtered at the temple in this devastating defeat.
A fun battle that came down to the wire. Both sides could have pulled it out and although they still held the temple, the allied side eventually failed the Army Morale Card roll.

Some key points of the battle:
- The Undead Hunters and Lizardmen reaching the temple so quickly on great rolls/cards.
- The demon chasing the warbands all the way back to the baseline, but not finishing them off. The demon was really needed at the temple and almost cost the undead the game.
- The failure of the cavalry to destroy the Skeletal Knights despite taking them from both sides.
- The Vampire Thralls defeating the fanatics and turning the tide of the battle.