Thursday, March 9, 2017

and one for the history books

So the final build month for the Historical Escalation league comes to a close, and we have some 1000 pt armies to show for it.

First off are the Romans.  The final 300 pts consisted of a General mounted on horse, an Eagle Bearer[1] and 2 scorpions (small bolt throwers).

General - I like the dog to make him a little different
Eagle Bearer[1] - converted from the metal sergeant that came as a leader for the Testudo
Scorpion (small bolt thrower)
another scorpion - each legionnaire unit should have one 
And the army shot - 1000 pts of Romans ready to fight for the emporor
I also managed to finish off the 1000 pt Basilean Crusader army for my friend.

The Crusaders finally get their Knights Templar[1]* regiment (I had wanted to put it in earlier, but did not realize it was irregular, so needed the troops to support it) and a mounted Army Standard Bearer.
Knights Templar (Paladin Knights)
Army Standard Bearer (Bearer of the Holy Icon)
1000 pts of Crusaders
 In fact, I did more than just this - I have also finished some of the non-historical units (the Sisterhood Panther Lancers), and a couple more heroes, leaving just 12 (or 15, if I repaint the ones he bought on eBay) elohi and an elohi hero (Samacris).  I hope to get these done by the end of March, so his Christmas present will end up only being 15 months late!
Sisterhood Panther Lancers
High Paladin, Mounted
High Paladin
Felix fell behind on his final 300 pts and hasn't gotten them painted yet.  He added

  • 1 Regiment of Berserkers (because what self respecting Viking warlord leaves home without them?) w/ Shock Troops Upgrade (155 pts)
  • 1 Army Standard Bearer w/ Fleet of Foot Upgrade (65 pts)
  • 1 Troop of Skirmishers (80 pts)

Of course the league is also about playing games, and last month we escalated to 700 points.  Now that people have more than just a couple of units, tactics and strategeries start to come into play.

Felix's Vikings once again met my Romans on the field of battle.  I had 2 regiments of legionnaires, a regiment of praetorian guard and a regiment of praetorian cavalry.  Felix had a horde of warriors, a regiment of warriors, a regiments of Huscarls, a regiment of spearmen, a general and a musician w/ Yew Longbow.  We played a pillage game.

I thought I had the advantage on turn two when I was able to pull off a triple charge on his horde with my cavalry, my praetorian guard and one of the units of legionnaires in the flank.  It should have been a devastating attack, leaving me able to reposition the units to take the charges from this other units. With 55 attacks all needing only a 3+ to hit, 31 of them with elite (and 16 of those with TC(1)) against a De 4+ unit.  Of course my dice said no way - the 24 attacks on the flanks only did 4 wounds and the front only did 12 more - way below the nerve of the unit, and then I rolled a whopping 3 on the nerve test.

Of course that meant my cavalry was not flanked and destroyed.  The rest of the game was a back and forth between the vikings and romans in the middle on one objective, and between two regiments on a second one.  In the end neither of us was able to control any of the objects and we tied once again.

I am hoping to get some more games in during March and April to try to finish out the league, and even get the Celts painted up, but like so many others I have to get prepared for Adepticon first.

Player
Army
Total
B1
B2
B3
BX
P1/1
P1/2
P2/1
P2/2
P3/1
P3/2
Jon Carter
Barbarians (Celts)
5
1



3
1




Mike Carter
Romans
19
4
4
4

2
3
2



Keith Ambrose
Vikings
4
4









Alex Ambrose
Romans











Beth Hill
Indians











Felix Castro
Vikings
13
4
4


2
1
2



Kara Brown
Carthaginians











Jim Schwerdtfeger
Crusaders
12
4
4
4








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