Wednesday 11 April 2012

3 x 1250p Medieval Warmaster Battle Report - "Seize and Control"

Hello all,
Welcome to the Teutonic Slaughterhouse!
A three player "all-versus-all" game of Warmaster Medieval. Each player had 1250p armies and the scenario was the fun "Seize and Control" that can be found here.
But in essence, four pieces of terrain would award one point each after each turn - the one with the most points at the end would win regardless of other victory points etc.
Without spoiling the final result, I can reveal that it was bloody, very bloody and that we all won, but in very different ways.

I was going to use the program called "battlechronicler" but alas, my laptop does not have the brain-power needed to run it while we play - so this will be a very picture heavy report - all pictures are clickable etc.


As can be seen our armies were deployed quite close but with on average 45cm between each zone. The terrain that would grant control-points were the central hill, the two villages on either side and the forest in the centre of the picture.

My army - House of York - consisted of a general and hero, two heavy cavalry units, four Irish warbands, three combined units of Longbows and Shire billmen, and two of longbows and peasants... Look closely, because they will soon be gone :-).

The Almoravid Moors army had a general, leader and subordinate, one heavy cavalry and three light Jinetes, two of the excellent Blackguard-infantry units and seven Spearmen and Archers all combined.
The blitzkrieging Teutonians - a general and hero, two light horses, two crossbowmen and spearmen combined units and then a stunning two Crusader Knights and three (!) units of Brother Knights....
We have a small "house-rule" which allows all skirmishers a free move after deployment - the light Jinetes ran further along each flank while the Teutonian "light" horses moved into the centre.

Turn 1
The House of York had a bad feeling about this game - and the first turn was a nightmare! After a few simple moves my Hero blundered and got the "Heavens forbid" result - the Irish in question would be -1 to command for the rest of the battle. My position was not ideal on either flank but I was hoping to remedy it afterwards - but two orders was not enough to get anyone into the positions I was hoping for.

And this was my downfall - the Teutonians pounced upon my weakest flank with two eager units of Brother Knights. Making three orders in a row (on both sides of the table!) they charged around the village and attacked in full force a weak unit of Longbows/peasants.
In the centre they didn't move while all eyes were on the flanks.
The right flank where Teutonians and Moors were eyeing each other closely.

Back on the York/Teutonian flank the Brother knights threw 36 dice at the poor longbows and needless to say obliterated them.

And then slammed into my Cavalry. In their flank. Sigh...
And quickly destoryed half of them. Still turn one... Sigh.
This was their position after the end of the last combat of turn 1 - I had managed to kill one stand but had lost a scary amount of troops and all my units had their backs to the situation and would thus not be able to do anything about it - they couldn't even evade the fearful knights.

Scenario Victory Points:
Almoravid Moors: 1
Teutonic Order: 0
House of York: 0

Turn 2-3 
Meanwhile, on the other flank some skirmishing devils played the shooting game with my infantry units oin that side - note how one stand is in the Wood. I managed to get a few cheap victory points through such sneaky tactics :-).
Yet, the Teutonic Horde was quite simply destroying my army. In the left corner are two Brother Knights, smashing British troops. As all my units had their backs turned this was the perfect attack. Nothing I could do but remove units.
The Muslim commander can lean back and relax, as we Christians kill each other (very historic, that).

The Teutons continue their rampage. While they kill these infantry units easily, this was perhaps a small mistake as it left them out of sight of more of my units. This left them a bit stranded, as they did not want to engage the entire Muslim army.
Meanwhile the Teutons on the other side kept getting confounded by the quick skirmishing cavalry who evaded their every charge.

My casualties... and the two stands of Brother Knights that caused them. Sad. Very sad.
Scenario Victory Points:
Almoravid Moors: 3
Teutonic Order: 0
House of York: 4

Turn 4-5
The Teutons find skirmishing cavalry on all flanks. My infantry has pulled back and begins unloading arrows into the back of the knights, exacting a bit of revenge.
The Muslim army, still untouched by the war.

Look - I manage to smile, even though my army lies ruined :-). The view is from the Muslim-Teutonic flank - the skirmishing horses really kept the threat at bay.
The Muslim army - calm as the faith they share.
I manage a few lucky shots which confuses key Teutonic units just as they were ready to grab the central victory zone.

My infantry hiding from the scary Knights, who in turn are trying to corner the Skirmishers.

The Muslims finally wise up and contest "my" forrest. Its getting crowded in there :-).
More confusion as the Ligth Horse of the Teutons attempt a charge at a solid block of infantry - getting maimed in the process. Yet, they keep the troops from the central hill.
My troops grabbing another forrest and shooting arrows at the unmoving Teutons.
The Muslims begin moving against the knights on the extrem flank.
And grabbing another central point.

The final field of battle... much British blood was shed this day.

Final Score
Scenario Victory Points:
Almoravid Moors: 5
Teutonic Order:     0
House of York:      7

Casualty points lost:
Almoravid Moors: 0
Teutonic Order: 360
House of York: 745 (auchie)

Final Comments:
A great game - the scenario worked perfectly. And as an added bonus we all won; The Teutonic Brotherhood won as this was the perfect game for them - the best charge ever that killed almost an entire army. Those knights are truly amazing when facing unprepared enemies. And an entire army of infantry with their backs turned truly constitute the pefect target. The Mulims won as they managed to hold all enemies of and suffered zero casualties. And my Yorkian army also won as we managed to grab the most victory points from the scenario making us the true victorious army, although we suffered dearly for our victory.

Great game, hope you enjoyed this brief photo-report :-).
All the best,

Tuesday 10 April 2012

Top Five list of Warmaster unit types

Hello all,
While choosing my last army list I found myself choosing the "House of York" once more - and more or less because it contains to of my favourite troop types. That made me wonder which units I would put on a "top Five" list and also which You would choose?

So without further ado, here is my Top five of Warmaster unit types:

1-2: Shire Longbow/Shire Billmen
These, available mainly to the army list "House of York", are by far my favorite units. Due to their cheap price (90 for a pair) and the excellent (and underpriced) "Combined Arms" a cheap brigade of these can both readily defend an area due to the Billmen and threaten an even larger area with the 2 x 4 shots unleashed by the fabled English Longbowmen. Add a couple of stakes and even horsies will fear to engage them head on.
Not the strongest of units in Warmaster but in my view the most adaptable and allround combination available, and one of the main reasons I often choose an York army.

3:  Light Horse

Available to the (vastly overpowered) Teutonic army, these quick and cheap skirmishers are almost as good as most other armies elite cavalry. And the fact that they are Skirmishers is just such an added bonus that they are at the top of my "like"-list. They can hunt down opposing skirmishers with ease, or evade anything they don't feel like engaging. Powerful and the added versatility is enough to make them a strong favorite of mine (and I do hate to go up against them - luckily our resident Teutonic-player often chooses more of the heavy cavalry units than of these... shhhh, don't tell him!)

4: Irish Warbands
These are, again, available to the House of York. Amazingly cheap (35 points) and warband means they are the best "sacrificial"-unit in the game. The warband rule in effect makes them easy to command and thrown against any other infantry units they will (on a good day) cause havoc and enough casualties (and disruption) to earn their pay (and should they die they wont demand money, will they?).

I always go with a brigade of these to move aggresivley forward while the rest of my army deploys. Most of the time they will perform brilliantly, and if not it is always fun to have some very aggressive units to play with while the more static Longbow/Billmen deploy behind them.

5: Teutonic Brother Knights
Although very pricey, these super-heavy tanks, ehm cavalry, must be on the list. Even in their nerfed state they are the kings of the field and when they charge they crush anything that is stupid or unlucky enough to stand in their way. The only good thing for their opposing side is that they will often be outnumbered and, hopefully, succumb to the inevitable counterattack (you do have a counter attack set up, right? If not, bye-bye :-)). As the next battle report (forthcoming shortly, so stay tuned) will show these can be unstoppable monsters.

There you go; my top five of Warmaster unit types, although they are listed in a more or less random order. As evident they are all from the Medieval time period and contain a balance between versatility and brute force.

I would love to hear which units you would choose !

All the best,

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