As May ended, my son came to our house after a medical appointment, saying he wanted to pit his Dwarven army against my Kings of men army. We planned this a few weeks prior and decided on 2500 points on a side. I hit the mark exactly and Rob was a few points over, but not enough to whine about... ...yet.
Two folding tables in the living room, a huge piece of green felt, some hill-like things and a few trees. Add to that many, many small figures. Rob's army is cannon-rich and maneuver-poor. He feels that dwarves should be armoured, slow, and tough to move. No dwarf cavalry for him. My human army is my old Warhammer Fantasy Battle army, a sort of 1500's arquebus-bow-crossbow army, with a giant thrown in for flavour.
Rob anchored his right on a small copse of trees and his to Steel Beasts, named Steely B and Steely C. Steely C is an old Leman Russ tank put to good use. (Early on, I offered to lend him a Tiger II model I have.) The centre was lots of Bullwarkers, and other armoured dwarf types. The left was held by a regiment of handguns in a Stonehenge sort of place. His battery of three cannons plus a Warsmith was just to the right of centre. My infantry - a heavy pike block, a spear phalanx, and a Guard horde of Galloglaich were in the centre, with two regiments of knights to their right as well as two cannon. The wings were held by light troops -arquebusiers, archers, crossbowmen, mounted scouts with carbines, and, on the far right, Tiny McBiggins, the giant.
|Dwarves - prepared for battle!|
|Steely B and Steely C|
|The artillery battery|
|The Dwarven Battle Standard which translates as "Sod Off!"|
|And more with the king's guard behind as a reserve|
|The battery and the Warsmith|
|The Warsmith, Marty Meigsfort|
|Tiny McBiggins (maker unknown) and some crossbowmen (GW figs)|
|My first regiment of knights (old Foundry figs) who didn't survive very long.|
|My heavy pike block (Old Glory Italian Wars range)|
|The Captain - that's all he's known as. (old Foundry Elizabethan range)|
He looks mild and innocent, but he's crafty and subtle.
|A stand of pikes with officers and musicians.|
|Galloglaich (again Old Glory) with a ballista in front of them.|
|The big guns (obviously GW) Sad to say, they were worthless in the game.|
|My magic user, Dermot the Hermit (maker unknown on a GW horse)|
Just beyond are some Foundry and GW arquibusiers looking rather conquistador-ish.
|The dwarf battle line hold solid. Everything is "Steel Something-or-other."|
|My second group of knights hit the battle line. They did a mediocre job.|
The battle banner is behind them. It's printed; I don't paint THAT well.
|Tiny McBiggins confronts a unit of handgunnners and soon the dwarven king.|
|Steely B and Steely C head into the teeth of my spear phalanx.|
They'll be re-armed and re-trained as pikemen by next game!
Not that even that would stop a tank.
|Arquebusiers sneak up on Steely B. Time for sticky bombs!|
NOT ALLOWED! You're not wearing socks.
|The dwarven king does a victory dance on Tiny's chest after using his Blade of Beast Slaying on him.|
(The handgunner you see is a RAFM figure. Always an interesting range.)
|The armoured division is set to grind into the spears. It wasn't pretty.|
|The Galloglaich hit home.|
|Yeah... I get it! Sod off!|
|Tiny faces off against the king... for a little while.|
|The knights hit home. (GW Empire figures)|
Rob and I and many of our friends like the game, Kings of War. No game is perfect, but this game is playable and enjoyable. I'm working on a Varangar army. My wife has Basileans and my daughter, Elves. Other friends have Salamanders. King of Men, and Force of Nature armies. Use the figs who have and/or want and go at it!