Thursday 11 September 2014

SoBH Campaign 4 - Battle 6

Scenario: The Haunted Wreck

The scenario is a treasure hunt with a twist. There is a wrecked ship in the middle of a wide river with a treasure chest on it. The first warband to carry the treaure off the far end of the table wins (unless there is a rout). The Twist? Well the wreck is haunted by it's previous (now undead) crew and they don't want to give up their treasure. The size of the crew is randomly generated when the first non-crew member steps on board.

So the table is set as thus with the ship wreck in the centre of the table and the warbands coming in up stream.

The First Law:
  • Bayaz, (Warband Leader) First of the Magi, 120pts Q2+, C3 Special Rules: Leader, Magic User, Traps
    Item: Armband of Protection
  • Logen Ninefingers (Warrior) 42pts Q3+ C3 Special Rules: Fearless, Forester
  • Ferro Maljinn, (Elite Archer) 56pts Q3+, C3 Special Rules: Shooter (Long), Unerring Aim, Stealth
    Item: Charmstone x 1
  • Jezal dan Luthar (Swordsman) 42pts Q3+ C3 Special Rules: Free Disengage, Acrobat
  • Black Dow (Warrior) 32 Pts Q4+ C3 Special Rules: Dogged, Fearless
  • Curnden Craw (Warrior) 30pts Q3+ C3
  • Red-Hat (Warrior) 36pts Q3+ C3 Special Rules: Scout
Everglade Forest Guardians:
  • Galan (Wood Elf Leader) 108pts Q2+,C3 Special Rules: Forester,Leader,Shooter: Long, Free Disengage
    Item: Charmstone x 1
  • Folmon (Wood Elf Warrior) 42pts Q3+; C3 Special Rules: Forester, Acrobat
  • Ailuin (Wood Elf Warrior) 42pts Q3+; C3 Special Rules: Forester, Acrobat
  • Anlyth (Wood Elf Warrior) 42pts Q3+; C3 Special Rules: Forester, Acrobat
  • Rusgon (Wood Elf Warrior) 36pts Q3+, C3 Special Rules: Forester
  • Thonor (Dryad) 56pts Q3+, C2 Special Rules Forester, Distract, Free Disengage
  • Tatharon (Wood Elf Archer) 56pts Q3+, C3 Special Rules Forester,Shooter: Long, Free Disengage
  • Galadthel (Elite Wood Elf Archer) 60pts Q3+, C3 Special Rules: Forester,Shooter: Long, Unerring Aim, Stealth
  • Lavathor (Wood Elf Beastmaster) 52pts Q3+, C3 Special Rules: Forester, Beastmaster

Bayaz had split his available crew evenly between 2 rafts. Each raft needs an oarsman to steer, otherwise the rafts are at the mercy of the river flow.

Galan also split his crew in two.

The groups headed off at full tilt. Raft speed was limited to a maximum of long in one turn if going with the river flow so by the end of turn one spied each other for the first time.

The Elves had initiative though and reached the ship first, New recruit Rusgon was sent onboard first.

As soon as his feet were on board the crew appeared. The fearsome Captain was at the back accompanied by 4 undead archers and 5 undead warriors.

One more elven warrior managed aboard before the undead charged down the ship. Tatheron stayed on the raft to fire arrows at the undead crew, but his arrows could not find a solid hit on the ghostly targets.

The undead archers did not find this a problem and took out the annoying archer. On deck it had started to get toe-to-toe action with Rusgon knocked down before his colleague could come to his aid and "kill" his attacker. Meanwhile the second raft made for the fore of the ship to hopefully attack on a second flank.

All back on their feet, the elven warriors used the narrow deck sides to bottleneck the flow of undead.

3 Elven warriors left the raft to attack from the other end, although one didn't manage to scale the ships sides. They avoided the Terror-some Captain and made to whittle down the undead numbers first.
Meanwhile Bayaz decided to manoeuvre round the action, looking to mop up the stragglers as the outnumbered Elves were committed to battling towards the treasure.

But a choice shot from Elite Archer Galadthel swung the on board battle the way of the Wood Elves. It knocked down the Captain and allowed Beastmaster Lavathor to bite back his fear and gruesomely kill the Undead leader. Every last undead crewmember failed their moral checks and disappeared back to their watery graves.

This allowed the Elves to load up the Treasure to cast off for home. But Bayaz had ordered his strongest raft manoeuvre to block the channel ahead.

Galan decided to hold the human raft in place by ramming it.

Another aimed shot from Galadthel knocked Ferro down and the elven warriors made a boarding action. Ferro was gruesomely killed causing Jazel to lose his nerve and jump into the water.

Lavathor followed up with an attack on Logan Ninefingers and took him out of the battle.

Red Hat decided that 3 vs 1 were poor odds and dived into the river to swim to shore, leaving the Elves in control of a third raft. Bayaz decided to steer his raft to the other side of the island to pick up survivors.

This allowed the treasure laden raft a clear passage away.

But Lavathor still had an arrow in her quiver and managed to loose to parting but fatal arrow at the human rookie.

All that was left was for Galan lead his mini flotilla away with the booty.

While Bayaz moored up to collect Jezal.

Battle Outcome: Woodland Guardian Victory


  1. Apart from Logen and Ferro dying, seems like everything was pretty fitting. 3 to 1 odds are indeed pretty poor odds for a Northman. 'You've got to be realistic...'

    It might have been fun to give Logen the 'Were' special rule with Berserk. But of course, you only get so many points. Great battle report!

    1. MacSver is the First Law expert so we'll see how his character advances go. Berserk is an option, but it the lack of control can make it a bit dangerous. Logen should have enough XP soon to get a new skill so we'll see...