We managed five rounds this time - it’s always a bonus after a long drive to get plenty of gaming in. I took a ‘semi-historical Arthurian’ force, which consisted of:- Arthur (hero general) Merlin (Magician) Dai the Red Welsh Dragon (Dragon) British foot warriors/Pedyt (6 x Warbands)
1) vs Colin O’Shea, who had just driven us to the venue from Winchester. I defended, and the terrain included a shoreline, an impassable mountain ridge and some patches of marshy and rocky ground. Colin’s Abyssinians, with two heroes, some shooters and warbands plus two stampeding cattle herds (beasts) were soon ‘coming round the mountain’, between ridgeline and the beach, as my Red Dragon appeared on the baseline and immediately launched himself at the Abyssinian warbands. The pedyt infested a large patch of rocky ground near the stronghold, and Merlin hung around on their flank to attempt bespelling on the rapidly encroaching enemy heroes, but without luck. The Dragon was soon surrounded and despatched, a warband v warband punch up went the Africans’ way and then Merlin was ridden down by Colin’s hero general, giving him a 16-6 win.
2) Next I invaded John Curry’s Dwarves, who had assistance from two elements of eagles, in the form of flyers and an aerial hero. A river ran between us, causing disruption to Merlin’s attempts at bespelling, and slowing attempts to engage. The Welsh Dragon once more arrived nice and early, but was again surrounded and killed by a motley assortment of Dwarven crossbowmen, spearmen and axe-wielders. During this Merlin self ensorcelled and then reappeared (6 PIPs), but the deciding action was near the river where the eagle aerial hero and Arthur clashed and mutually self destructed on a drawn combat result. (Lost 10-12G)
3) Game three saw Arthur and friends invade a land of giant puffins- Keith McGlynn’s dreaded aerial army, with four flyers, two aerial heroes and a couple of ground-based attack-mice (beasts). My dragon AGAIN appeared early and was swamped on my baseline by swarms of aggressive puffins, dying for the third time that day. Arthur and Merlin led a counter attack which was partially successful, bringing down both enemy heroes for the loss of Merlin and some of the pedyt, a 16-10 win for Arthur.
4) Tony Green now invaded my territory, with his Fishmen army marching down a defile between a mountain ridge and the board edge, while my British tried to hold them off, with Camelodunum on the shore and our backs to the sea. Both sides had dragons, Tony’s an excellent Giant Jellyfish Of Doom. and both of these showed up early. Mine was killed off (4th time that day) by his Octopoid hero, who then attacked the British stronghold. Unfortunately for Tony the hero’s assault was unsuccessful, and his ‘flee’ outcome move took him off the table edge. Meantime Arthur was scrapping with shark-riding fishmen, and Merlin died in his attempts to down the Jellyfish, which then turned on the British pedyt. At the same time as the British v Fishmen warband clash went very much against my foot warriors, a total of four elements falling to dragon and fishmen, leaving me on a 8-12 loss. A near run thing.....
5) The final game of the day saw me and Kev Casey fight out an Arthurian civil war. Kev’s Arthurians were quite different from my own, having two heroes, a (‘fake’ ) Merlin, some knights and a trio of bowmen (shooters). I invaded, and deployed hard to my left flank, opposite the false Camelot. Dai the Dragon again graced me with his presence, and headed off right to a hilltop deep in Kev’s territory, drawing away the false Arthur and Gawain (possibly Mordred and a friend), who set off to deal with the scaly beast, killing it on the ridge line. On my left, the loyal British warbands lead an assault on woodland blocking my route to the enemy stronghold, the treeline being held by archers who doggedly resisted attempts to shift them, while Merlin warded off the rapidly approaching enemy knights. After a little luck against the shooters, Arthur rounded the woods, confronted and killed the false Merlin and then assailed Kev’s stronghold, taking it at the first attempt. (giving a 10+stronghold to 8 win).
A good day out - My dragon was as effective as a pussycat, but only used up five of his nine lives......must be the way I played him - however, he certainly focussed the enemies’ attention. It was truly a fun day of Hott, with a marvellous variety of opponents. Thanks to all at LBWS.