Borinn Fimbul is a dwarf chieftain Rep 5, AC 6, Hardiness 4, armed with a two handed axe. He could be deployed anywhere but I decided to put him in the cabin log guarding the gold. Snorinn Fimbul son of Borinn is Rep 4, AC 4, armed with sword and hand crossbow. The Dwarf clansmen are 11 warriors Rep 4, AC, 4 armed with hand weapons and hand crossbows, except four of them equipped with crossbows. Dwarfs objective is take the gold and run.
“At the orders of king F’yar, the Orcs and hounds of the Severed Hand are moving down from the Northland Wastes along the only available passes to meet the main army group at Orc’s Drift where the king is mustering his attack against the Grand League of Ramalia. Scouts have reported seeing smoke of a camp fire above the plateau and the Severed Hand commander prepares to flush out the inhabitants before proceeding down the mountain and on to Orc’s Drift.”
Hagar Sheol is the chieftain of the Severed Hand Orcs and has heard that the Dwarfs have a huge amount of gold hidden somewhere in the area. Hagar is a Star Rep 5, Hardiness 1, AC4, and armed with axe and shield. Grashak Kra is the Houbhound Handler Rep 4, AC 2 and armed with a mace and bringing with him 10 ferocious hobhounds (war dogs). The Severed Hand Orcs are 20 warriors Rep 4, AC 2 with hand weapon and shield, plus 10 archers Rep 4, AC 2.
“Ashak Rise is a plateau couched in the mountain of the Northland Wastes. It is surrounded on all sides by sheer, impassable cliffs and is totally isolated. The only way in or out of the plateau is via the road to Kachas Pass and Kachas trail to the North West or the road to Linden Way to the East. Flowing from the North is the River Canis which can only be crossed by a stone bridge. The small log cabin stands roughly at the center of the rise atop a slight hill.”
None of the Dwarfs are allowed to leave the table without their gold due to their effects of gold fever. There are six very large and heavy bags of gold and one creature can carry one at a time; the mules can carry up to two. The mules are stubborn and will refuse to move for a turn on a roll of 1 or 2 with a D6. The orcs arrive and the Dwarf sentinel raises the alarm and runs towards the bridge. Now roll for activation normally.
Grashak Kra’s war dogs are within reach charge but halt in their place when they get close to the Dwarfs. The three Dwarfs down the bridge shoot with their crossbows and kill one, make fall back another one and force to charge to the third one who is killed in the melee. Then the same happens with the Orc warband; The Dwarfs shoot again and the first Orc dies. It seems that those few Dwarfs are enough to intimidate the whole Orc tribe! The ten Orc archers shoot to the group of Dwarfs behind the river and kill one of them.
The Dwarfs down the bridge shoot again and one orc falls down and the other charges. In the melee a Dwarf wins and pushes four consecutive times an Orc until he kills him. The Dwarfs at the other side of the bridge run to the bridge and to the cabin log to try to stop the Orcs at the bridge and run with the gold. One Dwarf and one Orc die crossing arrows over the river. Borin starts to quickly load the gold bags on the mules but they are too heavy and can only do it one by one.
Orcs are confused for the quick response of the Dwarfs and their first casualties and do not move. Hagar tries furiously to make his boys charge but without any effect.
The Dwarfs regroup and close ranks at the bridge. Some of them shoot their crossbows but no one hit a thing. Borinn and another Dwarf load two more bags of gold on the mules.
Much to Hagar desperation, Orcs are still deciding what to do. Meanwhile the Dwarfs load two more bags of gold and finish taking defensive positions.
Hagar tells his boys about the Dwarf gold and they finally charge. The boys are too far to reach the Dwarfs at the bridge but not the war dogs. Luckily for the Dwarfs the bridge is so narrow that only three of them can fight at the same time. In the melee one war dog is slain. The archers kill the crossbowman Dwarf that had taken cover in the wood.
The Dwarfs kill another war dog and pick up the last bag of gold.
A brief pause in the fight and Orcs and Dwarfs in the bridge curse and spit at each other.
The aggressiveness of the Orcs overwhelms the Dwarfs who freeze in their places. Orcs charge in the bridge but Dwarfs momentarily resist and kill one Orc and one war dog. The third war dog first pushes a Dwarf and then kills it, breaching the Dwarf defensive line at the bridge. The arrer boys kill another Dwarf beyond the river.
The Dwarfs kill two more war dogs at the bridge. The Orc archers kill another crossbowman Dwarf but at the price of loosing two of them in the exchange. At the bridge Hagar Sheol charges with his boys killing the two remaining Dwarfs and freeing the way to the cabin log and to the gold. Snorinn has heroically fallen defending the bridge and he will be remembered in the book of the heroes. His father Borinn is sad but he comforts himself caressing the gold nuggets.
The last defender of the bridge dies at the hands of the Orc mob.
Orcs and war dogs run towards the cabin log but they stop again when get close the Dwarfs. The Dwarfs are leaving with the gold but one of the mules stubbornly refuses to move.
To the dismay of Hagar and Grashak the Orcs stop again to decide what to do. Looks like these "bright" guys once lose the initiative, do not know what to do next.
The Dwarfs and the mules keep running in a very "undwarfish" manner.
The rest of the war dogs move toward the last defending Dwarf but halt again; maybe because of the foul smell of the Dwarfs? The rest of the Orcs run by the road chasing the running Dwarfs and the gold.
The isolated Dwarf knows he is not going to make it and decides to die heroically. He then charges the two last war dogs and kills one of them. The running Dwarfs cannot make the mules move, possibly because of their heavy load.
The war dog charges the Dwarf but nothing is decided. The rest of the Orcs run after the gold but again they stop on their heels when they see the Dwarfs so close.
The Dwarfs still won’t move. Their greediness will be their doom.
The doomed Dwarf kills another war dog and the first mule leaves the board and safely disappears into the landscape.
The Orc archers rush forward, shoot and manage to kill the last mule! The remaining war dog charges the Dwarf but cannot kill him.
Borinn Fimbul looks at the dead mule and then at the Orcs coming at him and with a grief, bigger than when his son died, finally decides to pick up one of the gold bags and run for his life, leaving the last bag with gold for those bloody green skins, Grimmir curses them! The heroic Dwarf charges the last war dog and kills it! A pity there is nobody to witness his heroic deed and write a saga about him.
Hagar Sheol picks up the abandoned gold while looking in anger to those coward Dwarfs disappearing in the horizon. Well, as certain as he has accomplished his task of leaving no one alive in Ashak Rise, that he won’t either share this gold with nobody. Having thought that, he snarls an ugly smile and turning back to his boys he breaks laughing at what he is seeing: The rest of his boys are releasing their frustration on the surviving Dwarf. Pulp the stuntie! Graaaar!
The Dwarfs did the only thing they could possibly do and run with the money. The Orcs had a horrible luck and lose all their Test of Wills; which made me think about twisting it a little bit for the next time as I didn’t see it very realistic.
As it seems that numerical superiority gives confidence I thought about giving a +1D6 in the Test of Wills to the troops who doubles numerically his opponent, and +2D6 if triple them, and so on and so for. Thus, the Orcs wouldn’t have failed all their Tests of Wills against so few Dwarfes.
The Severed Hand Orcs lost 5 warriors, 3 archers and all the war dogs. The Dwarfs escaped with almost all the money, but Hagar in not going to tell that to F’yar.
Well, next battle will be Linden Way but as usual, first I need to paint about 30 militia men and some more terrain.
BBAOD is a supplement published in 1.985 for the second edition of Warhammer Fantasy Battles and designed by Ian Page, Joe Dever and Gary Chalk. As I never liked WFB rules, I never got to play this mini campaign; but now I finally have found a system that I like and that also it allows me to play alone. This new system is Warrior Heroes Armies and Adventurers, of the American house Two Hour Wargames.
After his last defeat in the winter campaign of the Kol hills five years ago, the orc king F'yar and his wyvern have returned to take revenge. By fatally poisoning the leader of the Alliance of elves, dwarves and men who defeated him in the past, F'yar manages to disorganize the armies of the Alliance and retake his leadership at the front of the orcs of his tribe, the Kwae Karr.
Now, in the deserts of the north, F'yar is named warlord of all the tribes and decides, together with the king of the goblins, to launch a major attack. Goblins will attack the lands of the east, attracting the army of the Great Alliance, while king F'yar and his hordes of orcs will charge frontally the capital of the kingdom of Ramalia, Palesandre.
And thus the campaign begins. The orc tribes have been summoned by king F'yar to meet in Orc's drift and from there to advance towards Palesandre. On their way to the meeting point, they must raze all the settlements they may find and not leave anything alive behind. These settlements are three: Kachas pass, Ashak rise and Linden way.
Kachas is a narrow pass that ends at the plains of Fendal. The pass has a small outpost kept by elves from the Fendal forest, who are watching the passage from any intruder. The tribe of the orcs of the Vile Rune has orders of king F'yar to destroy this post and meet the main army at Orc's drift on the following day .
The outpost is kept by 15 elves of Rep 5 and armed with long bow; plus its leader, Erdolas Thringal, Rep 5, Hardiness 3 and armed with long bow and sword. The Vile Rune orcs are forty Rep 4 armed with hand weapons and shields; their leader Fangorn Gripe, a Rep 5, star, hardiness 3 and armed with shield and sword. Also there is Guthrum Mane, a mountain giant of Rep 7, Hardiness 5 and armor 6.
Obviously, the elves do not have many possibilities of winning, but the important thing here is how many orcs they can take with them, because the orcs that die here will not participate in the great battle at Orc's Drift, where the destiny of Palesandre will be decided.
The Vile Rune orcs exit the ravine and are inmediately sighted by a wood elf on duty. The alarm is raised.
The first big wave of orcs headed by their captain, Fangorn Gripe runs towards the outpost while behind them, the second big wave
with the giant Guthrum Mane begins to leave the pass.
The elves quickly deploy behind the fence, windows and doors of the barracks. Thirteen elves shoot and the first orcs fall down.
After the first rain of arrows, Fangorn Gripe decides it is enough and leads his orcs as fast as possible to the small wood to his right. Meanwhile the rest of the tribe advances directly towards the outpost, tightening itself behind the giant to avoid being shot by elves’ arrows. This time they shoot in mass towards the towering mountain of meat approaching to them; Guthrum Mane is then severely wounded and he pauses momentarily to recover.
All the elves shoot again against the giant with the hope to kill him once and for all, but without success. The first group of orcs finishes crossing the wood and pause at the edge and in front of some elves from the outpost. The orcs in the centre continue running like possessed people towards the objective, while the giant absorbs all the enemy fire.
Orcs move first and the ones in the wood leaded by Fangorn Gripe charge the elves. After one round of fierce fight two elves and four orcs are killed but nobody abandons the position. The orcs at the centre advances again and two of them manage to charge but one is shot down and then the other one stops the charge and falls back. Another one cannot resist it and flees from the battle.
Now the elves fire at the big group of orcs that are about to assault the fence. The orcs suffer several losses, five of them fall back and three more break off the battle.
Unfortunately for the orcs, elves activate first and loose a cloud of arrows at point blank range and with more penetrating power; two more orcs bite the dust, one more flees and another one falls back; the frontal attack is contained so far. Three elves shoot the giant but they do nothing. On the left flank they also shoot and but only to leave the captain of the orcs momentarily stunned.
The surviving orcs finally charge. It is payback time! The giant squash two elves in a single blow and crosses the fence into the outpost.
Elves activates first again but they are now just a few. They fire again at the captain of the orcs and at the giant, but without luck. Another orc is killed and some of them fall back but that is all.
The orcs keep methodically slaughthering the elves and two more die. The remaining ones hold the green tide heroically for one more turn, but without hope.
Activation is a draw. A momentary pause between the combatants takes place.
This time the elves, surely disheartened, do not activate. Its the time of the orc. The giant crushes another elf, and another one dies more at the hands of the green boys.
There are only three elves now, completely surrounded and outnumbered. They do their best but it is the end.
As expected, the orcs won the day but at a dearly cost. The elves killed 25 orcs and force six of them to flee. When more orcs fell was right before the clash, where the great penetrating power of the long bow at short range was noticed.
Regarding Guthrum Mane and the rest of the orcs, on the following day they will head for Orc's Drift, but tonight there will be a great feast with elf meat!
The next encounter is the Kwae Karr orcs and the hobhounds of Grashak Kha raiding a dwarf mining camp at Ashak Rise, but first I must paint those poor dwarves ; -)