Live, from Lancaster, it's Cold Wars!
A Headless Body Production
Location: Lancaster Host Convention Center
Event: Cold Wars
Venue: 2014 Mini
Players: Phil Gardocki, Anglo Irish (Pronounced "the Ravening Hordes from Hell")
Rich Kroupa, Táng (Pronounced Tong or Dang) Chinese
Game: Warrior, 1200 points
Tang Chinese (this is from memory and subject to correction)
CIC 6 Reg 'B', EHC, L, B, Sh
1 Tibetan Sub Irreg'B'/Irreg'C' 4 SHC, 3 MC L,B,Sh
2 Tibetan Cataphracts, Irreg'B'/Irreg'C' 4 SHC, 3 MC L,B,Sh
3 or so E or HC, L, B, Sh
2 Close order foot units or 24 MI, LTS or 2HCT, B, Sh.
2 Light Cavalry Reg 'C' LC, Jls, Bow, Sh
1 Bowmen, 16 Reg'D', LI B
CIC 6 Irreg'B', HK/HC L Sh
Cautious Ally 6 Irreg'B', HK/HC L Sh
2 Galloglaich (Clans Ramsay, O'Lyre) Irreg'B', 32 HI, 2HCW, JLS, D
1 Bonnachts Irreg'C', 36 LMI, 2HCW, JLS, Sh
2 Longbow Reg 'D', 24 HI/MI LB Sh Stakes
1 Lights Irreg'C', 8 LC JLS, Sh
2 Kerns Irreg'C', 16 LI 1/2 S, 1/2 JLS, Sh
HMGS's Cold Wars, 2014 at the Lancaster Host Convention Center. This is the first round of the Warrior Open Mini.
Woods dominate both flanks of the board, presenting only about 2 foot of clear space in the center. There are two hills on the right flank with steep bits, one in each deployment zone.
|Picture taken from the position of the Anglo-Irish Right Flank.|
With my right flank secured by woods and a steep hill, I decided to dominate the center of the board with my Galloglaich and a Longbow unit. The woods on my left I will invest with my Bonnachts, and on the right a Kern unit. On the far right, I deployed the other Longbow unit on an angle so that nothing was going to slip by the edge without a shot, but in such a way that any units would have to go around the woods to get to them.
|Tang left flank, lightly held, but then so is the Anglo right.|
Well, it is obvious what his plan is. Richard is going to punch the left flank, then try to roll up the line. As a mostly close order foot army, I don't have a lot or choice on how to respond.
|Anglo-Irish left flank. Looking pretty weak. I have a 100 point unit deployed against what looks like about 600 points.|
|Off course, looking at my center, I can see why he chose that path. I have about 500 points arrayed against about 80.|
|On the unimportant side, I send in both Kerns. Mainly on the hope I can catch and kill the Tang LI. But also to draw-off the LC from the main battle line, which will allow me to redeploy Clan O'Lyre without interference.|
|While the Tang pile all their reserves into the breech. Including their camp! Why? Because they can.|
|The Anglo-Irish Commander in Chief and his Light Cavalry also are sent to the breech. But not so close as to waver when the Longbow breaks, but enough to skirmish with the winners.|
The Tang continue their advance on the left. While keeping the center and right flanks uncommitted. Not photographed well is the Bonnachts are turning left under cover of the woods. It is a race of who can get their massive charge off first. Also unphotographed is that Clan O'Lyre was pulled out of the line is reading itself to march to the left flank.
|More silly stuff. The usual. Charge, Evade, then stuck for prompt points.|
The maneuvering is over, and the pummeling will begin.
|In the center, the Tang go for the soft kill.|
|The Tibetans are unmasked for the massive charge. Superheavies against Heavy Infantry Longbow, behind stakes. And still the Longbow hold fire. The return fire could be 26 @ 3, or 65, and I don't need the disorder or the waver!|
The Tibetan Cataphracts charge, and the Longbow respond. From left to right, the Longbow roll missile fire rolls of +3, +2 and even. The left Cataphract takes 6@5 for 24, impacting with a factor of Lance impetuous charging of 6/7 (the MC in the back) -2 for stakes, -3 for missile fire, -2/-1 for disorder, then rolls a -3 melee roll and breaks. The second Cataphract fairs better and hits on the 2/3 chart for 12, while the last rolls in with only a down 1 from Longbow fire. The final result is a cataphract routing, the remainder are tired, disordered and following up the disordered longbow.Bound 4:
Anticipating difficulty, the Tang have another cavalry unit ready to follow up, charging the disordered Longbow in the flank. Good thing too, as it managed to do about 60 casualties of the 72 required for a rout.
Also on the far left there is a bit of Cat and Mouse between the 8 man unit of Irish LC and an HC unit. HC charges and misses catching the LC by an inch.
|Still approaching, but not wanting to commit after what happened on the left flank.|
The Anglo Irish CIC arrives on the left and has a choice, to go for the left flank HC, or the pursuing HC.
|Irish CIC arrives on the left.|
End game. It was called here on time. The Tang had 3 routs and 3 shakes on the board to 1 rout, it was a 5-1 win for the Anglo-Irish.