Tuesday, May 28, 2024

An Elan of Elephants

A Headless Body Production

Venue: On Military Matters Book Store, Hopewell, NJ
Event: Prep for The Great Hefalump Head Butting Contest*
Players: Phil Gardocki running Siam
               Dennis Shorthouse running Kingdom of Vijayanagar
Game System: L'Art de la Guerre, 15mm, 200 points per side.

*The taking of the maximum number of elephants was required

The Siamese, commanded by Yul Brynner, the Competent and his sons, Nakarintradhiraj VIa and Nakarintradhiraj VIb, both Competent
3    Elephants, Elite    
2    Guards, Medium Swordsmen, Impact, Elite        
13  Warriors, Medium Swordsmen, Impetuous    
7    Light Infantry, Bow    
2    Light Infantry, Firearms, Elite
1     Medium Cavalry
Breakpoint of 28

The Kingdom of Vijayanagar of Commanded by unknown commanders of unremembered qualities
4    Elephants, Elite    
2    Guards, Medium Swordsmen, Impact, Elite        
6    Warriors, Medium Swordsmen, Impetuous    
2    Javelinmen
2    Bowmen
3    Light Infantry, Bow    
3    Light Infantry, Incendiary
1    Medium Cavalry
1    Light Cavalry
Breakpoint of 24

Display Conventions: When you see a word bubble like "Ouch!" or "आउच!" or "อุ๊ย!", this implies a disorder from missiles. Letters in parenthesis represent some value change for the specific unit. For commanders it is s for strategist, b for Brilliant, c for Competent and o for Ordinary, u for unreliable. For troops it is e for Elite, and m for Mediocre. Other abbreviations, Hvy Heavy, XB Crossbow, LB, Longbow, Jav Javelin, 2HW 2 Handed Weapons, B Bow, Kn Knight, HKn Heavy Knight, HC Heavy Cavalry, Md Medium, Sgt Sergeants, LC Light Cavalry, Chr Chariot, Cat Cataphract, Pa Pavise, LI, Light Infantry, HG Hand Gun, FKn Foot Knight, Hvy Spear, Heavy Spearmen.

Commanders are rated s for Strategist, b for Brilliant, c for Competent, o for Ordinary and u for Unreliable

Inappropriately capitalized words are used to highlight terms that are specific to the game. For example Brilliant, Competent and Ordinary have specific game values for the commanders.

"XX" implies a unit killed in that location on that turn.

The Board:
The Siamese win the initiative and elect to attack in the plains


The warring armies are about to be tear up a farming co-opt

Two nearly identical commands.  All the foot is impact, all the elephants are elite, and the cavalry is just average.

Change the font color to something more visible.  The Kingdom of Vijay...'s third command is mainly foot.

The Siamese commands are almost all identical.  1 elephant with 5 foot, mostly impetuous. Commanded by a competent commander.

Down the line, 5 foot to 1 elephant.  The random blue dice you see are elites.

Nakarintradhiraj VIb advances to just over the hill.  Time to dust off a Terry Prachett** reference.
 My plan is to try to overwhelm the Kingdom of Vijay...'s left flank with two commands.  Of course this means his two elephant commands can tear apart Nakarintradhiraj VIb's single command.  The hill may offer some second thoughts on that.  But I have to advance Nakarintradhiraj VIb to keep him from redeploying too much.

One snag in the plan.  The left command is supposed to just refuse the flank, but the center and right cannot advance too far due to the ambush.

Nakarintradhiraj VIb breaths a sigh of relief, as he watches the enemy redeploy to fight is father and brother.

The Kingdoms infantry command advances. 

Nakarintradhiraj VIb cannot just allow the Kingdom troops to redeploy and gives up on the hill position and moves to within 4UD's of their main body.

The ambushes are just decoys.  The lines close and arrows fly.

One kingdom force advances on Nakarintradhiraj VIb.  But now his elephants are just outnumbered 2-1

While the Kingdom's other command advances on Nakarintradhiraj VIa's command.

Nakarintradhiraj VIa sent a single unit to charge away the lights screen in the center.  Nakarintradhiraj VIb thought it was a general order to advance.

Nakarintradhiraj VIa's command advances.
Sorry guys, there are only so many ways to say this...
Yul Brynner orders a massive charge down the line.  Kingdom units fail and rout, others are near collapse.

The Kingdoms right flank command advances, but but not to contact.

Their center command parses off a Swordsman, supported by an elephant.  A die roll later has the elephant alone in the field.

On the right, Yul Brynner's troops continue to rout their foes.

Nakarintradhiraj VIb commits to battle.  Not a good decision.  Down the line the dice are mostly +2 to +1 against him, and the dice fell even worse against him.

His brother has only a little better luck.  Losing 2 contacts, but disordering an elephant.

Dad is facing only two disordered units.  He sends a group towards the camp.

Nakarintradhiraj VIb's men pay for his foolishness.

Nakarintradhiraj VIa is only doing marginally better.

The Kingdoms left command is down to 1, but can dad provide help to his son's center command?

The score is 16 of 28 for the Siamese.  A comfortable 12 away from demoralization.

The Kingdom of Vijaysnagar are at 18 of 26.  8 away from demoralization

Turn 5
While I have a comfortable lead, I also have two commands badly fragmented.  My one winning command is not really able to offer much relief except to race to the camp.
Nakarintradhiraj VIb has a personal victory, routing an enemy elephant, but loses all his non-lights in the process.

Nakarintradhiraj VIa's command also sends an elephant on a rampage

Dad crushes the last resistance.  His camp chargers encounter enemy lights in a field.

The score tightens to 20 for the Siamese, of 28

The Kingdom of Vijaysnagar  are at 23 of 26.

Nakarintradhiraj VIb is surrounded, but he lives to fight another day.

Taking the Siamese to 25
It looks like I didn't get the final pictures.  In the center command, the Kingdom of Vijaysnagar had another elephant disordered for 1, lost a warrior for 2 and had another warrior disordered for the 3 points the Kingdom needed to be demoralized.  Yul Brynner's Siamese live to fight another day.
**From Terry Prachett's book, Moving Pictures.  

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