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Battle Report: Blood on the Grass; First Mighty Armies Game

"At least, the sun will be on our backs," muttered Brogda the Red as he clutched at the rails of his chariot while Cumal his charioteer  manouvered to the front of the Keltoi battle line.

"May the Morrigan feast well today, and not on my innards!"

For weeks, Keltoi scouts have followed the advance of an orcish host from the deep south. Now, the green horde of monsters have reached the outermost village of the Keltoi Irinae tribe. With only a vast grassy field separating the monsters from the village, Brogda and the Keltoi weaponsmen he could muster plan to meet the invaders at the village edge and hold them until reinforcing  Irinae from other villages arrive. The women and children have left the village together with half the scouts two days past and reinforcements should be arriving this morning.

"They better be bringing their chariots and horsemen," Cumal said to the brooding Brogda. " The orcs have wolves...  and trolls."

"Balor blast their eyes! With horsemen or without, we will need more swords than what we have here right now."

But the monstrous horde dashed Brogda's hope for more time. A low ululating bellow slowly rose from the orc battle lines and the dark, snarling, squirming mass of swords, spears and axes surged forward.

Brogda muttered a curse, chose a stout spear and raised his arm to give the signal to charge.


A large orcish host advanced on a Keltoi village. The Keltoi warriors and their lords on chariots met the advancing monstrous army on the flat, open grasslands in open combat. Battle was joined when the Keltoi chariots charged across the open field and smashed into the advancing trolls and goblins on the invader's left flank. Meanwhile, the main body of orcs hurled themselves into the Keltoi line. Half of the chariots engaged the snarling trolls while the other half cut into the main horde of goblins. The chariots were no match for the brutish strength of the trolls and the unstoppable mass of goblins however and the Keltoi right was immediately overwhelmed. In the middle, the valiant Keltoi tried to break the orcish mass. For a while, the lines held but the Keltoi were outflanked by wolfriders to their left. Eventually, the trolls and goblins succeeded in enveloping them from behind and cut off any possible retreat. Sensing victory, the orcs entered into a savage frenzy as they and their allies brutally finished off the last few remaining Keltoi on the field and the whole village was razed to the ground. Where once the sun rose on a thriving human village, now the moon rose to cast its pale light on only ruin and death.

A first solo try-out of the Mighty Armies rules. The armies aren't balanced and the orcs are indeed stronger than the Celts. I know I have some cavalry ready but I just couldn't find them. More rematches soon.


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