And so this is the massive Entry of 3 Battles between the Wei Ting's High Elves and My Bretonnians.
All are pretty epic in proportion and some dragged on into mindless desperate fight till the last man standing.
I shall be running the overview with as much neutrality as possible. At the same time i will try and keep it Short and concise without going into too much details. Overall, Both Wei Ting and I are not really walking tacticas of Warhammer but we make do and try to provide a rather interesting report.
The Overview of the Battlefield
Bretonnian Line up. (Choose to have a bigger force of Knights of the Realm. I also decided to attach my Heroes in the KOTR and Grail Knights to pack a bigger punch)
High Elf Line up. (Wei Ting chose a more fundamentally efficient fighting force with Mage on a dragon as the highlight. Furthermore, he did add a Lord into the spearmen regiment to boost them up)
As the battle started and turn 1 commenced, Wei Ting used Magic to boost his fighting capability. I can recall one of them involved in giving the High Elves 4+ wards saves and another provides the High Elves with extra movement.
I decided to edge my Grail Knights and Men at Arms forward to prepare them for charges against the Elven forces.
However, Wei Ting had other plans, with a mad dash of craziness, he sent his dragon to fighter and destroy my Knights of the Realm. Amazingly, he was successful in destroying all 12 of them which was a real shocker as i failed my combat resolution and flee. However, My Pegasus Knights and My Paladin on Royal Pegasus got the better of the dragon and took the creature down with its riders.
This positive result for the Bretonnians continued with my Fliers being able to overcome his Dragon Princes only to have lost my last charge against his Spearmen with his Lord in it. (Of which i did not realize about his Lord in the Spearmen regiment.) Not only did the Bretonnian Paladin lost on his charge, he was slain and the Royal Pegasus flee on its own.
By turn three, the top half of the warboard was pretty barren. The bottom half was still in play with Wei Ting having a big advantge in numbers and units against me.
As show here.
Thing only got worse for the Bretonnians as the Grail Knight charged into a trap, I was unaware of how much stubborn could drag me down. While i gave landed a few wounds on the Phoenix Guards, their stubborn enchantment weighed me down. Later, The Grail Knights were flanked by the spearmen before ultimately fleeing from adverse combat resolutions and getting overrun. Of which this dragged my attached paladin down witht he knightly unit. (DAMN)
The Men at Arms had lousy rolls too and could only manage to survived one round before getting overrun by he greatswords.
By turn 5, i was left with a Riderless Royal Pegasus, A Lord on Hippogriff and my Last regiment of Bowmens. I managed to take a take out the spearmen regiment which had no heroes attack to it with my Lord and Royal Pegasus but the odds were still against me.
Wei Ting made a flow amidst the entire flurry of battle. While he could have consolidate and supported his forces, he sent his greatswords to the far corner to take out my Bowmen on the hill. It was a fatal flaw as my bowmen had great rolls, wiping lots of his Greatswords. His failed charged and bad leadership roll just made thing worse as i eventually wipeout his hard hitting asset unit through a flurry of arrows. Its an irony how the elves are put to death by human arrows.
Beyond 6 turns, it ended up with me isolating his regiments and taking them out one by one with my Lord on hippogriff and pegasus, followed by an array barrage of arrows. The last mage got wipeout by the flying monster at that pretty much summed up the first battle
BATTLE 2 (in summary)
The second battle involved Wei Ting taking up More Calvary than expected but still maintaining magic against me. I went for a more traditional approach of smaller regiments but more calvary units. Took out the Men at Arms and added a trebuchet for more damage. I added a Mage to get into the Business of using magic.
Yet Again Wei Ting came swooping down with his dragon and scaring my damsel off the board.
My Bowmen retaliated by firing a flurry of arrows which did cause some damage. But they were quick work for the Dragon's Fury. It was not until my Grail Knights had a successful charge that decimated the Lone Dragon and his mage.
Things started taking a turn for the worse for Wei Ting's forces when i had a lucky shot that took out the lone mage on horseback with my trebuchet and started decimating most of his calvary with my own successful charges of the Knights of the Realm and Grail Knights.
It was pretty clear cut by the end of the 6th turn who remained dominant. By the the end of the game, I had My Grail Knight Regiment with 80% complement intact. I had my regiment of Knights along with my Lord.
By far the most intense battle. This time around, Wei Ting and I have refined our armies. While Wei Ting took the best of his High elves that had all the abilities to counter every aspect of the Bretonnians. I decided to hone in something a bit different. While still remaining true to the Bretonnian Standard composition of Knights, I decided to go one better and replace my Lord with a Prophetess of the Lady on Royal Pegasus (So i can also outrun the dragon or stay in a safe distance from his crazy dragon). I fielded a more intensive magic army to compete with the potent magic that he wielded.
Terrain was pretty unique too. With a river separating the both sides, two Swamps on various points of the map, abandon grass huts and a forest, it was pretty hard for my knights to maneuver around.
The Battle started out with a flurry of magic and shooting against each other. While I moved my knights forward, I made it in such a way I wont cross the river, partly because I fear I would suffer from getting trapped by Wei Ting's encircling troops on the chokepoint route to his battlelines.
The Dragon did its brazen move by managing to get to my damsel and hitting her with full force. Only few inches away, lay my Prophetess. My Magic powerhouses were so close to getting roasted.
Bye Bye Damsel (Proxy Model)
Layout of the battlefield. (Yes the Toilet paper is the river, the deck of cars and container is the grass and hut. And the dvds are the swamps. So much for Real Looking Terrain :p)
My Paladin and his Pegasus Knight were able to take out the Dragon at this point of time before it could do further damage.
Things only seem to be going my side after I became more dominant on the magic phase in comparison to Wei Ting. But this was right after he melted my entire Knight Errant regiment away with the Most Heaviest spell from Lore of Metal, "The Spirit of the Forge"
Only the Champion survive the ordeal.
Eventually, I was compelled to cross the river to make a move on the High Elves before another unit of Knights fell victims to their magic. However, in response to such an action, Wei Ting charge his chariot onto my Knights of the Realm, trapping them on the river and inside the choke point.
In response, I Retaliated with my Pegasus Knights and Paladin and took out a one regiment of spearmen and greatswords.
But the unit ran out of steam to the Repeater Bolt thrower. With only the Paladin left in the unit, he loses his panic test from the onslaught of shooting and fled the scene. To make matters worse, the chariot went on to defeating my Knight of the Realms.
My Grail knights responded to the defeat by taking on the chariot and defeating it. But I only had one Unit of Grail Knight left against His decent complement of Spearmens and Phoenix Guards.
At this point of time, The RBT took out the Royal Pegasus that my Prophetess sat on. The two regiments of High Elves defeated my Grail Knights in an intense match up. The RBT finished up killing my prophetess.
With only my Trebuchet left to fend for itself, the battle was pretty much lost.
All in all, this holiday, I had three great match up with Wei Ting. While both of us were rusty from not playing for a long time, we pick up new knowledge from the game and learn from a few absent minded ill fated errors that we committed.
For me, I regretted in the first battle to attached my heroes to the units. When they fail their break test and got overrun, it was painful as my heroes died together with the unit and was not as efficient as I meant them to be.
Wei Ting repeatedly made fail charges on the third battle as he forgot to take consideration what terrain was he on, especially when he was trekking through Swamp that quartered your entire movement rate.
All in all. GG - Good Game.
DAMN this a long post but in summary, 2 wins Bretonnia, 1 win High Elves.