Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Defending the Village scenario and battle report for AoMaS

Welcome to Andy Jefcoate's sixth article for Age of Might and Steel the 15mm fantasy wargame system.  This time Andy presents a two part scenario and battle report for the game called 'Defending the Village' using Goblinoid and Human armies.  You can find Age of Might and Steel (AoMaS) on our website HERE as a download and if you mised any of the previous articles in this series you can find them all easily in this search tag link HERE. We hope you enjoy and all comments or emails are most welcome. GBS

AoMaS Scenario - Defending the village

Having completed the HOB1 Human Starter Settlement set of 15mm buildings I was very keen to use it for a scenario and having also completed Goblin and Human armies I decided to have a Human force coming to the rescue of an outlying village as Goblin raiders move to attack.

The Scenario 
I decided to use all five buildings in the set together as one settlement and marked out an area 9" square in the exact middle of a 6' by 4' table. It's important to be clear on the boundaries of the village as I wanted it to count as rough terrain for movement purposes, count as a defensive position for a unit that charges or is charged while completely in the village (to represent house to house fighting), and it may also be critical to decide who wins the scenario. I used mdf tiles with paper printed to represent cobbles glued to it, but you could simply use a piece of paper or cloth cut to the appropriate size.

Other scenery wasn't important to the scenario goals so I decided to place a road from one short table edge to the other and passing through the middle of the village. I then used 2 hills and 2 areas of light woods with 1 hill and 1 area of light woods positioned by each player.This will be used purely to break up the table so you can use as much or as little terrain as you have available and you are happy with.

Each force will then deploy anywhere on opposite long table edges up to 6" on to the table.

The game was set for 6 turns with the Goblin raiders going first. You could set a higher number of turns but using only 6 means that neither army can delay and both players need to be decisive.

The Opposing Armies
The forces I used were set at a 400 points limit maximum which worked perfectly with the units I have, but the only limit to this is your figure collection and the size of playing surface available. As both forces would have to manoeuvre, no artillery pieces were taken by either army. The human force was a little bit light on points, mainly because the goblin force took 4 monsters whereas the humans only had 2 but as the monsters on the human force were both magical I felt that this evened out the points difference.

Goblin Force
General (45pts), Magic User (50pts), Hero (35pts), Hero (35pts), Goblin Knights (9 stands of heavy foot = 27pts), Goblin Spearmen (10 stands of medium foot = 20pts), Goblin Archers (8 stands of archers = 12pts), Wolf Riders (10 stands of light cavalry = 20pts), Wolf Riders with bow (6 stands of mounted archers = 15pts), Trolls x3 (Monster = 35pts x 3 = 105pts), Manticore (35pts).
Total 399 points

Human Force
General (45pts), Magic User (50pts), Hero (35pts), Hero (35pts), 2 Handed Swordsmen (9 stands of heavy foot = 27pts), Templar Infantry (9 stands of heavy foot = 27pts), Halberdiers (10 stands of medium foot = 20pts), Handgunners (8 stands of archers = 12pts), Mounted Templar Knights (9 stands of heavy cavalry = 31.5pts), Pegasus (35pts), Griffon (35pts).
Total 352.5 points

This scenario would easily work with other armies. There is no reason why Elves or Dwarves wouldn't want to save a human village as they are their allies or you could also have an Orc or Goblin force trying to save their own village. There is an excellent set of Goblinoid buildings in the HOB2 Orc Starter Settlement that could be used instead. 

Victory Conditions
The objective is to have control of the village.

Major victory
- One force has completely destroyed the opponents units.
- One force has a unit completely within the village with no opposing units touching any part of the village. This will count as a major victory regardless of losses. 

Minor victory
- Both armies have units within or touching the village boundary. The winner is the army with the highest points value of stands completely within the village. This will count as a minor victory regardless of losses. 
- One army has a unit touching the village and their opponent doesn't. This will count as a minor victory regardless of losses.

Any other situation will count as a draw.  


With the scenario now in place I give you a battle report where my own playing out of the scenario is presented....

Battle Report
The General surveyed his forces. His infantry had marched hard to reach the village in time but his scouts had just come in to say that the Goblins were in sight. The villagers had barricaded themselves in their homes but it would be a close run thing as to who reached the village first. There was no time to rest his force so he gave the order for his units to assume their attack formations and advance at the double! He prayed for victory as he cantered his horse towards the unit of templar knights...

Turn 1
It was agreed that until the first unit made contact with the enemy no activation rolls would be needed.

Goblins - The Manticore was attached to the wolf riders, while 2 Trolls attached to the medium infantry and 1 Troll attached to the heavy infantry. The wolf riders and wolf riders with bows both moved to the left flank at top speed, with the latter in a march column in order to provide passing volleys. 2 heroes went with them. The archers and the magic user moved to the left of the village. The general then took the medium infantry straight towards the village with the heavy infantry moving to the right. 

Humans - The Pegasus joined the medium infantry to add to their speed while the Griffon joined the heavy infantry on the left flank. The Knights moved to the right to guard that flank with the general following up behind. The handgunners and magic user moved up to support them on their left. The medium infantry moved towards the village with a unit of heavy infantry on either side, the 2 handed swordsmen to the left and the templar infantry to the right. 1 hero went with the medium infantry while the other moved to their right with the templar infantry. 

Turn 2
Goblins - The medium infantry continued the rush towards the village but didn't quite reach it, while the heavy infantry continued their slower advance to the right. The archers and magic user also moved forwards to try to get in range. The wolf riders with bows rode around the edge of the woods with the aim of passing the handgunners on their flank next turn. Finally the wolf riders charged the knights. Although they are light cavalry charging heavy cavalry the attached Manticore gave them a magical attack and the fantasy races unique rules for goblins means that wolf riders get +1 to their dice roll in hand to hand combat. In the end both units lost 2 stands.

As the first units had made contact, it was now necessary to make activation rolls so it was important that units had leaders within their 12" command radius. 

Humans - The magic user cast a Shield spell on the handgunners that she was attached to meaning that enemy ranged attacks had a -1 modifier on their dice roll. Unfortunately the fear of the enemy bearing down on them caused the handgunners to then fail their activation roll but although they were disorganised, they remained in place. With the help of the Pegasus the medium infantry reached and entered the village, while the heavy infantry continued to move up to either side of them.   

Finally the heavy cavalry charged back at the wolf riders but due to a low roll the knights lost a stand while the wolf riders only lost 2 stands. 

Turn 3
Goblins - On the right flank the heavy infantry failed their activation roll despite the general being in range but remained in place disorganised, while the medium infantry moved into the village.The archers and magic user also moved up to get into firing range.

The wolf riders with bows passed between the knights and handgunners who received their passing volley. Due to the shield spell the handgunners only lost a stand though. The wolf riders attacked the knights again. Due to the Manticore's magic attack and a good dice roll the wolf riders only lost a stand but the knights lost 3 stands.

Humans - The magic user recast the Shield spell on the handgunners, while the unit wheeled round to face the wolf riders with bows on their flank but failed to down any with their shooting. The 2 handed swordsmen on the left flank continued to advance and the medium infantry reached the middle of the village despite the reduced movement it caused.

The templar heavy infantry charged the goblin archers and just managed to reach them. The defensive fire didn't cause any damage but in hand to hand combat the heavy infantry lost a stand while the archers were lucky to only lose 2 stands.  The cavalry combat continued on the right flank. Despite their heavy losses a herculean effort from the knights meant that they only lost a stand whereas the wolf riders lost 3 stands. Although the goblins still had the Manticore, only 2 stands of knights and 2 stands of wolf riders remained.

Turn 4
Goblins - The wolf riders with bows continued to move around the handgunners. Although they finished their move in range the handgunner's defensive fire failed to cause any hits while the goblin's shooting downed 2 more stands of the humans.

The medium infantry charged the human medium infantry in the centre of the village. The humans were halberdiers so were treated as having polearms which reduced the effect of the goblin attack and as both units were within the village it was agreed that the modifiers for a defensive position would cancel out. The result was that the goblins lost 2 stands and the humans lost 4 stands.

The magic user was attached to the goblin archers and cast True Flight to boost their shooting but they failed their activation roll and retreated disorganised so could not fire. 

The heavy infantry moved forward again to try to counter the 2 handed swordsmen but their failure to move last turn meant that they were still a fair distance away. The combat continued between the wolf riders and the knights. The goblins wiped out the remaining knights but lost 2 stands themselves so were also destroyed. Only the Manticore was left standing facing the human general who luckily hadn't attached himself to the combat.

Humans - The general moved back behind the rapidly reducing handgunners for defence and the magic user cast Shield on them again. The Shield meant that the goblins defensive fire didn't cause any damage before the handgunners fired back at the wolf riders with bows downing 2 stands.

The Templar heavy infantry moved towards the goblin archers whose defensive fire didn't do any damage. A disaster occurred in the village where the human medium infantry attacked the goblin medium infantry losing a stand themselves but doing no damage to the goblins at all!

Finally the 2 handed swordsmen charged the goblin heavy infantry. They made up for their comrades in the village by losing 1 stand themselves but removing 4 stands of goblins.

Turn 5
Goblins - The Manticore moved to join the wolf riders with bows along with a mounted goblin hero.
The magic user cast Fright on the goblin archers meaning that if the human heavy infantry charged them they wouldn't get a charge bonus. 

The goblin heavy infantry planned to charge back at the 2 handed swordsmen but failed their activation roll retreating back towards their general disorganised.  The medium infantry again attacked the human medium infantry in the village with the goblins losing 2 stands but the humans losing 3 stands. The wolf riders with bows continued to move around the flank of the hangunners and their passing volley took down another 2 stands of humans. The goblin archers fired at the templar heavy infantry bearing down on them and removed a stand of them.

Humans - The general remained behind the handgunners and the magic user continued with her Shield spell.

The 2 handed swordsmen charged the flank of the goblin medium infantry in the village losing a stand but removing 2 stands of goblins. The medium infantry then also fought the goblin medium infantry but lost 2 stands for the cost of only 1 stand of goblins. This wiped the humans out leaving just the Pegasus.

The templar heavy infantry charged the goblin archers. No stands were lost from the defensive fire and in combat despite the Fright spell the humans only lost a stand but destroyed 4 stands of goblins. 
The handgunners wheeled round to track the wolf riders with bows but their shooting didn't do any damage.

Turn 6 
As the scenario was set for 6 turns this was the last turn but due to the high losses on both sides it looked as though it would be decisive.

Goblins - The general moved towards the village and the magic user cast Inspire on the archers to bost their activation score as they were now below 50% strength.  The archers failed their activation roll despite the magic users efforts with the roll of a 1 and then routed with a second roll of 1! The heavy infantry moved towards the village to contest ownership but couldn't quite reach it. 

The medium infantry continued to fight the 2 handed swordsmen but only removed a stand of humans compared to losing 2 themselves. As this left only the goblin command stand then the unit was treated as destroyed despite the Troll that was still attached. Had there been a further turn the Troll could then attach to another goblin unit.

The wolf riders with bows left the 3 remaining stands of handgunners alone and also moved towards the village. Being light cavalry they had enough movement to reach it but couldn't charge the human infantry as they are mounted archers. They attempted a volley against the 2 handed swordsmen but didn't do any damage. 

Humans - The general moved towards the village and the magic user cast Inspire on the handgunners to boost their activation roll as they were also below 50% strength. The 2 handed swordsmen wheeled into the village facing the goblin table edge.  The templar heavy infantry then wheeled around the edge of the village putting them on the goblin side of it.

Finally the remaining handgunners moved as fast as they could towards the sanctuary of the village.

This was a minor victory to the human force. Both armies had units within or touching the village but the human heavy infantry had more than half of the unit's stands within the village whereas the wolf riders with bows were only touching the edge.

Although it was a minor victory for the humans this battle could have gone to either force. The goblins were unlucky with the number of failed activation rolls especially with the heavy infantry failing to move at an important time. Then when the same unit lost 4 stands against the 2 handed swordsmen this was probably what won the game for the humans.

The goblin wolf riders performed well against the human heavy cavalry and the wolf riders with bows showed how they could be a very useful unit for breaking up an enemy line and disrupting their plans. 

It would have been interesting to carry the game on to see who was left standing. 

The human heavy infantry units were both down to 6 stands each although the 2 handed swordsmen had a Griffon attached and the templar infantry had the Pegasus. The handgunners were no longer effective being only 3 stands.

The goblin heavy infantry despite only having 5 stands left now had 3 trolls attached so was the strongest unit left on the table (as long as they could get some decent dice rolls!). The wolf riders with bows were behind the human lines and although they had 4 stands left the also had the Manticore and a hero attached. 

The General and his standard bearer sat on their tired horses at the edge of the village. The Goblin heavy infantry and lumbering Trolls had just disappeared from view and he knew from experience that the few remaining Wolf Riders would soon follow. The Goblins hadn't had much time to do damage to the houses or hurt the villagers who were bringing food and water to his battered troops. It had been a costly victory with around two thirds of his men being lost and it was impossible to pursue the remaining Goblins. All he could do was fortify the village as much as he could and await reinforcements. 

Thank you for reading.