Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Fight for the sarcophagus : Realm of Chaos Battle report

Holidays are not necessarily full of good hobby opportunities since they basically imply being far from models, paint and other tools. On a other hand they can mean getting closer to other people you'd love to meet. That's what just happened to me the other WE when I arrived in Montréal Canada where I got to meet Iannick Martin from the "Of Marauders and citadel" blog.

My last game of the 3rd edition of Warhammer Battle was 23 years old and getting back on track with  Realm of Chaos games felt like the best plan available.

The icing on the cake was I could finally get to game with the warband I designed for the Realm of Chaos warband challenge on the Oldhammer forum. I would be facing his Nurgle warband...

We used the scenario generator from the Lost and the Damned book and Iannick came up with his :

A treasure hunt would be a perfect start ! The Duke de Blangis (my Slaanesh champion) and his crew would need to prove their worth to get their hands on some sacred relics (or possibly fall into some leathal trap).

But prior to the battle, a few things had to be determined. For the most knowledgeable of you this will come as a given but for those a little less used to it, I think it's worthy to explain things a little. First were the chaos weapons our characters hold :

I rolled a random weapon (how more Chaotic than that can it get ?) with the following powers (determined randomly every tun) ;
1) Mighty strike, the perfect power to get for a wizard with a movement of 3...
2) Protection, why not...
3) Mighty Strike see above
4) Might Oh cool, that's even better
5) Shrieking, pretty cool actualy
6) Spell (Mental Duel) could have been cool if the other player had a wizard...

Last thing to determine was my spells... as a Slaanesh level 15 sorceror, I could get 1 spell of level 1 and one of level 2. I took the 2 Slaanesh spells for simplicity's sake.

Check this out, even if you aren't a Warhamer Battle player you can see what it's all about :

Pretty nasty but I would need to get into contact with a wizard afflicted with a movement of 3...

Oh now we're getting serious, a spell that takes more than half of my wizard's magic points in one go but some serious potential... People in need of fairness and equality, you can move to some other place...

Time to get into the real part of the stuff now ... I tried to take an imposing pose just to make sure my opponent would know who I am...

But it seemed he had the very same idea, this one would be a tough one...

After a quick prayer to Saint Bryan and Saint Donald, the battle was set, the gods were just waiting to throw some dice...

Who woud get the favour of the god ?

By the end of the 2nd turn, G'borth and C'borth the 2 minotaurs were almost at the targeted monolith. Their master had invested them with the most crucial of missions and he had lured them into a slavish obedience with promises of lustful fantasies decency wont let me describe here... (it involves a gross use of tentacles)

Surprinsingly enough the Nurgle troll behaved as intended by its master, or at least it's safe to assume the plan built buy the Nurgle champion coincided with the troll's plan at that very moment...

The black hand of Blangis (his personal dark elf sex slaves equipped with crossbows) reached a good spot and started taking their toll in the Nurglish ranks. The Nurgle Champion was the first to suffer from the deadly precision of their shots and he got away with a good wound leaving a broken ego and a nice scar...
The 2 minotaurs didn't manage to come up with a satisfying plan to open the monolith to retrieve the artifact. (C'borth wanted to lift the stone to throw it on one side and G'borth came up with this totally different plan to lift the stone to toss on the other side).

The nurgle champion decided to hide amongst his flock to check if they were OK (totally not o hide from any other shot). The troll though was deeply harmed by the situation and it took him a good while (that's a turn in gaming terms) to decide what would be the most appropriate of reactions until he forgot all about it.

At that point the Duke did a little thinking because, see, having short legs leaves you plenty of time to think of a battle plan  before engaging anyone. With the troll approaching and this formidable unit of beastmen in the distance, things didn't look nice from his angle with only lazy cultists and a 3 dark elves to oppose. Spending more than half of his magic might, the duke invoked the power of the Slaanesh danse...
The Pavane of Slaanesh left the 9 poor beastmen in a dancing transe with some doing robot dances, some moonwalking and some voguing in a very fashionable manner. The joy and pleasure of the dance was such they forgot all about their task and goals and decided o give their all in the battle of rythm and cool steps.
After a facepalming that even made the Duke a little ashamed of what he had done, the Nurgle champion got out of his men to do the job.

With the beastmen engaging K-Pop choregraphies, the dark elves had little option left but to move forward to get more targets (those chaos dwarves had ridiculously hidden themselves in the nearby woods and were nowhere to be seen .
That's when the troll saw a buttefly and lost his focus...
The Duke stayed behind his men to exhort them to hurry up, the 2 minotaurs still failed to remove the stone (for the 3rd time now) and started arguing...

For Slaanesh's sake ! will you open that tomb already !
The cultists finally got to their position to defend the monolith just as the troll was arriving... Some whispers could be heard in the group, some people worrying a bit, some other trying to comfort themselves by saying the master had "a plan" some others waiting for the pleasure to get bruises and physical punishment...

The monolith was the center of all attentions now...

This lead the cultists and the troll into some kind of weird balet of pushing back each other back and forth for some time, echoing somehow the tragic dancing spree of the beastmen in the distance.

Which got the chaos dwarves to get out of the woods (in the litteral sense though the exquisite scent and good looks of the Slaaneshi migt have somethig to do with it)... just to get shot by the dark elves and their crossbows...

The Nurgle champion decided to get to his opponent for that Battle, the Duke was the head behind all that and he had to kill him himself. After running and jumping to his enemy he finished just a few steps away from his nemesis (that's an inch in gaming terms).The duke blessed Slaanesh for granting his chaos weapon the power of the "mighty strike" for that turn...

But the black hand didn't let any of the 2 settle this in an honorific way and they shot down the Nurgle champion down as if it was some rabid dog... Proving once again how valuable they were for the Duke.

"I could have dealt with him alone you know ! Well... Thanks anyway... my round tonight."
The cultists were still struggling to take the troll down and it seems he was starting to enjoy that game of pushing them back and letting them push him back in return... until in the distance, the minotaurs finally roared (well G'both kind of mewed) with pleasure, the tomb had been opened at last  !

But the dwarves still holded a grudge towards the Slaanesh champion... from a distance.

One of them though managed to engage the Duke of Blangis in close combat, escaping the arrows of the dark elves thanks to one of his companions sacrificing himself.
C'borth and G'borth tried to inspect the content of the tomb and it seemed like a daemonic blade was trapped inside it, they got it out without even trying to consider if there could be any trap but they failed to identfy it. The Duke would know, he always did...

The cultists and the trolls were still exhausting themselves in their endless game with the beastmen cheerleading them with some exotic dances...

 C'borth and G'borth got back to the master just to find him engaged with a ridiculous smelly creature. They never got to exchange blows with him for their master inflicted him a MIGHTY STRIKE that proved fatal...
After a good round of applauses from his crew, the Duke it was time for them to get back home and see what treaures they had earned with blood and sweat (tears would be the reward).



Rest of the band : YEAAAAAHHHH

(for convenience of reading I'm going to transcribe the words and not the sounds the Duke emits from now on)

Duke : Today, we have fought ! Today we have won ! Today Slaanesh the great lord of pleasure has granted us some power as a reward. This sword holds the power of an ancient Daemon prince of renown !

Rest of the band : YEAAAAAHHHH

After some rolls, it appeared the daemon prince in the sword is an ancient half-ogre who has received  :

- eye of the gods
- gift of the gods (+1 to WP)
- a daemonic steed
- 5 chaos spawns
- 6 chaos hounds
- rotting eyes
- cloven hooves
- Horns of Slaanesh
- another daemonic steed (transforming the 2 into a charriot)

His real name is Daioii iadha Pestclaw Suckvomit (lovely name).

I'm really pleased with him and I seriously consider converting him up at some point...

After the gathering all the casualties it seemed like Slaanesh had been good t is followers with only 2 minor wounds and one dead : Igor
 One of the Dark elves gained a furry mutation while the duke himself saw his face transform into that of a squid (gaining one extra fear point in the process).
The Duke :  Igor was brave and he fought well, trying to get behind that troll may not have been his wisest move but we'll always remember him as a brave...

C'borth and G'borth : Yeah him !

Rest in peace Igor, may you find eternal pleasures in the other world...


Duke : Wait Mike come back, there will be new friends...maybe, look ! Elrath (on of the Dak elves) even got gained a furry loo ! I even gained a bestial face ! that's more fun for everyone !

Mike : Yeah know but it'won't ever be the same you know that...

C'borth and G'borth : Yeah !


What can I say ?

- Well first of all, I had tremendous fun with Iannick who was a perfect host and a really great guy to play with.

- I forgot plenty of things (my +1 to WP and the fact my champion could spit acid).

- The games was really settled when I used the Pavan of Slaanesh which is one extremely silly spell (unless we understood it wrong).

- Getting a game of 3rd after all those years was really nice.

- Getting to roll all the silly extra stuff was good fun (chaos weapons, spells, daemon prince, names and casualties, etc...)

- I really want to play a 2nd round since both champions are sworn enemies now.

- I'm glad my warband didn't suffer fr the freshly painted syndrome.

- It takes forever to write a battle report...

No big updates from me until some time since I'm going to go a little further in the depths of Québec for some time so see you in a couple of weeks, I hope ths battle report proved a little fun for you !


  1. Thanks for the write up JB. I let my friend Rob_s write up our batrep's, I agree, they take too long to do. The benefit of doing it yourself though is that you get to embellish the truth as much as your heart desires :)

    p.s. you guys could be mistaken for twins :D

    1. It takes some time to write them indeed but it's quite fun nonetheless. You do get to say what you want for sure but it also lets you realize what was good or not and helps you make the next game better.

      Oh and our accent definitely tells us apart ;)

  2. You've totally sold the idea of the game to me - it's like I was there. Sounds like great fun :)

    1. Well thanks ! All merit to my partner for setting everything up really.Just playing the scenario made the story reveal by itself which was fun !

  3. That was quite the clash, the minotaurs and troll antics made me chuckle. That spell seemed quite powerful at this small scale but in a large battle you'd have to weigh up more carefully your spell point expenditure i imagine. Definitely a game changer this time around but you have to consider the image of moonwalking beastmen to be worth the price paid ;)

    1. The troll was funny the whole game (as expected of him) and the Minos played with my nerves by taking 10 turns to open the damn crate. The beastmen doing the Madison were cool though ;)

  4. I was going to suggest your opponent could dilute the effect by making multiple small units. A single spell wouldn't remove the lion share of the troops anymore.

    1. Only after the battle did I realize someone from his own army could have hit them to break the curse. That's probably something regular players are used to but I have always shyed away from magic so far (lazy me)

  5. Wow yu 2 could be twins! Scary. Good battlerep though :)

    1. I wondered if the two of us wouldn't be too sexeh but you've set the standard high so that went well ;)
      Cheers for the batrep mate glad you enjoyed.

  6. Looks like a great game was had. Glad you enjoyed your trip here to Montreal!

    1. Really great indeed and I still have a week and a half there are you in the neighborhood ?

    2. Yes, I'm a(n adopted) local. I usually do my gaming in and around Gamers Vault.

  7. Hey, Welcome to Canada, Mr.ALMan! Any plans to come out West? And great looking game too!

    1. I'm afraid not ,still not cold enough here so we're heading north ! Thanks for the game, the table was lovely and helped build a story really.

  8. The perfect miniatures , table , FORESTS and mabient for a warhammer game ! What can be better to do when the weather is -20º cold out ? (and you don't have free access to a hot woman of course.....)

  9. Well there were cats but beer, wargames and comradeship works wonders really ;) (Poutine also helps a LOT)

  10. Hey great game JB and how cool to get your better half to agree to let you game on holiday! I hope you have a suitable return favour in hand.

    A really nice looking table with well made terrain, I must check out Of Marauders and Citadels more often.

    1. As a matter of fact she owed me this one but I tend to be in credit just for those occasions ! Scenery was splendid indeed, you'll like his stuff a lot I believe.


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