Not that they'll get any thanks for it.
Stephen and I reconvened for the next stage of the siege campaign.
I would be attempting to get a wagon off the far edge of the board and the greenskins would be attempting to prevent that outcome.
I was imagining the supplies would include some good strong Dwarf ale, so I painted up some Bugman's Dwarf rangers for the game. I did also do Bugman himself, but he seemed a bit much for a 500 point game.
I also took a small unit of Clan Dwarfs and a small unit of Longbeards. In place of a cart I used some highland cows - just the sort of thing for a Dwarf feast.
The Orcs had originally understood they would only get 500 points as well, but on re-reading the scenario we realised they should have 650. So some reshuffling was in order. The initial proposal was for a unit of Black Orcs - which made my face go all sad. So the alternative was Savage Orcs. I'm not sure that was a win for me.
The battle began with the Dwarf battle-line rumbling forward, except for Bugman's lads who elected to fire. But Savage Orc toughness saw them through the hail of bolts.
Greenskin animosity then saw the Savage Orcs hurtle forward - exactly what I didn't need.
Figuring it was better to charge than be charged (or possibly fanaticed) I launched the Longbeards at the Savage Orcs whilst the rest of the force advanced.
Sadly Savage Orcs are proper frisky and ten Longbeards isn't very many, so they broke and fled and the Orcs surged into the clans dwarfs.
By this time the Night Goblin archers had begun to squabble. But as we are still remembering animosity from several editions ago they just stood around arguing when probably they should have declared a charge.
The Orcs repeated their work on the clan dwarfs and pursued them past the cows (and out of the ranger's charge arc).
Ignoring the spear goblins Bugman's lads marched off toward the exit with the cattle in close pursuit whilst the warriors rallied
The Savage Orcs were forced to charge the clan dwarfs again, with the same result whilst the spear goblins reformed.
Bugman's scouts turned to face the goblins, hoping to buy time for the cows to escape.
The Savage Orcs were now free to return to the fray
In the Dwarf turn the cows trotted on and the Scouts were once again unable to defeat the spear goblins.
At this point the Savage Orcs failed an animosity test and were able to race up the road and charge into the corner of the combat.
"Cancel the barbecue lads" he muttered.
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He's doing the same thing. Good man.