[From Eric Reel]
Somewhere in the heavens . . . a toilet overflowed. As the unholy effluent fell to earth, it . . . changed. Red eyes peered from misshapen bodies & took stock of this new world. The filth took arms & began its unholy crusade. Could anyone stop the world from being engulfed in a wave of stench and decay? The orcs were willing to give it a try. This is their story.
Qty Unit Type Description Point Cost 1 General Elite, with Magic Ward
OLD GW Epic scale GUCO
Attached to burrowing Large Monster
180 1 Cleric With Magic Ward
120 1 Hero With Exceptional Weapon
Nurgling with epic scale chainsword
30 1 Large Monster With Burrowing and Grapple
120 2 Small Monster GW Epic scale Great Unclean Ones 120 7 HW Fear
280 5 Flying Irregulars Fly swarms 150 2 Slaves Plastic civilains from one of the Gigantics big bug model sets 10
|1||General||With Exceptional Weapon||160|
|1||Wizard||With Exceptional Weapon||110|
|1||Hero||With Exceptional Weapon, attached to LM||30|
|2||Large Monster||GW 28mm warboars. These giant hogs looked way cool on the 15mm battlefield||160|
The orc infantry & characters were made up primarily of GW Snotlings.
Filth deploys with a solid battle line of hand weapons with fly swarms behind. One GUCO is posted on each flank while the Cthonian & general advance up the right. Orcs advance a battle line flanked by two large monsters on the right & the light cav + battlewagons on the left.
The filth line stays immobile (oops, shouldn't have stuck the cleric in there... can't move when yer castin' sacrifice). Cthonian + general advance to meet oncoming large monsters. Small monsters move to engage battlewagons advancing up the left. Over the course of the next few turns, the Orcs lose almost every magic roll (at least 6 in a row), the results being: one large monster, one battle wagon sacrificed to death, large monster+hero engaged & destroyed by Cthonian, small monsters, aided by 'invigorate' & 'curse' engage & destroy remaining battlewagon + a light cav unit. Orcs concede.
Almost identical deployment. This time both forces advance. Both small monsters charge up the right flank, attempting to engage the battlewagons & LC. In the orc phase, 'invigorate' is used to bring the Cthonian into contact with a Giant Hogs. Hog dies. Orcs wizard uses Fly to move remaining Hawg into contact with handweapon unit containing shaman. Sevaral more invigorates are used to bring the Cthonian into charge range of the Orc battle line, but the beast is trapped before it can charge.
On the right, the GUCOs attempts to close with the light cav are frustrated by demoralizations inflicted by concentrated bowfire. Fly swarms surround the Hawg + Hero, and a Hero+XWeapon joins in the fray, but the Hawg eventually prevails, killing the HW unit, the hero, and two attached slave units. Cleric jumps into next available HW unit. The Cthonian's attempts to engage continue to be frustrated by apolexy spells. Orc bow units advance to within range of the Filth battle line & begin a harassing fire.
Filth morale clock is falling fast, a large monster + hero is rampaging through the battle line, and the small monsters are getting pecked to death. However, the Filth general finally goads the Cthonian into a charge into the left flank of the orc battle line, killing the hapless handweapon unit & following up. The orcs manage to kill off the small monsters, but leave themselves at 0 on the magic clock vs 9 for the Filth. A mass 'curse' follows, swinging the phase in favor of Filth.
Both 'large monster vs battle line' battles continue, but the Cthonian + Elite general is killing its opponent each turn, vs. what's usually a demoralize from the Orc Hawg&Hero. Filth goes to 4 on the morale clock first and things are looking very grim, but the Orcs make a last stand with a spear unit augmented by two heroes & a general. Unfortunately for the orcs, the spears fail their 'grapple' roll & are destroyed along with the general. Both heroes are captured. Orcs go to 2 on the clock. Remaining orc units back off from the Filth general. The Hawg finally kills the unit containing the cleric--and the cleric! Bowfire drops the morale clock another point, the last orc spear unit actually manages to hold off the Cthonian a round, and orc bowfire drops the Filth morale clock to zero.
Final morale clock: Filth 0 Orcs 1 Final VP: Orcs 630, Filth 420
A very close game. This was the most fun I've had playing a wargame for some time.