Yesterday I had my 4th game of Kings of War from Mantic Games. My (not yet based) army of orcs – with the questionable help of some trolls – wanted to get some breakfast in form of goblins, who brougt their own trolls and some squigs. But the breakfast fought back…
At the top you see most of my army (the gore riders and the godspeaker are missing) and here ist part of the opposition, beautifully painted by Robert of Tabletop Paintworks
and those are my favorite guys on the board (again painted by Robert):
Well not so favorite when crushing into your flank… wich is exactly what happened to my right flank after I got rid of Roberts trolls there.
Things looked brighter on the left:
But not for long, as these gobbos proofed astonishing resistant to my orcs, who were getting nearly no hits at the goblins, making dice rolls from hell.
So the chariots came around, but the rest of my left flank was destroyed.
The chariots could have helped in the middle, where my trolls and greatax-troops attacked.
But it was quite empty in the middle by the time the chariots could have come around. The warmachine slaughtered the trolls who never ever even got one single strike at the enemy.
So I was defeated and Roberts gobbos carried the day.
I really had fun with the game, but still need to adjust to some aspects of it. For example: I do not like the fact, that only one side strikes in melee. And the units get beaten too fast to my taste (wich on the other side helps keeping the games short). And I really would like to have formation-changes and some effect on combat performance after a unit took a beating. As it is, a unit hits with full stength until it breaks.
But there is al lot of good stuff: Especially the movement is so much easier than in the old GW stuff, wich does a lot for game flow. There is no ton of special rules and the heroes are not overpowered. And it plays fast.
Cant’t really say that I’m a huge fan, but it is a good replacement for Warhammer Fantasy in my view (but then I wasn’t a big fan there too).
See you around,