Yesterday was quite quiet, which was sort of expected with the late change of date. In the end this turned out quite well for me. I had the time for a couple of games as well as a good browse around the racks. I even rattled a few blisters and bought some more to add to the tiny collection of miniatures I have already.
Both battles were against the same chap who had played a bit, but not recently, and had come up for the game. He’d got a mercenary amy that he’d made up from whatever he could find, which included some ogres. These are always a challenge to fight, especially in smaller battles (we played once at 24 and then at 36). Being so tough they are an expensive unit, and a classic demonstration of the problem that having such elite troops gives you – not much of anything else. I fielded my normal, basic Orc Warlords army, replete with 4 units of gobbos to back up the orcs themselves. They didn’t much like the look of the ogres.
In the end I hope I demonstrated the way you fell these problem units by using positional play. Both times the ogres were wiped out, with the first time being relatively straightforward. They ate a goblin uint, as expected, but had been faced with two orc units as well and couldn’t avoid them. These included my shaman (who fought like a demon) and were carefully blessed in expectation of the fight. In the second battle I did something similar, with a one-two from the pair of orc units being enough to finish off the ogres. Only just enough in the second game though, as the first unit (with the hero in) got ground down (to make their bread¹) after nerfing its charge. However, a combination of blessings and careful sequencing of actions allowed the orcs to carry the day.
Both games were very entertaining and showcased a lot of the aspect I was aiming for in God of Battles, especially the wealth of hard choices that constantly evolve during the game. My opponent is clearly going to be rather dangerous when he’s had a bit more practice and has finessed his army. Will he bring ogres next time? Possibly not. He said they were the quickest way to make up the points when he was packing the army for the day, which is fair enough. We’ve all done that. I think they’re a fun thing to take on occasion, but not something to rely on as any regular opponent will work out how to neutralise them.
Naturally I forgot to take pictures…