So, that was some time. But another win under my belt, albeit a very close one.
The Skaven player and I decided we wanted to do things a bit differently. In WAP I think most players have a few 'go to' items, tactics and builds, the 'you need this' stuff to have some chance of winning. For High Elves that is to go high magic and often good shooting, and for Skaven War Machines and magic as well. Games and tactics tend to get a bit repetitive.
We tried to avoid that in this game. We decided to take some magic items, heroes and units we usually don't take, to try them out or just for being nice, and generally not to overbuild. And we decided to limit our magic to two levels per side.
I took a big unit of spears (34), a fighty lord on a griffon, a level 1 mistweaver, a level 1 high magic, a sea helm BSB (for being cheap), a hero with reaver bow on an eagle (who I totally forgot so he didn't play any part in the battle), 10 archers, 2 tiranocs, 5 Silver Helms, 5 reavers, 25 Phoenix Guard and 21 White Lions. As you see a lot of CC troops, not a lot of shooting, so I gave my the PG's and the WL's both banners to be quick in charging.
He had a mage lvl. 2, a Battle Standard, 2 units of clanrats of which oner really big one with his characters, A unit of slaves, a big unit of plagebearers, a hellpi abomination, melee-centered stormfiends, some rat ogres, a kind of mini-doomwheel and some kind of gatling gun. And he had a some character mounted on a rat oger (or some strange being).
The part on my lef flank went pretty well. My reavers were eaten by the hellpit ABO, but that geve me the opportunity to charge it with a chariot and my character. The third charger didn't fit and was taken out of harms way by my mage (Walk of Worlds), and put in a position it coud charge the hellpit beast. The slaves joined the fray ad drove off the charit, but the charater held until the SH's flank charged and the hellbeast was slain. The SH's overran into the slaves and eliminated it. In the meantime a long spun out battle occured between my spears and the rt ogres, that was slowly won by the spears.
On the other flank it went the other way. I was too enthusiastic and avfter the Skavne remained largely immobile on that flank, I marched too far up. THe PG's were charged and flank charged by the two units of clanrats with lots of ranks. The WL's were magicked and shot and decimated,and when the PG's broke they got the clanrats in the flank. They held,m but were taken by the stormfiend. However, the Stormfiends were decimated by an Illusionary Assault of the Mistweaver.
Then occured a second phase of the battle. My right flank was eliminated, my left flank eliminated his right flank. A new battleline was formed. Another illusionary assault eliminated the stormfiends, some more mist magic made the elves hard to hit, and slowly but surely the spears and the skaven character bunker wore each other out. That went quicker on the elves' side, so danger looomed. However, the Griffon Rider, who was charged by the plaguebearers, drove them off and pursued into the bunker. Help came at last. It took a round or two, but the bunker was eliminated, including the two characters.
By that time the last two Stormfiends were destroyed by antother illusionary assault.
The Griffon rider took position in a safe place, added to by the remaining spears who were magiced into position by another Walk of Worlds spell. There were now only skabven infantry in the field. It was turn 7, time to depart, and we decided it would be an elven win. The skaven could not move themselves out of harms way, the griiffon was too hard for rank and file, there were still two elf mages poised to do harm, and it was long after dinner.
I was impressed by the spearelves, bu that was also because magic and shooting were limited. I lost two expensive units by my enthusiasm, but it did buy me time. The chariots did (sometimes) what they do best: impact hits. They are, I think, the most unreliable units of the Elven list, but today I saw both very good and very bad results.
It was great fun to play with units, items and troops I don't use very often. I really like thematic battles and battles with special scenario's and special limitations. It really breaks from the usual.