Wednesday, 4 November 2015

WoffBoot: The Movie!

Having penned over 80 battle reports, we thought we'd have a try at making a video report. But, of course, we couldn't just make any old video...

So here we have a 2500 pt battle between Empire and Orcs & Goblins, as narrated by Brother 'Peachy' Toliver Carnehan and Brother Daniel 'Danny' Dravot, former Gunnery Sergeants in the Queen’s own Royal Loyal Light Infantry.

It was a fun battle - the losses were appalling (and so were the accents!)

Camera, Action, Lights!
It's All-Skype Fight Night!

For the record, these were the forces we deployed. So everything looked correct on the video, we decided not to use any proxies - this meant using only the armies at my disposal, so Kraken got to roll out my greenskins.

The Dogs of Tilea

  • General of the Empire, Lorenzo -  Full Plate Armour. Sword of Striking. Enchanted Shield. Luckstone.
  • Wizard Lord (Lore of Death), Bellemperia - Barded Warhorse. Talisman of Endurance
  • Wizard Lord (Lore of Heavens), Sheikh Envac - Warhorse. Dispel Scroll
  • Captain (Battle Standard), Fagiolo - Full Plate Armour. Shield. Griffon Banner
  • Warrior Priest, Commissar Pendleton - Heavy Armour. Shield. White Cloak of Ulric
  • Witch Hunter, Proctor "Deadeye" Jones - Brace of Pistols
  • 40 x Spearmen - command group
  • 20 x Crossbowmen (detachment)
  • 20 x Halberdiers (detachment)
  • 10 x Crossbowmen - musician
  • 10 x Knights - command group
  • 5 x Pistoliers - musician
  • 20 x Flagellants 
  • 1 x Cannon
  • 1 x Cannon
  • 1 x Volley Gun
Total: 2,500

A video battle report, Empire vs Orcs & Goblins, 2500pts, Warhammer Fantasy Battle 8th Ed.

Da Free Ameegoz

  • Orc Warboss, Largozk da Grim - Great Weapon, Wyvern, Armour of Gork
  • Savage Orc Warboss, Wazzla da Snaggly - War Boar, Crown of Command, spear, shield
  • Night Goblin Warboss, Wuzzla da Nobbly - Great Cave Squig, Talisman of Preservation, Obsidian Blade, shield, light armour
  • Savage Orc Great Shaman - War Boar, Lucky Shrunken Head
  • Night Goblin Shaman - Dispel Scroll
  • 30 Night Goblin Archers - Full Command, Short Bows, 3 Fanatics
  • 20 Savage Orc Archers - Full Command, Bows
  • 30 Savage Orcs - Full Command, Additional Hand Weapons, Big Stabbas, Big 'Uns
  • 13 Savage Orc Boar Boyz - Full Command, Banner of Swiftness, Spears, Shields
  • 6 Night Goblin Squig Hoppers
  • 1 x Rock Lobber - Orc Bully
  • 2 x Doom Divers
Total: 2,500

A video battle report, Empire vs Orcs & Goblins, 2500pts, Warhammer Fantasy Battle 8th Ed.

Locker Room Chat

So this is show business? It was a novelty to publish a battle report in a different way, and I've very pleased with the result.

In terms of effort expended, it probably takes as long, if not a little longer, than a written report: I had to take five times as many images as usual, and remember to keep taking them at crucial moments (rather than get overexcited and forget). It takes a while to format and order the images (and superimpose the highly-sophisticated special effects), but the recording of the report was a breeze - just 40 minutes recording live (and then about as long again to balance out the sound, fix the parts where Kraken's microphone dropped, and cut out all the times I said 'ummmm')

It's not my first foray into the world of Warhammer Voiceovers (I'm the Skaven), nor will it be my last! This was fun. Although I say that as the guy not doing any of the editing, clipping, chopping or posting, so there may be some bias in my opinion. (Kraken here, by the way, interrupting in bold). Perhaps I should get a better mic. And better internet.

In terms of the battle itself, I won't give anything away, other than to comment that my enforced painting of the greenskins makes for a really splendid army. I've played with just one tribe for so long, I'd forgotten how good a mish-mash of savages, goblins, war machines and monsters can look.

They certainly handle well too! Well balanced armies, Empire and OnG, both capable of versatile line-ups where it's hard to predict what you'll be up against. 

Finally, our first return to 8th Ed since the world ended. Just as fun as always, and I can't think of a better way to field 2500 pts in the time we had. The battlefield was more static - troops were generally going to fight the ones opposite them, and predictably, we spend more time flicking through the rulebooks.

Yes, our thoughts on that are near the end of the report. I haven't been missing 8th Ed particularly, but coming back to it was like slipping back into the hot tub after an invigorating swim in the nearby volcanic spa. No better, but comforting, cheery, and just as stimulating in a different way. 

It made for a longer game than usual, especially in the wake of our recent AoS, SAGA and Frostgrave efforts (I guess we'd have to try KoW to get a 'big battle' comparison), but a very satisfying one. I'll certainly retain it as an option.

Aye, we'll be back! Although our next report is likely to be something a bit Mantic...


  1. Some post-battle errata as it occurs to me:
    - Great Cannons do D6 wounds, damnit, not D3 (why do I never remember this?). The Rock Lobba That Would Not Die should have died in its first hit.
    - I don't think we were rolling Artillery Die for the Doom Diver scatter - not only were they bloody accurate, but there was no chance of them misfiring.
    - I shouldn't be allowed anywhere magic power dice in the early game.

  2. -Wow, I thought you just rolled a three! Otherwise I'd have said something. Yeah, that would have switched the game around.
    -No, we weren't. Oops. I'm not sure how you were measuring the template, but in 8th ed you hit if the base of the Doom Diver model touchs the target unit, not the model itself as your painted notes suggest. Er, so, oops again.
    - This, however, is not a new erratum.

    1. - No, it was 6 on a D6, I just interpreted it as 3 wounds. My own fault, and I've made this mistake practically every time I use cannons in 8th. (6th Ed Dwarf Cannons were D3 wounds - I must have used them the most, because this is burned into my memory)
      - I've checked the rulebook - it *is* the flying model you use as a template, not the base or anything conventional. The mistake I made was using a D6 for the scatter distance, not the 2-10 Artillery Die (which, of course, meant no misfires ever)
      - You don't get this in Age of Sigmar.