Due to a little lack of communication (that and the fact my life is all over the place at the minute**) I only brought one army, Ross' armies not yet being unpacked after a recent move. Still with the small forces required to get AoS going I was easily able to split my Dogs of War into two modest 'Empire' armies. We laid out some terrain on the table and deployed.
|The battlefield for the evening|
So essentially it was a shooty list against a hitty list. Would Ross be able to hit hard enough, or would fire-power prove victorious.
|Ross tries to smile through the pain|
|Time to start shooting...|
|Get em there's only two left|
|Team red on the back foot|
By now I was having to divide my fire with the heavy stuff focusing on Cecil, and the lighter stuff clearing away the infantry. Ross' wizard hung back in the graveyard, out of range and sight. A wounded Cecil nevertheless landed in the trees on the flank of the Halfling hunters; clearly hungry...
|This wall can't save us from flying beasties.|
|Omm nom nom nom.|
For the second outing 'Sigmar many of my first impressions were confirmed. The game is enjoyable if played in an informal, non-competitive, narrative fashion. Most of our fun in play was derived from the natural storytelling deriving from the incidents on board. Tactically it was shallow compared to Warhammer, but unit cooperation and interplay is stronger than it first appears on paper.
But again, for a game with only 30 or so models per side, it was slow. Even if you excluded the general chit-chat and the learning of the rules, it took some ninety minutes to play the game. Two and a half hours in effect as we played. Really, far too long for such a small skirmish. It makes little sense in a way. I remain bemused by how simple a set of rules can play so slowly; I can only conclude it is the Warscroll special rules slowing things down.
With a few more games it could well get swifter, but if this was at the loss of the narrative aspects of play that injected a lot of enjoyment into the game, I doubt there'd be enough of the game left to either challenge or entertain. I don't envisage playing these rules in any other way than as a casual system for friendly, laid back gaming.
This second battle was fun, but also showed how powerful large monsters and heroes can be. Ross though the game over when the bulk of his army died in two turns, but perhaps forgot the over 33% of the wounds of his force resided in his last two models. The Griffon proved, enormously powerful, and with nothing to match it toe-to-toe I was utterly dependent on taking it down with artillery.
Build matching lists, or at least those of the same general composition and this would be fine, but for 'Comp' this could lead to chalk and cheese lists. I suppose the intention is that scenarios and 'Sudden Death' rules would compensate for this, but that is not a guarantee.
Still, in and of itself, this was a nice way to pass the time, and although it is still a long way from my favourite game I would continue to play AoS if people wanted to.
Just not too often.
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