Hello, I had the pleasure to play again with the rules for Tabletop game "Song of Ice and Fire by company "Cool Mini or Not?" with my own 1/72 figures. I went to my friend Gabi´s place with all the stuff, so we could have a good time. It is REALLY A DINAMIC BLOODY AND FUNNY GAME!
I came with the idea of playing a small battle 30 pt for each army, but Gabi (who never played a Wargame before, but is very lover of the Boardgames and quite competitive as well ) said
" I want MORE miniatures on this table."
So i Said, "What the hell..? Lets play 40 points... even if it is then a bigger challenge, as we are not used to the rules yet!!
He slected the Lannister and took the good time to see all different unit and character options,.. he went for a force with
UNIT OF MOUNTAINS MEN +GREGOR CLEGANE THE MOUNTAIN AS GENERAL (whose tactical cards are based on smashing and damaging a lot...)
UNIT OF HALBERDIERS+JAIME LANNISTER
UNIT OF LANNISTER GUARDS+ SANDRO CLEGANE THE HOUND
UNIT OF CROSSBOWMEN+ A VETERAN CAPTAIN
UNIT OF KNIGHTS OF CASTERLY ROCK (SHOCK CAVALRY)
As No Combat Unit he took Tyrion Lannister... he gave his army and advantage of having an additional Tactical Card on hand for all thee game!! Was quite good for him
I took the northmen:
-UNIT OF STARK SWORND SWORDS+ ROBB STARK AS GENERAL (tactical cards based on fast striking, hit and run and so on..)
rob is always accompanied by his dsirewolf GREYWIND
-UNIT OF UMBER BERSERKERS+ GREATJON UMBER
-UNIT OF TULLY SWORND SHIELDS (Foot armoured knights)+ CAPTAIN
-UNIT OF BWOMEN
And NCU with Lady Catelyn Stark
We went fot a battle mode named "Game of Thrones". (there are five other playing modes , with the names of the different Books of GRR MArtin) .. That mode means: There is a strategic point in middle of the filed (we placed a Hill) and then 4 further ponts.. Every strategicl positin hold at the end of one roibnd give 1 Victory Point which gets scored. Every destriyed enemy unit make also 1 Victoy Pojnt. First to get 10 VP is the winner..
Each of us selected 2 positions.. We were quite conservative placing our respectivo two opctions them near our deploy lines .. It was truly A MISTAKE BY MY SIDE,,,
Some images of the initial dpeloy and first movements (quite slow as we both forgot the MArch ability in the first round!)
Lannister Center and Right :
Stark line viewed from the left:
Both lines approcaching... The two cavlaries advanced faster near the hill, But lannister wing was unfefended, which would be exploited but the lighter Stark horsmeen..
The Lannister left went at a slow pace just to keep hold of the ir Strategic positions..They would not move much more and start to collect many VP..
Lannister Knights advanced smoothly to the hill, trying to get the central Strategic point and charge any enemy in front of them...
But the starks refused (apparently) the fight...
It is a trap!! Using the right Tactic cards and increasing actions, The Stark Horse charged unexpectedly from the left to the flank f the knights! Many armored knights were to fall...
As the Stark general, I believed for a while it would be an easy business ..
The Knights realigned and trying to fight the Stark back, but they kept on suffering more and more losses
Then a false retreat of the stark riders, and a try for Robb swordmen to charge in time.. But bad charge results!! A failed charge, panic and loss on the men, and finnally the attack hitting poorly on the halberdiers who were perfectly prepared for repelling them!!!! Everything went wrong for Robb .! Many casualties for very few enemies fallen
The halberdiers hit in turn expertly lead by Ser Jaime, and almost the whole Stark unit disappears !!
The two cavalries kept on fighting; Things were not so bad fot the Starks in the cavalry fight...
The King in the North Stood alone against many enemies.... Had he any chance to survive..??
YES!!!!! He got a very oportune and useful free retreat action+ troop wound recovery, thanks to new drawed Tactic card of "Tactical Reploy! Robb survived and was able to fall back wth some wounded, brave soldiers who were able to stand up and fight again for him!!
But the Halberdiers took the Hill in the meanwhile..
On the other battle side, the Stark right /Lannister Left, everything was quieter.. Lannister did not advance so the Stark went towards them .. But they were slow troops.. advance was slow and the bowmen were not able to shoot..
Suddenly some Lannister Tactical options were discoverd and The Mountain charged by surpirse with unexpected fury!!! The poor stark bowmen took heavy casualties..
Even altough the heavy Tully knights were finally able to charge the Mountains flank, It was too late for the bowmen... they all were killed or run in panic in just one activation movement!!! They got converted into 1 VP as a blood gift for the Mountain...
At least their Tully comrades took some vengance, eliminating one row of the Men at arms of The Mountain
On the hill thing went even hotter!! Tyrion used his influence to help the losing Lannister knights to recover and even inflict some casualties (although taking also new damage..) , but then the Berserkers launched a fierce attack on the halberdiers!!!
..At the same time the crossbowmen tried to take an advatange position in the stark rear..
The halberdiers at the command of Ser Jaime retreated, trying to have a better defensive position, but their exposed anther flank which was attacked by Greywind who wanted eagerly to take revenge of the Injuries of his master Robb!! More Lannister casualties..
The Stark outriders finished the remaining knights, and they then charged downhill to chase the crossbowmen as an easy prey.. It could be a good chance!!
But dice roll were poor and the veteran captain of the Lannister unit made the light infantrymen fight bravely .. The stark were almost elminiated for just one crossbowman!!
The Berserkers made a last charge on Jaime and the halberdiers, who were again in defensive formation and the berserkers suffered much.. But they have more attacks as they accumulate wounds as they enter in Berserker frenzy!!
10 attack dice, and the help of Greywind to erase definetely Ser Jaime and the so disturbing halberdiers!!!!
During all the time, the Lannister guard with Sandor the Hound did not move.. He was clever enough, to obbey his orders (and not to expose his life!) Many Victory points were scored by that during the whole game.. That was really a Lannister nasty but useful snake strategy.. ..
At the end... Robb moved desperately to hold one of the initial strategical points.. What he did!
The hill was also conquered and two eliminated enemies in the last Round!! That meant, 2+2+1+1+1 = 7 VPs
..But Lannister had been quite astute all the game long.. Just in rear guard had scored for Gabi 8p + 1p when the hill was hold by the halberdiers +1 p the archers = 10Points
Victory for the Lannisters.. But things could have been really different..
Robb Stark was still alive with most of their army still ready!...It was an epic but not decisive battle, and War is not over!!!!!