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No self-respecting warlord should ever admit defeat...
(after all, any sign of weakness is bound to hasten your demise or encourage thoughts of rebellion) but that was the undeniable result of a recent game against a combined Warriors of Chaos/ High Elf force, in which Squeek's clan was almost completely wiped-out!
Why was this?
A simple, horrible, completely amateur deployment error - one that I am almost too embarrassed to admit to in public.
DISCLAIMER: Now, before I share this error with you, let me say that the opposing commanders definitely led their troops better than me, and they most-certainly deserved to win!
With that out of the way, what did I do?
Well (hangs head in shame) I placed my Hellpit Abomination and my Doomwheel too close together...
...Doomwheel ZZZzap + Multi-wound monster = Disaster.
So of course, first turn, 3 ZZzzap shots from my Doomwheel leave my HPA with only 1 wound, which he immediately loses to a charge. My Doomwheel then gets crushed by a combination of Chaos cavalry and infantry, so "BOOM!", almost a 1/4 of my army gone on Turn 1 (and arguably my most powerful 2 units).
...and I forgot that I could fire my ZZZZapp in close combat.
Never mind! I fought on, and my slaves, plague monks and core did OK, but not well enough to claw back any significant points...
Here are a few shots of this humiliating defeat:
|From top: G. Rats, Skaven Slaves, Clanrats, Slaves, Clanrats|
Plague Monks, HPA, Doomwheel, Warp Lightning Cannon
|High Elves and Chaos (from top): Bolt Thrower, Chaos Cav, High Elf Cav.|
Chaos Chariot, Chaos Warlord, Chaos Warriors, White Lions (counts as),
Chaos Chariot, Archers, Silver Helms, Bolt Thrower.
|Plague monks fail to drive off Chaos Warriors (even after using the|
Plague Banner) and take a Chaos Cav charge in the flank.
|My Goblin slave (counts as Skaven Slaves) grind it out with|
High Elf Cav, while Clanrats attack a Chaos chariot (at rear)
|Another Skaven Slaves unit attacks (counts as) White Lions and|
a mage, but couldn't quite destroy the unit by the end of the game.
A hard lesson learned...
...but I will have my revenge! (shakes clenched paw at the sky!)