Seeking to rectify this foolish state of affairs, I set about cutting up an old box to make bases for my figures. A few snips of card and blobs of BluTack later, I had two mighty armies arrayed for battle (more than can be said when I use the same number of figures for actual Warhammer... but that's by the by...)
I divided them up thusly: Skaven force 1 - lead by a magician and mostly consisting of allied beastmen and Horde troops. Skaven force 2 - lead by a hero and having Warband, Blades and a Behemoth (a Doomwheel). Empire force 1 - led by a hero and consisting mostly of Blades and Shooters. Empire force 2 - led by a cleric and made up of Spears, a couple of Shooters and a cannon.
So I chucked a bunch of terrain on the table and had at it!
|The initial deployment|
|One of the Skaven forces.|
|And the other...it also included 3 elements of Lurkers|
|Empire force led by a Cleric. The cannon would prove useful!|
|A sturdy human force of mostly Blades and Shooters.|
|Two turns in and the cannon claims its first victim.|
|On the left Empire flank, the Doomwheel forces back the Spears|
|Beastmen being blown away by cannon was a recurring theme of the battle...|
|The Empire Spears take down the Doomwheel quite handily.|
|The decisive combat on the Empire right flank. Before...|
|...And after... Where did they all go?!|
|All without a single human base lost!|
|Skaven casualties a few turns in... not good...|
|On the left flank, Skaven try and succeed where the Doomwheel failed...|
|The moment the impetuous Imperial knights followed up after a victory and almost ended up in bad going. As it was, no one did all game, so the Skaven Lurkers remained unused.|
|Having expired all the Beastmen, the artillery turned its attention so the Stormvermin. BOOM!|
|More Skaven get slaughtered by the Empire spears.|
|The final view of the battlefield. A resounding Imperial victory.|
|The final casualty pile. That's right, no humans...|
So that was a very one sided game! But very good fun. My final verdict is that if I want zany fantasy with a lot of randomness and a lot of figures, I'll play Warhammer. If I want a rollicking good game that feels like an epic conflict that can be played out in a relatively short period of time, I'll use Hordes of the Things.
Now, I really need to paint up some Skaven to give them a better chance!