Return to Caerfen
This battle, between the High Elves and Orcs, was a rematch of an earlier battle. The first Battle of Caerfen saw an orc host (of dubious quality) routed by the Elven defenders. This ignominious defeat was a stain upon the orcs reputation as raiders without equal, and so they had hatched a plan for revenge. The ensuing campaign saw numerous orc armies achieving success in a series of battles (The Battle of Holden Pass, Long Ridge and the famous clash at the Watch Towers) and converging upon Caerfen once again, confident of victory. The contest this time was further to the north of Caerfen than the first battle- this was to allow more of Long Ridge (the high ground close to Caerfen) to be included.
The Orc Mob (commanded by my good self):
7 units of orc horde (arranged into 2 units of 6 and 4 single units)
3 units of archers
3 units of orc spears
6 units of mountain orcs
5 units of wolf riders
4 units of chariots
2 units of giants
2 units of orc flyers
5 generals and 1 hero general
Points total 391
Number of stands, including generals, 128.
Break Point 64
The Elven Host (commanded by Mark)
6 units of archers
5 units of spears
3 units of heavy cavalry
4 units of chariots
3 units of dragons
1 unit of giants (represented by a unit of mercenary minotaurs)
1 unit of treemen
2 bolt shooters
4 generals and 1 hero general
Points total 390
Number of stands, including generals, 94
Break Point 47
Soon, if not held with vigour, the town of Caerfen would be despoiled and its wealth used to fill the coffers of orc chieftains. The strident braying and pulsing rhythm of war horn and drum carried this doom to the defenders as they formed up to withstand the impending assault.
The war lines of the elven host, having arrived before the orcs had fully mustered, were drawn up swiftly. The entire force was arrayed to the north of the marshland lake that dominated the centre left of the eastern edge of the table. Mark’s forces were arranged into three lines; the first of archers, artillery a single unit of chariots and the Treemen, who loomed with violent intent in the centre of the line. The second line had the giants, spearmen and most of the elven cavalry and chariots, ready to move forward in support of the missile troops to the fore. The rear held the remaining cavalry, chariots and all the dragons. Three of the elf generals were placed to command the centre, whilst the flanks each had a single general.
The orcs assembled between two areas of woodland, their forces stretching across the centre and left flank. The right flank was left unoccupied (I had decided not to press across on the right, due to the lake, marsh and woodland on the elves side of the table potentially disrupting any flanking manoeuvres).
A strong force occupied the lower ground looking towards Caerfen. The serried ranks of the orcs here were to press along the road and occupy the town. They were to use this strong defensive position as a springboard to launch an attack designed to turn the elven flank, and then push up onto the ridge to the north. The orc hero general commanded the force on the ridge itself. Sat astride his fearsome mount, with his personal guard of a unit of giants, he had all the mountain orcs, along with most of the cavalry, ready to drive hard down the length of the ridge.
I placed my archers and spears in combined arms formations in the front line of my force; their task was to keep Mark’s dragons at bay whilst the army advanced. I also chose to place some of my orc horde as single units- I thought to use them as cannon fodder to absorb some of the inevitable (and usually devastating) arrow storm.