With last weekend’s painting, I finally had enough newly completed Prince August figures to run a little solo skirmish with A Song of Blades and Heroes (SBH). SBH recommends a typical game of 300 to 500 points. I have noticed previously that the point system doesn’t seem to be as finely balanced as the carefully calibrated two-significant-figure point values would suggest, but, there’s a lot of randomness in the game, and it was going to be a solo game anyway.
One warband consisted of orcs and friends (an orc leader, three orc warriors, a troll, two goblin wolf riders, and a spare goblin warrior). The other was all human (a leader, two warriors, two archers, an apprentice magician, and a cavalryman), and I managed to finesse them so that each was exactly 300 points.
I set up a battlefield on my dining room table, using a “Kill Team-sized” neoprene matte (22×30”). The road and river are also neoprene pieces. The road predates the pandemic, and the river was purchased just as everything was locking down. The three-dimensional elements of the terrain are all pieces that have been completed in the last year, as were the troops. So this game finally closes out this little digression, by having been created (almost; roads excepted) since the lockdowns started.
Upon looking over the table, a scenario suggested itself. The humans simply need to cross the table, unlock the tower, and get inside. Had this been properly planned as a narrative battle, I would have given everything names, but, after months of delay, I got a bit impatient and just played…
The horseman rides out ahead to scuffle with a wolf rider
The horseman quickly found himself embroiled in combat with half of the orcs, a situation which was bound to end badly for him sooner or later. (And did…)
The sorceress and the two archers were able to flee the field, hoping to find their way back to other friends, and await a more favorable day.
The orcs, meanwhile, were able to obtain the key to the tower from the fallen leader, decisively winning the day. Did they loot the tower and depart, or choose to occupy it as a base for future operations? That is a scenario for a different day, perhaps…