Looking out from the battlements of his outpost, the sentry began to grumble. No good Dwarf should be standing in the open like this, and especially not with a storm on the way. Nobody even used the Old Road anymore, he should be down at Bugman's drinking his fill. Amidst his grumbling, he noticed that the storm was hanging very, very low through Blackfire pass. It dawned on him to sound the alarm about the same time the first wave of Warriors cleared the pass at a run. When reinforcements arrived, the Outpost was taken, and now they had to dig the blighters out.
A powerful force of Warriors, led into battle by Nelson the Mutilith Vortex Beast, marched tirelessly through Blackfire Pass to assault a watchtower on the Old Dwarf Road, in the shadow of Karak Varn. Taking the Dwarfs by surprise, the brutal Chaos worshippers managed to kill the occupants of the outpost before being forced to face the oncoming reinforcements. Though the Dwarfs fought bravely, and the Lord himself gave his life in a challenge with the Chaos General, their might could not hold the unstoppable tide for long and the mighty warriors of the Chaos Gods crashed through the enemy, claiming the field, the Watchtower and killing their early warning before the message could be sent off.
Some ways away, to the north, a great host was on the move. The Skaven of Clan Skyre had mobilised their forces and were making a break through the Peak Pass, towards the Slayer Keep of Karak Kadrin. Fortunately, a host of another kind altogether was also using the pass. The forces of the Empire had mobilised upon hearing word of a threat forming in the mountains and were bringing their strength to bear to crush the enemy before they could gather to full power. The mountains shook to the sounds of the war drums as the two sides collide in bloody conflict.
The Skaven of clan Skyre marched in endless numbers through the Peak Pass, towards the Slayer Keep of karak-Kadrin. But before the Slayer King could raise his forces they were repelled by a mighty contingent from the Empire, braving the treacherous mountain pass with steam tank and troops to stop the advance before it had begun. Both sides fought a bloody and brutal conflict, but in the end Empire Armour was just too strong and the Skaven horde was forced to retreat back to their own lands.
It was meant to be an easy job, they said. Guard the Caravan they said. You're just running artillery, they said. They didn't say anything about fighting Daemon Princes, Chimera and Skullcrushers, that's for damn certain!
While the Dwarfs were attempting to reinforce the armaments at their fortress Zhufbar, on the banks of the Blackwater, another push by the forces of Destruction the Warriors of Chaos, led by their fierce Daemon Prince, managed to capture the artillery caravan and make off with it before they were stopped by a valiant charge by the Knights of Bretonnia who managed to halt the assault but at great cost, the Warriors gave many skulls for the skull throne this day before both sides quit the field.
The sounds of industry rang loud and proud across the Steppes of Kislev, while a natural sound within the Skavenblight and even within the kingdoms of the Dwarfs, this was a foreign sound to the more barbaric lands of Kislev. A force, sent to investigate the ruckus discovered a host of Skaven unearthing an old Monolith, buried by time and the brutal snows of the Steppes. They called to their allies for help, yet they were busy fighting their own wars, so they went to the next best thing...
With all the forces of Order defending against other pushes by the forces of Destruction, a fierce scurrying and burrowing could be heard across the steppes of Kislev as Skaven Forces hurriedly unearthed an accursed Monolith, thinking to use this in their further assaults. Answering the call for help (and with the bill in hand), Greasus Goldtooth rallied his Ogres to chase the invaders back into their homes and increase his gold piles. The Hoardmaster was successful in removing the encampment with the assistance of the Kislev Winged Lancers, although both armies were at the mercy of the elements; blinding snow making accurate firing of the Warp Lightning Cannons a nightmare. With the lands clear of Skaven, and the Kislev lighter of pocket, Greasus set up camp and held a great feast to their victory.
So the net result of all of this was that Order have gone from being the defender to the attacker, and the scenarios next week will reflect an Order offensive, driving the forces of Destruction back from whence they came. However, not without a price. The forces of Destruction may field a single additional Dwarven Grudge Thrower at no cost, and may choose to Pass on one of their team selections. (Who plays at which table is being handled the same as doing unit deployment for Battle Line). Let's also not forget the host of Warriors who managed to break the line. That's definitely going to cause some hurt.
Once again a huge thanks to The Dice Spot for hosting us, and all the players for participating. The scenarios fought (In order) were: Watchtower, Battle for the Pass, Battle for the Caravan (a custom scenario, featuring a Dwarven artillery caravan moving 6" per turn, directed by the player with the closest units. This honestly could use some work) and Purge the Steppes