Securing the Bridge was vital for orcish army: it was the only decent passage from Hinterlands to the Bretonnian Vale.
We made some changes to our campaign. There will be first small tournament in our area at the end of May with 1000p armies. So we wanted to try out some 1000p armies for the tournament and play with matched play rules and battleplans. Therefore we used no special abilites received in the campaign.
Battleplan: we started from the first: Take and Hold: if you have 5 models close to enemy and your own objective, you get major victory.
5 Grail Knights
8 Knights od the Realm
5 Freeguild Outriders
10 Freeguild Handgunners
1 Empire General (general)
1 Paladin Standard Bearer
1 Golgfag (masterwork pistol)
3 Maneaters (reroll 1s to hit and reroll 1 to wound from Golgfag)
3 Ogors with ironfist
3 Ogors with ironfist
20 Savage Arrowboys (general, Bellowing Tyrant)
1 Butcher (Talisman of Protection)
Orcs put down some points less, rolled on Triumph Table and got to reroll wounds. And I forgot it.
Pre-battle strategy: as I had less units, I wanted to go second, then move closer, shoot with arrowboys and then hope for double turn and charge into knights to keep them from charging. It seems the only reasonable strategy agains Bretonnians.
Turn 1: Orcs gave initiative to Bretonnia. Bretonnian Outriders are fast as birds - they moved 12, ran 6, shot my arrowboys and failed the charge by 2. Killed 2 arrowboys and 3 more fled. Other units moved forward just a bit. Freeguild Handgunner's chief missed with his 30" gun.
Turn 2: Arrowboys tried to move to cover, but Outriders blocked them, so all 15 could not fit into cover. All ogres moved forward with Rampaging Destroyers, then ran closer to enemy, putting all hopes on double turn. Arrowboys shot and killed one Grail Knight and one Knight of the Realm. Then charged into Outriders.
Turn 1: Double turn for orcs! Arrowboys shot, killed one Knights of the Realm, and with awful luck of dice 5 handgunners, then battled with Outriders. Butcher gave +1 to Ogors with cauldron and Mystic Shield. All Ogors moved closer with Rampaging Destroyers and Move, missed all their Shooting, then succeeded all charges. 1 unit charged to Knights of the Realm, second boosted Ogors to Grail Knights and finally Maneaters to Paladin Standard Bearer.
Then it turned all sour. Ogors missed most hits as always (despite having +1 to hit), those that hit were Saved. So they killed altogether 1 Knight of the Realm, 1 Grail Knight, and Paladin Standard Bearer. And lost 1 Ogor and one Maneater, second Maneater and Ogor were left to 1 wound.
And during battleshock it turned better again - Knights of the Realm lost 4 models to Battleshock, leaving only one (unfortunately the player forgot to reroll battleshock...), also the remaining Handgunners fled.
Turn 2: Bretonnians had no other choice than to carry on fighting. General charged into Golgfag but made only two wounds and got killed. Paladin killed Maneaters, Knights killed two Ogors. If I remember correctly Ogors could not kill even one lonely Knight of the Realm. Things were brightening up for Bretonnians.
Turn 1: Orcs won initiative again. Golgfag charged to Battle Mage, failed to kill him, Ogors missed most, but with arrowboys killed 2 Grail Knights. The lonely Knight of the Realm still survived, against 2 Ogors.
Turn 2: Battle Mage tried to heal Paladin, but failed. Grail Knights charged to Golgfag, leaving him on 1 wound. Paladin charged to Golgfag. Golgfag made 6 attacks, dividing attacks between 1 wound Paladin and two Grail Kinghts. And rolled five 1s! But one hit got through and killed the Paladin.
Turn 1: Orcs won initiative. Killed Outriders, Golgfag shot 2 Grail Knights. Here we called the game. Only later we realised, that it wasn't clear if orcs won minor or major victory, I didn't have 5 models around enemy objective. So I should have retreated from the only 1 wound Battle Mage, ran towards the objective with arrowboys and then killed the Mage.
SUMMARY: The problem from my side was lack of rend - Free Peoples Saves were all 4s or 3s. Ironfists were okay, I think I did altogether 2 mortal wounds. Maneaters were a disappointment - even hit/wound on 3s and rerolling 1s on both, they missed quite a lot and their Save 5 makes them a bit glass cannon. Arrowboys have more potential, but only with lot of boosting. The arrowboys should have been more in the back to avoid Outriders.
BATTLE BONUS: -