A couple of us decided to do a large Mighty Armies game with five armies per side. Though MA works great for a quick 30 minute game, sometimes a large battle, taking a little longer is nice as well. The great think about MA is it works well for large scale battles as well as small.
The forces of evil were primarily dark elves (basic boxed set, border guard, and a random mixture with cavalry) with some wolf clan warriors on one flank and a savage orc force on the other. We wanted to try a variety of army types so the savage orcs had only 9 units but a very tough group of six, forming the core of the army. The wolf clan is very quick but does not have a lot of heavy hitters.
|Dark Elf Border Force|
|Dark Elves w/ Cavalry Command|
|Dark Elf Force|
The forces of light were all of the woodland variety with woodsmen, Wyldewood, Oakheart, wood elves, and gnomes forming the large army.
|Wyldewood and Woodsmen|
|Gnomes and Wood Elves|
The forces of light won the initiative and let the evil armies set up first. After seeing the placement, the FoL set up in such a way as to put double pressure on one of the dark elf armies, since the slow moving orc force was a bit further away. After each side placed their scouts, the game began.
|The Battle Lines Ready Themselves|
Not surprisingly, both sides sent forces to deal with the scouts. The FoE sent a block of six against the woodland scouts (dryads and halfling rangers). Much to the dark elves dismay, they did not hit any of the scouts but the scouts slowly whittled down the block. In retrospect, the block of dark elves should have charged after the first round of bowfire. The woodlanders sent two fast moving halfling bounder units to deal with the dark elf scouts and after losing a stand charged them and then finished them off with halfling militia.
|Dark Elf Group Approaching Woodland Scouts|
|Dark Elf Scouts with Halfling Bounders Charging|
|The Scouts Get Finished Off|
Over the course of several turns and each side having some poor command rolls, the dark elves in the center largely lost against the woodsmen, Wyldewood, Oakheart and the wood elves. The dark elf groups could only really ever beat the woodsmen cavalry but other forces were there to keep them from taking advantage of the win.
|The Lines Move Together|
|And From the Other Flank|
|The Woodsmen Cavalry Prepares to Charge|
|Forces Continue to Maneuver|
|From the Other Side|
|And Some Run Away|
|The Forces of Wyldewood Seize Control of the Field|
|Brother Against Brother|
|Trouble for the Dark Elves|
|Oakheart Moves to Crush the Middle|
On the right flank, the gnomes and wolf clan traded casualties with some highlights, including a summoned mushroom unit charging a flank, the catapult slowly moving into position, quick moving wolf cavalry getting shot up, and the main gnome line having to run away.
|Wolf Clan vs. Gnomes|
|The Battle Lines Prepare to Fight|
All in all, a very fun battle with the forces of light ultimately winning.