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Round 1: Opening Offensive Summary
« on: August 05, 2005, 04:29:12 PM »
It's been a hard four days' fighting and now the results have been processed for round 1, The Opening Offensive. As you will recall, participants were allowed to report any battle they wished this first round, including battles fought prior to launch! This - and several other factors - will change next round, so make sure you read the Round 2 information at the bottom of this post carefully.

Als as announced, a special modifier was introduced this round to cover for underrepresented factions. As it turns out, Talabecland and Stirland were practically equal in terms of battles reported (30-35 each), while the Middenland-Kislev alliance lagged behind at merely half that number! To compensate, all Middenland-Kislev scores have received a 100% modifier, putting them roughly at equal strength. This modifier, too, will be different in Round 2.


Quick Overview

The front between Talabecland and Kislev/Middenland remained eerily quiet, both forces keeping an eye on each other across the Talabec. In the East, the Wolves and Bears conducted a blistering offensive against the Uneasy Watchman, slaughtering the Stirlanders there convincingly. In the South, Stirland and Talabecland fought each other to a bloody draw - with Rhya's Sisters and Udo's Fall both becoming Contested, neither side will be able to push its advantage in the next round. Bechafen saw a determined attack by the Stirlanders fall just short of gaining the upper hand, but Graf Martin has certainly bought his troops an advantage in the heart of Ostermark.


Now on to the gritty figures!


Bechafen
Graf Martin ordered a sizeable attack on Bechafen, intending to quickly capture the crown of Ostermark. His men advanced on the town, ablaze with riots, and found themselves faced with an advance force of Kislevites and Middenlanders. Fierce battles erupted in the streets as Makari's scouts, woefully outnumbered, fought from cellars and alleys to make the Stirlanders pay dearly for every street they gained. By weight of numbers and several well-executed guerilla actions, however, Martin's troops managed to gain a strong foothold.

At the other end of the town, meanwhile, reports are coming in that troops in yellow and red are advancing upon the outskirts.


Talabecland gained 1750 points
Middenland/Kislev gained 750 points
Stirland gained 5600 points
The Riots increased by 750 points

Round 1 control rates:
Stirland: 5600
Talabecland: 1750
Middenland/Kislev: 750
Riots: 6625

Bechafen remains contested.


Fort Grigory
The second prong of Graf Martin's all-out offensive was directed at the Kislevite stronghold of Fort Grigory. Struggling across the Lower Talabec and straight into the guns for the fortress' redoubts, the Stirlanders were met by a perfectly measured defense of Kislevites and Middenlanders. Unable to force an advantage, the Stirlanders fell back to their bridgeheads at the river banks, awaiting reinforcements and siege equipment. When his messengers from the Uneasy Watchman returned, the Stirland general was horrified to find that the wagonburg had all but fallen to Middenlanders who had crossed the river a scant few miles from his own pontoons.

Middenland/Kislev gained 3100 points
Stirland gained 3900 points

Round 1 control rates:
Stirland: 3900
Talabecland: 0
Middenland/Kislev: 8100

Fort Grigory remains under Middenland/Kislev control.


The Uneasy Watchmen
Having sent most of his forces off on attacks along the entire front, Graf Martin woefully neglected to defended the ground which had been secured by his advance forces. A veritable horde of Middenlanders and Kislevites fell upon the Uneasy Watchman. Caught completely by surprise, the scant few Stirlander defenders were soon forced to abandon whole sections of their wagonburg, pulling the mobile defences into an ever closer circle during lulls in the fighting.
During the second day of the attack, a mounted force of Rakhovite patrolmen, led by their young female poruczic Natasja, broke through the wagonburg and ran amok in the headquarters and supply depots, slaughtering officers who had thought themselves safe and setting powder dumps off in spectacular explosions.
Routed, the surviving Stirlanders fell back with a handful of wagons which they deployed further south as a roadblock. Under the command of an inexperienced Captain, the small band prepared to make a desperate last stand and prayed to Sigmar with all their might for relief to be sent from the Höhleburg.


Middenland/Kislev gained 13,000 points
Stirland gained 400 points

Round 1 Control Rates:
Stirland: 5,400
Talabecland: 0
Middenland/Kislev: 13,000

The Uneasy Watchman is now CONTESTED by the Middenland/Kislev Alliance.


Udo's Fall
Marshall Gernot committed nearly half of his army to an attack on Udo's Fall in the opening days of the war. While children and old men spoke of the Wyrdstone riches to be found in that haunted crater, Gernot sees it exactly for what it is; the western anchor of Graf Martin's line, jump-off point for any attack on the Talabeclanders and possible gateway to the Höhleburg and Graf Martin's line of supply.
Under the personal command of the Marshall, the Talabeclanders drew up to the crater and began their march down its slopes. Gernot made good use of the loyal scouts he had recruited in Waldschmidt, using them to seek out the Stirlanders who had set up countless ambush positions and enfilade fires in the ruins of abandoned mining settlements. Slowly and methodically, the Talabeclanders attacked and defeated key positions in detail, cutting off many smaller garrisons, most of which surrendered without a fight when faced with the prospect of slow starvation in that eerie place.
Near the centre of the crater, at the third day of the attack, the Stirlanders finally responded in unison. Having noted the failure of his fixed defences, Graf Martin authorized his generals to conduct a mobile counter-attack. Gernot had known this rally would eventually occur, and fell back slightly to use the Stirlanders' own fortifications against them. Although the counter-attack was bloody indeed and scores of brave Stirlanders were torn apart by grapeshot while charging into Gernot's guns, they did manage to bring the Talabeclanders' advance to a halt. With most of Martin's forces committed to attacks elsewhere, however, the Stirlanders were unable to press their advantage and drive the Talabeclanders out.


Talabecland gained 13,000 points
Stirland gained 6,000 points


Round 1 Control Rates:
Stirland: 11,000
Talabecland: 14,600
Kislev/Middenland: 0

Udo's Fall is now CONTESTED by Talabecland.


Rhya's Sisters
Graf Martin was quite clear in his opening strategy - attack at every possible front. The bulk of his forces, however, were committed to Rhya's Sisters, seeking to strike a powerful blow against the Talabeclanders whom he despises as heretics. The Graf himself led the attack and found himself faced by a determined Talabeclander defense. From the very edge of the Great Forest his soldiers had to pay in blood for every yard of ground gained. His rival, Marshall Gernot, had personally overseen the construction of the deep defenses, and left them under the command of the able General Mauerlitz, known as "Der Mauer" for his tenacity on the defense.
The first line of resistance, about a mile into the Forest, held for two full days until Graf Martin, with typical bravado, personally led the Stirland Greatswords against the earthworks. The breach they struck was exploited by waves of halberdiers and only the wings of the Talabecland line were able to retreat in good order to the Sisters themselves.
Strung out at the end of a long line of supply, and with all available reinforcements caught up in attacks elsewhere, Martin led his Stirlanders into a brutal attack up the giant hill. Here he was met with murderous fire from artillery positions on the hillside and in the treelines, decimating the Greatswords and sending most of the Sylvanian levy fleeing in disarray. Seeing his attack falter, Martin grudgingly called the retreat, the Graf himself being the last Stirlander to leave the field in a square of Greatswords.
The Stirlanders fell back to the defenses at the forest's edge, and the Talabeclanders, too exhausted to pursue, managed to hold on to the hill itself.


Stirland gained 20,200 points
Talabecland gained 14,300 points.


Round 1 Control Rates:
Stirland: 20,200
Talabecland: 19,300
Middenland/Kislev: 0

Rhya's Sisters are now CONTESTED by Stirland.
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Offline General Helstrom

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Round 1: Opening Offensive Summary
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2005, 04:29:39 PM »
Round 2 details will be made available ASAP and the site will be updated later today!
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Don't know what Houdini bought when he went to the store
But I sure do miss the eighties

Offline General Helstrom

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Round 1: Opening Offensive Summary
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2005, 08:17:54 PM »
The site has been updated and round 2 is on - read up here!
I don't know what Caesar thought when he got to the Ides of March
Don't know what Houdini bought when he went to the store
But I sure do miss the eighties