Vampire Counts vs. High Elves


Location: Winterfell
Date played: 14. toukokuuta 2015


- 2400 point game

- Fixed battleline. No roll for scenario

- Warhammer Rulebook 8th, official FAQ v 1.9 ( 50% characters)

- Warhammer: High Elves 8th

- Warhammer: Vampire Countss 8th

- Public Lists

- Proxies allowed, no wysiwyg

- No End Times rules

I made the list for my opponent as this was his second game ever.

LORE: Second Battle of Tordenham

Loriel was at his command tent planning the next move when all of a sudden messenger came with rush. Loriel took the message and when he red it he couldn't stand up. He sat down and pressed hi hand over his head. "Those poor elves..." He whispered. No one dared to ask what had happened, all of his advisor and commanders holded and waited for Loriel to say something. Finally Loriel broke the akward silence and stand up. "Ready my forces immediately. We march to Tordenham before the first dawn light touches the ground."- Elardis, Loriels personal Battle Standard bearer asked what happened. "All of Seregnirs army has being destroyed by another Vampire Lord..." Elardis turned grey asked how that is possible. "It doesn't matter, in order to survive here we need to make sure our support lines are not interrupted...

Vampire Counts

General: Mikumi

  • Lord
  • VL Infantry (Character), Vampire Lord
    General, Level 4 Lore of Vampire, Armor of Destiny, Dispel Scroll, Redfury, Additional Hand Weapon
    454 points
  • Hero
  • WK Infantry (Character), Wight King
    Shield, Great Weapon
    119 points
  • Core
  • Ghoul 40 Infantry, Grypt Ghouls
    410 points
  • DW1 5 Warbeast, Dire Wolves
    40 points
  • DW2 5 Warbeast, Dire Wolves
    40 points
  • Zomb 50 Infantry, Zombies
    Banner, Musician
    160 points
  • Special
  • CC Chariot, Corpse Cart
    120 points
  • FB 2 Warbeast, Fell Bat
    32 points
  • GG 40 Infantry, Grave Guard
    Full Command, Great Weapon, Banner of the Barrows
    560 points
  • H 5 Cavalry, Hexwraith
    150 points
  • Vargh 3 Monsterous Infantry, Vargheist
    138 points
  • Rare
  • V Monster, Varghulf
    175 points
  • Total: 2398 points

High Elves

General: Loriel

  • A Infantry (Character), Archmage
    Level 4. Lore of High Magic, Book of Hoeth, Golden Crown of Atrazar, Fencer's Blades
    320 points
  • AoA Infantry (Character), Annointed of Asuryan
    Giant Blade, Enchanted Shield
    275 points
  • Hero
  • BSB Infantry (Character), Noble
    BSB, Dragon armor, Fury ring, Shield of Merwyrm
    145 points
  • Core
  • ER1 5 Cavalry, Ellyrian Reavers
    80 points
  • ER2 5 Cavalry, Ellyrian Reavers
    80 points
  • SH 9 Cavalry, Silver Helms
    207 points
  • S 25 Infantry, Spearmen
    Full Command
    255 points
  • Special
  • PG 20 Infantry, Phoenix Guard
    Full Command War Banner
    365 points
  • WL 27 Infantry, White Lions
    Full Command, Banner of the World Dragon
    431 points
  • Rare
  • FP Monster, Frosthearth Phoenix
    240 points
  • Total: 2398 points


Terrain was randomized as BRB 8th page 142, I won the first terrain placement pick and order was following:

- Pond (Mysterious River)

- Elven Waystone

- Swamp

- Banestone

- Sinister Statue

- Ghost Fence

I won the table edge choice and first deployment rolls. Deployment order was following:

- White Lions

- Zombies

- Reavers (right)

- Corpse Cart

- Reavers (left)

- Vargheists

- Silver Helms

- Grave Guards

- Spearmen

- Direwulfs (Right)

- Phoenix Guard

- Direwolfs (left)

- Helf Characters

- Rest of Vampires

My Archmage generated ( 1 , 1 , 4 , 6 ) I swapped tempest to Drain Magic and chose hand of glory.

His Vampire Lord generated ( 1 , 3 , 3 , 6 ) He swapped Wind of Death to invication and chose Hellish Vigour

My opponent won the vanguard roll and moved Hex Wraiths first.

I won the first turn roll.

Turn 1 - High Elves

MAGIC: Winds of Magic 3+2, no channels

- Drain Magic 1 PD ( 10 )

- Apotheosis 1 PD ( 8 )

- Upgraded Hand of Glory to White Lions 3 PD ( 15 ), 3 DD dispel failed. Increased stats by 1


Both Silver Helms and Phoenix finished their opponents right on and reformed.

Turn 1 - Vampire Counts

Passed terror test but chose to flee. 1 Reaver died due dangerous terrain test. Varghulf failed charge.

MAGIC: Winds of Magic 6+5, no channels

- Upgraded Dance Macabre 4 PD ( 17 ) passed

- Upgraded Gaze of Nagash to Reavers 4 PD ( 20 ) passed, so high roll so I decide to trust my chances

- Hellish Vigour 3 PD, 6 DD dispel

Turn 2 - High Elves

I tried long charge to Zombies with Phoenix Guard. Phoenix failed march test so it couldn't move much.

MAGIC: Winds of Magic 6+2, +1 PD

- Drain Magic 3 PD ( 16 ) -> 4 DD failure

- Apotheosis 2 PD ( 12 rr+2 )

- Upgraded Hand of Glory 3 PD ( 18 rr+2)

- Fury Ring 1 PD ( 5 ) 2 DD dispel


White Lions vs. Grypt Ghouls

- Lion champion called for challenge and Grypt Ghoul ghast took it. Neither of them did wounds on challenge.

- Annointed did 2 wounds, Archmage did 1.

- Vampire Lord failed to do single wound due ward saves

- White Lions 21 attacks, 14 hits and 9 wounds

- Grypt Ghouls directed all attacks to unit. 36 attacks, 16 hits / 7 poison, total 13 wounding hits, 10 after (5+) armor saves and 5 after (3++) ward

- I won the combat by 9 and total 21 Ghouls died.

My opponent attempted combat reform but couldn't roll snake eyes.


- I really didn't "understand" that corpse cart is actually chariot that does impact hits and even str 4 is bad for us elves ;)

Turn 2 - Vampire Counts

Zombies couldn't make the charge when Corpse cart was in front of them so corpse cart charged and it was at the flank of Reavers. ( I said to my opponent that I probably should just flee with reavers and cause failed charge for his zombies, but I didn't do it). Varghulf failed march test.

MAGIC: 1+1, +1 PD +1 DD

- Invication of Nehek 3 PD ( 17) 2 DD failed dispel, 7 ghouls and 8 zombies risen


Corpse cart impact hits killed all of the reavers.

White Lions vs. Grypt Ghouls / Zombies

- Lion Champion killed the ghouls champion without overkill

- Annointed did 3 wounds and Archamge did 1 wound.

- Vampire Lord originally did 3 wounds and with Red Fury another 1 wound (total 4)

- White Lions did 1 wound to zombies and 15 attacks, 8 hits and 7 wounded Grypt ghoul

- He directed maximum 9 attacks to Mage and he managed to do exact 3 poisons, but I saved them all with crown 2+ and after that with 3+ ward

- Zombies failed to do any wounds

- I lost the combat, but managed to hold due stubborn. My opponent reformed both of his units zombies to gain more attacks as zombies had only clipping charge and vampire to hunt for my archmage


- I told to my opponent that one of the most important things he should attempt is to ruin Phoenix guard charge. Unfortunately Varghulf failed march test and fell bats were simple too far away. I told him that many times when vc players charge zombies in to combat it might ruin them completely allthough in this particular battle zombies will prove worthwhile.

Turn 3 - High Elves

Sinister Statue damaged Phoenix and killed one Silver Helm. I managed to charge with Phoenix Guard and Frosth Phoenix to zombies and with Reavers to rear of the Grypt Ghouls.

MAGIC Winds of Magic: 5+4 +1 PD

- Drain Magic 3 PD ( 16 )

- Apotheosis 2 PD ( 13 rr +2) dispelled with 6 PD

- Upgraded Hand of Glory 4 PD, Dispel Scrolled


- White Lion champion called for challenge and Vampire Lord was "forced" to take it. Against all odds Lion champion survived with 5+ ward saves

- Annointed did 3 wounds

- Reavers did 2 wounds

- Phoenix guard+noble had 18 attacks / 14 hits / 12 wounds zombies

- White Lions did 2 wounds to zombies and 8 wounds to grypt ghouls.

- Frost Hearth phoenix did 2 wounds with regular attacks and 4 with thunder stomps

- Ghouls maximed attacks to Archmage and did 2 poisonois wounds to him. Ghouls did 4 wounds to white lions

- Zombies failed to do single wound

- My opponent lost the combat by something like 30 - 35 so all of including Vampire Lord died due crumble. As result Corpse cart even with reroll and -1 was destroyed. Fell bats received 1 wound.


- Those Phoenix Guards were diamond. They did 12 wounds, gave 3 rank bonus, +3 banners (bsb, banner, warbanner), disruption (effective -3) and +1 charge. Effective 22 combat resolution.

- This battle was the rare one where I truly missed of having extra caster for either more ward save or more spells to use. Level 2 support to give miasma etc, would have being really interesting addition for this particular situation.

LORE: Loriel was badly wounded by ghouls infectios bites and the blood thirsty Vampire Lord forced his way right next to exalted asur champion. Loriel knew that he couldn't do much against the fierce vampire. He heard how the beast taunted him "I will suck your blood!". The silent Annointed of Asuryan was too occupied to protect his commander. Loriel allready fell to the ground and while the Vampire Lord laughed and raised his swords for final blow a young promising champion of the White Lions dashed and pushed the Vampire away. The fierce beast only laughed when he launched a flurry of blades. Loriel crawled little bit farther away, but he saw how the magical Shield of Saphery blocked each of the Vampire Strikes. Loriel almost lost his concience, when he saw "Leo The Untouchable" blocking the final blow of the vampire before the lord was crumbled to dust. "Leo..." Loriel said with weak voice...

Turn 3 - Vampire Counts

Grave Guards tried to charge to phoenix guard, but distance was too long.


- Vargulf directed all attacks to BSB and killed him. additionally 1 phoenix guard was killed by stomp, but I did couple wounds and the static resolution was simple too much.

- All vargheist was killed before they could swing. (we rolled just for kicks if one would survived and the Mage would have being killed.


- My opponent had a real chance of ending the game with this turn. If those grave guards would have managed to complete the charge they would have most likely break those Phoenix Guards and possible overrun to the rear of white lions, and got another turn of combat. In addition my phoenix couldn't come to aid in next turn due facing and Silver Helms would have most likely being too far away.

Turn 4 - High Elves

(Picture is little off, but Silver Helms couldn't charge the grave guards)

MAGIC: Winds of Magic 4+3, no channels

- Apotheosis 3 PD ( 21 ) healed Archmage

- Upgraded hand of Glory to Phoenix Guard 4 PD (20) Dispelled with irrestible force


- Phoenix guards did 4 wounds and received 6

- Frost hearth did total 2 wounds combined with thunder stomps.

- My opponent directed all attacks he could to Frostie and did 3 wounds leaving the birdea with only 1 wound.

Turn 4 - Vampire Counts


- My phoenix guard did over the top 7 wounds

- Frostie did also tons of damage.

- My opponent wanted to make sure that frostie dies and directed maximun number of attacks to it. He killed the birdie with 2 excess wounds. When the frostie died reavers paniced and ran off board. only 3 Phoenix guard was killed

Turn 5 - High Elves

MAGIC: Winds of Magic 3+1

- Drain magic 2 PD (13)

- Apotheosis 1 PD (10)

- Hand of Glory to Phoenix Guard 1 PD ( 10 ) failed dispel with 3 dices.


- My annointed one shotted Wight King and with the combination attacks from Silver Helms, Phoenix Guard and White Lions only 1 grave guard survived to strike back, before he was deadened.

GAME ENDED High Elven victory 2650 - 645

This was really good game and I think my opponent had really chance of winning the battle. Those big multiple battles are really fun to play. For the second game ever I think my opponent played quite good eventhough his left flank was little mistake.

LORE: Knowledge of High Magic managed to seal all the festering wounds and when the battle was over Loriel had only couple white scars to remind him how close of eternal sleep he was. They needed to make sure every dead stays dead. A huge pyre was builded and all the dead was burned to ashes. Loriel watched the flames and smoke. Some say that fire didn't reflect from his eyes. How many needs to die before there is peace, he asked him self. Later that night during a grand feast hosted by Tordenhams people Loriel didn't stay with the other nobles, but ventured to the commons festival. Laughter and music seized when Loriel entered the tents. All standed up and saluted properly. Loriel commanded all to ease up, but the mood was tense. Loriel seeked out the champion of the White Lions. Loriel remembered that he saw Leo, but the young elf didn't look anything like Leo. He was youngest White Lion ever to raise as Champion and was named Ilmyr. Loriel jumped on top of table and said "Meet Ilmyr Shield in Darkness!" All hailed the Shield!

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