The Battle of K’Tesh

The following battle took place over 4 day’s with two of the day’s having very little game time but as the game position was saved in Skull Cleaver picking the game up each day was very easy.

The narrative is a tidied version of the notes I took as the game was played. A note on reinforcements, rather than leave the program to determine when and where they would arrive I decided that reinforcements would arrive at regular intervals at random points on each side of the field.

The gallery is at the end of the text, so you can skip to the bottom if you would rather just see the pix 😀

Battle starts at 07:00 each bound is 10 minutes game time.

Skamgut approaches from the east with his formation of Rat Spear.

Eric has deployed his guns west of the road behind a ploughed field with the cavalry to each side.


Eric’s cavalry manoeuvre wide to gain position while his guns pound the oncoming  rats.


A formation of Ratguard Musketeers enters the battlefield from the south lead by Skarsnik and the first battalion deploys into line.


A formation of Dwarves enters from the north west and marches down the road.


Eric’s Light Cavalry wheel and move off away from the Rat Muskets.

Eric’s Guns continue to pound the Rat spears


The Rat spear formation continues to advance as does the Rat Muskets.


The Dwarves double-timed it down the road to join Eric’s light cav..

Eric’s guns once again pound the Rat spears.


The Dwarves march off the field, there will be a reckoning!

Also leaving the field is one of the Rat Musket battalions


With the treachery of the Dwarves Eric’s position is not looking good, the Rats are moving forward and there is little he can do to stop them – other than order the guns to fire again, this time at one of the rat musket battalions



One battalion of Rats enters the field from the west almost behind Eric’s gun position.

From the north west The Emperor Xarl IV and a mixed formation including cannon enter the field.


The Rats continue to move forward as the Empire try to form a line of battle.

The a Rat battalion in the centre attempt to charge Eric’s Light cavalry who counter charge.

Eric’s guns once again strike out, this time at the Rat musket battalion forming to their front and inflict 20 losses.


The Imperial High Guard shoot at the rats advancing on the medium cavalry in the centre and inflict 33 losses


The Rat  spear battalion  and Eric’s light cavalry both charge home


The Rat Spear battalion on the extreme left of the rat line deserts!

Xarl receives information that the Elves will not be joining the battle!


In spite of everything the Rats continue to advance, The Spears on the Rat right once again attempt charge into Eric’s light cavalry but fail, on the Rat left the empire crossbows have formed a line and are attempting to entrench.

The empire artillery newly arrived are loading, the heavy cavalry are moving to support Eric’s cavalry as is the Imperial Household infantry that are moving down the road.

Eric’s light cavalry fire into the spear phalanx inflicting 13 losses, 11 more are inflicted by the High Guard.

The Medium cavalry fire into a Rat battalion inflicting 3 losses.

Eric’s cannon fire shrapnel into the Rat muskets, inflicting 11 losses.



Rat reinforcements fly in from the south – Vultures

The imperial Crossbow are still preparing their entrenchments

The Rat line attempts to charge Eric’s med cavalry, and fail.

The Rat spear battalion advances across the ploughed field without disorder.

The Rat muskets fire upon the imperial crossbow and inflict 30 casualties.

The another battalion of Rat muskets fire upon Eric’s guns and inflict 2 losses while taking 21 themselves.

The High guard once again target the (red) spear unit inflicting 34 losses on them while the medium cavalry inflict a further 4.

The imperial light cannon target the Rat unit crossing the field inflicting 21 losses.

The magician Zular fires a lightening bolt into the other Rat muskets inflicting 21 losses



The (green) Rat musket unit fall back.

The Rat artillery finally arrive.


The Empire forces hold their positions.

Eric’s guns and the newly arrived rat artillery exchange barrages, with the rats suffering 1 loss.


The rat (blue) muskets and the vultures target the crossbows inflicting 83 losses



The Ogres have arrived, they got so lost they have entered the field form the NE and the Knights of the Court move to intercept them.

The High Guard moved to harry the Rat Artillery while the Vultures moved to intercept the High Guard!


The rat grand battery opened fire on the Imperial light guns destroying 3 of them for the loss  of 1 rat gun.


The Rat muskets (blue) fired on the crossbow inflicting 37 losses.


The Vultures and High Guard Wheel and Turn in the skies above the battlefield only to both disappear into the distance.


Eric’s med cavalry charge the rats who rout and retreat the cavalry follow up only to be met by the shrapnel from the rat grand battery and are completely destroyed.


The rat muskets charge the crossbow who fight them off from behind their entrenchments forcing the rats back in disorder.



Skreechnor has finally arrived as has the empire general Osric the Stout.

The imperial heavy cavalry are hit in the flank by a lightning bolt and suffer 3 losses



The imperial light artillery rout from the field.

The imperial heavy cavalry charge the Ogres who stand their ground.

The Rat Muskets renew their fire fight with the imperial crossbow inflicting 20 losses on the crossbow while taking 26 in return

The Rat artillery switched targets and took out both the empire wizards together with 120 crossbowmen

Eric’s guns fired back taking out another 2 rat guns while the empire heavy cavalry where struck in the flank by a lightning bolt suffering a further 5 losses during their charge.

The Rat muskets (blue) fall back with fatigue to recover while the imperial crossbow fall back exhausted



The empire heavy cavalry are stopped in their tracks, the empire pike formation is hit in the flank by the rat artillery and severely shaken.



Two huge melee’s have developed one in the centre and on the rats left.

The imperial heavy cavalry fall back after taking heavy losses


News that the final group of empire reinforcements will be delayed has reached Xarl.

The imperial pike have finally broken and fled the field leaving Xarl with no option but to order a general retreat covered by Osric’s force and Eric’s remaining light cav.

Leaving the Rats in command of the field and victors after 21 bounds!!

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