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WarbossKurgan
03-10-2006, 11:19
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Kap’n Mogrum stood on the deck of Da Hogwasha as it pitched in the Pirate’s Current, north east of Sartosa. This was more like it – no sneaking about on land with only one kannon this week! A sturdy ship, a well armed and vicious crew and a full broadside: that’s the way to fight an action! He absentmindedly scratched at the scars on his cheek – you could still make-out the hoof-prints there.

The wind was up making these waters even more treacherous than normal, but there was something else amiss in the air. He was sure he kept getting a whiff of something strange. Something that should never be smelled at sea: an odd combination of dry parchment, oils and dust, with a hint of decay about it too.

He couldn’t get too worried about it though – his First Mate, Grognog, was bellowing orders at the crew (as usual he’d had far too much to drink again) and the Boyz were scurrying about deck while trying not to get washed overboard.

“Sail ho, to leeward!” came the voice of the look-out Grot.

Mogrum fished out his telescope and stomped over to the windward side of the ship. Scanning the horizon he finally saw the top of a mast. He could not make out a flag but after a minute of study through his spy-glass he turned to his Mate.

“Hard about Mr Grognog, if ye please” said the Kap’n with a look of maniacal glee in his one good eye. “We have a rendezvous with a hold full o’ treasure!”

~~~

As Da Hogwasha closed on the vessel the lookout called down again – it was a Khemrian War-Dhow with a huge eye of Ra symbol on the mail sail.

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WarbossKurgan
03-10-2006, 11:20
Kap’n Mogrum looked at the skies: the wind was a steady northerly and the Khemrian was away to the east. Neither vessel had the weather-gauge, so he was sure that the enemy had seen Da Hogwasha no sooner than the Orcs had sighted them. With the wind abeam both vessels they closed quickly. The lookout called down “Tis The Scythe of Ra sir!”

As the Khemrian came in to range Mogrum ordered the helm put hard to port and brought the full power of the Orcish guns to bear: “Fire!” came the bellowed order, closely followed by two deep booms and one thunderous crack. The quarter-deck gun exploded, killing its crew and sending red-hot fragments of metal zipping across the deck!

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As the smoke cleared Mogrum saw two good hits on the Scythe’s main deck! The Khemrian artillery answered but their shots fell either side of Da Hogwasha’s prow in great plumes of white water. Kap’n Mogrum and a few of the more experienced Ladz chuckled. The Orc Pirates put the helm over to starboard again and the gun crew frantically re-loaded and ran out to port.

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The wind changed: it dropped off for a moment then picked up just as hard from the opposite direction. Mogrum felt it but it made no odds for now. The two ships were within pistol-shot of each other now. The Orc guns fired again but they mis-timed their shots and fired on the rise. Both balls whooshed over the Khemrian crews’ heads.

The Scythe turned to port and made to ram! Both the mates cried “Brace!” at the same time and the Khemrian’s prow crashed into the foc’sle of the Pirate! Timbers groaned and splintered – any faster and the Scthye may have torn itself to drift-wood!

“Yaaarrrr! That’s more like it! Have am ‘em Boyz!” called the Kap’n but he hardly needed to.

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The fearful living-dead crew of the Scythe hurled grapples onto the Pirate then followed them over the gunwales to be met head-on by a wall of green flesh and steel, and the stench of cheap rum. The Orc Pirates beat off the boney boarders and chased them back onto their own deck! Second mate Keel’aul shouted “With me, ya dogs!” and lept across the gap – only to mis-step and fall between the ships! He disappeared into the deep. The other Boyz in his watch did far better and a good half-dozen fought their way on board.

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Mogrum ran the length of Da Hogwasha, eager to get in on the fight, but so did the Khemrian Captain – Tomb Prince Pharothep himself! The Prince’s great weapon made short work of the Orc boarding party but for now the Pirates still had the upper hand through weight of numbers. Mogrum jumped across to the Scthye, but he must have slipped on the same spilled grog as Keel’aul – he went down in a cloud of bubbles and didn’t come up again.

WarbossKurgan
03-10-2006, 11:21
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The Orcs cut loose and shoved off, trying to bring their guns into action again. The cannon in the waist fired but only put a hole in the Scythe’s railings. The wind changed again, coming from the west, astern of the Hogwasha so the Khemrians had to fight against it to come alongside the Pirates again.

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Prince Pharothep lept across as the skeletal sailors grappled the Orc ship again. The Goblin powder-monkeys bravely ran forward and charged the horrible hero, but they were cruelly slain. That was it – the final straw! The Orcs threw back the Tomb-Guard who tried to follow their Prince and fell upon Pharothep with cries of “No Quarter!” and “Kill dat evul git!”. They hacked him to the deck then kept on hacking him till they realised they were just hitting a pile of bandages and armour!

As they looked up, slightly confused, they saw the rest of the Scythe’s crew crumble to dust!

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~~~

After fishing Mogrum and Keel’aul out of the briny, and pouring a whole bottle of the nastiest grog they could find down their throats, the Pirates made a thorough search of the Scythe of Ra and found a suitably large haul of tomb-goods: gold, jewels, strangely shaped animal statues and jars of unpleasant jam (which they later threw overboard when they were told what kind of “jam” it actually was!). Not a bad lot of booty – more than enough to buy a new cannon and repair the ship! A good day’s work!

The drunken celebration lasted well into the following week.

Yaaarrrr!

Neknoh
03-10-2006, 11:34
AYE!

A victarrry farr da Pirateys!! YARR!

Nicely done report, though I believe the ending would've been better if the boyz had looked up only to find a few bandages moving across the deck, drifted by the wind.

And I so totally NEED those rules!

Griefbringer
03-10-2006, 11:48
Arrrrr me ladz!

Almost makes me want to go out and convert a bunch of freebootin' orc pirates and their ship (with plenty of snotlings and goblins running around)!

strv
03-10-2006, 11:49
Ahahaha! That's so good!

Well written, and nice minis.

Tutore
03-10-2006, 12:04
Well written! It is still not clear how the brave orc pirates managed to kill the dreaded tomb king, but I enjoyed the story!

WarbossKurgan
03-10-2006, 12:10
Well written! It is still not clear how the brave orc pirates managed to kill the dreaded tomb king, but I enjoyed the story!

It was a Tomb Prince and they chopped him with choppas. A lot! He only had a 6+ save and they were S4 on the charge. I rolled a lot of 6s.

Clear now? :D

Tutore
03-10-2006, 12:40
It was a Tomb Prince and they chopped him with choppas. A lot! He only had a 6+ save and they were S4 on the charge. I rolled a lot of 6s.

Clear now? :D

Yessss thanks! Great job! Another prince bites the dust! And joins it :)

WarbossKurgan
03-10-2006, 13:08
Hehehe!


Arrrrr me ladz!

Almost makes me want to go out and convert a bunch of freebootin' orc pirates and their ship (with plenty of snotlings and goblins running around)!
What do you mean "Almost"?

Jump to it matey! :p

spikedog
03-10-2006, 13:35
What a fantastic read.

Lovely models and good use of the photoshop smudge/blur tool for water!

I demand to see/read more!

WarbossKurgan
03-10-2006, 13:47
good use of the photoshop smudge/blur tool for water!

:D You got me there! It was played on a cityfight board that had square edges everywhere!

Without any photoshoppery:
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I demand to see/read more!
I don't know when the next naval game will be, but it won't be long - the ship-yards of Sartosa are working at full capacity!

DarkAngel74
03-10-2006, 15:23
We will have our revenge! Greenskin savage!!!

-a Tomb King general...

Griefbringer
03-10-2006, 15:32
What do you mean "Almost"? Jump to it matey! :p

I think I have enough of other stuff to do (including finishing up two ships that I have been building), and for piratical sorts I think I would do the Marienburg Marines Freebooting Division before any orcies, however interesting they are.

Hmmm, I can already see a snotling dressed up as a parrot...

WarbossKurgan
03-10-2006, 15:46
I think I have enough of other stuff to do (including finishing up two ships that I have been building)
I wanna see pics when they're done!


Hmmm, I can already see a snotling dressed up as a parrot...
I already have a "Squiggot" in the army, but I like the idea!

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Oh yeah, and there's a Gnoblar dressed as a parrot on the Pirate Maneater's shoulder! :)

Keller
03-10-2006, 17:11
Great read!

I always wanted to get into WH Naval. I built a table, but the group lost interest before anyone got any ships together to play. Maybe soon I can get em all back into it.

robertsjf
03-10-2006, 17:16
What book is the naval rules in? I'm feeling inspired...

truthsayer
03-10-2006, 18:24
Aaaarrr, a great read so it waaagh. I think you should grab the pirate maneater for the 'boss' of one of the orc ships. That would be good to see.

Griefbringer
03-10-2006, 18:51
What book is the naval rules in? I'm feeling inspired...

General's Compendium. Go and buy one while you can - it is really inspiring book!

SisterMordagg
03-10-2006, 23:14
Truly amazing. I give it a 10/10

Slann mage Tokes
04-10-2006, 06:47
Truly awesome. Great Green sea battles rule. Cool Khermi ship.

WarbossKurgan
04-10-2006, 10:03
I always wanted to get into WH Naval. I built a table, but the group lost interest before anyone got any ships together to play. Maybe soon I can get em all back into it.

There were rumblings about building warhammer ships about a year ago, but nothing happened. Then 7th edition came out and I started a campaign, which had a Pirate theme because more than a few people in Flame On are somewhat obsessed with saying Yaaarrr!

Naturally a Pirate campaign set on Sartosa lead to much talk of sea battles and then ship-building. And here we are!

Yaaaarrr!

Keller
05-10-2006, 17:48
There were rumblings about building warhammer ships about a year ago, but nothing happened. Then 7th edition came out and I started a campaign, which had a Pirate theme because more than a few people in Flame On are somewhat obsessed with saying Yaaarrr!

I'll have to try to get the group into the ships again. It can't be that hard to make a boat or two, so they shouldn't be totally against it. If they decide its not so much fun to play, they won't have lost a huge investment, like starting an entire new game system.


By the way, has anyone tried playing the naval battles using Mordhiem rules instead of WHFB Skirmish? It seems if you kept to small vessels, or just scaled mordhiem up, you could have a rather nice fighting-campaign with the addage of moving terrain in the way of boats. It doesn't seem like it would be hard to mesh the games together; you'd just have to find a way to cost boats and upgrades into the system.

WarbossKurgan
06-10-2006, 08:49
http://www.specialist-games.com/assets/MordEMP1.pdf
http://www.specialist-games.com/assets/MordEMP2.pdf

"Empire in Flames" for Modheim has a small boats section!


This covers small rowing boats through to
large river barges. Note that these are very
basic rules to cover small skirmishes on the
rivers of the Empire, a more inclusive set of
rules to cover ocean-going ships is currently
in development.

:)

Keller
06-10-2006, 23:24
Excellent! Maybe after we finish our current WHFB campaign I can get this on the table to try it out.

Thanks!