After a single indecisive (but large) battle in the dead centre of the map, turn 9 of the Border Princes campaign has thrown up a host of battles with supporting banners all over the place. In the North, two High Elf banners make the first use of Fortifications to prepare themselves for the inevitable Beastmen assault, while a Bretonnian banner in Malko does the same (but is disappointed by the lack of callers). Other Beastmen movement includes a repeat assault on the Old Silk Road, a move which is reciprocated by the Bretonnians.
A contingent of Orcs and Goblins moves into the Northern section of the Central Blood River and find itself caught up in a battle with an Empire army with two supporting banners – Justinmatters decides just to flee without putting up a fight (boo, hiss!). Meanwhile, the Empire continue their march to the North and East intent on their stated goal of wiping the hated Beastmen from the Border Princes entirely.
Due to the close proximity of the battles around the Old Silk Road, the Beastmen have a choice of where to use their support. The High Elves in Section 40 already have a 320 point advantage (fortification plus support from the banner in Section 21) so I opt to just face them with a single banner. In the Old Silk Road that leaves the Beastmen with two supporting banners versus a host of Bretonnians (also with two supporting banners) and an allied contingent of Empire troops from Section 61.
The banners that are currently identified are:
Bretonnians: Lord Guillaume L’Echec (crown symbol; currently in Malko), un-named Prophetess (chalice symbol; fighting in the Old Silk Road)
Orcs & Goblins: Un-named Goblin Warboss (chess knight symbol; currently in Section 71); un-named Orc Big Boss (Orc head symbol; currently in Section 96)
Empire: Two armies with un-named Generals of the Empire (cannon symbol; currently in Section 62 and cavalry symbol (also includes Ludwig Schwarzhelm); currently in section 92)
High Elves: No identified banners
Beastmen: Great Bray Shaman Brannick the Forlorn (cow symbol; fighting in Section40), Great Bray Shaman Black Angus (bull’s head symbol; fighting in the Old Silk Road)
Finally, for those interested, here are the scores at this stage (before any battles involving High Elves, Bretonnians and the Beastmen, but after the flight of the Orcs and Goblins). The Orcs & Goblins and Beastmen will gain an extra banner at the start of next turn regardless of the results of any combat (the Beastmen could gain two if they manage to win both battles). The High Elves will gain a banner if they hold at Section 40 and the Bretonnians will also gain one if they hold the Old Silk Road at the second time of asking.
Empire: 24 points (20 territories, 1 of which is special); 7 banners
Orcs & Goblins: 23 points (19 territories, 1 of which is special); 6 banners
Beastmen: 23 points (19 territories, 1 of which is special); 6 banners
Bretonnians: 21 points (12 territories, 1 of which is Malko); 4 banners
High Elves: 16 points (12 territories, 1 of which is special); 4 banners