We had a couple of very pleasing battles in Turn 9 of the Border Princes campaign, especially for me. Firstly, the Beastmen overturned a large advantage to massacre the High Elves in the forest of Section 40 then fought off a combined force of Bretonnians and Empire soldiers in even more improbable circumstances over the Old Silk Road. My luck can’t last.
Turn 10 begins with the alliance between the Orcs & Goblins and the Beastmen breaking down; the Beastlords and Warbosses just can’t keep such belligerent armies from fighting each other. As a result a couple of skirmishes break out around the Western banks of the Lower Thunder River with the Greenskins having a single banner advantage in the Eastern-most battle. The Empire continue their advance toward the North and East with one banner making as far as the Old Silk Road where it meets a force of Beastmen. Three banners of the rather static Bretonnians are available to support their allies in the Empire while the Beastmen, embroiled in a fresh war with the Orcs & Goblins, are unable to reinforce their position. Finally, the decimated High Elf armies struggle through the Northern mountain ranges.
At the end of the turn, an alliance of People with Pointy Ears is declared between the High Elves and the Beastmen, the latter of whom have clearly been watching too much of the Narnia films.
The banners that are currently identified are:
Bretonnians: Lord Guillaume L’Echec (crown symbol; currently in Malko), un-named Prophetess (chalice symbol; Section 58)
Orcs & Goblins: Un-named Goblin Warboss (chess knight symbol; currently fighting in Section 61); un-named Orc Big Boss (Orc head symbol; Section 93)
Empire: Two un-named Generals of the Empire (no symbol; currently fighting in the Old Silk Road and cavalry symbol (also includes Ludwig Schwarzhelm); section 85)
High Elves: No identified banners
Beastmen: Great Bray Shaman Brannick the Forlorn (cow symbol; The Warrens), Great Bray Shaman Black Angus (bull’s head symbol; fighting in the Old Silk Road (yet again))
Finally, for those interested, here are the scores at this stage (before any battles). The Empire and Beastmen will each gain a banner at the start of next turn regardless of combats, and the Beastmen could get another one depending on the results of the three battles (Old Silk Road and Sections 61 and 62). Orcs & Goblins are being pegged back a little in the South, but their gains in the North mean that there is no loss of banners due to good use of their forced march ability. Both the Bretonnians and High Elves remain static.
Empire: 27 points (23 territories, 1 of which is special); 9 banners
Beastmen: 27 points (23 territories, 1 of which is special); 8 banners
Orcs & Goblins: 21 points (17 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