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PostSubject: Grubnoze butchery franchise opening up in Mordheim   Grubnoze butchery franchise opening up in Mordheim Icon_minitimeFri 1 Apr 2022 - 18:51

Hello!


I've been playing Mordheim on-and-off for many years (you can find some old threads from me), mostly with Witch Hunters.
Recently, I had the pleasure of finding a group of Mordheim enthusiasts in my gaming group, so a new campaign was started. Although I loved playing my Witch Hunters, it was time for a change; and settled for Ogre Maneaters! But plain, vanilla ogres wouldn't do. I wanted a band of butchers, so Grubnoze's butcher boyz were born. Because I wanted to take a more narrative approach, I thought it's cool to write some background and keep track of my warbands progress. I hope to do just that with a thread on this forum. Some games have already been played a couple of week ago, so I intend to focus my first posts on the background of my warband and the past games.


My starting warband consists of
  • Lil' Grubnoze - master butcher (ogre captain) with cleaver and lookout gnoblar
  • Silent Red - hired hunter (mountain guide) with ogre club and harpoon launcher
  • Olflab - butcher apprentice (youngblood) with sword and iron fist
  • Horth - butcher apprentice (youngblood) with ogre club



Lil' Grubnoze, last in the line of generations of Grubnoze butchers. He lost his right leg at right after being born. His mother was annoyed by his birth-cries and decided to give him a good reason to cry. A talented meatman, but desparate in wanting to please his mother. His latest attempt took him to Mordheim with the dream of opening his own butcher shop. He is insecure about his weight.

Red advertises himself as a stealthy hunter, but all who hired him, know this is a blatant lie. He is as silent as a roaring cannon! Red boasts about not needing the companyof other ogre's, but every night before going to sleep, he talks and cries softly to his favorite skull he attached to his gutplate.

Olflab has been an apprentice to the Grubnoze butchers when he was a mere calf. After surviving his first year there, he is now bestowed with the dubious honor of advertising for the family business by waving a big banner with the family crest. Whilst a prestigious job, it also makes him stand out on the battlefield like a lighthouse in a dark night. He has become terribly arrogant ever since he is allowed to carry the banner.

Horth seems like a cheerful chap, always tenderizing the meat with his big hammer and carrying around cadavers with a broad smile on his face. He prefers to hum songs when doing his job, but is beaten by his fellow ogres, because proper ogres do not sing.

Some (crappy) pics of the starting warband.  
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A battle report will follow soon-ish.

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OUTSTANDING! The Big Guys are a SPLENDID LOOKING group. thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Grubnoze butchery franchise opening up in Mordheim   Grubnoze butchery franchise opening up in Mordheim Icon_minitimeSat 16 Apr 2022 - 13:14

Here's a report from the first battle against Orcs and Chaos cultists.

Lil' Grubnoze, the last descendant from a long line of Ogre butchers, came to Mordheim with the dream of opening his own butcher shop. He hired Silent Red, the hunter, and brought along 2 of his apprentices, the butcher boyz. But he needed coin to rent a space, so his first act was to look for Wyrdstone shards.
Looking around for shards, the warband ran into some greenskins and chaos thinlings that seemed to want to play. The leader of the puny humans tried to confuse Grubnoze with visions of fighting and eating. Grubnoze just laughed and smashed her aside.
Meanwhile, Silent Red, made some pitiful attempts to get a lump of wyrdstone on a wall. He kept slipping and, eventually, had to run for his life when he was confronted by the full might of a full Orc warband. Lil' Grubnoze and Olflab (his apprentice wearing the banner with the family crest, advertising for the shop) were disappointed to see the thinlings fleeing and decided to charge some of the tasty-looking greenskins. The Orcs followed the example of the humans though and left the ogres to calmly walk away with the wyrdstone.
The shards proved to be enough to hire Brogh the Belcher, the ogre equivalent of a bard. His job is to be witness of his exploits and to spread the Grubnoze fame.


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Even without photos that is a FINE report. Keep us updated! thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Grubnoze butchery franchise opening up in Mordheim   Grubnoze butchery franchise opening up in Mordheim Icon_minitimeSun 24 Apr 2022 - 10:30

Thanks, DeafNala 😊

Here's a pic I found from the first battle.Grubnoze butchery franchise opening up in Mordheim Whatsa10


So, on to the report on the second battle of Grubnoze and his butcher boys

Proud of his first success, he sent a message gnoblar to his mother, ma Grubnoze. She decided to visit her son and taking some suits of armour with her. But, being a small town girl, quickly lost her way in the sprawling city ruins, so Lil'Grubnoze had to rescue her. It seemed the Orcs and humans he encountered earlier, were roaming the same part of the city. The humans did not forget the pummeling their leader took from the Ogres the last time, so they quickly fled the scene again. Aching for some greenskin meat, Lil'Grubnoze and 2 of his apprentices charged in, while Brogh the Belcher took Ma Grubnoze to safety. Ma Grubnoze was saved, but the ogres paid a steep price; one of the Orcs made a nasty comment about Lil'Grubnoze's girth. His weight being a rather sensitive topic, he went into a rage. Whilst he was busy ripping apart one of his foes, he did not see 2 others coming and was killed.
Ma Grubnoze took command of the butcher boyz seeking to avenge the killers of her son. And, ofcourse, having some leisurly fights and tasting some exotic meat in the meantime.

Chaos cultists enter the field, ready to find the lost Ma Grubnoze
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The ogres find Ma.
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After a nasty insult from one of the Orcs, Lil' Grubnoze charges a couple of Orcs.
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Here's a pic of the new members, Ma Grubnoze and Brogh the Belcher
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A bit of background:
Ma Grubnoze came to Mordheim to visit her son, who had a dream of opening up his own butcher shop in Mordheim. She saw her son killed by Orcs and is looking to avenge his death. Ma is a talented cook and butcher, but has gotten quite cowardly after the the kill. She's insecure about her weight and tries to get rid of her negative feelings by gorging on all the different sorts of meat Mordheim has to offer.
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YET ANOTHER FINE REPORT! The photos add that extra something to the tale. thumbsup
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Great looking table- love the kit bashed figures too.
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Great report BigD!
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PostSubject: Re: Grubnoze butchery franchise opening up in Mordheim   Grubnoze butchery franchise opening up in Mordheim Icon_minitimeTue 31 May 2022 - 13:00

Time for some more battle reports!

Battle #4
A watery sun started shining on the ruins and in the distance, a cockatrice could be heared crowing a "COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO". A new day dawned in Mordheim and seemed to start promisingly with an ambush of the fledging orc warband. Not only the Ma Grubnoze and her butcher boyz had decided the orcs needed to be taught a lesson, skaven and witch hunters had the same idea. Unexpectedly, the orcs started begging for their lives. Ma Grubnoze couldn't believe it and the other warbands were just as baffled. Everybody was so surprised  by this un-orcy behaviour, that nobody took action when the greenskins turned tail and fled... I rolled an ambush scenario, in which the strongest warband starts in the middle and the others have to steal their loot. The greenskin player, having the warband with the highest rating, asked for a less bloody scenario. The wimp 😉 ...A day without any bloodshed to quickly forget.

After such a disappointing day, the rivalling warbands agree to meet in a small town just outside of the city for some good, oldfashioned bloodshed. Ma Grubnoze led her butcher boyz past the rocks. She saw skaven scurrying on the left of her, witch hunters taking up position on her right and in front, she spotted the hated orcs, responsible for killing her son, Lil' Grubnoze. She was about to direct the full might of her warband towards them, when the orc shaman started chanting, his eyes glowing with an unnatural green light. Moments later, all three of the warhounds from the witch hunters were smouldering carcassess. Impressed with this feat of strength, but not wanting to admit it, Ma Grubnoze muttered something about the orcs not playing fairly and she led her butcher apprentices towards the witch hunters, whilst Silent Red, the hired hunter, was ordered to sneak up on the skaven. Red was about to start his surpise attack in the back of the ratling warband when he accidently let out a booming fart, betraying his position... I managed to hide a huge ogre model behind a building. Amazingly, the model went unnoticed, until a bystander walked by, took a look at the board and asked: "is that ogre trying to sneak up on the skaven" ...Silent Red pointed his huge crossbow towards the orcs and the ratmen choose to ignore him. Meanwhile, the butcher apprentices rumbled towards 2 witch hunters, shouting "FOOD" at the top of their lungs. This proved to be too much for the poor men who let loose some harmless crossbow bolts. One was smashed into the ground. After loosing their warhounds, this new loss proved to be too much and the remainder of the humans decided to rout. The skaven, suffering heavy casualties from the orcs, decided to follow their example, leaving the ogres to face the full might of the much stronger greenskin warband. Being hungry and not at all too bright, Silent Red, Ma Grubnoze and Olflab the banner bearer, charged in. They did put up a brave fight, but were outmatched. Seeing the hunter brought down by 6 greenskins and the banner bearer cut down by 2 others, Ma Grubnoze decides that "he who runs, lives to eat another day". All survived, even Olflab and Red managed to crawl away, the last one hating the greenskin chief for the massed attack.

Ma Grubnoze decided the orcs need to be taught a lesson, so reached out to the ratmen to team up on them. A gnoblar spy saw the greenskins making a camp in a (seemingly) abandoned mansion of one of the most powerful wizards of Mordheim. The skaven and ogre alliance encircled the orcs and they reacted by ignoring the ogres and shifting their full might towards their ratty adversaries. Some orcs climbed to an upper floor to shoot all who approach, while the remaining orcs, the squigs and a goblin ran toward the skaven. After some ineffective exchange of shots and ogres running towards the orcs, a part of the orc and skaven warbands crash into each other. The skaven casualties start to mount, but 3 of the rats manage to reach the higher ground where the orcs are sniping away. Unimpressed, the orcs charge in, cut down the intruders and push the bodies over the edge, back to where they came from. Even though the ogres finally joined the fight and trampled a squig, seeing their fellow ratman pushed from the edge and hitting the ground, proved to be too much for the skaven and they fled. The orcs and ogres charged into each other, but then they heared the sounds of of the wizard returning home. Aware of stories about his might, both orcs and ogres quickly left the mansion ...We ran out of time and I had to head home, so we couldn't finish the fight...

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Ogres appearing from behind,  whilst the orcs and ratmen fight around the wizard's mansion

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Orc versus rat, moments before the latter turns tail and flees

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The butcher apprentices storming towards the 2 witch hunters. Almost from point blank, they manage to miss the huge ogres. One is smashed into the ground, the other runs away


Interlude (others fought a battle and I couldn't make it)

Ma Grubnoze heared sounds of battle in the distance and sniffed the air. Her keen nose could smell the blood being spilt. Mmmmm, Orcses and something new as well: beardlings. How she loved roasted dwarf in Gromril armour, it would be a perfect match with her Orc minced meat in forest herbs recipy..her mouth started to water.

She would have loved to join the slaughterfest, but work needed to be done. The Grubnoze butchery should open soon, the work Lil' Grubnoze started, she had to finish alone after his death. Ma had all positions filled: Silent Redthe hunter would provide a steady supply of fresh meat, her butcher apprentices had been instructed and Brogh the belcher was roaming Mordheim, shouting around the word of a new butcher in town. The future looked bright indeed.

Sudden shouts of Olflab roughly interrupted her train of thought. She heared "Stop" and "Oi, thief" being yelled by her apprentices while running to the slaughter hall. She saw 2 ogre halfgrowns slipping away with a witch hunter carcass and bits of squig, when she entered the hall. They fled toward the eastern ruins. She smiled. These runts wouldn't get very far. Silent Red had setup some traps there.

Ma Grubnoze and her butcher boyz couldn't make it to last battle, but it seems they made progress setting up the new Grubnoze frachise and found some 'voluntary' reinforcements in the mean time.


Battle #5

He brought a big undead warband: 1 vampire, 1 necromancer, 3 dregs and 10(!) zombies.

Half of my warband (the ogre youngbloods) were scared of charging zombies. Since Lil' Grubnoze died and Ma Grubnoze took over, they have to manage with a measily leadership of 6. This left the other half of the warband (the hunter and 2 half-growns) to fight the numerous undead. They did allright at the start, but the necromancer kept reanimating zombies and with some critical hits, managed to take all 3 out of action. Ma and the others decided a tactical retreat to be the wisest of options.
Post-game phase went well for my opponent, with lots of cash, a ghoul swapped for a zombie and a free (for 1 battle) hired sword and no injuries or deaths. I had one dead half-grown, an injured hunter and bit enough cash to recruit a replacement.


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Thanks for yet another entertaining Battle Report. OUTSTANDING STUFF! thumbsup
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