Disciples of Twilight vs Necrons – Comic Book Battle Report

Thomas did this awesome comic book style battle report, and since I’ve been itching to try it myself. So, I goofed off and came up with my own.

There’s a lot more I could have done with this, but I was learning the software, and working out a process to assemble it. The next time I do one I will have a much better idea what I’m doing. Still, I think it’s neat.

This is a pretty brief report. I tried to hit all the high points in the game, but it does feel a bit jumpy in parts. Again, a lesson learned for the next attempt. Don’t let anyone tell you that putting together a comic style report is easy…

Since this is a different style of report, I’m not going to run through the lists, mission, setup, etc. Instead, let’s just jump in.

Debriefing

The game was close early on, with only a few points between us. Losing my Knight on turn #2 was rough. It took Kenny’s entire army, but he brought it down. That left my left flank wide open and weak.

I was holding up well enough on the right flank, but Kenny just kept pouring in more and more bodies, burying my Obliterators and Sorcerer. I was pinned in with no way to effectively score points.

The game went to turn #7 with Kenny pulling a victory of 17-12.

Is this report style something you like? Should I do more in the future?

  • 7 turn game is a mammoth effort! I love this battle report style and think it has a place as a regular feature. I understand about being a bit light on detail, but I can’t wait to see what comes next.

    • Thanks.

      Now that I have a grasp on the software, I feel like I can work in the details easier than anticipated. I had way more shots to use, but I thought it would crowd stuff at the time. Live and learn!

  • Good write up and fair play for trying out the style. I think more panels would have helped us understand the battle a bit more. Shame about the knight but Necrons (or Nuerons as the typo states) are always going to be tough on anything with armour.

    I think the trick with Prisma is not to make the images so distorted you cannt make them out.

    • You’re right. I can fit in more panels on a page than I thought at first. So, the next one will be way more fleshed out and easier to follow.

      Bleh. Yeah, the software has an auto-correct, and it kept pissing me off with “Necrons”. I thought I got them all. Guess not.

      Those images are 50% Prisma filtering. The 100% was just way too much, and you couldn’t make out the battle scenes when further back. You thinking less than the 50% I used, or saying that’s a good balance?

      • I really look forward to seeing some more. I think I would experiment with slightly lower, maybe 40%? Looked great either way.

        • It’s pretty subtle lower than 50%, which isn’t inherently bad. I wonder if it would work without the images being filtered? Same comic setup, just good standard pictures.

        • I think it’s the table that makes the filter look stronger, now I look at it. The table is one of those gaming mats, so it’s already a bit comic like. The filter just enhances that all the more.

          If you look at that bottom 4th panel (Warforce, Oblits and Flayed Ones), the models are pretty good, but that table is all strong and comic-y.

          • I think you have a good filter ratio on the Pictures, I could easily make all of it out (unlike some of the panels in my bat rep).

  • Zab

    Very entertaining!

  • Excellent narrative report. My favorite aspect of the format, tho, is the sound effects. BOOM! Swipe! Snick! :D

    • Haha, thanks! I’m going to have to come up with more sounds if I keep doing these.

  • Excellent bat rep! You developed the style for sure.

    • Thanks.

      I just copied you mostly ;)

      • Subtle changes – less panels per page, more legible picture. What software did you use?

        • Next time I need to add in some pages with more panels to bridge the gaps though.

          I used Comic Life. It’s a native app on the Mac.

  • I liked it alot :) I dont usually read battle reports, but this wwas easily digestible and entertaining. Moar please

    • Glad you liked it.

      I’ll do more in the future. It was fun to put together, if a bit time consuming.

    • I just copied you mostly ;)

  • I can see this style working for you Thor it is very cool. I would suggest that you use more emphasis on your characters that you have done in your back stories for your chapter. I think you have such a great narrative with your Chaos Marines and that they come from your Imperial Marines. You added so much to the names of those important characters give us some early insight as what they are thinking before, during, and after the battle

    • Good points, and I agree. I threw this together for the hell of it; it was an experiment. The ones I do in the future I will have to plan out. That way I can get enough, and the right, shots to string this together more coherently. I can also try and facilitate a story, get more focus where it’s needed. As you know, there’s a lot to setting up something like that :)

  • jack shrapnel

    Really enjoy these comic book battle reports!

    • Thank you. I’ll be doing more in the future.

  • This is pure gold, I would very much like to see more battle reports in this style! I rarely have time to sit through the longer video battle reports that are so popular these days, much less work through a wall of text. This seems to fit the bill perfectly.

    • I appreciate it.

      I’m with you on the battle reports. Some people even record the entire game. If I had 2-3 hours free I’d just go play a game, not watch one. That’s what appealed to me about trying this approach: it’s short and to the point, while hopefully being interesting. The next one should be better too!

  • Von

    I like the comic book format if you’re doing a battle report for a battle report’s sake, as an instalment in a log or whatever. It’s quicker than trudging through the “and then this happened and then that happened” style of reportage and it looks cooler too. As a device for delivering insight on tactics or rules it’s not brilliant – that needs the development that comes from verbiage.

    • I completely agree. This one came about because I had the photos, and some decent ones in there, but I wasn’t feeling up to a full write up. So, I figured I’d do something interesting with all the shots I took. It’s also not like I, of all people, have much in the way of good strategies to be sharing anyway ;)

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