In round 1 both sides attacked across the border towards the enemy strongholds. The board colour will be the guide as to who's defending.
Game 1 - Salt the Earth (capture the objectives and you may destroy ones you hold)
The Basileans deployed with a strong centre of Paladins and Ogre Guards with spearmen ready to attack the left. Knights, panthers and Elohi looked to delay on the right.
The Undead had a big centre of zombies and skeletons. Lycans and Trolls would attack the right with horsemen and more skeletons on the left.
The Basileans quick-marched up the centre and left, grabbing several of the objectives and awaiting the Undead swarms to hit them. The Basilean right sought to avoid combat, falling back a drawing the enewmy forward.
Whilst the Basilean right ensnared the Undead's mount the strong assault on the Lycans / Trolls broke through and turned inward to roll-up the line.
A good win for Basilea and the invasion was repulsed. It was our first game with surge and it needs some practice. The Undead lost troops surging out of line and being doubled-charged but managed one sneaky flank attack.
Game 2 - Raze (Capture objectives in the enemy half)
Some minor tweaks for this game with one less catapult but more Drain Life spells on the Undead side. As before the Undead flooded the centre with (dead) bodies. Their left was horsemen and zombie trolls with the right Lycans and elit skeletons.
Basilea went again for a of Paladins and Ogre Guards. The main effort was on the right with Spearmen, Knights, Elohi and Gnaeus positioned there. A refused right was held by some Ogre Guards and an Ur Elohi.
Basilea moved first and sought to close the space, whilst using some impassable terrain on both flanks to anchor the positions. The Undead were more cautious than previously but were forced into an unequal fight on their left.
Centrally the sides got into a grinding match which both armies are pretty good at. The Undead have big fearless units and the Basileans have lots of heal / Iron Resolve to remove single wounds.
On the Undead left they lasted longer than expected but eventually the superior Basilean forces broke through and captured 2 objectives, before turning into the centre.
On the Undead right their overwhelming force was held up for a couple of turns by the Ogres / Ur Elohi but were able to overrun the flank by the end of turn 4. Helped by two sets of snake-eyes some zombies hung around for ages before being wiped-out in the end.
By the end of the game both sides had won on their right flanks but crucially the Basileans held the central objective and so were 3-2 winners.
So after round 1 the Basileans have established a salient and attack the Barrow in round 2.