D&D Miniatures
St. Patrick's Day
By Frank Emanuel

Legends of St. Patrick are wild and inspiring. To the Irish, Patrick is known as a shape shifter, miracle worker, prophet, preacher, and visionary. Legend tells us that Patrick preached a sermon from a hilltop that drove out all the snakes from the island. In myth and legend, snakes often represent evil. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, let us pit the serpentine forces of evil against the priestly forces of good, and see who is driven from the battle map!

The people of Hibernia are living in terror. Venomous serpents have launched deadly raids into the surrounding farms. The subterranean lair of this foe has proven impenetrable, so the people appealed to the priests for help. The priests assembled a fine and holy army to rid the town of its evil foes. Plunging into the mushroom-infested caves, the holy army has located the unholy lair. Led by a great serpent, the venomous serpents launch their assault to repel the intruders. At last the showdown between good and evil begins!

The Mushroom Cavern map provides ample ground for this grand battle. Players will pit their best good, priestly warband against their opponent’s best evil, serpentine band. The 200-point themed warbands must observe the standard eight figure limit and be constructed according to the following criteria --

Good Priestly Band

  • Faction is any good.
  • At least 50% of the warband must be miniatures whose names contain the words Priest, Cleric, or Druid.
  • The remainder of the warband must be miniatures whose names contain the words Soldier, Militia, Guard, Warrior, or Monk.

Cleric of St. CuthbertSample Good Warband (Any Good, 200 points) -- Patrick’s Homily
Cleric of Dol Arrah (Angelfire, U, 45 pts)
Githzerai Monk (Underdark, U, 34 pts)
Cleric of St. Cuthbert (Aberrations, U, 29 pts)
Cleric of Order (Harbinger, U, 24 pts)
Village Priest (Angelfire, U, 21 pts)
Soldier of Thrane (Deathknell, U, 20 pts)
Gold Dwarf Soldier (Underdark, C, 17 pts)
Royal Guard (Underdark, C, 10 pts)

Evil Serpentine Band

  • Faction is any evil.
  • All miniatures must have a name that contains Naga, Serpent, or Ophidian or have a type that contains Dragon or Yuan-Ti.

Yuan-Ti AbominationSample Evil Warband (Any Evil, 200 points) -- Fangs A Lot
Yuan-Ti Abomination (Aberrations, R, 48 pts)
Yuan-Ti Halfblood x2 (Aberrations, U, 56 pts)
Green Dragon (Aberrations, R, 28 pts)
Blue Wyrmling (Dragoneye, U, 25 pts)
Bright Naga x2 (Dragoneye, R, 30 pts)
Yuan-Ti Pureblood (Archfiends, U, 11 pts)

Or, if that one has too many rares:Slyther
Dark Naga x2 (Underdark, U, 82 pts)
Yuan-Ti Halfblood x2 (Aberrations, U, 56 pts)
Blue Wyrmling (Dragoneye, U, 25 pts)
Bright Naga (Dragoneye, R, 30 pts)
Ophidian (Angelfire, C, 5 pts)

To organize a great St. Patrick’s Day skirmish, I suggest each player bring both a Good Priestly warband and an Evil Serpentine warband. Use random pairings to run a series of one-hour Assault skirmishes, and have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May the luck of the Irish be with you.

About the Author

Frank Emanuel is an avid gamer from the Great White North. He has been playing D&D and other RPGs since the early 80s and strategy games from long before that. When he is not rolling dice, Frank finds time to be a father, husband, student, and minister.

1995-2008 Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.