I played this solo, as always, personally giving orders to both sides in turn. I had never played the "ambush" scenario before, and I severely underestimated the value for the elves of having their troops hidden through the use of dummy markers. Apart from the use of the dummy markers, the scenario sets up just like the standard "all out battle" scenario. Superficially, it looks like the ambush scenario does not much change the flavor of the game – in fact I was a bit disappointed by this appearance when I initially set up the board and deployed the troops. Boy was I ever wrong...
Brunt's men marched down the forest road, keeping their eyes peeled for elves among the trees. As they came upon a place where the road passed a crumbling ruin, one of Brunt's men spotted something, but before the troop could react, the elves were upon them. Glythwyl's rangers took the men in the flank, killing two human soldiers quickly. Glythwyl himself, again, as in his previous battle, managed to quickly charge his human counterpart, knocking Brunt to the ground.
Stunned by the speed and ferocity of the elves' onslaught, the only one of Brunt's men able to react was the archer, who angled out to the right flank for a clear shot, but even he was unable to get off a single arrow before Glythwyl finished off Brunt. Seeing captain Brunt slain, one of the men fled in panic. In the flurry of arrows and blows that followed, one more human warrior was killed, along with Flux, the wizard, who was laid low before managing to cast any spells.
The archer and the remaining Maradon soldier took off running through the trees and made their escape.
Lessons Learned: I played the elves well and the humans badly. This got compounded with favorable dice rolls for the elves which turned what would already have been a difficult battle for the men into an absolute slaughter. The tactical lesson for today: don't underestimate the advantage of setting up with dummy markers in the ambush scenario.