I have a lot of hours in Warhammer 2 on legendary but realized I had never beaten Norsca. So I read up on it and people were saying it was nearly impossible if you don’t kill Couronne and Franz quickly and not to unite Norsca just stay small so that’s what I did. I took my starting province and only stayed long enough to build public order buildings and get a berserker stack with Wulfik. Then immediately went for Couronne’s minor settlement. I took it when I got there and then marienburg was besieging Couronne itself so I just made sure Marienburg took the settlement and eliminated the faction as I made my way to altdorf. So couronne was gone before turn 15. When I got to Altdorf no army was in the settlement so I put my berserkers at the back of the map out of range of the towers and hidden, wasted the artillery ammo, then ground it out on the walls and had the settlement. I played whack a mole with franz for a while but by turn 35 both couronne and franz were dead. The vampires counts were taking over everything so I made friends with them as I went back to my home province (which nobody attacked) and recruited as many mammoths as I could afford. 14 or 15 I think. Then I left again and went back toward bretonnia. My plan was to sack my way around to miragliano (tilea home province) and hold it and sartosa while I focused on razing enough settlements for the serpent (for the reduced upkeep again) to trigger the challenger event. The red duke had taken everything along the coast of Bretonnia but was also at war with Lothern so I was able to run along the Bretonnian coast just sacking everything the Red Duke owned for cash only occupying to heal. I made my way around to Miragliano then killed Tilea. They also had Satosa so I took that too.
So I stayed there with the reduced upkeep from Miragliano for a while maybe 40 turns trying to train a second lord with rebellions with a crap stack and taking Wulfik around the close sea for extra money. I had Miragliano, Skavenblight, and Sartosa in a nice tight area with reduced upkeep from Miragliano. Even though I still had my original home province it wasn’t worth anything compared to the others. I had it made. You only need 5 settlements for short campaign victory and I had 2. The vampire counts had 4 or 5 more and I was defensive allies with them. I just needed to finish razing for the serpent then kill the challengers and Archeon and pay the vampire counts a bunch of money for a military alliance and I had victory.
Well then the mistakes started. I decided instead of killing the dreadfleet for the money and razing count noctilus’s home for the serpent I would ally with them and they promptly drug me into a war with the high elves. I know never ally on legendary unless they are strong and can actually help you. Then I got bored and decided I would go help the vampires finished off the dwarves. The dwarves were at war with vampires, grimgor, and snikch. I sack my way over to Karaz a Karak with wukfik leaving my other lord alone at Miragliano. I take Karaz but when I raze the settlement next to it that completes the serpent. I wrongly think the campaign is almost over so I want to meet the challengers 1/2 way and be near archeons spawn point to take him out quickly. So I move up towards rib peaks along the mountains heading that way. What I should have done was stick around Karaz a Karak and build it up and finish killing the dwarves. Make sure they were dead. The challengers then archeon will find their way to you. When ended up happening when I left the area was Eshin and the dwarves went from being at war to allied! Then started creaming the green skins and vampire counts. Next thing I know Wulfrik’s way up north and I’ve got 4 stacks of high level Eshin troops outside Miragliano with a weak lord and a weak garrison. I won a battle or two then realized I was doomed because they kept coming so I liquidated all the buildings and just like that I had lost Miragliano with its reduced upkeep, Sartosa, and Skavenblight. All I now have is my original starting province (which it’s turn 120 or so and it still hadn’t been attacked). So ten or so turns later I finally defeat Archeon and get the reduced upkeep from him too but now I’ve got high elves inside Norsca, and Eshin and the dwarves are smashing up the vampire counts from the south. The vampire counts have, couronne, altdorf, hellpit, kislev, if I still had either skavenblight or miragliano I would have short campaign victory then but I didn’t.
So to make a long story short I spent nearly 50 more turns recapturing Norsca from the high elves so I could afford more mammoth stacks, while defending the vampire counts from endless stacks of skaven and dwarves around kislev and altdorf, and endless stacks of high elves around Albion and Couronne until I managed to take wulfrik along the northern rim and kill my way to Naggarond for the win.
So I beat Norsca on legendary. It was fun for a while but when I messed up and took Wulfik and my only mammoth stack away from Miragliano, started smashing up the dwarves so they allied with Eshin, and then allied with the dread fleet and got drug into a war with the high elves it went from fun to suck city.
I beat chaos on legendary also and that was a cakewalk compared to the end of that Norsca campaign. Anyway that’s my story. Lol