We've been heavily into BFG recently but on Monday night I got to reprise the epic Isengard vs Reunited Kingdom struggle. What I consider to be 'test match' level WOTR gaming. We used no houserules but did use my proposed 1000pt tournament guidelines.
Turn 5: Elessar again makes the Biege Wizard go first. Isengard Orcs line up to watch the back of the Uruks but with Elessar amongst them, the men of Eriador are not afraid. They pop out of the forest and line up to the rear of the Uruks. In the charge phase, Elessar Heroic charges... and the 2HW Orcs roll a 1! (Jason just couldn't catch a break this game.) So the charging troops crush the Uruks and take few losses in return. At that point, the Biege Wizard elects to take his Orcs and Xbows and go home.
Cheers for the game, Jason. It was a blast. See what I did there? Those Sappers are cool and you should definitely take them again, though what you say about Radagast sniping them with spells even if they lurk in the second line is interesting and I would like to hear more of your ideas. Overall I liked the army I had, lots of different troop types and a cool hero. I think Jason is considering actually taking Captains, since he no longer can just bounce Thrydan about. Captains in WOTR? What's next? Banners? I think the dice definitely favoured me there too. Its hard for Isengard to execute a plan when I manage to snipe their Sappers, one flank fails two turns of courage 6 tests to undisorder, and troops are placed to prevent a rear charge but roll a 1...
I eagerly await the next round.
Thanks for reading.