Finally, SAGA LOTR in action. First clash of arms was Chris P's hastily gathered (his project completion rate is almost... concerning) Men of Minas Tirith vs my own almost completed (my lack of completion, likewise) warband of fearsome Uruk-Hai, with some Orc scum to round out the numbers. We played the most fun scenario of all - kill each other, in the guise of killing our alter-egos on the battlefield.
|Chris had Faramir, Rangers, Knights (hearthguard), and some big units of warriors. He had clearly read the Orc outnumbering ability and came prepared.|
|I had an Uruk Captain, two big units of warriors, some Uruk Crossbow, Berserkers (of course) and then some mangy Orc Scum.|
|Minas Tirith got a lot of sixes to start and ended up with 8 dice!|
They are a quick lot though, I have to give 'em that. We had just started a good bellowing, clashing of shields and waving of severed heads when we were interrupted by some Rohan waanabees kicking their horses to the charge.
|Of course, in ROTK, the Orcs got a turn too.|
I remember hearing about a set-piece like this one from our cousins out on the East-Side. Gorgguk arranged our crossbow Uruks to wait their turn, then shoot 'em up.
|For their stunning breakthrough, the Knights win a 'prize'..|
Raargh. The men smashed through before our lads to the front could wind up the crossbows. They 'ad to leg it back after smashing a few of the horses over the 'ead by using the crossbows as clubs. The men looked kind of stunned really. Got quite a chuckle out of t' lads to either side.
|Once comfortable, they couldn't be persuaded to leave.|
A bit more larfing 'an cacklin was coming from a farmhouse to our left. The Orc Scum had taken up home inside, and was raining down arrows on the Rangers who were trying to sneak arround. Between all the jeering, an the Orc arrows, the Mens' own archers couldn't find any gaps in our armour.
|I get good armour saves...|
Faramir shared a disgusted look with the observer from Dol Goldur (he's supposed to be on our side!) at the imperviousness of Uruk Armour to all arrows. Not that I could make Faramir out, from where I stood near the center. Grogguk sent the black-clad boys on our right, fresh from crushing the Knights, in a solid charge against the Minas Tirith left. That did not go as well as planned. So Grogguk marched up, hiding the Berserkers from the enemy so that they wouldn't tear off and charge too soon.
|....Minas Tirith gets great battle-board dice.|
The Minas Tirith commander, where-ever he was, didn't wait around for us to charge though. I don't know where they get all the energy but the shiney-armoured boys came screaming out at our left. They smashed all the warriors there, took out the big banner, and even saw off the Berserkers.
All there was for it now was to try and see if Grogguk could track the weedy Faramir down and take him out before all the fighting Uruk Hai are slain by the hordes of Gondor.
|Unpainted Uruks aren't up to the job...|
Gorgguk gets the Uruks to the right to try and link up and finish the Minas Tirith center. But in all the confusion and battle we couldn't get the attack in right.
When we struck, we only knocked off a few more Men than we lost Uruks. When the forces of Mians Tirith Struck.....
|To the left, there are a LOT more Gondorians.|
.... There he is, now he stands in front I can make him out. We'll get 'im good now. If Grogguk can just survive another turns, and get lucky. It's him, a few Crossbow boys, the Orcs cheering (or is that Jeering?) to the left and then the legions of Gondor arrayed before us.
They rush up to where we are at the stone wall but are far too many. Grogguk tries to throw a few Uruks in their way to slow them down so I manage to hang back out of reach.
Time to run.... uh I mean slip the enemy pursuit and report back!
Lots of fun there, even if Isengard did get crushed while the observer from Dol Goldur was there to see. In the end Chris got his attacks timed much better and with the right abilities (once he gave up on the bow, in disgust) and was already starting to get a clear lead by the middle of the game. Then he went after my best troops and got them. Well done but I am going to get the last 12 Uruks painted, so they'll fight better next time!
This is this week's LOTR installment but work will start on a Dol Goldur Board, for next week.
Assuming the baby doesn't arrive.