Andy had the exact same force as last time. Because why mess with a winning formula?
I had: Radagast and Imrahil (using the Faramir model, which I prefer), a full formation of Knights with shields, including the Captain and Banner; the Axemen of Lossarnach, a unit of Rangers in their snowy white cloaks; a unit of Minas Tirith Warriors with a Captain; and lastly a six coy formation of the Veteran Infantry (Osgiliath Veterans) who have both shields and bows.
I write to you, Lord Ecthelion, for somewhere to the east of the mighty Anduin. Imrahil, was leading us to the relief of Thorongil's army. We were not aware of their defeat and the falling snow masked the enemy's approach. It was only the unexpected shying of the horses, balking at any further advance, that alerted to us to the approach of deadly spirit hosts. The silent ghosts were come to bring us death in the falling snow.
Imrahil is young my Lord, so perhaps can be forgiven his rashness. Indeed, I foresee that, in future years, he will acquire a reputation for great valour. While our infantry were still forming up in the centre, he wheeled the main force of our knights left. They rounded the walled farmstead and bore down on the enemy right flank.
Undaunted, the Brown Wizard led forward the Veterans in the centre. To the right, a formation of warriors began to encircle the enemy warhost, while the Axemen of Lossarnach made to occupy the walled farmstead and the rangers made their stealthy advance. Aided by Radagast's magic, our archery began to pepper the enemy lines with arrows. Cries of dismay arose along the line though, as men saw arrows pass clean through the ghostly legions, as they crested the hill at range.
Ouch! On the upside, I did manage to take a lot of them with me, though no doubt Sauron can breed more orcs aplenty and after a battle like that there will be plenty more spirits to chain to his will. At least we know Imrahil must have survived the battle! See the start of the post for plans I need to (re)learn to follow. And I also need to remember Imrahil has Epic Charge. I'm not so sure about Radagast. I suppose he is worth it for the powered up 'guide arrows' alone. However, Thorongil/Aragorn was sorely missed in the main battle line. If he'd been there, I imagine the Necromancer might have kept it's distance... Great game Andy. Good fun and I like the balance of the lists. I just need to play mine better.