Thursday, 23 February 2012

East Grinstead War Gaming club Dates 2012

We will shortly be running the club fortnighly (every two weeks), however until Easter the new dates for East Grinstead War Gaming club 2012 have been set (see below)


East Grinstead Wargamers
Sussex
We are also planning various activities over the next few months including the possibility of a Warhammer 40K Armageddon and Lord of the Rings/War of the Rings weekend around the February half term/ Easter Holiday - let us know if you are interested in attending this event (more details later this month).  

The dates for East Grinstead War Gaming club are set up until Easter and they are:

1. Sunday 11th March (usual times)
2. Sunday 25th March (usual times - 3pm-6pm )
3. Sunday 1st April (usual times - 3pm-6pm )
4. Sunday 15th April (usual times - 3pm-6pm )
5. Fortnightly (every two weeks - 3pm-6pm )

Reminder for those that haven't paid, it is vital that the fees are paid promptly as the majority of this covers the cost of hiring the hall, and if there are any profit is put towards purchasing scenery and battle boards.

New Members can come and try some games for free for two sessions each year; however the East Grinstead War Gaming club costs are:

Monthly £5**
Quarterly £15
6 Months £30
Yearly £50*

* The club year runs January to December
** Monthly is one calendar month (NOT four week period)

And thank you to those that have paid already!

If you have any problem, queries or questions please feel free to email us. 

Anyone who has any suggestions on ideas for the club also let us know.  

Due to the plans to run a HUGE Armageddon and WotR / LotR SBG campaign in April (Easter) if anyone is interested in learning to play Warhammer / WotR / LotR / 40K also please email us or let us know on club night so that we can arrange a starter battle to help you learn the rules (beginners welcome).

We are about to start playing LOTR SBG and welcome anyone interested to let us know so that we can arrange some starter battles. We have all the LOTR SBG figures and LOTR scenery from the Mines of Moria to the siege of Helms Deep.


East Grinstead War Gaming club 
Sussex

WOTR: Battle Report - Osgiliath Battlehost v Mordor




"The Time of Man is Over...  
           ...The age of the Orc has begun!"
Gothmog - Lieutenant of Mordor

After last weeks close battle, Craig again decided to field the same army Gothmog's Morannon Orc Battlehost.  I, guessing he would planned an army that I was convinced would crush his Morannon orcs and Gothmog.


WotR: Gothmog Lieutenant of Mordor
I was convinced that I needed to fight fire with fire and opted for the Gondor equivalent of the Gothmog's Morannon Orc Battlehost... The Osgiliath Battlehost.  Looking at Craig maximum formations of 6 companies I decided to favour maneuverability over size (after all it is rare that 6 companies will all be able to fight at once - often most are support) and decided that smaller formations of 4 would allow me to engage the enemy and have more points for more formations.


My son Thomas didn't want to come... Lord of the Rings is not for him!

We again played on our usual 6 x 4 battlefield (shield wall) with one ruin to the south of the board which had capacity for 6 companies.  We used the usual Realm of Battle battleboard and had the hills in each of the four corners to create a valley.

I am no longer worried by the sheer number of troops Mordor can muster for a 1600 point battle.


Here are our army list:
WotR: Gothmog Morannon Orcs
Mordor force Circa 1600 points 
(Craig)
Epic Hero:
Gothmog
Common:
6 x Comp of Morannon Orcs
- (with Banner)
 - (with Captain)
6 x Comp of Morannon Orcs
 - (with Banner)
 - (with Captain)
6 x Comp of Morannon Orcs
WotR: Mordor Battlehost
 - (with Banner)
 - (with Captain)
6 x Comp of Morannon Orcs
 - (with Banner)
 - (with Captain)
Rare:
1 x Troll Chieftain
2 x Mordor Trolls
1 x Mordor Catapult

To ensure that the army was legal (decree of variety) Craig dropped the Battlehost and went with the troops as is, which suprised me as I though he could have easily added some archers or a small band of orcs to help balance the decree.


Gondor Force Circa 1600 points 
WotR: The Osgiliath Garrison
The Garrison of Osgiliath Battlehost
(Me)

Epic Hero:
Boromir
Common:
4 x Comp of Warrior of Minas Tirith (WoMT)
- (with Banner)
4 x Comp of Warrior of Minas Tirith (WoMT)
 - (with Banner)
 - (with Captain)
4 x Comp of Warrior of Minas Tirith (WoMT)
WotR: Citadel Guard Long Bows
 - (with Banner)
 - (with Captain)
4 x Comp of Warrior of Minas Tirith (WoMT)
 - (with Banner)
 - (with Captain)
6 x Comp of Knights of Minas Tirith (KoMT)
3 x Comp of Citadel Guard
 - (with Banner)
 - (with Captain)
3 x Comp of Citadel Guard Longbows

Rare:
1 x Trebuchet
Legendary:
4 x Comp of Osgiliath Veterans
 - (with Banner included in cost)
 - (with Cirion)

Deployment
WotR: Gondor Battlehost Deployment
We decided to lay the field with minimum scenery - the ruin with capacity for 6 companies was the only piece of scenery.  Again Craig lined the entire side of the board with the Morannon orcs and they still look impressive, with the occasional Mordor troll between formations for good measure.


The building in the south was my target, I lined my force up and it was clear that the main bulk of my army was going to fight for it (I wanted to get the Osgiliath veterans in to the building and so placed them as close as I could to the building. The main part of my army was Minas Tirith warriors who lined the battle field opposite the Morannon orcs. My Minas Tirith Knights, along with the citadel guard and citadel long bows were placed near the building.


WotR: Gondor v Mordor
I had my tactics, get the building shoot his flanks with the Osgiliath Vets, draw him into the centre and plough my cavalry around the southern flank into the rear of the main Morannon force.
  
I placed my trebuchet on the northern hill.

Boromir joined the knights of Minas Tirith as Craig had placed his Troll Chieftain opposite them, Boromir would be crucial in ensuring that the cavalry made it around the building and in to the open space behind the orc horde.


Gothmog was center stage in the horde of Morannon orcs… I was not worried about Gothmog's ability as I planned to keep him tied up fighting my warriors of Minas Tirith and NOT Boromir.

Once our forces were deployed there was a long silence as we both stood and looked at the armies working out in our heads the strategy. Which army would win priority - Gothmog with his Morannon Orcs or the Osgiliath Garrison battle host (steadfast against orcs), time to roll...

Turn 1

Priority
WotR: Osgiliath Veterans ATD to the ruins
We both rolled the D6… and for once I won the first priority, I smiled as I needed to move my Osgiliath Veterans in to the ruin!

Move
Having won the initiative I did exactly as I had planned; the Osgiliath Veterans ATD to reach the ruins before any of Craig's orcs could get there and Boromir moved forward with the knights to the southern side of the ruins, while the Citadel Guard moved in behind the vets to support any later attacks.
WotR: Citadel Guard Longbows









All my Warriors of Minas Tirith moved forward in a straight line, slow and steady, I was going to reach the orcs all together and ensure that I could engage as many troops in to direct combat in the coming battle as possible.
With my troops moving forward I edged the Citadel Guard Longbows forward to allow them better range across the field.


WotR: Gothmog ATD to Meet Gondor
Craig tried to ATD his army, but some passed their leadership tests and some didn't, this meant that Craigs army was staggered, and it almost looked like he meant it to be like that!


Gothmog was lurking north of the ruins and had passed his ATD and was now in the centre of the battlefiled. 

Craigs Mordor Trolls edged forward towards the ruin.

At the end of the move phase my Osgiliath Veterans moved into the ruins. 


Shoot
WotR: Cirion and the Veterans of Osgilaith
I considered calling heroic shoot for Cirian to shoot his Osgiliath Veterans at the Morannon (having ATD to get into the ruins), but knowing the Morannon shields are just too good to waste a might point on, I didn’t and Cirian’s Osgiliath Veterans held.

My Trebuchet started work on Gothmog landing a hit and killed 3 Morannon.
My Citadel Guard shot at the Mordor Troll north of the ruins and scored 2 wound counters.

WotR: Mordor Trolls attack the ruins
Craig loosed his catapult at the Osgiliath Veterans to capitalise on them being in a building… despite the high defence he still managed to kill 8 of them, ouch!

Next he measured the Trolls and threw them at the Osgiliath Veterans, but they were not strong enough to get through the walls.



Charge
WotR: Gondor Charge Gothmog
I knew I had to get the charge in where I could and so charged Gothmog and his 6 company strong Morannon Orcs with the Warriors of Minas Tirith and successfully manage to make the distance, try to be clever I positioned the spearhead to avoid the wound troll from charging my flank.

Craig, seeing my cunning move then charged the second formation of Morannon onto the Warriors of Minas Tirith, but couldn’t get the flank and could only engage 1 company from the 6 in his formation.

Fight
WotR: Gothmog gets a bloody nose
The fighting was tough, Minas Tirith held there ground and amazingly managed to kill 10 Morannon orcs, while Gothmog’s formation killed 3 and the other formation killed 2 (total of 5) warrior of Minas Tirith. Gondor had won the first battle and so it was Gothmog and the Morannon who took panic tests, Gothmog passed, but the Morannon supporting his attack failed miserably and another 5 died in the confusion. Kills 15 to 5.

ROUND 2

LotR: Boromir advances
Priority
Eager to win priority again we rolled, but I won again and set my plan into motion.

Move
First I moved Boromir and the knights of Minas Tirith forward to the base of the ruins.

The Citadel Guard moved the rear and north of the building keeping their eye on the Mordor Troll lurking in the shade.

WotR: Gondor advance

Then I moved the centre column forward, then the far northern column (who rolled unstoppable charge) forward to engage ALL of Mordor in the centre of the field.

Craig moved all of his trolls forward.

Shoot
I started with my Osgiliath Veterans and shot at one of the approaching trolls, initially I only got 1 hit, so used a might point in the vain hope that I could roll a 6 and kill the Mordor Troll… he ended up with 1 wound counter.
WotR: The Battle Intensifies

Next the Citadel Guard Longbows shot at the same Mordor Troll and still didn’t kill it, they inflicted another 2 wound counters, taking it to 3… what do we have to do to kill a Troll!

I then fired my Gondorian trebuchet at a mass of orcs, but to my surprise I only managed to kill 1 Morannon Orc.

WotR: The Knights of Minas Tirith
In return Craig fired his catapult at Boromir and his formation of Minas Tirith Knights, making the most of gaining the bonus for there being 6 companies, but failed to kill any due to them being resilience of 2.

The Mordor Troll Chieftain and a Mordor Troll both threw their weapons at the Osgiliath Veterans and killed 2, the other Troll seeing the approaching Citadel Guard threw and killed 2 of them.

Charge
WotR: The Ruins of Osgiliath
Boromir, wanting to lead by example charged the Mordor Troll in front of him, at the south of the ruins, but in doing so exposes his flank to the Mordor Toll Chieftain. 

In the charge phase I charged all my warriors in direct sight of the Morannon Orcs in to battle and manage another unstoppable charge.



WotR:Unstoppable charge
My Citadel Guard attempted to charge the Mordor Troll, they passed the courage test but then rolled a 1 and failed the charge, fortunately their banner bearer came into play and they re-rolled - rolling an unstoppable charge!

In retaliation Craig charged the Mordor Troll Chieftain in to Boromir’s flank - he had no other units able to charge.



Fight
WotR: Mordor Troll Chieftain Counter Attack
Boromir called Epic fight and Mighty Blow - those Mordor Trolls are gonna’ die I tell myself… but amazingly neither the Knights of Minas Tirith nor the Trolls manage to inflict a single wound… what are the odds!

Elsewhere the fighting is intense. The Mordor Troll stuck first and killed 4 Citadel Guards, who in turn kill the Mordor Troll.

Moving down the line, the battle was resolved as follows:

WotR: Mass battle between Gondor and Mordor
Warriors of Minas Tirith kill 4 of Gothmog’s motley crew and they in turn 5, some rubbish rolling meant that Gondor were disordered and failed the panic test.


Next in line Warriors of Minas Tirith kill 6 Morannon Orcs who only killed 2 of Gondor.





ROUND 3

Priority
WotR: Gondor Reserves Advance
We both rolled for priority, and again I won rolling a 6.

Move
Waisting no time I tried to rally the disordered Warriors of Minas Tirith, but failed and used the captains 2 might points to regain control.

Boromir moved back to the line of the ruins to protect his flank and waited near to the Mordor Trolls.



Shoot
WotR: The Mordor Troll to Die
My trebuchet was first to start the shooting  and shot at the back of the reserve Morannon Orcs, but it only managed to killed 4 of them, not quite what I was expecting.

Next I fired the Citadel Guard Longbows to try to assist Boromir as best I could and fired at and killed the Mordor Troll directly in font of Boromir and the Knights of Minas Tirith, while the Osgilith Veterans opened fire at the Mordor Troll Chieftain, but unfortunately failed to kill him.





WotR: Longbows target the Mordor Troll

Craig, seeing his flank waiver loosed his catapult at Boromir and this time killed a knight of Minas Tirith.


The Mordor Troll Chieftain also threw his weapon at Boromir, but being so worried by his impending doom he threw wide and missed the Knights of Gondor.




Charge
WotR: Boromir Charges Troll
Again this time I charged everything I could against Mordor.
Boromir charged the Mordor Troll Chieftain the Citadel Guard Charged the edge of Gothmog, then all my Warriors of Minas Tirith charged the Morannon Orcs in front of them, I even managed to roll an unstoppable charge on the unit to the far north.

Fight
I started with Boromir again, the Troll Chieftain struck first and killed a knight of Minas Tirith, but could not withstand the charge from the cavalry and died. Boromir rolled for an Earth shaking charge - the reserve Morannon in his sight, but only rolled a 5.
Again, completing the battle in order of where they are located we rolled for Gothmog.

WotR: Craig Surveys the Battle
Gothmog’s Morannon Orcs killed 1 Warrior of Minas Tirith but Gothmog sensing his doom used a might point to make it 2, as well as killing 3 Citadel Guard.

In return the Citadel Guard killed 4 of thee Morannon orcs and the Warriors of Minas Tirith killed 4 as well.

Next skirmish saw a draw with both the Warriors of Minas Tirith and the Morannon Orcs killing 3 warriors each.
WotR: Morannon Casualties

In the North of the Battlefield the Warriors of Minas Tirith kill 6 Morannon, and only loosing 3 win the battle.

ROUND 4

Priority
This time Craig won priority.

Move
With the southern flank clear, Craig wheeled his Morannon orcs round to face the Knight of Minas Tirith with Boromir. All other units were pretty much face to face and remained in place ready to fight.
WotR: Boromir Charges Morannon Orcs

My turn, Boromir ATD’d to try to out flank the rear Morannon, but fall slightly short and leave a line of sight for the Morannon to charge.

Shoot
Craig shot his catapult at Boromir again and again killed a Knight of Minas Tirith.

WotR: Osgiliath Veterans shoot
Seeing an opportunity to kill Gothmog and charge the flank of the Morannon in the centre and rear of Craig’s army I shot the Citadel Longbows at Gothmog killing 4, the Osgiliath veterans then fired in the side avaiding the shields and killed another 4, but this wasn’t enough to remove the last company of Gothmogs who blocked my plan.

Not wanting to risk killing my own, I fired at the rear Morannon to whittle them down for Boromir and killed 7.

Charge
WotR: Gondor Unstoppable Charge
Now, I always try to get the charge, especially with cavalry and so Boromir immediately called a Heroic charge, Craig seeing that this could be bad also called one and so we rolled off - Craig rolled 1 -evil first then rolled 1 for his charge, but used his last might point for the captain to make it a 2 which was just enough to make the charge… Grrrrr.

WotR: Morannon Charge Boromir
I then systematically called heroic charge all down the line - the captains using a might point to charge.

Gothmog - within 12 inches of a Captain of Minas Tirith called a free heroic charge, again rolled 1 for evil first, then rolled 1 for stalled charged, Craig considered using a might point, but with so few left he didn’t.

Fight
Craig having won the priority decided on the order to fight and changed so that the Warriors of Minas Tirith and Morannon would fight first.
WotR:Gondor and Mordor fighting intensifies

Warriors of Minas Tirith kill 8
Morannon Kill 6

Warriors of Minas Tirith kill 7
Morannon Kill 5

Warriors of Minas Tirith kill 4 and the Citadel Guard kill 4.
Gothmog Morannon Kill 2 Minas Tirith and 2 Citadel Guard - the Lieutenant of Mordor holds out until the last.

WotR: Boromir Calls Epic Strike
I Called Epic Strike for Boromir and had planned to duel the Morannon Orc captain seeing an opportunity to butcher them, but we were distracted for a short while and I forgot… say no more.

The end of the battle saw 4 knights killed and 3 Morannon.

ROUND 5

Priority
This time I won priority again.
WotR: Citadel Guard advance

Move
With Boromir stranded and now outnumbered I moved the Warriors of Minas Tirith at an angle to Gothmog to allow the Citadel Guard through who ATD’d to the rear of the Morannon Orc’s - could they save the day in time?

Craig’s only move was to spread out and ensure that he had maximum number of attacks on Boromir.
WotR: Gondor Reserves

I move my troops around so that the centre is opened up and the fresh reserve of Gondor troops can move forward and engage in battle.

Craig failed to move Gothmog to a bigger unit of Morannon to help keep him alive - I didn’t highlight the point!

Shoot
Worried about loosing Boromir, the Citadel Guard shoot and kill 2 of the Morannon Orcs and the Osgiliath veterans kill another 3 all in an effort to assist Boromir and whittle down his foe.

WotR: Gothmog holds
My trebuchet then fired and killed 4 Morannon orcs in the centre of the battlefield.


Craig shoots his catapult but fails to hit a single warrior of the reserve of Minas Tirith entering the battle.



Charge
Desperate to save Boromir I call a heroic charge for the Citadel Guard, which please Craig as Gothmog is within 12 inches and copied it for free - it pleased him even more when he said:


WotR: Citadel Guard Heroic Charge
YOU DO KNOW YOU HAVE PRIORITY RIGHT?”… 


great a might point used to give Gothmog a free heroic charge - AAGGGHHH!!!!


But on a positive note, the Citadel Guard needed at least a 5 to reach the rear of the Morannon orcs and help save Boromir.
WotR: Citadel Guard Charge

When to my amazement I rolled a 6 (unstoppable charge) I shouted “YES” and slammed the Citadel Guard straight into the rear of Craig's Morannon Orcs (they would now be fighting with -5 per company for fighting in the rear); 

Boromir charged their front and sandwhiched them in battle.

I followed by charging my warriors of Minas Tirith into the remaining Morannon Orcs.


WotR: Boromir Saved


Fight
Cavalry strike first and so Boromir started the fight - his Knights killed 11 Morannon Orcs and then the Citadel Guard also killed 11 - the Morannon in return failed to kill any of the Knights of Minas Tirith - a plan that paid off, what a result!

Next on to the main battle lines:

WotR: Gothmog in the Way
Warriors of Minas Tirith kill 5 of Gothmog’s Morannon Orcs, who only manage to kill 1 Gothmog used his last might point to make it 2 before he was slain and removed from battle as less than ½ his last company (all hope is lost) and Gothmog is removed from the battle.

The centre of the field saw Warriors of Minas Tirith kill 6 Morannon orcs who only killed 4 Gondorians.

WotR: Gothmog Dies
In the north the Warriors of Minas Tirith kill 9 using their last might point as time had run out and this was the last round. The Morannon orcs killed 5 and also used their 2 might point s to make it 7.

Final Thoughts
I chose The Garrison of Osgiliath with smaller formations with one thing in mind - kill the orcs.  I think this worked well and the 4 companies against 6 meant I could field more formations, but only miss out on the odd support roll here and there, which is why I fielded the size I did.

WotR: Gondor Wins after 5 rounds
The Osgilaith Veterans were Ok, the bows didn’t do the damage I thought and at crucial times they were a let down - but that is just bow fire for you, the last time I took them they killed 2 Mordor Trolls in one hit.

The Citadel Guard were OK, worth the points? Not sure, but they looked good.

Citadel Longbows - again, they are not worth the points, but they did look good and the extra shooting distance also worked well.
LotR: Citadel Long Bows
The Knights of Minas Tirith were very good, their lances help with rolling to hit and their shields make them harder to hit and with a hero they could fly around the battlefield - a must for Gondor.

Craig doesn’t seem to like using his might, nor did he move Gothmog at a crucial point, which would have saved him and helped with the game especially if it had gone on longer - he could have moved him in to the formation that attacked Boromir and copied his epic/heroic actions and used his own, which could have seen Boromir dead and the knight removed - fortunately he didn’t. 

Man of the Match
LOTR: Man of the Match: Boromir
This can only be Boromir - he took on a Mordor Troll, Troll Chieftain and a formation of Morannon Orcs and cam
e out victorious (with a little help from his friends). His abilities are very good and had I remembered to do  the heroic duel I think I would have done some serious damage to the orcs before needing the Citadel Guard to assist.  Would I use him again… Most definitely!

Next Time
Craig wants to play Warhammer 40K next time, so I am in desperate need of an opponent (any volunteers!?) I might try 40K again, but I love Lord of the Rings and War of the Rings so much, I just don’t think I will. Hopefully I can find someone to battle as I might try to field my dwarf army (especially now I have 3 companies of Vault Wardens), but I guess that really depends on who I can play and what they want to field. With the release of the new LOTR SBG books I am kean to start playing that, I have the rule books and the old journey books and tonnes of LOTR SBG figures, still trying to find an opponent to learn the rules.

Fingers crossed for the next battle…













Friday, 17 February 2012

WOTR: Battle Report - Rohan v Mordor




 "Now is the hour! Riders of Rohan! Oaths you have taken, now fulfill them all, to lord and land!"
                                 Eomer - Return of the King


This week saw my son Thomas attend the club to try his hand once again at WotR.  We started together over a year ago at Games Workshop and played plenty of battles, however he soon got bored and didn't want to continue…
I finally persuaded my him to come to East Grinstead War Gaming Club to play a Lord of the Rings/War of the Rings battle.  As we were playing Craig and he had decided to stay with his choice of Gothmogs Morannon Ors Battle Host, we agreed to try something new... Out came the Rohan army and despite the things I have read on the forums, I was kean to try them out and fielded an infantry heavy army (for Rohan).
Thomas wanted to play the infantry and I played the cavalry. 


It still seems strange watching someone else field and play with my Mordor army having spent a long time collecting, painting and playing with them... but I guess that is the price to find a WotR opponent in Sussex!

LotR: Gothmogs Morannon Orcs
Battle Host


Mordor force 1500 points 
(Craig)

Epic Hero:
Gothmog

Common:
6 x Comp of Morannon Orcs
- (with Banner)
6 x Comp of Morannon Orcs
 - (with Banner)
 - (with Captain)
6 x Comp of Morannon Orcs
WotR: Gothmogs Morannon Orcs 
Battle Host
 
 - (with Banner)
 - (with Captain)
6 x Comp of Morannon Orcs
 - (with Banner)
 - (with Captain)

Rare:
1 x Troll Chieftain
3 x Mordor Trolls
1 x Catapult



WotR: Theodreds Knights Rohan,
Gandalf the white & Rohan Eored
Rohan Force 1500 points 
(Me and my son Thomas)

Epic Hero:
Gandalf the White

Common:
6 x Comp of Rohan Eoreds
 - (with Banner)
WotR: Erkenbrands Riders Rohan
 - (with Captain)

6 x Comp of Oathsworn Milita
 - (with Banner)
 - (with Captain)

3 x Oathsworn Bowman

 - (with Banner)
 - (with Captain)


Legendary:
6 x Comp of Erkenbrands Riders
 - (with Banner)
WotR: Grimbolds Hemingas Rohan
 - (with Erkenbrand)

6 x Comp of Theodreds Knights
 - (with Banner)
 - (with Theodred)

6 x Comp of Grimbold Helmingas
 - (with Banner)
 - (with Grimbold)


Deployment
 
Craig lined the four formations of Morannon orcs at the back of the table and scattered the trolls between the formations, his catapult was positioned on the northern part of the battle board on a hill.

Thomas placed his archers to the south, next was 6 companies of Grimbolds Helminglas then 6 companies of warriors on foot (each of these had 6 comps of riders in front of them - one of which was Erkenbrands riders). Then at the northern half of the table was Theodred’s knights and Gandalf in with 6 companies of riders.

WotR: Rohan v Mordor
The battlefield had a small wood on the southern hill, a ruin in the centre (Thomas wanted it there even though I tried to dissuade him as it would hamper our cavalry).

Again we had our troops facing across the board, two 1500 point armies - Gothmogs Morannon Orcs battle host (steadfast against humans) against a lighter, less armoured Rohan.
I sighed and picked up some dice ready for the priority roll, our two 1500 point armies - Gothmogs Morannon Orcs battle host (steadfast against humans) and Rohan with 2 formations of Militia.

Turn 1

Priority
Thomas and Craig rolled, Craig won priority rolling a 6… he has an uncanny ability with the priority rolls! Gandalf declared that he would re-roll failed focus test this round.

Move
Craig wasted no time and ran his Morannon at the double into the centre of the field straight to the building - clearly setting the tone. He then moved the rest of his troops forward in a line, his strategy against my cavalry was to advance slowly and together, something he had learnt from our previous games.

Gandalf started the movement phase casting magic at the nearest formation of orcs (Gothmogs), Terrifying Aura and Visions of Woe followed by Blinding Light  - the result was a Gothmogs formation of Morannon fight 0, and 1 dead... now I needed the charge.  
WotR: Erkenbrand & Grimbold's Hemingas advance

I advanced Erkenbrands riders in the south ahead of Thomas’ infantry, spread them out ready for bow fire, Theodred and his knights held their ground to allow the Riders next to him in the north to move forward and also spread out. 

Thomas moved the infantry forward slightly, angling both the Rohan Oathsworn Militia and Grimbolds Hemingas, (now occupied by 6 companies of Morannon orcs) towards the building and the archers advanced to the slope, by the trees.

Shooting
WotR: Gandalf the White charges with the
Rohan Eored
Craig loosed his catapult with delight, the shot came crashing down on my advancing riders with Gandalf and killed 3 of them. His trolls were too far to throw their weapons.
 
Both my cavalry formation, being expert riders shot their bows straight at the Morannon in front of them… their shields and armour meant rolling 6 and 4’s, one dead from both formations, not what I was expecting. The archers fired at the Morannon and killed another 2. Rohan Oathsworn Militia and Grimbolds Helmingas threw their axes at the morannon in the building but only killed 2 due to their high defence, shields and being in a building!


Charge
WotR: Gothmog charged,
Mordor Troll counter Charge
Needing to take the initative from Craig the Rohan Captain with Gandalf called a heroic charge right in front of Gothmog and managed to jump the charge queue and successfully charged Gothmogs formation, in return Craigs troll charged the the Rohan riders, this was not ideal as he would inflict casualties on me first with the troll and lessen my changes of killed Gothmog in round 1!


WotR: Rohan Oathsworn and Grimbold lay siege
Next Rohans turn and Thomas keen to get in to the action charged the ruins with both the Rohan Oathsworn Militia and Grimbolds Helmingas in a desperate bid to outnumber the orcs and rain death on them before the rest of their rabble could descend on Rohan... a smart move, or so I thought.

Fighting
WotR: Morannon orcs force back Grimbold Hemingas
The fighting started at the ruins, Rohan loose the charge bonus due to the Morannon hiding in the ruins, and so the dice are worked out, and rolled... but again the Morannon in the ruins are just too strong and Rohan are pushed back with a bloody nose winning the fight  with 4 Morannon dead and 8 Rohan. Thomas then rolled on the panic table and saved the Rohan troops from shame.




WotR: Rohan take casualties
The Rohan Riders along with Gandalf fight next.  


The Mordor troll struck first and easily killed 2 riders.


Next the riders of Rohan strike with the charge bonus manage to kill both the Mordor troll and as Gothmog didn't use any might to increase his fight '0' he looses 8 infantry.  


In return the Morannon orcs kill another 3 riders, a victory for Rohan, but it didn't feel like it!




Turn 2

Priority
Thomas and Craig rolled again, this time Thomas won priority rolling a 5… Gandalf again declared that he would re-roll failed focus test this round.

Move
WotR: Gandalf joins Theodreds knights and
casts Blinding Light on Mordor Troll
I sensed that with another Mordor Troll and 5 companies of Morannon Orcs to fight the Rohan Rider Eored would not last the next round and so moved Gandalf to join Theodred and his riders ensuring the I used Blinding light to reduce the trolls fight to '0' in preparation for the next fight.


I then moved Erkenbrand's riders forward to engage the Mordor Troll advancing int he south as well as another formation of Morannon Orcs. 



Shooting
Thomas' archers shot at the troll and manage to inflict a wound counter, Erkenbrand's formation shot at the Morannon to soften them up and manage to kill two. In reply Craig's troll threw his weapon and killed a rider and his catapult rains death on on of Theodred's knights.


WotR: Erkenbrands Knights charge orcs and trolls

Charge
Thomas felt a bit left out now as the cavalry was doing all the fighting and he was stuck behind waiting for a gap to get into the fight and couldn't even shoot.  


I charged Erkenbrand's Eored straight into the advancing Troll at an angle that hit the Morannon Orcs - my plan was to take away any charge bonus from either the Mordor troll of the Morannon Orcs, and it work very well.


WotR: Gandalf and Theodreds Knights charge Mordor Troll
To the North My remaining Rohan Rider Eored charged the Morannon Orcs while Theodred charged the Mordor Troll.


Fighting 
With priority I chose the Rohan Eored firrst and killed 3 Morannon, but lost 2 riders - this still amazingly left 2 riders.


Next Theodred would fight.  The Mordor Troll again got the strike first and killed a knight in the melee, Theodred's knights only managed to inflict 2 wound counters resulting in them having to roll on the panic table.


WotR: Rohan take stock
The Rohan army was starting to dwindle, but was not out of the fight.


Erkenbrand's riders fared better and managed to kill the Mordor Troll and 4 Morannon, for only a 4 dead riders.



Priority
Thomas again won priority



Move
I moved Erkenbrand back in line with Grimbold's Helmingas as Thomas moved forward. I kept the last two Rohan Riders in place in front of Gothmog to stall his advance and moved Theodred at the double around to the flank of Gothmog between the ruins and his formation. 

Craig held Gothmog as there was nowhere to run while his troll about faced and moved behind the Rohan Riders.

In the south the Morannon orcs advanced with the troll chieftain.


The last formation of Morannon moved on the far south towards the Rohan archers.


I forgot to cast any spells on both Gothmog and the Mordor Toll!


Shooting 

Thomas' archers now had a new target advancing on them a formation of 6 companies of new Morannon Orcs - he shot at them and killed 4.


Erkenbrand's Eored fired and killed another 2 Morannon.


Next Craig fired his catapult, but this only killed 1 of Theodred's Knights.



Charging
Theodred slammed into the side of Gothmog's 4 remaining formations with an unstoppable charge, the last company of Rohan riders charged his front.  


Then both Erkenbrand and Grimbold's Helmingas charged the Morannon formation along side the troll chieftain.


In return, Craig charged his troll into the rear of the Rohan riders who had charged Gothmog.



Fight
Craig sensing trouble called a Heroic fight, Theodred also called heroic fight and rolled a 4 to regain the lost might 'Ha, two can play that game Gothmog'!


Again, the Mordor troll stuck first, killed a Rohan rider and so the last company, now at half strength was removed.


Theodred and his knights, having an unstoppable charge, cavalry bonus and lances decimated Gothmog's formation down to the last 5 troops... if Craig thought Gothmog had survived to hit back he was wrong, I used another might point to change 1 dice roll and killed another Morannon was killed, the formation (and Gothmog) were removed... but wait, I called Heroic fight and so rolled to charge the Mordor Troll. This time the Mordor Troll did not survive and the Northern Morannon Flank was clear.


Unfortunately we ran out of time, we shook hands and called a draw, although we both felt that had the battle continued, Rohan would have been hard pressed to win and in fact, would probably have lost, but with so many units still left I settle on the draw - although with hindsight, the Theodred's Knights were now in prime position to attack the rear of the other Morannon Orcs and would have caused havoc, in addition we still had a formation of 6 Rohan Militia waiting to fight... who knows what the result would have been.



Final Thoughts

Rohan are no real match for the Morannon Battle host. My infantry lacked the strength, my archers need not have bothered and the cavalry simply couldn't easily find a side flank to charge until I had cleared a decent path, and all of the Rohan troops couldn’t withstand the counter troll charges and counter attacks from the Morannon - they were simply outclassed.



Craig has obviously been learning and kept his troops as best he could in a line to keep his flanks protected. Gothmog used a little might, Which Theodred countered, which Craig was surprised at, but he can't have it all his own way.



I MUST REMEMBER MAGIC!!!!



Man of the Match
LotR: Gandalf the White
For me it has to be Gandalf - he managed to kill Gothmog and kill loads of Morannon due to his blinding light before the charge; I am not sure that he is worth the 300 points and probably won’t use him again in a hurry, but had I remembered to use magic in all rounds the tides may have turned in Rohan’s favour, yet again Gothmog could have done better.

I hear a lot about Morannon Spam - this is a classic case, they are cheap, hard hitters with brilliant defence (especially in buildings) and they can field masses of troops at relatively low prices.
 
I have decided that actually Rohan shouldn’t take on the Morannon, we discussed this battle and it was clear that the ‘light’ Rohan force was not strong enough against the heavily armoured orcs.  If Craig fields the same force next week, then I will play my Gondor Osgiliath battle host (which is pretty much the same as the Morannon Battle Host but for Gondor) and see how he likes fighting them!

Perhaps I should have stayed loyal Mordor..?! I might even try LOTR SBG... I just need to find someone to play against, although I might be able to persuade Adrian as he used to play LOTR SBG quite a lot and has lots of figures stored away.



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