Sunday, 9 February 2014

Tale of Four Gamers 2014 - Part 1

The Tale of 4 Gamers - Hobbit SBG:

With the start of 2014 the gauntlet has been set and a new 'Tale of Four Gamers' announced. This year the club has three players entering (we could almost run our own... maybe later in the year).  This website will be showcasing the efforts of Sam (Southern Dunedin) and myself.

Sam's army - will be of the woodland realm far to the east - Mirkwood
My army is a double effort this time with - Galadhrim as well as a second army of Woses.

The idea of this tale is to build from scratch a brand new 700 point army over the course of 3 months, competing against other hobbyists on the one-ring forum as we build, paint and battle our way to the finish line...

We are playing the new Hobbit SBG rule from Games Workshop. 

Month 1 
Build and paint 2 warbands, including an army leader:
Points are awarded as follows: 
 - 1 point for each hero painted on time
 - 1 point for each warband of 6+
 - 1 extra point for each full warband of 12 
(maximum 6 points)

Month 2
Expand your force to 500 points, complete with army list (name any un-named heroes) then battle your 500 point army against another gamer at the end of the month, 
Points are awarded as follows:
 - 5 points for complete a 500 point army (with army list), 
 - 3 points for a victory, 2 for a draw or 1 for a loss
(maximum 8 points)

Month 3
Paint a centre piece (monster/hero over 100 pointts).
Expand your army to 700 points with army list
Play a multi-player game at the end of the month (doubles), 
Points are awarded as follows:
 - 2 points for centre piece
 - 3 points for complete 700pt force and list
 - 5 points for victory, 3 for draw and 1 for loss
(maximum 10 points)

So up first Sam's Mirkwood army from the new Hobbit range.
Month one is completed and he has scored maximum points.

Month 1 proof pic. Legolas, Tauriel, 20 Mirkwood rangers & 4 palace guard

First 4 rangers done

Palace Guard at 90% completed

Warband 1 + general completed. Tauriel, 
10 Mirkwood rangers & 4 Palace Guard with shields

Warband 2 completed. Elanor, Lieutenant of Mirkwood,
10 Mirkwood rangers & 4 Palace Guard with shields

Army shot - all 505pts

Sam's thoughts "Now I know I was supposed to have Legolas but he didn't take well to being stripped so at the last moment - literally 8pm on deadline day - I had to speed paint the Ranger Captain. I am please with the result. 

As I am already at (well over) 500pts, the organiser of the event has kindly said I don't have to paint anything for month two. Just need to submit a legal army list and play a game."

My list for month 2 game.

Warband 1
10 Mirkwood Rangers
2 Palace Guard with Shield

Warband 2
Elanor (Ranger Captain)
10 Mirkwood Rangers
1 Palace Guard with shield.

My Galadhrim army:
I have been madly painting 9 warbands of Galadhrim, but chose to use the Galadhrim knights as my month 1 & 2 efforts and like Sam, I have finished month 2 at end of month one fielding a 500 point fully mounted Galadhrim army:

My unpainted Galadhrim Army

Legolas - foot and mounted

Legolas front

Legolas rear

Legolas mounted front

Legolas Mounted rear

Legolas and his 6 Galadhrim Knights with bows

Close up of the Galadhrim knight bows

Warband 1

Leader of warband 2:
Orophin Galadhrim Captain - foot and mounted

Orophin Galadhrim Captain - foot and mounted

Orophin Galadhrim Captain - foot and mounted rear

Galadhrim banner - foot and mounted

Galadhrim banner - foot and mounted

Galadhrim banner - foot and mounted rear

Warband 2, Orophin Galadhrim captain, 
banner and 10 Galadhrim knights mounted

Orophin leads the Galadhrim knights

Orophin Galadhrim Captain leads the charge! 

Orophin's Galadhrim Knights

Orophin's Galadhrim Knights

The Galadhrim base detail
As with Sams army, I am already (well over) 500pts with my Galadhrim army, but wanted to try an all mounted force for the first battle - this report will be posted this week.

My Galadhrim list for month 2 game.

Warband 1
Legolas mounted 
6 Galadhrim Knights with bows

Warband 2
Orophin (brother of Haldir and Rumil) Galadhrim Knight Captain
10 Galadhrim Knights
1 Galadhrim Knight banner

I just have to drop the banner of 2 knights to make it 500 points.

My Woses / Wild men of Druiden list for month 2 game.

Bilbo Baggins

Bilbo Baggins

Bilbo Baggins

Bilbo Baggins

'Invisible' Bilbo Baggins!

'Invisible' Bilbo Baggins!

Bullroarer Took foot

Bullroarer Took foot rear
Bullroarer Took mounted

Bullroarer Took mounted rear

Bullroarer Took foot and Mounted rear

Bullroarer Took foot and Mounted



Ghan-Buri-Ghan - rear 
Ghan-Bhuri-Ghan warband of woses

Woses or wild men of Druadan

Wild men of Druadan

First Warbands

Bullroarer Took and his wild men of Druadan

Wild men of Druadan

 Month 1 completed with full points for the Wild Men of Druadan (Woses) with two full warbands painted up.  Her is the list:

Warband 1
12 Wildmen of Druadan

Warband 2
Bullroarer Took mounted
12 Wildmen of Druadan

Stay tuned or follow the website for the battle report and the very exciting month 2 and 3 centerpiece we have planned. 

We welcome anyone interested in playing The Hobbit SBG, Lotr SBG, WotR or any warhammer/40K or Malifaux battle - why not let us know so that we can arrange some starter battles, or if you/your club want to challenge us. We have all the LOTR/Hobbit SBG figures and LOTR scenery from the Mines of Moria to the siege of Helms Deep, snow fields to desert boards ready and waiting.  

Feel free to email us to come along or arrange a game.

East Grinstead War Gaming club 

At East Grinstead War Gamers we often play Hobbit/LOTR SBG - both skirmish battles and walk through the books/films each Monday night and WotR on club nights.


  1. Scott, as always your comments are always welcome - especially coming from such an accomplished and active gamer.