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War of the Ring Battle Report, Gondor vs Mordor.

Finally got some time to get in a game of War of the Ring (WOTR) by Games Workshop. This game would bring a newcomer Nate, playing the side of Gondor in his first mass battle game.

War of the Ring Game, Gondor vs Mordor

War of the Ring Game, Gondor vs Mordor

We went with 750 points and since Nate is new to the game, I kept magic out of it.  We can bring magic in later, army lists where as such, each line is a Formation so I listed siege engines and monsters on separate lines for clarity.

Gondor

Faramir

3 Companies Minas Tirith Warriors, with captain and Banner
3 Companies Minas Tirith Warriors, with captain
4 Companies Minas Tirith Knights, with shields, and captain
1 avenger bolt thrower
1 avenger bolt thrower
2 companies High elf archers (allies)

Mordor

Gothmog

4 Companies Morannon Orcs
4 Companies Mordor Orcs with 2 handed weapons, and captain
4 Companies Mordor Orcs with shields, captain, and banner
2 Companies Mordor Orcs with bows
1 Mordor Troll
1 Mordor Troll

I must apologize, I was using my camera phone and in the excitement of the game didn’t hold still on some shots so it got a little blurry.  On some of them if you click on them to enlarge them, it wasn’t so great, sorry :(

On the image up top it is from the Mordor side.  On the far left you can see the Orc Bowmen, followed by a Troll.  To the right of the troll is the Morannon Orc formation with Gothmog in it.  Followed by the Mordor Orcs with 2 handed weapons in column, next is the Mordor Orcs with Shields, finally the 2nd troll on the far right flank

For Gondor Ill go from left to right as well, so up top you can see a formation of Minas Tirith Warriors with a captain, then next is the Minas Tirith Knights, with a captain and Faramir.  The unpainted figs next to them are the High Elf archer allies.  and to the right of them is the 2nd formation of Minas Tirith Warriors.  Up on the hill to the right are both of the Avenger Bolt throwers with nice command of the field.

The blue dice are the might points, makes it easier for new players not to forget they have heroes on the board.

The first couple of turns were spent getting the armies in position to fight.  My Orc bowmen took up shelter in the woods on the orc left.  while the rest of the army tried to close with “at the doubles” because of the ranged firepower of this force.  The Mordor orcs with 2 handed weapons drug their feet and in the first shoot phase for Gondor the Mordor Troll on my right flank was dead with 2 large bolts through his torso and a hail of elven arrows all over his body.  My Mordor orcs on my far right managed to spread out just a bit, giving me more frontage on my formation.

Nate wasn’t too fancy, he moved up his Infantry and supported them with the knights in the middle, the elf bowmen stayed back doing what elven archers do best.

Gondor and Mordor Prepare to Clash!

Gondor and Mordor Prepare to Clash!

The Minas Tirith Warriors slammed into my troll and the Orc bowmen in the defensible terrain, that didn’t go so well for Gondor.  Half of the Orcs with 2 handed weapons were gone from arrows and siege engines slamming into them in the orc center.  The orcs on the far right were doing fine vs the Minas Tirith Warriors.

Faramir’s knights slammed into Gothmog’s Morannon Orcs in the middle, there was a flurry of might points spent, there were heroic duels fought, but neither Gothmog nor Faramir fell, but many of their troops did.  In the end the knights got crushed in one turn bringing the game back to even. (My apology on the lack of pictures per turn, we were having so much fun I forgot. :)  Ill make sure and get more on the next one.)

Faramir's Knights Destroyed in the Middle

Faramir's Knights Destroyed in the Middle

The Morannon orcs charged into the warriors to their left and with the help of the troll smashed men left and right.  The Elven archers and bolt throwers continued to decimate the orc ranks, destroying the orc formation with 2 handed weapons.  The Warriors of Minas Tirith on the far right continued to slug it out with the orcs, neither side giving any ground.

Mordor Left Flank and One Nasty Mordor Troll

Mordor Left Flank and One Nasty Mordor Troll

Right Flank, Gondor Holds

Right Flank, Gondor Holds

The orcs on the far right get in trouble (you’ll see in the picture below) as the Troll and Gothmog’s formation try to turn around and put pressure on the remaining Gondor troops.

Ouch!!  Way to Many 5's and 6's for the Orc's Liking.

Ouch!! Way to Many 5's and 6's for the Orc's Liking.

A turn later, the Mordor orcs had about had it, Gothmog’s Morannons try and get their to help, now it is a race against time, and for my liking there was too many sharp objects hurling through the air ripping up my orcs.

Gothmog and the Troll Race Against Time

Gothmog and the Troll Race Against Time

Gothmog managed to slam into the Gondor formations flank, the Warriors of Minas Tirith had only a few men left and the Mordor orcs got destroyed.  The troll decided to start lumbering toward the elven archers, under a hail of arrows and siege engine missiles it did not work out well for the Mordor Troll and he went down quickly.  The yellow block next to the Warriors means they failed the courage test after the battle.

War of the Ring, Orcs and Gondor

War of the Ring, Orcs and Gondor

The final couple of turns turned into the orcs trying to close the ground with the shooters of Gondor’s alliance.  the Orc bowmen tried to shoot it out with the elves since getting there would be futile, but in a couple turns all the orcs were destroyed by elven arrows.  Gothmog needed one more turn to get in a charge against the elves but his formation fled the field with only him and a couple orcs left, the orcs just couldn’t contend with the hail of missiles.

The Gondor Survivors

The Gondor Survivors

Gondor won on turn 7, we had a great time, it was a great little 750 point battle.  One highlight I remember well was the Gondor players shooting.  With the bolt throwers, there was a total of 14 rolls of which only 2 times he rolled a miss, and when he did hit it was usually a 5 or 6 on the d6 roll.  Three of the siege engine hits were lucky strikes, so he crushed me via the air.  :)

It sounds like 4 of us will be getting together this weekend for 2 on 2 with 4 total armies, 500 point each.  Chad another newcomer with one game under his belt with be joining Nate and I along with Lance.  Lance and I have played about 5 games against each other to date and really enjoy it.  It should make for a fun Saturday, and Ill try and get some pictures.

I think we will have a Rohan, Mordor, Isengard, and Gondor army on the table (500 points each)

thanks for checking out the report, please leave a comment or two or a link to any reports you have.

Steve

Our First Game of The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game.

Hey Everyone, we did get in our game last weekend, in fact we got in two games, but Ill post the first one up and I’m waiting on the reports by each side to add the follow up and conclusion.

It kind of turned into a little story for both players, which you will see how it unfolds in the second game (I don’t want to spoil the end of this or give anything away on the second game).

Our first game was 150 points a side.  I added a couple house rules, but for the most part it was the basic game in the Fellowship of the Ring book.  I did allow them to use the might points for their hero’s and the house rule I used was for courage.  Since both players were new I gave them a set number and their forces would retreat.  If the Mordor Orcs lost 13 troops they had to run away.  If the men of Gondor lost 8 they had to run.

Another victory condition was if two of the Orcs solely occupied the stronghold then the men would fall back toward friendlies off the board.  The Orcs also only had 12 turns because by then the Gondorian Cavalry would show up and over run what was left of the Orcs.

So the scenario was set, a Mordor Orc band was attacking a old stronghold that guards a grain tower.

Game was played on a 4×2 area and this is the roster listed in a previous post (changed a bit, the Orc captain didn’t want any bows).

1 Gondor Captain w/shield & armor
8 Warriors w/shields
4 Warriors w/bows

1 Orc Captain w/shield
15 Orc’s Warriors with Shields
3 Orc’s Warriors

So anyway, here are some pictures, Ill add a few comments on the flow of the game and at the very end I highly recommend you read the Orc Captains report (my son Jared) and the Gondorian report (my friend Nate) to see how they each pictured the battle.

This is the opening set up, you cant see two of the men of Gondor are inside the stronghold.

Lord of the Rings Game Setup

Lord of the Rings Game Setup

It took a couple of turns, but the Orcs charged straight toward the line of Gondor.  A few Orcs got hung up by the stone wall the right of the picture.  You can see the Captain and 3 Warriors getting ready to take their stand on the left flank.  Men have moved up to protect the objective, the Stronghold as Mordor Orcs start to swarm the steps leading up the entrance.

Orc and Gondor Lines About to Clash

Orc and Gondor Lines About to Clash

Close up of the Orc captain as he starts to assault the stronghold.  Casualties for both sides at this point have been fairly even and fairly light, but things would heat up in just a bit.

Mordor Orcs Attack the Gondor Stronghold

Mordor Orcs Attack the Gondor Stronghold

Here is another shot showing the full line, Gondor lost a warrior on their far left, and the Orcs are starting to swarm the captain and the lone warrior as Gondor tries to move and rally toward the stronghold.  The archers managed to pick off a few, but they needed to get a few more to help that left flank.

Full Battle Lines of Gondor and Mordor

Full Battle Lines of Gondor and Mordor

A couple more turns into it; the captain has been doing his best to hold the left flank of Gondor, but the Orcs just keep coming.  Even the archers are getting thrown into the skirmish now to try and help turn the tide as the horde of Orcs continues to slam into Gondor’s defenses.

Fighting Continues between Orcs and Men

Fighting Continues between Orcs and Men

Things are starting to get tight for Gondor, they an only loose a couple more warriors before hope will flee the hearts of men.  Will the men of Gondor turn back the Mordor Orc horde?

The Morale of Men is Starting to Waiver

The Morale of Men is Starting to Waiver

Alas!  After a very valiant effort, striking down Orc after Orc the lone captain is overwhelmed and men up on the stronghold see their captain go down as the last defender on the left flank.  I must say, he did fight off numerous turns of 2 and 3-1, but 6-1 finally did him in.

The Gondor Captain Goes Down!

The Gondor Captain Goes Down!

Here is the final turn, you can see the Orcs on the far right continue to move around and the few Gondor defenders finally break and try and flee.  Orcs win the field today.

Mordor Orcs Win the Day.

Mordor Orcs Win the Day.

We all had a great time, both players had fun and I helped teach the rules and keep the game moving.  Take a moment and read the reports by each flavor, they both tried to add a little drama to it. :)

Jaredock the Strong’s Battle Report

Lord Sauron, the battle at the Gondorian outpost and silo was a success! I looked out across the battle field and saw the Gondorians. They were ripe with fear! I decided to form a line in my troops and charge strait into the enemy. I figured that if I got two orcs into the outpost we would have victory. Unless I killed eight men, then they would flee in sheer terror from the power of Mordor. My retreating point was twelve orcs. We had a limited time. To do this for Gondorian cavalry was quickly heading our way.

As we started our charge our lines were cut into three sections: on the left was a small group of orcs including me. In the middle was a huge line of orcs and on the right was a small group of about three to six orcs. I knew we could use this to our advantage it gave me a plan. My group would head for the outpost while the middle group would take on as many Gondorians as possible. Once the group on the right got through all the rough terrain, they would come charging through the men, hook back up with the middle group, and come back to me. My plan worked and we managed to surround and kill the captain.

Nate’s report:

Sgt Vass escaped from the orcs while they slaughtered the captives.

This is my report to captain Valnok of the 2nd command.  Our company was lead by young captain Bask, a very young captain and inexperienced.

He made one very critical mistake; he set his men to far away from the command post, leaving only two men to protect it.  The orcs caught us off guard even though we had received a dispatch they were in the area.  The captain just didn’t have the experience to see what was coming.

The orcs attacked in a straight battle line, with their commander leading the attack. Their right end of the line attacked our flank.  Our archers hit them as they advanced; only killing a few.  It gave our men a morale boost; I could hear their cheers across the battlefield.

The sun was hot, and the air was heavy, it had not rained in a while, and orcs smell even worse when it is hot.

As the battle continued we moved to try and protect the command post.  The captain held them at bay for a while, but I personally saw him collapse.  He knew he made a mistake, and he protected his men with his life.

There were just too many orcs, and we kept getting pushed back and killed one by one.

Thanks for checking out the post, feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think. :)  Till next time, may your dice come up sixes (at least if youre playing Lord of the Rings)

Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game

The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game

The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game

Hey everyone, just touching base, Ill have more info and likely just add to this post as an edit, but this Saturday (tomorrow) we are going to be playing the Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game.

I am a big time fan of the War of the Ring by Games Workshop, and found a couple new recruits for minature war gaming in my area, one being my 10 year old son LOL.  He likes video games, but the scope of the SBG being more of a skirmish level game seems to have him interested.  A new gamer I just recently met, Nathan, has played some of the Star Wars mini game, but would like to try WOTR and LOTR SBG as well.

Ill post some pictures and a small after action report, and see if I can get both of the captains to chime in with their point of view after the game as well.  Here is the post on The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game.

This will be a fairly small game with only one advanced rule; the Might points for the captains, to keep it simple and help them learn the game, but not all at once.

Here is what each side will have (seen in the teaser picture up top)  Ill be using Warriors of Minas Tirith since that is what I have for War of the Ring, but using the Gondor stats in the Fellowship of the Ring book.   We are using the older version of the game since Nate already  had a copy, and if we like it, move toward the newer books.

Here are the forces for their first game.

1 Gondor Captain w/shield & armor
8 Warriors w/shields
4 Warriors w/bows

1 Orc Captain w/shield
11 Orc’s Warriors with Shields
3 Orc’s Warriors
4 Orc Warriors w/bows