Saturday, August 30, 2014

The defence of the ruins of Cair Andros

The year is 3017 of the Third Age of this world...

A sense of foreboding lies over the realm of Gondor, as if some great event is about to take place... Long has Gondor dwelt in the shadow of Mordor, its visceral threat evidenced by dark clouds over that cursed land, punctuated by flashes of flame as Mount Doom rumbles restlessly in its long slumber...



Ever have the borders of Gondor been tested, whether by foul orcs from Mordor itself, or the varied races of evil men of the East, in thrall to Sauron, the Dark Lord of Mordor.

On this fair summer morn, Faramir is north east of the great city of Minas Tirith, checking the northern borders with his company of rangers, around the ruined outskirts of Cair Andros. The small garrison here guards the norther crossings of the great river Anduin, which lie in direct course to the Gates of the Black Land, the Morannon...

It is not only Faramir, who is in the north that day, but Boromir, his brother, also has just arrived from Minas Tirith. Travelling with a company of the Tower Guard, he is inspecting the borders of Gondor, looking for weakness...

The meeting of the brothers is a joyous time, but their merriment is short lived as Faramir's ranger scouts bring in news from further north. Dust clouds herald the approach of a host of men on foot and horse, led by a great man borne in horse drawn chariot. The wainriders have come, once again!

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Our second game at the KWC, saw Andrew and myself enjoying another game of LOTR/Hobbit. 

Andrew had wanted to bring his Eastern Realms force featuring Easterlings of Rhûn and Khandish troops led by a Khandish Chieftain in chariot. This would give me a good chance to try out my fledgling Gondor force that I have recently competed over the last month or so.

We decided to keep the points at 600 for the army size, as we have found this is a big enough size to include some decent monsters or heroes, without being too large that we cant get conclusion in a comfortable evenings playing time.

As I arrived at the club, Andrew had the table set up ready to play, having arrived earlier... a couple of dice throws later and we were playing 'Lords of Battle' and I won the first dice to choose sides and start deploying...

Lords of Battle is basically a kill fest where you score points for all the kills you achieve and points for wounds inflicted upon and fate points used up, by enemy heroes... Once one side breaks (down to 50%) you roll a die... on a 1-2 game ends, otherwise play on ... and check again next turn and so on...

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Deployment:

Andrew had set the board up with his Gothic ruins set, depicting the outskirts of a ruined settlement.

I had Boromir, leading a warband of WoMT (Warriors of Minas Tirith), Faramir leading a mixed warband of WoMT and Rangers and a Captain of MT leading a warband of WoMT. An all infantry force, with strong armour for the most part backed by a few rangers.

Spying Andrews force I could see a mixed formation; solid heavily armoured Easterling foot troops and kataphract cavalry, in addition to lighter armoured Khandish foot and light bow armed hosremen. ( I love the look of these troops they have a real Mongol horde look about them, and I have started acquiring some to compliment for Mordor forces.) At their head was a very grand looking Khandish Chieftain riding his war chariot. Super job on this by Andrew - nice to see the extra effort to add reigns and even the addition of severed Gondorian heads!

As usual we deployed in alternating warband fashion, and I was wary of being caught in the open too much against the cavalry and chariot. So I deployed Faramir's warband first, holding the central ruin, with covering archer positions to the fore and flank. Andrew placed his Easterling foot centrally which I countered with Boromir's warband, centrally positioned. Andrew placed his Khandish foot reinforcing the Easterling foot, against which I placed my last infantry warband on my far left flank, led by my Captain. Finally Andrew placed his cavalry and chariot on my right flank, looking possibly to sweep through the weaker flank held by my rangers...

Battlefield deployment

"The board is set... the pieces are moving..." ... great line by Gandalf!

The brothers hold the Gondorian centre

Rangers hold the Gondorian right as the Rhûnic cavalry look to turn the flank.

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Battle is joined!

I won priority for the first turn and charged forward with most of my troops, whilst the rangers continued to hold the ruin on my right flank.
























The Khandish cavalry went up the flank as expected...



























...but the Easterling kataphracts led by the Khandish chariot, swung in towards the centre and the end of the Gondorian line...





















Initial bow fire from the rangers killed one Khandish horseman and unhorsed another. Two shots at the chariot instead hit the kataphract but failed to penetrate the armour.

The early part of the fighting showed the difference between the heavier armoured Gondorians and the lighter armoured Khandish foot troops. The Easterlings and Gondorians being a match for each other, in the centre, but Boromir made a slight difference here, though was making hard work of it...



Sensing the risk to his right flank, the Khandish warlord continued towards that flank escorted by two kataphracts...





























The Khandish light horse galloped in towards the ruins the rangers were holding, bows twanging, trying to flush them out...
























Battle was fierce all along the main battleline. Faramir had joined the fray against the kataphracts attacking the end of the Gondorian line. Boromir still tried to push through the Easterling centre, trying to get towards their captain.




























The Khandish chariot rumbled into position now to reinforce the faltering Khandish flank, now just waiting for a gap to charge into...



The rangers feel the pressure as the Khandish light horse approach, they can wait for another round of shooting before they will have to retire...


The strong Gondorian armour continues to hold out against the Khandish foot...


The rangers pull back just in time as two warriors rush to help the now faltering Gondorian right, one ranger is too slow to react and caught...


Battle rages and the Khandish chariot rider makes his presence felt crashing into the Gondorian soldiery... as Boromir finally gets to the Easterling captain. Meanwhile the Khandish chieftain on foot finds himself surrounded for the second time...


Boromir fights on, urging his line to hold... Faramir at the flank battles on with the kataphracts...


The Khandish foot troops have been sorely beaten by the Gondorian foot, but now the gaps in their ranks are terribly exploited by the charging chariot and Easterling kataphracts, and brave Gondorian soldiers begin to fall...


The Gondorians continue to hold, with pressure on all sides now, but they keep battling and evil men of the East continue to fall...


A ranger has fallen in the ruins but the other light horsemen are fought off, and Faramir has felled the kataphract he was engaged with...


The Khandish chariot mounted chieftain continues to batter his way forward into the Gondorian line knocking men over like bowling pins... Boromir is too far away to help, being engaged still in the centre with the Easterling captain... The Gondorian captain will have to hold as best he can...


The battle rages on in the ruins...


Boromir battles on with the Easterling captain... the line thins as other troops pull back to help other positions...


 ...trying to hold the Easterlings, whilst greater numbers try to deal to the Khandish troops...



The chariot crashes on into several Gondorians... and the Khandish Chieftain on foot battles on having survived being surrounded twice!


The rangers see to one of the horsemen, but are beaten back by the other, the line against the Easterlings holds as more Khandish troops fall, but the chariot is unstoppable... felling the Captain of Minas Tirith!


The final Khandish light horseman is surrounded in the ruins and pulled from his horse, ending the pressure on the Gondorian right flank..


The khandish Chariot crashes on its trail on destruction, the Gondorian left now sorely tested and looking to crumble...


Boromir is still engaged with the Easterling captain...


... as Faramir fights off the last Kataphract on the Gondorian right... finally cutting him down from his horse...


The battle rages on... the flank ruin is secure and the rangers can now look to move to reinforce the centre... and Faramir can start to try and turn the Easterling flank... The remnants of the Gondorian left, having dealt with the Khandish foot troops, now look to withdraw to the centre... away from the chariot threat...


...if they can lure the chariot that way, Boromir may be able to deal with it, that is our slim hope...


A brave Gondorian trooper charges the stalled chariot, impeding its charging movement, Faramir is starting to turn the Easterling line, but a kataphract moves up to threaten this bold move...


Can Gondor hold on...


The brave Gondorian who charged the chariot is dispatched, but Boromir has finally managed to fell the Easterling Captain in the centre.


And at that point the fateful chance cube comes to rest, showing battle is over this day... dusk has come and both sides withdraw...


Boromir stands holding the centre, with his brother Faramir close at hand...


The two Khandish war chieftains have crushed the Gondorian left...


You have fought well this day little brother!


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And so ends our battle, a most enjoyable and brutal game. The casualties shown below...



The final victory point tally shows a slim victory to Gondor with final scores for casualties inflicted, and wounds suffered and fate points used up, by heroes as, 28 - 22, in Gondors favour. At the end, both sides were broken.

A thrilling game and we look forward to our next installment.

Andrew wants to bring his beautifully converted Dol Amroth army so I will be fielding the varied foul troops Mordor has to deploy....

Join us in a fortnights time for the next thrilling encounter!

25 comments:

  1. <excellent report !! usually, it's difficult for me to real those "things" but yours is exciting !
    I like the terrain and all the figures !
    Great !

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  2. Lovely models, fantastic pics, great narrative show how much you guys are enjoying your Middle Earth gaming Scott. Wonderful stuff - keep it coming please!

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  3. Great report Scott! Lovely looking table!

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  4. Great report Scott and fantastic looking models.

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  5. Great looking game Scott, the models and terrain are outstanding

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  6. Sadly my 'Ohh! Shiny' response has kicked in and I now want to try this. So what's the best way to get started? Is there a starter set that will give me all I need?

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    1. Hi Ferb. Glad I've got your interest :-) Sadly the only starter sets with LOTR/Hobbit were themed to the movies, the LOTR one was the Fellowship at Moria against the goblins and cave troll, whist the Hobbit one was Thornins company ns the Goblins of Goblin Town... both fun in their own rights, but not 'armies' as such... but you get the rules etc to play the game... its a start certainly!

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  7. Great report! Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Beautiful miniatures and a super nice board, as well as an informative but fast paced battle report! 10/10!

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  9. Beautifully brutal there Scott was on the edge of my seat the whole time.

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  10. Lots of eye candy and another good back and forth battle. You should be getting lots of people to join in. I'm looking forward to the next battle.

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  11. Truly grand scale game going on here, Scott. Impressive photography of equally impressive figures and terrain. A wonderful tribute to the genre. Best, Dean

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  12. Another excellent report. Great looking armys. Looks like it was a tough battle for both sides with a narrow victory.
    cheers

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  13. Great report! I am now truly inspired to paint the Gondoreans who have been standing on my desk for many months and get them into battle.

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  14. Gondor vs. Easterlings is always one massive grindfest. glorious game though with two spectacular looking armies. well fought gents!

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  15. A very enjoyable battle report. Too bad couldn't see if Boromir and Faramir could kill the Chieftain though. And well done to the brave Gondorian charging the chariot to halt its movement.

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  16. The intro set the scene to a great battle report. Wonderful painting on both armies and some great photography.

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  17. Thank Scott! Great Battle Report, is amazing ;)

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  18. Never painted any Easterlings. Hmm! No! No! Stop it! Seriously entertaining write up and pictures!

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  19. Wow, that was a bit of a grind, eh?! That chariot was quite the beast! Great looking game and wonderful AAR, Scott!

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