Saturday, May 21, 2016

Lord of the Rings AAR

I was invited to a friend's house to play the Games Workshop Lord of the Rings game (the same friend I battled in a SAGA game a while back).  There were three of us.  Bob commanded a huge army of orcs backed up by warg riders, six orc heroes, and a Ring Wraith (80 miniatures total).  I commanded a group of Rohan militia led by Eomer and two captains.  Garrett played a relief force of rangers led by Aragorn (59 miniatures between the two forces).

Every player had different victory conditions.  The orc leader wanted to kill heroes.  Aragorn wanted to take out the Ring Wraith.  I just wanted to keep the three houses from burning.

The initial set up.  The rangers are not on the table yet.

The village defenders.

A wall of orc marauders.

The initial clash of arms.

Eomer moves to hold up an entire flank.

The rangers burst out of the woods and into the warg riders.

The orcs begin to slaughter the men of Rohan.

Aragorn duels with the Ring Wraith, eventually winning.

A slinger fights off many orc challengers, managing to survive the entire fight!

A counter-attack on the part of the village defenders stalls the orcs, providing victory.
In the end the forces of Men came within a single figure of losing 50% of their troops and thus giving the orcs a load of victory points.  The orcs slew only one hero, gaining only a measly single VP.  Aragorn killed the Ring Wraith, gaining 6 VP.  I managed to keep all three houses intact, each worth 4 VP for a total of 12, making me the clear winner of the conflict.

It has been forever since I've actually won a wargame, and I have to admit I was stunned.  I lost a lot of troops, but by staying focused on my scenario goals I won the day!

A big tip of the hat to Garrett, who set a great table and put together an easy intro scenario.

40K Ork Boyz

I'm just knocking away at the lead/plastic mountain of miniatures in my basement.  I assembled these guys a while back but finally got around to painting them.  Looking back over the blog, I seem I have a bunch more stuffed away in there.  I kept the palette simple, although I'm not sure there's enough contrast between the blue shirts and the green skin (I was just really tired of painting red clothing and wanted to do something different.

Looking back over my blog, apparently there are a good number of these Orks hiding in the pile.  Maybe this is the start of a new project?  Maybe.  In any case, I've got eight more painted for the year too.

Comments welcome.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Some guys from the other blog

I've got a blog where I'm slowly working my way through two Reaper Bones Kickstarters, but since those guys are miniatures as well, they deserve a little love of my wargaming/miniatures/terrain blog too.  So here they are.

I should break out Frostgrave or Songs of Blades and Heroes and do a battle report with these guys.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Empire handgunners

In addition to painting up my dwarfs, I'm also trying to get my old Warhammer Empire army painted up so a friend can use it (and maybe me from time to time).  So, four more handgunners finished.  Lousy photo, but I can't seem to shoot a better one tonight.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Vikings Return!

It's been a long time since I did any wargaming, much less SAGA, so I jumped at the chance when a friend asked if I would be willing to show him the ropes.  He's hosted some other wargames at his home, so this time we met at my place so my Vikings could set up against his Anglo-Danes.

The Vikings surge into the village
The Anglo-Danes line up to protect their Warlord
An overhead shot of the table
The two bands draw close to combat
The Vikings' wave crashes into the Danes with significant damage, but stalls out in the end.
The two Warlords finally face off, their ranks decimated.
The battle mostly involved the Danes throwing all kinds of Fatigue upon my units using their battle board while my units tried to throw off Fatigue using my battle board.  With Vikings there's not a lot of subtlety, and I rolled into his ranks with amazing effectiveness only to stall out on the second tier of units and fall to the Danish counter-attack.  That counter-attack cost my opponent most of his units, however, leaving the two Warlords to go at it.  Unfortunately the bad die rolling that plagued me the second half of the game continued, and the Warlord fell to a Anglo-Danish double-handed axe.

All in all a great game and bloody like it is supposed to be.  I can also really appreciate playing against an opponent who enjoys fielding a beautiful army on a well-dressed table.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

First game of Kings of War

Well I've been talking about Mantic's Kings of War for a while, and finally this last weekend got my first game in: my dwarfs versus John's Empire.

The original set up.  I just want to say that I've done a lot of the painting for the Empire side too...
So short story--I lost.  Mostly because I didn't know the rules well and played it a lot like Warhammer Fantasy Battles.  Which Kings of War isn't.  For one thing, you can shoot through friendly units on the same level.  For another, you don't get "smack backs" in close combat.  The charger hits the unit, does damage, and sees if they break. Fini.  The other unit can only hit back on their turn.  That makes timing charges critical for the game.

Here's a shot near the end,  I had a late rally and did some real damage, but by then I was without hope.  Next time I'll be playing smarter (and harder).

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

90,000 Page Hits

I hit a weird benchmark today: 90,000 page hits to this website.  Since it'll take me the better part of a year to hit 100,000 I thought I would just give myself a little "woohoo" today.

Thanks for reading!  Now where are my next dwarfs...


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