Friday, 17 February 2017

Tale of Many Gamers: Chris' Update and Battle Report!

Bard: And worth a King's ransom... how is this yours to give? 

Bilbo Baggins: I took it as my one-fourteenth share of the treasure. 
Bard: Why do this? You owe us nothing. 
Bilbo Baggins: I'm not doing it for you. I know that dwarves can be obstinate and pigheaded and difficult. They're suspicious and secretive, with the *worst* manners you can possibly imagine. But they are also brave and kind, and loyal to a fault. I've grown very fond of them, and I would save them if I can. 

Chris - Well then, February is rapidly drawing to a close and I'm quite happy to reveal that I have completed my month 2 goal. I had to paint up almost the same amount of models as month 1 as it's an entire warband led by the Ring-bearer himself.

(Sam - I also managed to finish my target of Bolg and a Gundabad Ogre for this month. Thanks to Chris W from MSWG for going all the way to Warhammer World to pick the ogre up for me. I'll detail my 400 point army in another post. Now...let's hunt some tramps!)

I have never used a sword in my life!

"Any man who wants to give their last, follow me!"

So, with the 389 point army ready, it was time for their first battle.

Here is what I was up against:

Sam's Legion of Gundabad led by Bolg.

The board is set...

The scenario is To the Death!

The survivors set their sights on the relentless advance of the foul orcs...

The men of the Lake have poor aim, but Bard is a skilled archer and fells an orc.

First blood.

The rabble dart for cover, their 8" movers coming in handy.

Realizing that the onrushing orcs are charging between the buildings

the Lake-towners re-position to enclose the fighting space.

Don't want a nasty berserker flanking around the back.

"Is this a good place to stand?"

The orc filth have to move into the open.

The battle lines will clash imminently.

Bard spots his opening...

...a clear shot.

At the expense of 2 might points Bard slays the deadly beast

with 3 rapidly fired arrows.

A worthy trade.

The orcs decide it's time to get into their opponents face.

The captain calls a heroic march.

The survivors win priority when they didn't want it through fear of the counter charge.

But Bard has a thirst for blood after the destruction and chaos brought to his people.

He makes straight for the captain.

Both parties heroic strike, both expending their final points of might.

The sheer power of Bard's charge was enough to best the captain.

Meanwhile, Bolg looks to lower the numerical advantage of the fisherman...


As Bard is tied down in what is now a huge blood bath.

With mass casualties on both sides and every combat resulting in deaths!

Bolg now turns his attention to the little Shire-ling.

Bilbo's 3 might and ability to half Bolg's fight value is dangerous,

but only in combination with the Bowman.

Bolg seeks Bilbo 1-on-1.

The two army leaders finally meet in the heat of battle.

With the orcs broken, Bolg needs to fight hard and defeat the dragon-slayer

as Bilbo tries to find a way through to help his new friend.

With the fight value and dice against him, Bolg fights all the odds and

smashes Bard to the ground. BOOOOOOLGGGGGGGGG!!!

But unfortunately for the spawn of Azog it is not quite enough...

The orcs are reduced to 25% and the game ends. The Men of Laketown are victorious...for now. Despite the apparent death of Bard, the Orcs have been driven off. 

Final Scores:
Chris: 8
Sam: 3

Chris: That was a close game. I'm glad the brave men of Laketown were able to pull through despite losing Bard to the foul spawn of Azog. Next month, I have to paint another warband so I am going to paint up Gandalf the Grey and a warband of Mirkwood elves. 6 Rangers and 6 of their armoured friends.

Happy Wargaming! 

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