Thursday, 29 August 2013

Twin battles of Cair Andros

"Sir, Anersk's company approaches" called Nethar's scout. Nethar turned to two peasants. 
"You two, make contact with the Captain, we may need his assistance." 
"But, Corgoth has engaged him, his losses may be too many for him to return in full strength, also the captain could have routed them beyond our reach."
"That is not your concern right now!" Nethar shouted." Your concern is defending Cair Andros, and if you fail Gondor will claim your life! Even if the dark lord does not." The peasants backed away knowing that Nethar was under stress. Facing Anersk, with a superior company, could make or break his military career.

Lieutenant Nethar Vs Lieutenant Anersk, Riders of Rohan Vs Lieutenant Corgoth (Siege and Breakthrough)

The board is split into two 4' x 2' parts one representing the battle for Cair Andros and the other outside Cair Andros. 
A model may freely pass between the two battle on the roll of D6: 
  • 1      The model is lost in their travels, remove from either battles (lost models are placed with their               companies after the two battles)
  • 2-3  The model is placed on the opposite battle board at the end phase of the next turn
  • 4-5  The model is placed at the opposite battle board at the end of the next turns move phase
  • 6      The model is placed at the opposite board edge at the end phase (of the same turn)
For the either side to be alerted, a friendly model from the opposite board must get within 8''/20cm of a rider of Rohan or orc, before a definite result is achieved (i.e the riders kill all the evil models, or an evil model breaks through, the orcs kill all the riders)

Once alerted, either force may travel through the boards even if a definite result is achieved (on the same D6)

The game ends when both battles have been resolved.


Anersk takes an arrow with little hindrance
Two peasants move to alert the riders of Rohan of the attack on Cair Andros
Warsh attacks the riders hoping to gain an opening
The orcs approach the defences
Corgoth's warriors are surrounded
One takes a spear
The orcs battle for the barrier
Warsh is wounded but carries on
Corgoth is grounded by a rider, as is one of his warriors
The corporal miraculously dodges the attacks of the Gondorians
one orc manages to gain a foothold over the barrier
It's now a clean-up over here
The peasants roll poorly, so must wait until the end of the next turn
More attacking here
Two more orcs downed here, the third manages to wound a rider
Warsh succumbs to the numerous attacks of the riders, yet his warg stays
Nethar and peasant wound to the orc's one wounded
Warsh's warg is speared
And the brave orc surrounded
The fighting invigorates over here
The orc is sliced into eleven pieces, yet the captain still claims the kill.
Meaning a definite result has been achieved, so the peasants haven't managed to alert the riders.
Unknown to Nethar the riders won't return,
and Anersk could force a victory here.
Yet the Gondorians wound well in their absence
The corporal vaults over the barrier only to break his leg over the other side
The Gondorians gain the upper hand
And down two more orcs, pushing for victory
Anersk sees defeat here, so flees with his corporal!
Giving the Gondorians a major victory and 400R!
Anersk retreats north-west and Corgoth east.

In Cair Andros the peasant and the spear-man will miss the next turn. All others recover from their wounds.
Nethar and his bow-corporal gains +1strength.

In Anersk's camp, his corporal will lose his leg, The spear-morannon-orc loses an arm, and along with the another morannon will all miss the next turn. Otherwise all recover from their wounds. Anersk however finds an item of greater value. A forged spear granting him +1 to wound.

In Corgoth's camp all the heroes miss the next turn, and the sliced-brave bow-orc wasn't recovered afterwards. All the other orcs recover.

Nethar and his men cheered as the orcs fled in their presence.
"Men it looks like I was wrong. We can and have contended with Anersk! For Gondor!" Which arose a huge cheer amongst the men.
Yet Nethar awaited the arrival of the captain of Rohan, but he knew he wouldn't come. The last news he sent the captain was bad, so why would the captain return if he thought Cair Andros was under siege. No, he would wait for news that Cair Andros was secure, so would await messengers.
But yet, if evil had brought victory over them, the same would be done, no messengers sent.
"You two!" Called the Lieutenant at the peasants. "Scout north and east of our position, find the captain." They both hurried back to their tents to get their supplies. Nethar turned and his eyes met with a horse's. the rider smiled briefly.
"Yes." Started Nethar, " Send news of our victory to Minas Tirith." The rider took the letter and departed. Nethar watched the him ride south. 
Anersk was no longer a threat to the north, he was glad that this battle would enjoy a line or two in the war songs of the future, the steward might even reward him...

Corgoth had endured enough, yes the second defeat of any leader was hard to take. But now there were fewer places for any orc to take up arms against the Gondorians. 
Keresk held the only settlement north of the Harnen, and west of Mordor.
Anersk, Vashner and the Goblin Captain slowly dwindled in number as the men strengthened, the Dark lord would call for peace and the Gondorians would refuse.
The only good news was that Anersk had found a 'precious spear', like that would change anything.

Until then


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