Tuesday, 29 April 2014

The Fellowship in Flight

Scenario 5: Flight of the Fellowship
The Fellowship have left the mines, although Gandalf didn't make it. Aragorn takes up leadership of them, but many hills lie between them and the safety of Lothlorien. Some returning goblins plant an ambush for the Fellowship and soon after the trap is sprung more goblins emerge from the mines to avenge their brethren.

Objectives: Good must move four members of the fellowship off the Eastern board edge by the end phase of turn ten. Evil must prevent this.

Special rules: Tide of goblins - At the end phase of each turn, from turn 2 onwards, roll a D6, the evil player may place goblin(s) with shield, spear or bow at the Western board edge based on the result from the roll:
  • 1-2 One goblin
  • 3-4 Two goblins
  • 5-6 Three goblins
Goblin forces: 20 Goblins (8x spears, 8x shields, 4x bows)

Playing area: 24''/61cm x 24''/61cm

Deployment, 2 goblin archers are deployed within 3''/8cm of either
corner. The fellowship within 3''/8cm of the centre of the western board
 edge. And seven goblins within 6''/14cm of the centre of the board
The archers shoot at the hobbits to little avail,
as they are in combat
Boromir and Legolas claim a kill each, while Aragorn takes a wound
The archers close in further as the sides melee again
Boromir slices and Legolas stabs another goblin each and Gimli joins
them squishing a goblin beneath his axe
One goblin draw by the sounds of battle
Aragorn urges the Fellowship forward while he holds a couple of
goblins back
Three more goblins rush onto the field
Aragorn gets more tied up and more members are engaged
But four goblins fall under the superior fighting skills of the Fellowship
Two more this turn
Aragorn seems to be soaking up most of the goblin's attention
Letting the four hobbits race, slowly, eastwards
Boromir and Gimli redeem Aragorn's lack of fighting skills
Three more arrive, much to Aragorn's annoyance
And eagerly charge straight into combat
The hobbits get closer to the board edge
Boromir downs another goblin, where Aragorn succumbs to the weight of goblins around him
Another three hastening to the battle cries
The Fellowship back away, and the hobbits inch closer to the
eastern board edge
An archer arrives
The Fellowship gain priority and the hobbits move over the board edge
Giving the Fellowship a victory and an overall victory 3-2!

This was quite a difficult scenario to make, as too many goblins in the centre would prevent any chance of members getting through and with too few the Fellowship would not be slowed down enough to allow the other goblins to catch up.
The main problem though is that the goblins had to get priority consistently, as they did in this battle, to have a chance at killing five members. 
This could either be solved by allowing the player with priority to choose the deployment edge or allow them to deployed at the Northern and Southern edges instead?
Moreover more terrain is needed to slow the progress of the Fellowship and so the goblins can use their cave dweller special rule.

Boromir was the only hero to kill an opponent in every combat he fought in, totalling five so gains the Performance of the battle. While Aragorn won a couple of combats but couldn't capitalise on them so gets the Flop of the battle.

Performer of the Campaign goes to Boromir, he managed to get 16 goblin kills in 4 scenarios. 
Aragorn did reasonably in the third and fourth battles, but slacked in the other three, despite this he managed 14 kills and two wounds on the troll from 5 scenarios.
Legolas managed 6 kills, one by bow, from 4 scenarios. 
Gimli managed 9 kills and the troll from 4 scenarios. 
The hobbits managed 7 kills from their 4 scenarios.
The Flop of the Campaign though, has to go to Gandalf, he managed a single kill in the 3 scenarios he played, not only that, he was a casualty in one, despite having three wounds and used blinding light to little effect.

This concludes my Easter jaunt, hope you enjoyed or learnt something from the battles, painting and my long tactical analyses which I have been 'trying' to keep to a minimum.
Hopefully when I'm back I shall cover some different ground, maybe in the Siege of Gondor booklet or a couple of The Two Towers scenarios, some more board work and finish of some painting...

Until then


Thursday, 24 April 2014

Battle in Balin's tomb

Previously in the Mines of Moria booklet:

Legolas gets struck down by goblin arrows 
Aragorn succumbs to Goblin numbers
Merry secures a trapdoor while the others hold the goblins
Legolas closing the final trapdoor
The score is 2-1 in favour of the goblins going into Balin's Tomb the final scenario in the mines of Moria booklet.
Strangely they didn't include any about the bridge of Khazad-dum or the flight over the stairs.

Scenario 4: Battle in Balin's tomb

The Fellowship find a stone chamber where Gimli's cousin Balin was laid to rest after meeting his tragic fate. Their grief is interrupted by the booming of drums and the the arrival of yet more goblins, this time "They have a cave troll".

Objectives: Good must kill the cave troll. Evil must kill four members of the Fellowship before the cave troll is killed.

Special rules:

Trapdoor - At the end phase roll a D6, on a 4,5 or 6 a goblin with either spear, bow or shield may be placed in contact with the trapdoor.
Cave troll - At the end of a turn where both sides have drawn the priority roll-off the cave troll may be placed in base contact with the doorway. If models are blocking the trolls entry then they must be moved out of the way, unless they are newly arriving models, then the troll arrives in the next turn.
The doorway - At the end phase roll a D6, the result is the number of goblins with either spear, bow or shield may be placed in contact with the doorway, if there is not room to place newly arriving models then the models blocking their entry may be moved aside. Unlike trapdoors the doorway may not be sealed.

Goblin forces: 24 goblins (8x spears, 8x shields, 8x bows) , Cave troll

Playing board: 56cm x 42cm

Aragorn and Boromir attack the goblins at the doorway
 Legolas and Gimli move to a trapdoor
Gandalf and the hobbits move to the other
while Sam helps Aragorn and Boromir
Three fall under the men's blades
Legolas taking a goblin arrow
Both attack quick before more goblins come through the trapdoor
Sam provides light assistance, where the men take up the bulk
One Goblin arrives, Gandalf and co. attack again
Both get kills here, and close the trapdoor
Frodo and Merry kill here, nearing the closure of the trapdoor
The men only manage two kills
Legolas and Gimli move to help the men at the doorway, the troll bursts
through trapping Aragorn, three goblins are wait outside the door
Pippin rushes towards Sam, as Gandalf and co.
surround the final goblin here
Sam smashes a goblin with his pan, Boromir carves the only goblin
brave enough to face him. Aragorn narrowly avoids the attacks of the
troll and goblins managing to put deep cuts into the troll
The goblin here falls to Gandalf
Legolas is held up, as half a dozen more goblins emerge from the door
Gimli bravely charges the troll
Another goblin clambers from the trapdoor
Pippin is stabbed in the stomach, while Boromir slays two more
More attacks again
As another goblin joins the fray Sam faces twice his number
Legolas trapped against thrice his and Gimli faces-off the troll again
Sam succumbs, Boromir stabs and Gimli cleaves the troll
Giving the Fellowship their second victory and the overall score to 2-2.

The Fellowship managed to close a trapdoor, reduce the effectiveness of the second and kill the troll. Things got sticky as the troll entered on the third turn, and after Sam and Pippin fell being used to reduce the number of enemies facing Boromir and Aragorn. However when Legolas and Gimli came to help the hobbits use had been fulfilled. 

The Performance of the battle award has to got to Boromir, as he won all of his combats and killed 6 of the 10 goblins coming through the doorway. Aragorn did well to kill three and get two wounds on the troll but lost a couple of combats meaning he allowed more goblins to be in the tomb.

Flop of the battle goes to the troll, that couldn't inflict wounds on Aragorn despite being surrounded, and Gimli in a face-off.

The Fellowship easily handled the goblins at the trapdoors, since I used the movement as depicted in the booklet. 

Aragorn and Boromir move to the door, Gandalf and the hobbits to one trapdoor, Legolas and Gimli to the other.

Gandalf's sub-force outnumbers the goblins initially meaning they had to get quick kills while the number ratio was in their favour and they are unlikely to have strikes against them, easier when they were in attacking range from the first turn.

Gimli and Legolas have to charge full speed towards the second trapdoor, no shooting from Legolas, before one or two goblins come through the trapdoor when they get there, so less turns are spent killing them when even more goblins can come through.

Lastly Aragorn and Boromir are best suited to defending the doorway, as they have the most combined attacks and wounds and need to kill three or four goblins per turn, so they won't get surrounded. Also as they are better candidates for killing the troll when it arrives.

Generally once the trapdoors are sealed Gimli, Legolas, Boromir and Aragorn can easily stem the tide of goblins coming through the door and kill the troll.

Until then


Sunday, 20 April 2014

The Fellowship strike back in moria

Scenario 3: Surrounded!
With Aragorn still not returned, a large group of Moria golbins ambush the Fellowship from either side. Boromir, Legolas and Gimli must lead the defence of the hobbits.

Objectives: good must seal both trapdoors, while Evil must slay four members before this happens.

Special rules: 
Trapdoor - At the end phase roll a D6, on a 4,5 or 6 a goblin with either spear, bow or shield may be placed in contact with the trapdoor.
Strider - In each end phase roll a D6, and on a 6 Aragorn can be placed at the doorway and can act as normal in the next turn of his arrival.

Goblin forces: 24 Goblins (8x shields, 8x spears, 8x bows)

Playing area: 42cm x 28cm

Gandalf casts blinding light to reduce the goblins archers effectiveness
One archer skirts Boromir's and Gimli's attacks
Sam falls and Gandalf is wounding in the Goblins melee
the spell clearly ineffective
Boromir and Gimli take goblins
While another arrives on the other side
And another here to replace the dead, while the remaining attack
Boromir and Gimli, allowing a mass attack on Frodo
Merry and Pippin stab the over confident goblin beside them,
and Gandalf takes another wound
Boromir and Gimli take three this time
Aragorn arrives
Aragorn attacks quickly, while the others close down the goblins
Boromir and Gimli charge two each
while Frodo prepares to close the Trapdoor
Aragorn cleaves a goblin, while Pippin and Gandalf
are taken by the Goblin blades
Gimli picks up Boromir's slack by smashing his axe into
the two goblins around him
Aragorn leads the one-sided melee and Frodo runs to help
More One-sided over here
Where Boromir slices half of the goblins here
Aragorn twirls his blades leaving three goblins heads to roll on the floor
Preparing to close the door here
Another attack here, Frodo is unable to reach a combat
Legolas, Aragorn and Merry all take one each
The goblin fends off the strong advances
Merry moves to the trapdoor and Frodo helps Legolas
More attacking here (as the booklet tries to invade the board)
Legolas claims the goblin here, and Merry closes the trapdoor
The goblin manages to wound Boromir
Legolas and the hobbits move to assist Gimli and Boromir
But there was no need
Merry and Frodo change their mind and assist Aragorn
Another goblin appears, against three angry heroes
Attacking here
Still not dead, but Legolas Manages to reach the trapdoor
Aragorn slays another
And another over here
Allowing Legolas to close the trapdoor

Giving the Fellowship a victory!

This was a lot closer, since Boromir and Gimli chose one side, leaving a thoroughly un-offensive Legolas and Gandalf the fend off a trapdoor with a couple of hobbits. Which didn't turn out well. The turning point was where Aragorn arrived, quite early, allowing a greater number to be removed per turn against the number coming in, so eventually they won out.
Boromir and Gimli barely needed Frodo's assistance in securing the trapdoor but took ages to kill the last goblin, managing to kill ten between them, while Aragorn managed six.

However the Performance of the battle goes to Merry who managed to kill two goblins and held off two for at least four turns, despite being a hobbit.
Legolas managed two kills over the course of the battle and couldn't kill at key points, leaving it to Aragorn and the hobbits, so gets Flop of the battle.

Due to the number number of pictures in this post I shall leave Battle in Balin's tomb for next time, as the Fellowship manage to get to 1-2 in the booklet standings, can they redeem themselves?

Until then


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