And finally the Face-off 2016 Final! The elves defeated the Serpent Horde from a heroic duel between the elven captain and Suladan, after a very close encounter with the Mordorians which also resulted in a heroic duel that the captain got the better of the orc from. The Rohirrim, meanwhile took a close, but deserved, victory over Moria in the first round from Erkenbrand's special rules, then a well fought victory over the Fiefdoms.
Rivendell Vs Théoden's Host (Domination)
Whoever claims more of the five objectives after one side is broken and a 1 or 2 is rolled on D6 (in end phase). Objectives are claimed by having more models within 3''/8cm when the game ends.
|The elves fan out, and the Rohirrim concentrate on their left flank.|
|One of the elves gets caught in the bush and his brains are dashed|
across the floor! The elves advance un-phased.
|The Rohirrim stand off their adversaries, who simple charge them.|
|Then both captain call a counter charge...|
|There is tremendous crash of steel as the sides clash, the elven captain|
slices through two royal guards, who were looking at Erkenbrand stab
an elf in the face. Also another Rohan warrior falls to an elf spear.
|Erkenbrand calls another charge allowing them to surround the elves,|
and an elf is speared from three foot away.
|Initially the elf captain took a deep leg cut from a throwing spear and |
as he bent over to grab it Erkenbrand clove him in twain.
Another Rohan warrior gets speared too.
|Things are looking bleak for the elves, who have been broken, |
but they stand fast hoping the battle will turn in their favour.
|And so two more elves fall beneath either spear or sword of the Rohirrim.|
|Erkenbrand orders his guard to claim the remaining objectives.|
|While he fights fiercely with an elf, but knocks aside his shield |
and drives his sword into the elven warriors gut.
|The last elf stands, and fights a royal guard, although |
neither has the better of the other.
|Erkenbrand hastens to remove the faithful elf.|
|But his guard manages without...|
Théoden's Host = 10 + 5(breaking elves) + 3(killing elven captain) + 5(number of objectives claimed) = 23
Rivendell = 4
This victory was far too easy for the Rohirrim. Their throwing spears really gave them the edge, allowing them to effectively roll-to-wound on a 4+, not only that but the initially killed elf really meant that the elves had to charge into the Rohan line in order to win the well or the number of objectives would be against them once either side was broken.
Overall Hero Kills
Erkenbrand = 12 (16)
Elven captain = 9 (15) or 19 (27) inc. play-offs
Suladan = 9 (11)
Duinhur = 8 (8)
Shagrat = 3 (3)
Goblin captain = 3 (3)
Goblin Shaman = 2 (2)
There are some clear candidates for the person of the tournament, Sadly Suladan won't be taking it this time, as despite the number of kills he was too easily neutralised by other forces in the last two scenarios. Erkenbrand fought well in his three scenarios, getting a reasonable amount of kills, however a decent portion of his sides kills were from his bodyguard. The elf captain, however, has played a key role in the elven successes, destroying the dwarves in the play-offs, killing Shagrat and Suladan in the first round and the semis with many other kills along the way, although the final was a poor showing from the elven force, he still earns himself the Elf of the Tournament award for carrying his warband to the final battle.
So this concludes the Face-off 2016, albeit 5 months later than intended. I have done some other things over the Easter break, and they will be put up in due course :)