Friday, 16 September 2016

Battle companies tournament - Round 3

Rohan Vs Isengard (Storm the Camp)

The Rohirrim had another round to forget, they fought well, killed many but not quite enough goblins and so the goblins snatched another victory. The Rohirrim need a points or they will surely be fighting to not come at the bottom of the pack.

The Uruk-hai, meanwhile got unlucky in the first round and they are yet to form a coherent battle plan. Further they have only fought half as many battles so promotions and experience are short compared to the Rohirrim...

The Uruk-hai charge from their camp and go on the offensive.
The rider of Rohan makes his mark early on shooting, hitting and
wounding one of the uruk archers.
So the uruks return to their camp, noticing the lack of
warriors to defend it with.
The retreat even further back to stay out of throwing spear range.
Yet still, the rohirrim advance...
Then Eogar calls the charge, his throwing spear narrowly
avoiding Gazlur's head.
But he manages to stab the other uruk in the chest leaving him prone
on the floor, but the uruks respond cutting into two other warriors
and they crawl wounded away from the melee.
The Rohirrim charge bravely again!
With the prospect of breaking the Uruk-hai so close they attack again!
But foolishly, as a leg goes flying through the air and Eogar takes a
blow to the face and left unconscious.
So the Rohirrim are broken, the last man musters himself and charges
fearlessly towards the advancing uruk-hai.
Although he tried to make a stand the last remaining warrior flees
before the Uruks even could fight him...
With the field controlled by the Uruks they gain the victory!!!

Rohan gain no points and 2 influence. Isengard gain 6 points and 5 influence.

Rohan – Eogar and two other warriors recover, ROR gains a Leg wound. No promotions, ROR1 gains marksmanship. Eogar gains +1 strength.

Isengard – One of the injured uruk-hai recovers and the other dies. There are no promotions in there ranks but Gazlur gains +1 courage.

The Uruk-hai use 3 influence to roll on the reinforcement table and they receive an uruk warrior with a bow, further they use 2 influence to buy two shields.

The Rohirrim nearly had the Uruks broken there, much like the battle against the goblins, they couldn't kill that enemy to break the enemy force. The uruks meanwhile were still a little unlucky initially but used effective positioning and managed to reduce the numbers of attackers up to their breaking point.

Moria Vs Gondor (Reconnoitre)

The Goblins have started well with two wins from two and leading the table on points, they have eased past previous companies by using their shear numbers. 

Gondor have taken their first victory over the Haradrim who were expecting it, but they are missing two members this battle, which will be key as numbers will count for everything here...
The companies move closer and the goblin archers knock their arrows...
One of the goblin archers arrows grazes the neck of a Gondorian.
Ingold ushers his men towards one group of the goblins and are
engaged, allowing the other group to flank them.
Although Ingold takes a nasty cut, he orders the men to attack again!
Both him and a warrior force their opponents into the floor
The other group continue to reconnoitre and the Gondorians continue
to fight the remaining goblins.
Meanwhile Ingold and his company strive to remove the goblins.
But Radmuz leads the other group of goblins manage
to infiltrate the Gondorian lines.
Still, Ingold and co. finish the remaining goblins off!
This gives the Goblins a major victory, by a margin of 3-0!

Gondor gain 3 points and 2 influence. Moria gain 3 points and 5 influence.

Gondor –  The injured spearman recovers from his injury. While another spearman is promoted to KOMT1 (+1fate) but there are no other promotions, Ingold gains the blade master special rule. The Gondorians also expend 1 influence to purchase a shield for the newly promoted Knight of Minas Tirith.

Moria – Five of the injured goblins recover, two however will miss the next battle. Two are promoted, one gains +1fate the other gains marksmanship for injuring the Gondorian spearman on his first shot, otherwise no other promotions and Radmuz gains +1attack.

The goblins had one objective in mind given they had a clear numerical advantage: Get members to infiltrate asap. The Gondorians would either have to spread themselves too thin and risk members being killed easily, or counter infiltrate (as they have a higher move rate), but they went for killing goblins to get points against them.

Company  Battles Inf. pts EXP (H)
Moria 3 14 14 8
Gondor 2 6 9 8
Harad 2 0 6 6
Isengard 2 7 6 5
Rohan 3 1 0 9

So the Uruks move ahead of the Rohirrim, but remain behind behind the Haradrim on experience. The Gondorians move into second and the Goblins hold their position ahead of them, but have fought one more battle.

Interestingly, if Gondor are challenging for first place then they would have wanted to get points of a company, such as Moria. However by the battle tactics employed by the goblins suggests they were trying to get more points on the board and help warriors or heroes gain experience rather than win the scenario...

Next up is Isengard vs Gondor in Storm the camp

Until then


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