Monday, May 01, 2023

LOTR Campaign #7 Battle of the Borderlands

Why not ease ourselves in to the campaign with a significant mass battle... when we have not picked the rules up for over 2 years. With wide open spaced available the dice of fate forced both commanders to cram in the Northern most end of the table.

With very few points between us the forces of good and evil faced off against each other in the Borderlands with both players having sent significant armies into the territory to thwart each others plans. 

In a seesaw encounter the Warg Riders were first out of the blocks rushing forwards shut down the Human deployment points. 

A detachment of Elves, recently recruited stood in their way loosing a volley of arrows which only served to anger the mounted Orc's as they charged into the Elves who were forced backwards.

It took an Elven Cavalry charge down the hillside and drive off the nasty Warg riders, but the riders were shattered and forced backwards.

On the western flank the cream of Rohan launch a surprise attack crashing into the Wraith Riders who had dismounted and were sweeping across the table looking to flank the defenders. The Wraith broke and ran. Things are looking up for the Rohan.

The riders ride on chasing down and catching a detachment of Orc archers.... 

To the shame of the horsemen they are beaten back..... To make things worse Orcish Crossbows were knocking chunks out of the horsemen their light armour unable to stop the heavy bolts. The men of Rohan fell back to regroup, bloodied and having lost half there number. 

The clock struck midnight neither side being able to force a victory - If it was not for that 5.15am train who knows when the game would have stopped.... 

Both commands fell back and tended to their wounded for the people of the Borderlands my sense is that this will not be the only battle of the campaign. A score draw with the forces of men losing 33 points vs the forces of evil losing 28 points. Frustrations for the Human commander as they are losses they can really not afford, but similarly for the Orc commander the path to the fertile western lands is blocked.

Next up the Battle for Weathertop famous for its watch-tower overlooking the Great East Road, out numbered 3:1 can the human's survive?

10 comments:

  1. Another lovely looking table and a lively sounding game. Sounds like your Human forces need a little magical help!

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    1. It was always going to be a tough ask in the beginning, but the Orcs are tough.... Let's see how the men of Gondor do reinforcing the humans.

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  2. Such a lovely looking game as always Stu, but the poor old Forces of Good do seem to be suffering somewhat:(.

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    1. Out numbered from the start, I was hoping they would have thinned a few more of the nasty buggers out by now.

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  3. Great to see LOTR on the table đź‘Ť

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    1. Thanks Matt it's nice to get it back on the table, I need to slow the Orc advance hopefully to bring enough humans into the fight.

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  4. Very cool Stu - it looks awesome. I especially like the Elven cavalry.
    Frank

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    1. A unique lovely e-bay purchase before prices went silly :-)

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  5. Beautiful looking game, Stu!

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  6. Thanks Dean, nice to get the toys on the table again.

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