Archive for July 2021

Ruined tower on a rocky hill completed   2 comments

Posted July 26, 2021 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Ambush in Ithilien part two   Leave a comment

Faramir and his rangers lie in wait. They unleash hurting the beasts but not stampeding them. So on the second round of shooting they aim for the beast masters using heroic accuracy when possible. The Northern master falls first but the southern one takes many hits before a shot can get past his armour. The Northern beast thus becomes harder to handle and duly stampedes into the other who takes three wounds and turns around to stampede into the first!
The Mumakil get moving again. Now without a captain on either beast they still resist the dwindling fire from the rangers. The Haradrim escort have got into the woods at either side and either inflicted casualties or drawn the rangers into combat. Also the hides of the beasts are tough and the heroes are becoming low on might. All except the single hero who gets a free archery might point per turn.

The Haradrim archers begin to find their targets, no longer protected by stalk unseen after turn three. Still the rangers are in cover and the Haradrim of course cannot fire from a stampeding beast. So it is hard to hit the rangers but with several on each beast any that are targeted are at risk. Now the casualties on the good side begin to mount from sustained fire and combat to their flanks as they try to concentrate their archery fire on the beasts.

Which is what happens again. Just as it looked like the beasts might get off the table one stampeded into the other inflicting three wounds causing the other to turn and return the favour. Finally one took its final wound causing all but one of its crew to die from falling damage.

Gollum helped by holding off the Haradrim whilst Sam hid behind a rock and Frodo put on the Ring when it looked like the spearman were closing in on him.

With just moments left and very much aided by the free point of might to get a successful wound roll Good finally managed to take out the last Mumakil for the win.

Posted July 16, 2021 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Ambush in Ithilien   Leave a comment

Faramir and his rangers set out to ambush the haradrim as they make their way to join forces with the dark lord.

This was a fun scenario that pits two Mumakil and their escort against a strong force of rangers who lie in ambush.

Good set out his forces equally split between the north and south edges with Faramir and the hobbits to the north. The Haradrim need to travel across the board with the Mumakil whilst the escort are free to engage the ambushes.

This was a good way to learn the war beast rules.

In the first turn there was a free ambush attack. This had little effect because the Mumakil have thick hides and the two captains driving them have good courage so avoided a stampede.

More to come….

Can you spot the rangers? I only own one Mumakil so the other is represented by a tray holding the crew.

Posted July 14, 2021 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Hirst Arts round tower on a rocky hill.   Leave a comment

Having completed the tower I began crafting a hill using foam. Something I have never really done before. I made it more complex by then creating woodland scenic rocks with Link and then cutting gaps in the foam to glue them into.

My glue took a long time to set which might be why after adding the woodland scenic plaster cloth it has warped slightly underneath and one rock has slipped down vertically needing some correction. I have now glued a card base underneath to see if I can achieve a more flat look when it is on the table.

I have sprayed it black then dry brushed some household grey paint I have leftover onto the stones. I am then going to make my own nuln oil wash and apply that. Just need to sort out this base issue first.

Posted July 8, 2021 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

The Dead Marshes   Leave a comment

The marshes. There are six swamps each with a spectre and a wraith on a fell beast. The swamp pieces are those with lichen around which I would do definitely differently if I reset it but it worked fine.
Good ran his hobbits North along the edge and then east whilst the evil foes milled bout in the centre or drifted south. Never within 3 at the end phase none of the sentries were truly alerted but we did allow the use of their spectral power within clear line of sight which Gollum and the Hobbits resisted every time. They then escaped off the edge. Was quite a fun scenario really in the end.

Posted July 8, 2021 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

The Taming of Sméagol   Leave a comment

Our two hobbits are sleeping after the breaking of the fellowship. Gollum sneaks up to them and attacks Frodo who is prone but survives using heroic defence. Then they both attack the next turn having won priority and inflict three wounds thus subduing Gollum.

Posted July 8, 2021 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

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