Micah showed up a little after 1900 and we agreed on a game. I had played him a couple of weeks ago, before the switch over from Legions to Warbands. In that game he had an avenger bolt thrower and Boromir. Two very expensive options. His new list is led by Faramir as a ranger. It had a Capt with five knights, Faramir leading nine rangers, a captain with six sword/board and six spear and shield and finally a Dwarf captain with five or six Iron Guard.
We rolled up Reconnoiter, which is not my favorite scenario. It pulls me out of my comfort zone. This is not a bad thing. My army is designed to stay out of combat as long as possible while shooting the hell out of everything that gets in range. If I haven't whittled my opponent down, by a lot, before we get into combat then I am going to lose. My guys are squishy and my force is only average sized. The opposition last night was very crunchy, and had almost as many models as I did. Not a good place to be.
Reconnoiter gives points for getting models off your opponent's table edge, wounding or killing the opposing general and for breaking the enemy. His knights were a priority target.
I apologize now for the pictures. I forgot my camera so these were taken with my phone.
|Two warbands, one of which is the Nazgul and Hornblower.|
|The knights moving forward to try to get off the table. Faramir, his general, with the rangers, moving up in the background.|
|The Gondor Phalanx followed by the slow moving Dwarfs.|
Micah rushed his cavalry across the field trying to get them off the hill in my left rear deployment zone. His Rangers advanced, volleyed once, killing an Abrakhan Guard, then moved forward three inches at a time, not killing much of anything for the rest of the game. All of the grey areas, in the pictures, are difficult terrain. I had a stream to cross but I moved all but one warband across that. The taskmaster left his band behind on my side of the stream and joined the other heroes in the center, where they could make use of his special ability. My archery was taking a toll. I dismounted the knight captain and one other knight and killed one as well as picking off the odd Warrior of Minas Tirith.
|The remaining knights race for the table edge while I move Abrakhan Guard up to block them.|
|My battle line two turns before melee began. The taskmaster is the one laying down on the job in the center. My Nazgul is my general.|
|The Fat Guys completely failed in this fight. One survived, to be killed in the next round, along with the knight.|
|The two lines as the Gondorians hit the right end of my formation.|
|The giant hole in the center of my line after the first round of combat. After this I was able to plug the gap and lap around both flanks. Staying in the game.|
While the combat in the center had turned into a meat grinder the shooting war had gone against the Rangers. Faramir was killed and the rangers were whittled down. I started three of my archers running towards the far board edge and Micah's rangers started targeting them. Shooting and failed courage checks brought their numbers down to the point of ineffectiveness, however.
|The final two rangers. They just didn't have the juice to kill my runners.|
|These two chaps are about to run behind a big hill, hiding them from the rangers. One of them is also about to fail his courage check and run away.|
|The positions in the final round.|
Great game and thanks for the good time Micah.