|Initial set up.|
Nuradan had been instructed to build a fortified camp to serve as a base of operations for a larger force. He had received reinforcements from Kharna, as well as more levies from the tribes. The Betrayer was back as well, with his guard from Abrakhan. Nuradan definitely had mixed feelings about that.
|The battle lines from the Harad side of the table.|
|Pay particular attention to the band, top left.|
Aladhi saw five rangers and Halbarad in the open, seizing the moment (and using an heroic shoot) he ordered his men to fire. They killed four of the five rangers and wounded the Northern hero. The return fire of the rangers began to take its toll as well. They were concentrating on Nuradan's highly skilled archers, and their fire was galling.
|That's some devastating shooting.|
|Nuradan's troops move towards the trees, firing as they go.|
|The Rangers have been driven back to the edge and most of my force is hiding behind the trees.|
|These three held off Arathorn, a Ranger of the North (killed) and several Rangers for most of the game.|
|Arathorn. He's just begging for an arrow in the face.|
|The white blob, center, is the Arnor troops. Rangers and Rangers of the North are spread around the forest.|
|The Captain pulled forward. His troops, disciplined bastards, stand fast as ordered.|
|Arnor charges in the foreground. Halbarad, posturing at the top. The archer at bottom is the last of the three who were fighting Arathorn.|
The hornblower had been hiding behind his tree for the whole battle. After Arathorn and his band chased away the archers, two of the Rangers decided to deal with this single warrior, whose tooting horn had become more than a mere annoyance (The +1 courage was critical in this battle, again). The two Rangers split, moving around the tree. The first shot missed and the hornblower ran for cover, surviving anther round of fire before being intercepted by the Ranger. He promptly killed the Ranger and got behind cover.
This was a great game. I was behind in the archery duel for most of the game. Getting into the forest was critical to my survival. Jonathan's Captain's failure to pass his courage test was critical to the end of the game. This one, literally, came down to the last turn to decide the victor. Thanks Jonathan.