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Saturday 20th June: Song of Blades and Heroes   Leave a comment

A Song of Ice and Fire

Thorin’s Company of Trusty Dwarves must brave the Dungeon.  They have a map detailing a route through the mountain though it is unclear at points.  The map is of a natural volcanic cavern that offers them a beneficial short cut on their quest.  By all accounts the caverns lie abandoned but Gandalf suspects this may no longer be the case.  Thorin however is determined to proceed.

Thorin and Co.


Player:
Points: Personality: 189 (38%) Warrior: 314 (62%) Total: 503
Victory Points:
Notes:
Warband Advances:

Dwarf Leader; Thorin – Personality
Points 95 Quality 2+ Combat 4
Special Rules Fearless, Leader
Dwarf Goblinslayer: Dwalin
Points 40 Quality 3+ Combat 4
Special Rules Lethal, Short Move
Halfing Thief: Bilbo
Points 22 Quality 3+ Combat 1
Special Rules Free Disengage, Short Move, Stealth, Traps
Dwarf Skirmisher: Ori; Slinger
Points 18 Quality 3+ Combat 2
Special Rules Shooter: Short, Short Move
Dwarf Elite Archer: Fili
Points 40 Quality 3+ Combat 3
Special Rules Sharpshooter, Shooter: Medium, Short Move
Dwarf Elite Warrior: Bofur, Balin
Points 46 Quality 3+ Combat 4
Special Rules Fearless, Short Move, Steadfast
Dwarf Elite Warrior: Bofur, Balin
Points 46 Quality 3+ Combat 4
Special Rules Fearless, Short Move, Steadfast
Dwarf Cleric: Oin – Personality
Points 54 Quality 3+ Combat 3
Special Rules Cleric, Short Move
Wizard: Gandalf – Personality
Points 40 Quality 3+ Combat 1
Special Rules Magic-User
Dwarf Warriors: Nori, Dori, Bifur
Points 34 Quality 3+ Combat 4
Special Rules Short Move
Dwarf Warriors: Nori, Dori, Bifur
Points 34 Quality 3+ Combat 4
Special Rules Short Move
Dwarf Warriors: Nori, Dori, Bifur
Points 34 Quality 3+ Combat 4
Special Rules Short Move

Special Rules: Cleric – SBH pg. 12; Fearless – SBH pg. 13; Free Disengage – SBH pg. 13; Leader – SBH pg. 13, 16; Lethal – SBH pg. 14; Magic-User – SBH pg. 14, 9-10; Sharpshooter – SWW pg. 19; Shooter: Medium – SBH pg. 14; Shooter: Short – SBH pg. 14; Short Move – SBH pg. 14; Steadfast – SBH pg. 15; Stealth – SBH pg. 15; Traps – SGD pg. 10;
Rulebooks: User – User Created; SBH – Song of Blades & Heroes; SGD – Song of Gold & Darkness; SWW – Song of Wind & Water; SAM – Song of Arthur & Merlin; SDG – Song of Deeds & Glory;Pictures from the game outlining the main points of action below.Mike and Bruce played as Thorin and Gandalf respectively and Phil played as the Evil overlord. Thorin’s Co had the quiet as a Mouse reward due to their previous success which meant that Bilbo could scout ahead and be a Sneak if only one long stick away.For thlis game I used some rules for SoBH / SGD I found on the net and adapted them as scenario rules.  I did prefer the wandering monster rules there as otherwise they can be annoying and occur too frequently plus I always forget to check using the basic system. So we played that these were tested for only when no monsters were available.  The players did not actualy know this but their aggressive playstyle taking on each room as quickly as possible and leaving stragglers to fight their own battles did effectively counter wandering monsters.  Phil only rolled once and failed.  In designing the scenario I went for 1000 points of monsters but in the interests of time only went for four rooms.  In retrospect I think I maybe made the earlier rooms too weak and not enough of a challenge and the last room too powerful.  Some bad luck on Evil activations for the first 3 rooms made it a disaster for Evil until the last room when luck turned rapidly on poor Dwalin and Thorin.  So maybe the balance was fine and just a bad moment for Thorin and Dwalin trying to enter a packed room through a narrow passage.  It was a fun scenario though and it was good to get my new dwarven hero figures on the table (see post two below).   I used the Treasure rules from the player made guide I found and the heroes garnered 80 gold which was a good haul.

Thorin and Dwalin are hastily gathered by their friends (with Dwalin sporting an especially nasty wound) under the cover of Gandalf’s powerful light spells. Giving them just enough time to snatch them away and Oin is able to stabilise their injuries.  The heroes duck into one of the side branches and are quickly lost in the passages below the montain.

Next time The Winged Devil will pursue them into the Darkness deep down below to enact revenge as the destruction of his goblinoid minions has set his evil plans back some time and such an insult cannot be allowed to pass.  Especially as the Black Numenorean envoys will be passing any suggestion of weakness back to the Dark Lord himself.  The heroes will use the 80 gold coins to improve their warband.  It seems that Bilbo on searching the Hobgoblin Sorceror’s chest has spotted a useful scroll that can be used against Devils and similar creatures by Oin or Gandalf.  One can only imagine the Hobgoblin was keeping such a precious item secretly handy in case his former master turned on him.  This will allow one of the two to be Lethal to Devils.  When I upgrade the Band for the next scenario.  Also I think they can buy Bombur to make the party complete.

 

Posted June 20, 2015 by wargamesdiary in Miniatures

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Saturday June 14th:  Sword and Spear   Leave a comment

The Hunnic Empire and their Subject Gepid allies have crossed the Danube and are raiding and pillaging as they go into Roman territory.  A relief force of Roman Field Army troops have mobilised in defence.  Intercepting the invaders at a river crossing guarded by a watch tower along a Roman road the Romans prepare for battle.  A Church burns already looted by advancing raiders whilst the forces deploy for battle.  The Romans deploy first with Cataphracts and light horse to their left flank and infantry cantre and right.  The Huns deploy cavalry on their own right flank with infantry centre and left.  The Gepid shock cavalry deploy to the rear left flank awaiting a gap in the line to smash through.

Mike’s Romans certainly had the better of the action dice.  However they rolled badly when saving against being hit in combat.  In the end we decided it was a very close barbarian victory.  The Hunnic cavalry advanced rapidly and even charged the Cataphracts deployed to shore up the gap on the Roman left.  They charged whilst the Romans had no action die but lost one unit of horse archers who had strayed too close in the process.  The Cataphracts however held their ground whilst more huns attempted to encircle them.  In the centre both infantry lines eventually clashed with no real winners on either side.  Roman cavalry moved towards their left of centre but in this time the Gepid cavalry were eventually moved round to oppose them.  The force of the barbarian attack had been blunted across the line as the Romans held but numbers were beginning to tell and the Cataphracts did appear exposed on the Roman left wing.

Posted June 14, 2015 by wargamesdiary in Miniatures

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Friday 12th June: The Hobbit: Painting complete.   Leave a comment

Big thanks to James for all the excellent painting work on these figures from the Hobbit films.  I am very pleased with his work on my Hobbit figures.  Bigger pictures here.

You can check out his website at Yggdrasil painting studio.

Bard Dwarves Dwarves2 Dwarves3 KiliFili Master Militia Mirkwood Mirkwood2 Mirkwood3 Mirkwood4 Orcs SiegeBow SiegeBow2 Thorin Thorin2 Vrasku Vrasku2 WC

Posted June 13, 2015 by wargamesdiary in Miniatures

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Saturday 6th June 2015: LoTR LCG and Star Wars   Leave a comment

Phil, Mike, Darryl and Bruce played into the Pit, the Khazad Dum first scenario for LoTR LCG.  After an initially difficult start where Mike’s Aragorn was defeated by a lucky strike from an Orc Patrol Leader (an extra plus one Shadow Card bonus as he was the last player) the players managed to defeat the scenario.  In just 4-5 turns they scored about 205 points between them which is not so bad.  This is the first Multiplayer Scenario the team have won.  As Darryl pointed out the new cards and decks really made a difference as now the team where able to actually do things with the cards.   The Decks used were Dain and Thorin’s Company, Elrond and Vilya, Legolas and Eowyn, with Aragorn as Sentinel.  They worked very well together with Aragorn as Defender, Legolas as Destroyer plus Dain and Elrond as multi-purpose.

Next we started but did not finish a game of Star Wars were Bruce played Darth on the first turn and then quickly destroyed any Jedi including Luke who left the academy.  However the Rebels did manage to destroy 1 base so it was not all bad for them.

Posted June 10, 2015 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

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