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Re: Low model count armies

PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 2:15 pm
by Slammers77
I got to play my first games yesterday at an RTT with the new rules and took a 37 model dwarf ranger force led by Murin & Drar and 2 dwarf captains. The low model count didn't bother me at all and most of the forces were between 37-44 models.

After I got home though I started to think of a similar Rohan force. I think they are much more playable now given the setup rules and really what I think has turned into a lack of volley fire. In all my games I think there was a single volley fire by my opponent.

Erkenbrand on a horse
5 Red Shields (3 drop their bows)
4 Royal Guard on horse
2 Sons of Eorl

Eowyn, armor, shield, horse
6 Red Shields
6 Outriders

Capt, Hvy Armor, Shield
12 Warriors w/shields

Erkenbrands unit is the punch, Eowyn's harrasses flanks but can have some punch with the red shields and the the foot guys take objectives, tie up other units etc. 38 models, 8 might. Plus it gets to use a lot of the models I like the best.

John

Re: Low model count armies

PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:47 am
by BostonNazgul
who would have thought rohan gets the popular vote with warbands! I am also building a rohan force finally, get to paint some good models in the process, going for an unused heroes fords of isen concept.

Re: Low model count armies

PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:51 pm
by Slammers77
Warbands really changes the entire dynamic of the game. Given the lower model counts, it opens up armies that have been neglected for a long time.

John

Re: Low model count armies

PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:57 pm
by Smeagol
They are still a challenge to play. Even the tooled up warbands.

Re: Low model count armies

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:11 am
by Smeagol
My initial Angmar force did okay, but lacked a decent combat hero. No shooting was also a small problem, but the Spectre's help overcome that issue. So a reworking of the force which also keeps it firmly in only one book.

Warband 1
Buhrdûr, Troll Chieftain
6 Orc Warriors with Spear
6 Spectres

Warband 2
1 Barrow-wight
6 Orc Warriors with Orc bow & Spear
6 Spectres

Warband 3
1 Barrow-wight
6 Orc Warriors with Orc bow & Spear
6 Spectres

Points = 600
Models = 39
Might = 3

Re: Low model count armies

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:40 pm
by BaronDeSade
You call these "low model count armies?" Pshaw!

This will be a real low model count army. I was reading through the Free People's book the other day, and looking at Tom Bombadil, and I noticed how actually useful he seemed, and by a funny coincidence, Gary's game store has had a box of "Fog on the Barrow Downs" mouldering on its shelves forever, so I went ahead and bought that.

Theme: Instead of taking the Paths of the Dead, the Three Hunters remained with the forces of Rohan. When it came time to scout through the forest, they were sent, being the best trackers in the army, and there, Tom Bombadil, who has decided to take a stand in this war after all, and introduces them to the king of the Woses. Now, they burst out of the forest and attack!


The Fellowship:

Aragorn-Strider
Legolas
Gimli

Wanderers in the Wild

Ghan Buri Ghan
5 Woses

Tom Bombadil
Although Tom is quite expensive, he has quite a few strengths as well. He can't be shot, which means that Ghan, Woses and Legolas can take cover behind him and be invulnerable. He can't be charged, so he acts as a little zone that the enemy cannot enter, which is useful for guarding a flank. He wins every fight, so if one of my hero models gets trapped or in a bad position, Tom can go rescue them. He is a beacon of indominitable courage, so no one will run away, as long as they stick close to him, and he can regenerate a hero just about every turn, which means that Strider and one other hero, such as Gimli, can have free heroic combats almost every turn, which is a nice force multiplier. If one of my heroes does lose a fight, Tom can heal them. He can't be killed, so he can be at the vanguard of any attack.

10 Models
Might: 12, one free per turn, 5/6 chance regenerate one Might per turn
Points: 595

Hey Ho, Merry Dol!

BdS

Re: Low model count armies

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:49 pm
by Smeagol
You sure you want to walk this path? Tom is a seriously unbalanced model.

Re: Low model count armies

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:51 pm
by BaronDeSade
Of course Tom is unbalanced. Anyone who dresses in yellow boots and sings to black hearted trees is likely going to be a bit touched in the head. Even so, I already bought the model, so at least play against it a couple of times before you declare it broken, please!

Hey Ho!

BdS

Re: Low model count armies

PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:46 am
by wobblefoot
I think its a great idea. I also think you did a good job with the theme. It always a plus to see people use models that never see the gaming table. Good luck and please post how it does.

Re: Low model count armies

PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:47 am
by BaronDeSade
Thanks! :D

Re: Low model count armies

PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:26 am
by BaronDeSade
I rolled "Recon" against Tim's force of Warg Riders and the Warg Riders all just rushed past me. So, not viable.

Cheers,

BdS

Re: Low model count armies

PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:42 am
by Smeagol
1 Orc Captain on warg (Leader)
12 Warg Riders

1 Orc Captain on warg
4 Warg Riders
8 Orc Trackers on warg

1 Wild Warg Chieftain
5 Wild Wargs
3 Warg Marauders

Points = 600
Might = 5
Models = 35

It's brutally fast in Reconnoitre and it was surprisingly good in To The Death against Steve's Easterlings. The first game was overwhelmingly mine, but the second game was a hard fought draw. We played it to the last model for fun and it came down to one model left on the field. Steve's lone archer was braver than my last Wild Warg and held the field for him.

Re: Low model count armies

PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 3:20 am
by BaronDeSade
In truth, my lone archer was braver than every single one of your so-called "heroes' who all fled with their tails between their legs, some of them literally. :P

Goblin Marauders are brutal!

BdS

Re: Low model count armies

PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 5:12 am
by wobblefoot
Sorry to hear it didn't work out. You throwing in the towel on old Tom or are you going to give him another go?
Hope you find some use for him its to good of a Scuplt to collect dust like all the other big Heroes in LotR.

Re: Low model count armies

PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:19 pm
by Smeagol
BaronDeSade wrote:In truth, my lone archer was braver than every single one of your so-called "heroes' who all fled with their tails between their legs, some of them literally. :P

Goblin Marauders are brutal!

BdS

Warg Marauders :-)

Snake Eyes twice in a row was brutal for heroes. Luckily my courage two troops were much braver. :-)