Osgiliath Battle for the Tower (long and photo heavy)

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Osgiliath Battle for the Tower (long and photo heavy)

Postby prion2001 » Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:34 am

This Saturday Chad brought out his awsome Osgiliath table for some games. Although some of the Chicago regulars were off in sunny Arizona playing at The Gathering a couple of us were here to enjoy the local fun.

Although a number of folks had planned to attend in the end it was me and Tyler (Mony on AWC). So I played Minas Tirith lead by Faramir and Angbor the Fearless while Tyler played the Orcs and Easterling alliance lead by Gorbag and Shagrat.

The scenario was "Capture the Tower". The first person to control the tower top by having a model in it would have the affects of a banner and fury for models within 6" of the tower. And the winner would be the force that had control of the tower at games end.

As the game started I moved my Knights and Faramir up the right flank of the tower and split my warriors into two groups, one headed for the tower while the other moved to protect the left flank. My archers were positioned on a tower wall with a good view of the tower.

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The first few rounds saw some movement and my first wound on the troll from this archer in the window!

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Once combat was joined it was on. Faramir and his Knights got bogged down on the right. Tyler's Easterling Captain countered Faramir's Heroic Moves twice in a row as I failed to win Prioirty for about 4 turns. Lucky for me the Knights survived and finally ran off the Easterlings defending that flank.

The same war of attrition started in the center near the tower as Tyler's Easterlings were bottled up in the gateway and held out against my Citadel Guard and Clansmen for nearly 5 rounds. The silver lining was this allowed my force to get to the stairs and into the tower itself leaving Angbor to defend the rampart leading to the captured tower.

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On my left flank the battle was all Tyler's. I fed the Troll a few Warriors to slow it down and caused another wound with shooting. But finally it climbed to railing and attacked the Clansmen near the tower. But they quickly defeated it knocking it back over the railling. I guess that just pissed it off as it came back the next round and soundly killed the remaing men.

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At this stage, I was holding up the left flank with a few warriors and Citadel Guard, keeping his main force from getting to the tower stairs. So Tyler did what any good evil general would do and made the Troll climb the tower. In an epic scene the Troll climbed to the windows and began to attack my warriors within (we decided he could attack as if it was fighting over a barrier).

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The warriors not only won but managed to cause two wounds! The Troll fell to his death and crushed three Orcs and a Clansmen in the process (we decided, in the spirit of the cinematic scene we had just witnessed that he should cause damage on the models below).

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With the Troll dispatched and the tower still firmly in Gondor's control we called the game on time.

Win for GONDOR!

This was a really fun game. Having played alot of tournament games and Legions scenarios I had forgotten how fun it was to play a thematic scenario like this. We had a lot of laughs (stuff like the Troll climbing and then falling to his death were just classic!) and I'm so psyched to play some more LotR games. We are talking about having Chad bring the terrain and do this game again in June.
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Postby BrentS » Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:03 am

Looks like an epically fun game. Glad you guys got to get out and play.
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Postby BostonNazgul » Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:47 am

like any evil general indeed! imagine if he had beat them, that would have been just as epic.
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Postby Monty » Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:01 am

I had a BLAST playing this table. The terrain was absolutely spectacular and made the game really come alive. In a way the terrain really helped create the epic play that unfolded. It was great to have vertical movement that was more than just jumping a barrier haha. :lol:

Of course I would have preferred to capture the tower, but my love for carnage (even with my own troops) was greatly satisfied. Beside the troll's King Kong like climb to the top of the tower, there was a turn when about ten of my orc trackers climbed down the wall out of their second story hiding places. Only one fell to his death. From their new vantage point, they were able to knock a couple Knights from their "high horses" killing only one of their own in the process. My Easterling Captain ordered his men to hold off the cavalry on my left flank while he assaulted the tower by climbing up the wall; only to met by Angbor and some Clansmen at the top. While his fall was less epic than the troll, his slaughter on the ground at the base of the tower signified the final collapse of my left flank.

This was my first time playing orcs and Easterlings. Beside the pure fun of the game, it was a great practice for me as an intermediate player. I was able to use epic moves and counters to whittle away at Jamie's Cav attacks. Still working on troop movement, but I think I play a little better every time.

Huge thanks to Chand for setting this up. Thanks to Jamie again for encouraging me to get out and play. The LOTR club is a great group to game with, and I would encourage any new players to jump in and play, we'll get you rolling some sixes. Again, this game emphasises the strength of this awesome ruleset, as game play was fast, flowing well even with mass amounts of terrain. In the end, only the players will keep these rules alive with GW.
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Postby Shaggrudd Dethblasta » Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:56 pm

Well I'm glad the two of you had fun, and next time I will play, I promise. I am EXTREMELY UPSET THAT YOU TWO WERE THE ONLY ONES TO SHOW UP! (Robert I know about your situation ) What's wrong with you people! You had an awesome opportunity to promote the game you love and get more people to play LOTR and you completely screwed the pooch! We should have had at least six players so people could see an awesome game with lots of players playing. Instead I was going around asking people to play and being turned down. Do you guys want to see LOTR die? Next time you say you are going to show up and play, be a man and do it!
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Postby BrentS » Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:52 pm

I know what you are saying. However for the record there were 4 Chicago players and one Wisconsin player out here in Phoenix this weekend.
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Postby prion2001 » Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:56 pm

BrentS wrote:I know what you are saying. However for the record there were 4 Chicago players and one Wisconsin player out here in Phoenix this weekend.


I don't think he's including you guys in that. He had 6 people who had posted at some point that they would be there. Those folks were not going to GitD and no word on what happened to them.

I told Chad that I want to coordinate another game with his table sometime this summer. Sort of like we did with the Pellenor Fields game, we get a group of people to committ to bring what we need for figures and do a big game.

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Postby Monty » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:35 am

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I told Chad that I want to coordinate another game with his table sometime this summer. Sort of like we did with the Pellenor Fields game, we get a group of people to committ to bring what we need for figures and do a big game.

Jamie[/quote]

The game will be called--- "Revenge of Spider Troll" :lol:
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Postby Lordgoober » Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:53 pm

I could see doing a combination WotR and SBG game with some decent house rules on the WotR side to balance some things out for a Pellenor Fields game. I'd be willing to throw my minis into this depending on when it is.
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Postby Shaggrudd Dethblasta » Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:15 am

Brent my post was not directed at those who are at the tournament, it was directed at those who said they were going to be there and never showed and gave me no notice. I remember all the posts about the concern about Lotr going the way of the specialist games, and we had a great opportunity to show people the game and get people interested. Lotr will eventually die if WE let it die. Yes, it's our responsibility to keep it going. GW's take on this is simply only money, our take is a game we all love.
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