Monday, February 29, 2016

Clash of kings Tournament with the DC Hobbit League

One of our members, Chris H, contacted Devin of the DC Hobbit League and in conjunction the two devised a tournament to highlight mighty heroes.  This involved the generation of unique scenarios (pdf) which centered around the king in your army.  This was a charity event held at our awesome FLGS Battlegrounds, which opened early and provided us with exclusive use of as many tables as we needed.  We had a total of 14 players so we took over their tabletop room which has 8 6x4 tables.  Good enough for us.  I brought 2 dozen donuts from Sugar Shack which originated here in Richmond and we started gaming about 10am.
My army list:
Warband 1
The Knight of Umbar with Fell Beast;
6 Haradrim Warrior with Spear;
6 Castellan of Umbar

Warband 2  
Suladân the Serpent Lord with Horse;
6 Serpent Guard
6 Castellan of Umbar

Warband 3
Haradrim Chieftain with Spear;
1 Haradrim Warrior with Banner;
11 Haradrim Warrior with Bow; Spear;

Warband 4  
Corsair Bo'sun with Spear;
1 Haradrim Warrior with Spear;
5 Haradrim Warrior with Bow; Spear;
5 Corsair Reaver

51 models, break at 25, 16 bows with poison as well as some poison with the serpent guard.

The first game was the Behind enemy lines scenario, I faced Cole, who brought an army led by Gulahvar with a cave troll, 3 spectres and 8 orcs in his leaders war band, then a shade and more orcs and the dwimmerlaik and black numenoreans.   Made the mistake of casting too much too close to the dwimmerlaik and my Knight of Umbar went poof.  I reduced his leaders war band to 2 and I put two wounds on gulahvar, which ended up being regenerated ( more on this later ).  we totally calculated points wrong in this game.  We stated he scored 4 for killing my king ( although Cole did not, my king lost all his will and dissipated) and I scored 2 for killing more than half his kings war band.  I should have scored 2 more since I wounded his king, but forgot.  Goes to show you, read the scenario and calculate the points correctly.
Second game was the scenario grudge match, I played Joel B who brought Elrond on horse, storm caller, captain and a mix of kings guard and regular high elves.  We started with about six or seven rounds of our kings slapping each other and not wounding, managing to remove both of our heroes mounts.  In the end Elrond removed all the fate on my king and the knight of Umber had to limp off the field. Which he did, earning me five points.  I was going to keep my kings war band back but decided to risk them in order to garner more points. I then managed to kill half Joel's king's war band earning me a further 3 points.  No one was broken so I ended with 8 points.
Third game was Regicide, I played Jacob brought the mouth of sauron( king) 6 black numenoreans, 6 morannons w/ shield and spear, a dragon with fly and breathe fire, the dwimmerlaik on fell beast and an unnamed wraith on horse.  This scenario really hurt me due to my king not being able to kill things and the two wraiths attempting to sap will my king ( and the dwimmerlaks special rule would have cost roughly 50% more will to resist).I kept the dwimmerlaik tied up in the middle with all my bowman, while chasing his king with my other units.  Jacob moved his king and favorites into the corner, I did the same in my corner.  His dragon chewed on some harad/numenoreans while I tried to chase his king with reavers and more numenoreans. Between the wraiths, the dragon and their terror a lot of my models were frozen in fear.  I finally managed to get his king trapped next to a building but with only 4-5 units, while he still had his full war band ( and his king acted as a banner).  He tried like hell to kill suladan, but never pulled it off.  I could win some fights but could not kill very well.  Ended up zero zero, no one broken and I lost only one kings favorite( black dart).
Now during this game we realized that Gulavhar should not have regenerated wounds from throwing a model, which means my fights with Gulavhar in my first game should have gone differently and I probably would have killed him.  Oh well.
My last game was against Alex ( I think, I was pretty burned out by this point ) who brought Durburz, Gundabad captain and shaman, the spider queen and a drums, spiders, marauders and goblins.  First thing I did was try and shoot the spiders and kill the spider queen.  Two turns and the knight of umber killed the spider queen, I then lost the knight of umber after rolling two 1's for a fate roll.  That did not cost me points though. I knew losing my king was not points worthy for me and used him aggressively.  His shaman got off earthquake which was very effective at killing, I will watch out for that one in later games.  So I killed his highest point, non king model with my king and it was more than half my kings cost, plus his king was still alive at the end, earning me 7 points.  I almost broke him, one more turn and I would have, but we ran out of time.
Overall I earned a 3rd place, not bad, probably could have been higher had I paid closer attention to the scenario victory points.
I will link to photos when Devin post them
Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Historicon, the good, the bad and the trolls

I am always amazed that there are so many great games that go on under one roof during Historicon.  Part of the reasoning behind this revolves around the fact that they cover all ranges; fantasy, historic, modern, sci fi and include land, air and naval battles.  Seeing those 1:200 scale WWII air combat games was really neat as well as seeing the huge composite battles with so many well painted armies.
This event hosted a doubles tournament with five tables.  Most players had completely painted armies which is always a plus from an aesthetic point of view.  I was surprised by the number of evil players, I think there were three all good army, and one mixed out of 11.    Our player extraordinaire, Mr. Snack Crumbs, actually took time to take pictures during his two games (there was a oversight, his team only played twice) and posted about it here.  I did not play the same teams as they did.  This was a warm up event before the Grand Tournament up at NoVA at the beginning of September.  The rules and event for which can be found here.  Now, on to the comments and info..... More beyond the break.....

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Historicon

Several of us will be heading up to Fredricksburg for Historicon.  There is a Hobbit SBG doubles tournament on thursday which we will be participants.  We will be bringing: Rohan, Dwarves, Galadhrim and Gondor.  Which somewhat surprised me, but no one was going to bring evil, which I originally wanted to bring.  Hopefully we will have plenty of pictures and some battle reports in the days ( read: months) to come.
Maybe I should whip up some name tags eh?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Yes we are still around

Hey all, just a note that we are all still playing on thursday nights, just drop us a line if you are coming or want to get on the mailing list.  I have been busy trying to get my army painted for historicon on July 16th and a possible trip up to NoVA Open.  We shall see, the road  world championships are during that time and I am pretty excited for that as well.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Joel Makes a Trip to The Great White Fredricksburg

One of our members made the trip up north to play a game with the DC Hobbit League.  They have posted a battle report.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Review-AngryMojo Games downtown Hexopolis-pictures in the future

Wanted to throw this out there since I think our group needs more posted on our little part of the internet, AKA tubes with cats.
I participated in the AngryMojo Games kickstarter.  I thought a short review should be in order. Why?  I have, over the course of the past several months received my kickstarter reward or have purchased from four different companies that offer laser cut terrain.   Look to see those other, as yet to be named, companies reviewed. Why?  See the first sentence.
I backed the downtown hexopolis from AngryMojo Games, I had been building up an Infinity army for a couple of months prior to the release of the 3rd Edition of Infinity, and wanted to be able to throw some appropriately city terrain down as well.  One of the things that I have learned so far from Infinity is that you really need a lot of terrain on the board to make the game "funner".  More pics and words after the break.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Scenarios for The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings

I wrote up some scenarios  for a small tournament we were running involving the use of a mercenary and the ability to buy mercenary troops.  Thought I would post them up just in case anyone wanted to get some variety in their games.  The Gandalf one needs some tweeking but is still a fun one to play, just remember to roll for his sorcerous blast and other stuff.  On another note, FTW games where we play has been taken over by a new owner and is now called Battlegrounds http://www.battlegroundsrva.com/.  We still play every thursday.  Scenarios after the jump.....