Thursday, 13 June 2013

Hobbit SBG - Black Uruks v Gondor

The Hobbit SBG Logo

"I have my orders. And it's more than my belly's worth, or yours, to break 'em. Any trespasser found by the guard are to be held at the tower..."          
      -Shagrat to Gorbag at the Pass of Cirith Ungol, The Return of the King

The Hobbit SBG Rule Book
The Hobbit Strategy Battle Game Rule Book
In this weeks battle I decided to field my black Uruk Hai or Mordor Uruk Hai with their new shields, and this time spear support from orcs to give them good fight, defence and attacks... I teamed up with Louis and split the circa 1000 point Mordor army between us.

I took Shagrat Captain of Cirth Ungol, Gorbag and a captain to lead my 3 warbands of Uruk Hai and Orcs and he took a ring wraith (army general), mouth of Sauron  and a drummer to lead his Uruk Hai and orcs.

Sam and Craig joined up with a Gondor army full of elites and standard troops to give my Uruks a run for their money.

The Hobbit SBG
Hobbit SBG - the Battlefield for Hold the Ground,
the statue in the middle is the objective.
Sam had the Knight of the White Tower, leading Fountain and Citadel Guards, Cirion leading Fountain and Citadel Guards, and a hornblower leading Citadel bows, while Craig had Faramir (army general) leading Knights of Minas Tirith, Beregond with Archers of Minas Tirith and a captain leading a warband of standard Warriors of Minas Tirith.

Sam rolled to find out which game we would play and it was 'HOLD GROUND'. interesting as it could prove vital on the positioning of the armies!

As you can see from the layout of the battlefield (6 x 4) there was plenty of scenery, ruins and trees to add to the mix and both sides started rolling for their troops positioning... deployment was underway!

Who will win - Good or Evil, man or beast...?

The Hobbit SBG - Mordor ring wraith
Ring Wraith - Mordor army general and leader of warband 1

The Hobbit SBG - Mordor Uruk Hai
Drummer leads second warband for Louis

The Hobbit SBG - Mordor Uruk Hai
Mouth of Sauron leads Louis' third warband of Mordor Uruks

The Hobbit SBG - Mordor Uruk Hai
A converter Mordor Uruk Hai Captain leads a warband of
two handed weapons

Deployment of Troops, Louis and I set up a large contingent of
Uruk Hai and Orcs behind the Gondor Knights

With blood on their minds both Louis and I set up either side of Cirion,
he will be trapped and will be one of our first victims!

Shagrat deploys on the ridge... with Gorbag in support

Sams Citadel Guard look vulnerable with the mass of Uruk Hai next to them

Mordor win priority and immediately Louis sets on the Gondor Knights

The Ring Wraith casts black dart and knocks Faramir from his horse

Shagrat charges the flank of the Citadel Bows

The rest of the Mordor Uruks with Shagrat and Gorbag move foward

Louis' Mordor Uruk Hai charge the knights of Gondor

Mean while, Cirion's warband is attack from both sides by Mordor Uruks

Mordor Uruks surround the Gondor warband

Warriors of Minas Tirith leave their deployment area to try to get into the battle

The Knight of the White Tower brings his guard
across the battle field to try to support Cirion

Citadel bows look for targets...

...and shoot at the Mordor General - the Ring Wraith, but fail to hit him

The Knights of Minas Tirith are all but eliminated, Faramir is left prone

Faramir - the General of Gondor has a look of angry Uruk Hai around him!

Cirion is desperately trying to hold out to the mass of Uruks

The southern side - Gondor looks to be over run, citadel archers are being flanked
and Knights of Minas Tirith have be annihilated 

Warriors of Minas Tirith head for the objective, the fights are all too far away

Citadel guards spread out to stem the flow of Shagrats boys

Gondor look for the target and aim for the objective... it is going to be a race!

Meanwhile the Knight of the White Tower is making slow progress to cross the field

Gondor forces having to make difficult decisions

The view from the Knight of the White Towers war band...
Uruks everywhere!

Up close, Cirion is battling hard and Sam is rolling some very good  results,
 keeping him in the battle

Sensing victory, the Uruk Hai mob surround Faramir and hack him to pieces.

Gondor General dead = points for Mordor and we take the early lead

The same fate seems certain for Cirion, but desperate times call for desperate measures
and Sam is using his might knowing this could be Cirions last round

Sam, unable to reach Cirion with him support starts to discuss with Craig
about moving his troops to the objective

Mordor mobs pour in from their deployment to go for the objective

Shagrat, now gets into the battle and starts to hack the Citadel guard

Gondor or Mordor, who will get there first!

Birds eye view of the battle field, the objective id the statue in the middle
between the trees and the ruins

Shagrat pushes forward - he is unstoppable

Still Cirion is fighting to stay alive

Gondor reach the objective... almost

Mordor however are also there

Shagrats boys are now moping up the citadel guard,
but have I left it too late to run for the objective?

Craig runs his Gondorians into the ruins, nearly there,
his archers start to pick of the odd orc

Gondor archers targeting the orcs, they are easier to kill!

Realising that the Knight will not reach Cirion,
Sam changes tact and all head for the objective

Mordor seem to absorb the hits and continue to flood the objective

Gondor prepare to fend off the Uruk Hai - the fighting looks set to be tough

TOO ME! Cirion forms a bubble and looks to hold off as many Mordor as he can

Gondor, rolling well win the round and stay in the battle

Cirion targets the Uruk Hai captian and charges straight at him,
his guards know their time is up
Again Mordor charge, with the rest making for the objective, Cirion has to die

Shagrats warband has now overrun the citadel guard and Gorbag tries for the objective

Cirion in the foreground is surrounded, the remaining Uruk Hai scream and shout
at the knight of the White Tower in an effort to pull him away from
the objective and out numbering the Mordor gang

The mad dash!

Gondor are now making progress and are heading into the ruins

The two armies meet at the objective and the fighting begins!

Shagrat and his warband of Black Uruks finish off the last few Citadel Guards

Shagrat leads by example and hacks away

Both armies are now getting support to the objective and fighting to win

Pride gets the better of him and the Knight of the White Tower
turns and prepares to engage the Uruk Hai... my plan worked

Oh, but wait there are more of them... and they have pretty spear support

Job done. Shagrat has decimated the Citadel guard, but
with time running out he cannot make it to the objective

Battlefield view

Northern boarder and Cirion is now alone

Cirion is completely surrounded, Mordor Uruk Hai prepare for another Gondor scalp!

The Knight of the White Towers warband charges the Uruk Hai

The objective is looking cramped

Gondor Warrior are now pouring in and surrounding the Mordor army

The knight is held too far to engage for the objective.. my plan worked!

With too far to travel, Shagrat calls it a day
- he can't cross the board in time to make it to the objective

Shagrat hacks the last Citadel Archer

Gorbag sneaks across the board in a cowardly (hide behind orcs)
attempt to assist at the objective

Cirion is slain. Now fot he Knight of the White Tower

Fighting is intense with Gondor gaining the upper hand

"Spread out and kill the human scum"
The Mordor Uruks change tactics to over come the spear support

Gondor hold ground and seem reluctant to fight

And here's why more Gondorians coming in to support

Every man, Uruk and Orc is now going to count... 

Shagrat - I just love him!

The fight for the objective starts and to make it easier to work out we remove the ruins... who will win!?

With the end of the last round the Knight of the White Tower survives!

Amazingly the battle ends with wins and losses right across both armies, the scenery is removed, the distance measured from the objective and the points added... 
Mordor - 23
Gondor - 23
So in the end despite the early loss of Faramir (their General) the Gondor army managed to pull back and earn a well deserved draw, there was some tough fighting and both side flexed the muscles of their respective armies to try to tip the balance.  

We all really enjoyed this scenario as it was different to the usual shield wall with our armies spread around the board. All in all a very enjoyable game!

Hobbit SBG - Man of the Match Cirion
Man of the Match
Sam - has to take this again, Cirion and his Citadel Guard held out to the last and his warband prevented Louis' Uruk Hai from supporting the objective, which could have lost him the game.

Cirion, just didnt want to die (some lucky dice helped).  

For evil, Shagrat was awesome and smashed the Citadel bows to pieces, but by the time he had dispatched them all, he was just too far to get stuck into the objective... oh well!

We are about to start playing LOTR SBG - both skirmish battles and walk through the books/films each Monday night and WotR on club nights.

We welcome anyone interested in playing The Hobbit SBG, Lotr SBG, WotR or any warhammer/40K battle - why not let us know so that we can arrange some starter battles, like the one above, or if you/your club want to challenge us. We have all the LOTR/Hobbit SBG figures and LOTR scenery from the Mines of Moria to the siege of Helms Deep, snow fields to desert boards ready and waiting.  

Why not join our watch list for updates and look out for Easters weekend battle event... two days of fighting in the ruins of Osgiliath, Helms Deep and Far Harad, you cannot afford to miss it.
Feel free to email us to come along or arrange a game.

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