As mentioned in the previous post, it was my plan to get a game on the table with the “new” Middle Earth figures, and my brother was able to give me a hand by commanding the orcs remotely. We played using Dragon Rampant, and tried the “Death Chase” scenario, basically an ambush. We surmised that the orcs ambushed the allies while the latter were marching between Dale and Laketown, or some such…
|My brother consults the rules, with his view of the table inset on the left|
|Armored goblins, in their first outing as a full unit|
Norman’s basic plan was to sweep in with his two detachments and block the road. The light foot predominating on both sides is better defending than attacking, and I had the obligation to attack him to push through to the far table edge, so it was a good plan.
|As the battle develops; note the wolves lurking in the woods|
As can be seen above, by a few turns in, each side ended up in a U. The red marker on the humans above is a battered marker; they were routed early by the shooting of the armored goblins.
|The elvish foot on the left stands off the lesser orcs|
In the center, the lesser orcs attempted to drive back elvish foot, but failed, and were eventually routed by bow fire. Unfortunately for me, the elves soon went the same way…
|The wolves make little impression on the dwarves|
The dwarves advanced straight up the road, and were first hit by the wild charge of the wargs. They successfully repelled the wargs, and then went toe to toe with the goblin king.
|The dwarves withstand an attack by the goblin king|
By that time, everything else on the goodly folk side had routed, leaving the few remaining dwarves to attempt a heroic charge up the road into a somewhat reduced unit of better orcs. Unfortunately, the orcs shot well, and the last few dwarves perished under a hail of black-feathered arrows.
|At the end, all allies fled, the dwarves final charge at the orcs|
So it was another sad day for the good folk, and there was celebration in the tunnels of the Misty Mountains.
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