Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Battle Report - Balin's Tomb

Hello All,

Time for another Wednesday Wargaming Battle Report! Once more playing the Hobbit Strategy Battle Game, this time thou it's a Lord of the Rings Scenario, well mostly. We are doing Balin's Tomb with the Goblins attacking the Fellowship of the Ring, but we have Hobbit style Goblins, and the Goblin King instead of a Cave Troll as that is what we have painted. Also I kind of feel like it would be more of a challenge for the heroes.

To win this scenario the Fellowship has to bring down the King, for the Goblins to win they have to kill any for heroes, so the Hobbits realistically hah.

We hear drums, drums in the deepThey are ...
Here is the initial set up, fighty heroes by Balin's Tomb, Gandalf and the Hobbits by the well. Goblin coming in from the door, and the trap doors. The King come on a tied priority roll or if all the Goblins die.

Turn 1 the Fellowship spreads out a bit, Gandalf pastes a Goblin with a sorcerous blast, and Legolas misses three shots. Gimili wanted to show him how to shoot however and killed a goblin with a throwing axe.

Next turn more Goblins arrive and they surge forward, mostly trying to surround Legolas. But some fight all the big heroes. The Heroes have to use some might in general but kill a bunch of Goblins.

Next turn things shift around a bit, Gimli and Boromir are in the front taking the brunt of the Goblins, but some are still pressing in. I think this turn Gimli was surrounded and had to use up all his might to avoid loosing a fight to 4 Goblins, couldn't let Legolas see that!

Next turnt he Fellowship starts trying to pull back to limit how many Goblins can get in the fight, and try and let Legolas get some shots in. but Boromi is still having to fight allot of guys. The Fellowhip is hanging on but using up a fair bit of might and fate sometimes.

Next turn with a good having the priority the heroes regroup. The Goblins all hide from the elves arrows. Still a few fights on the side with Aragorn and Pippin vs some Goblins.

Aragorn and a couple of the Hobbits, Merry and Pippin. They are both doing pretty well but have each used their fate to stay alive!

The Goblin numbers are dwindling so the Fellowship is feeling pretty safe.

So we decided to just make the King arrive. He came on during the mop up of the Goblins and Boromir ended up having to fight the big guy alone!

He pushes him back first turn, but the Goblins get Merry!

Then the King puts down Boromir! Things are falling apart. Gandalf tried to immobilize the king to support the Boromir but he resisted.

The rest of the fellowship closes in for the killing, hoping to use numbers to get the hits in.

The king is loosing fights and getting pushed back, but his thick blubber is preventing him form taking any wounds.

Trapped in the corner, even Sam get in there to whack him in the knee with his frying pan! Which is pretty dangerous really as the King can easily kill him if he wins.

But it was not to be as the Fellowship eventually bring him down. Aragon did most of the wounds, but I think it was Gandalf who got the killing blow, with his sword cutting through the blubber.

FYI Gimli crushed Legolas in the numbers came the poor elf hardly killed anyone. I guess the drums put off his aim. In the end this was a pretty fun scenario, a but tough for the Goblins as usual I guess, but they got pretty close, killing both Merry and Boromir! Those are big losses so early in the rings quest.

Hope you al enjoyed it. Probably will try out another Goblin town game next week, but we shall have to wait and see what seems most fun!


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