I was really excited to play in a 500 point tournament over the weekend! It was the second of four connected tournaments in the "To War!" escalation series hosted at Your Hobby Place in Fredericksburg, VA. My report from the first tournament can be found here, where my Rivendell forces took third overall!
My list this time was very similar: Fully kitted out Glorfindel, Cirdan, 7 Elf bows with spears (*), 3 High-elf Elf Warriors with Shields, 9 Warriors with Shields and Spears, and a banner with shield and spear.
*- I actually took 8 bows in my list, which is illegal. To be honest, I have no idea how I completely whiffed on having too many bows. I looked at the "22" models and just calculated off of that which is of course overlooking that 2 of those are heroes. Max bows for 20 warriors is 7. This was caught after my first game thanks to an eagle eyed attendant. Naturally, I turned the error in to the TO immediately and they asked my opponent if it would have made a big difference- to which he replied "no". My bows really didn't do that much damage in my first game, but I was prepared for whatever decision! Pure, idiotic accident but fair is fair. Anyhow, my opponent decided no correction was necessary and it was very gracious of him. I apologize all for bringing an illegal list- I shouldn't have finalized it the morning of! I am thankful it was corrected after my first game and did not affect the following games- particularly my third where my 7 bows were responsible for much carnage.
With that big ol' disclaimer out of the way- on to my first game!
Game One: A Clash By Moonlight vs Kurgan's Moria
The first game was on an awesome board! Lots of ruins and lots of goblins! Kurgan is young, and relatively new to the game. His parents were Tournament Organizers and have clearly raised a well rounded young man! He was fun to play, was a good sport, and was quite knowledgeable in the rules! I've only been playing for four months now myself, so it's fun to play with people still wrapping their head around this awesome ruleset!
|Elves battle the forces of Moria near the Redhorn Gate
Kurgan played very very well. His first dice of the game were shattering my banner- bye bye re-rolls! I had positioned myself with terrain on my flanks to keep from getting flanked, so what does Kurgan do? Climb the terrain! Before I knew it a swarm of goblins was clambering over the ruin and getting around me. Thankfully, Elves fight like machines and we were grinding them down. Glorfindel remained super tied up most of the game, with Kurgan feeding one goblin at a time into the meat grinder.
Still, overall fights were going my way, when suddenly Kurgan got his bat swarm on Cirdan and wiped out his fate and put a wound on him! The bat swarm died shortly thereafter when a Goblin archer on a perch put a fatal arrow through Cirdan's heart! Ouch!
Unfortunately, too many goblins had fallen and as the game drew to a close, it was a 7-1 in my favor. To be honest the score was quite close until right at the end as Cirdan was the first hero to fall. I scored 5 for breaking Moria whole being unbroken, 1 for putting a wound on Durburz (but never being able to close the deal!), and 1 for having a hero remaining. Kurgan scored 1 for having a hero remaining, but up until the last acts of the game, he would have scored 3 more for having killed Cirdan but lost none... but one of his Shamans fell in the last turn of the game.
Again, this was a joy of a game and I'm looking forward to more games with Kurgan in the future.
Game Two: Hold Ground vs Richard's Moria
|Moments before Glorfindel's demise.
Game Three vs Assassination vs Javiar's Angmar
His list consisted of Bhurdur the Troll Chieftain, a Barrow Wight, the Warg Chieftain and a smattering of orcs, wargs, a cave troll, and two dead marsh spectres.
|This game was pretty intense so I only remembered to snap a single picture!