it was a heck of a great game! Connor had since added Elendil to his army, and as I am working on an Elendil model myself, I was so stoked to see him in action.
I am terribly sorry, but I was even worse than usual in capturing pictures of this game! As usual, we are using the veto system. Connor veto'd divide and conquer since he didn't want his elves and men separated, and I veto'd retrieval since I wanted to start a little farther apart to give my bolt thrower a chance. The mission remaining was Capture and Control.
I will say that pretty much from the get go fights were going my way. Barring one or two turns, Minas Tirith was giving more than we were getting. Boromir was chewing through soldiers. Elendil was, predictably, murdering my dudes pretty strongly; though had more than a handful of failures to pull off the Heroic Combat.
I held 3 objectives and broke Connor's force for a total of 7 VPs. Connor held 1 objective for 2 VPs.
A strong 7-2 for Minas Tirith, although to be totally honest a few dice different, or a passed courage roll here and there could've really shifted this.
Closing Thoughts: It's a little tough to identify exactly where this went south for Connor, but luck was definitely on my side for most of the game. I do think connor approached without dressed lines which meant I was often able to get to the squishy Numenoreans and many of my early kills were from that. I won most priorities, and many of the roll offs.
Elendil was held back from cutting loose too much (Connor's dice were my ally there), and Boromir and Hurin were pressing the flanks hard as my Knights moved into position to strike right at the end and grab objectives which did mostly go according to plan. Still, Connor was aggressive and set the tempo early, but his dice did not allow him to capitalize on that.
I've been very interested in seeing the Bolt Thrower without Rapid Reload in action. As with my previous game, it did very little in terms of killing... but it absolutely dictated how Connor reacted and moved his forces. It killed one elf this game... but the siege veteran's might came in handy for a move off to try and bleed Elendil's might!
Anyhow, huge thank you to Connor for a fun, clean game and I really look forward to facing him again!