Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Battle for the Bridge : LOTR Dragon Rampant

Regular readers may spot a similarity in the terrain for this one ? I don't always get to tidy up before the next game. Anyway I have discovered a potential new gamer at work and encouraged them round to the dungeon a couple of times. This weekend we stepped up his education to a slightly larger game of Dragon Rampant using my Lord of The Rings figures.

A simple set up with the Witch King and Boromir facing up to capture a river crossing. With 34 points each it made a reasonable sized battle with enough scale, but we managed to get through in a couple of hours. Once again I didn't take enough photos near the end......will try harder next time๐Ÿ˜ฅ
After a couple of turns both armies have made it to the bridge, but the two units, Uruk hai and Gondor spearmen don't want to rush in, we had declared the open water as impassible so the troll....more thoughtful than normal can't decide whether to make for the bridge or cross further upstream ? The witch king has Fast moving Warg riders on both flanks but they have the wild charge rule.
The Gondorian cavalry is on the right flank but is holding back in case they are pulled into a wild charger as well
A test shot for a new bit of scenic background from the railway shop, if you get the light right it will look ok.
The wargs have charged across the river only to be stopped and then beaten back......
The troll and the Uruk's with swords have also rushed the river. Gondors' finest charge in to push them back. This they do after a couple of turns but they have paid the price....
And the Witch King destroys the final two, the troll has limped back across the river heavily wounded and when he does get back into combat he is easily killed.
Not sure why I stopped photos here ? Some Rohirrim light cavalry archers have been holding the left flank and they manage to see off the remaining wargs..............from here the Gondorian spearmen rushed the bridge and looked to outflank the orcs, in the end almost nothing was left but despite being heavily wounded Boromir on his own held the bridge. The Witch King had been killed in a puff of black mist !

It was a very fun game which really swung backwards and forwards several times...my new gamer may now be hooked ๐Ÿ˜ˆ and thinking of what they could collect.

10 comments:

  1. Excellent, you are your own club

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    1. Cheers although I'm not sure about the club ?

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  2. Another fun-looking game. Love the LOTR stuff and Dragon Rampant seems the perfect fit.

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    1. Love or hate them GW lord of the rings collection is fantastic.....and yes the DR rules suit them quite well.

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  3. Fun looking game, I'm tempted by dragon rampant, it would mean I could drag out all the fantasy stuff that's been knocking about for oh decades, even though I'm focused on historical gaming, it's only a skirmish game. ..
    Best Iain

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    1. Yep a good game. DR has definitely encouraged us to get the LOTR figures out more often, you can play a game without looking in the rule book all the time.....you can use them for your historical figures too.....ps I don't get a commission.

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  4. Looks very nice. I still play LOTR SBG (periodically) with my son. Do you think the Dragon Rampant rules are better or just different? Thanks.

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    1. I started with SBG and enjoyed it but do find it tended to end each battle with two or three small clusters of troops fighting it out, having said that I really enjoyed it. DR is simpler and I have played at several shows successfully with juniors with no knowledge and they have enjoyed it. As troops are effectively generic is does simplify the overall feel. We have used them in quite a few different periods.

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  5. Nice post Matt.
    Let's hope you have some nex recruits there.
    Cheers
    Stu

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    1. Thanks Stuart I am starting him gently ...........๐Ÿ˜€

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