[tneva82] Winter War tournament report

Well blog has quieted a lot. For me I have been busy painting non LOTR models so haven’t had much to report. However last weekend there was Talvisota(Winter War) tournament weekend with number of different games included. Of course Lord of the Rings was held as was 40k, 9th age, bolt action, flames of war, warmachine and couple other games. I managed to get Moria Dwarves painted for the event. 650 pts, 4 games. Think this was first time I would be playing 4 games in one day.

I took with me Balin, warrior with banner, 6 warriors with shields, 5 with bows, 3 khazad guard and 3 iron guard. Dwarf king with 3 warriors with shields, 3 with bows, 2 with 2 handed weapons and 1 iron guard. And another king with 4 warriors with bows, 4 with shields, 1 khazard guard. 39 models all in all for good old dwarf infantry swarm.

Ready for the tournament.

First game this is only photo I took. I ended up playing against the upcoming tournament winner(who thus now has 3 or 4 tournament wins in row in Finland. Seeing that covers 4 tournaments that’s pretty good win rate…) and his lake town/Thranduil&co alliance. I had no idea what the rules for those guys are and the elf+human combo giving numbers and F5 made short work especially as I lost both roll offs for with me so he dictated all movement(incidentally I lost all 5 roll offs during tournament making this years record 3-8 so far…). Thranduil drownded like half a dozen dwarf including banner with his automatic knock everything near him down(he can do that?) and having lost over half the army including banner and both kings with less than handful humans dead threw in towel. 0-12. Scenario was domination btw.

Couple shots from other games to showcase armies and boards(which were awesome. Crushed 40k in terms of feel and appearance.

Second game. Got to play on Moria table. Yey! Alas I didn’t get to play against Moria Goblins which would have been super thematic game. Instead Rivendell elves.

Scenario was secure&control(I think. 5 objectives each worth 2 pts that you tag and then they are yours until somebody tags it to them). He had Cirdan leading 12 elves with front rank shields and rear rank spear & bow plus fully buffed Glorfindel leading 8 infantry, 2 knights. And lone Legolas.

Initially I expected Cirdan company to engage me so I loaded up on left but it soon became apparent infantry was happy to shoot and hold back so I started to move toward the right with Glorfindel racing in. I had 3 out of 5 objectives so situation was good for me.

On right Glorfindel crashed into dwarves and started making mess. Rivendel knights made initial impact but then I managed to get priorities and charge and took out horses with quick haste. With Balin and King with their F6 I was getting rid of elves fast with the exception of Glorfindel but at one point he was going to lose big time vs many dwarves and ended up burning his might. Another loss later and he ended up burning fate to keep the horse alive(stinking elves and their cheating rules 😀 😀 😀 ) but all in all this stunted his charge a bit.

Eventually Cirdan led his force on advance at which point the thin line of dwarves started to shield with the exception of iron guard keeping my casualties low and elf advance slowed to crawl. On left there’s 2 dwarves next to objective. In center another. Those 2 I needed to keep elves away from. He was going to break first and then up to dice rolls when game ends. Keep the objectives safe until that, I win 7-5. If something happens(Glorfindel being most likely candinate to capture or contest center objective) it’s 5-5, 5-7 or 5-6.

Luckily for me game ended on first test. As I wasn’t likely going to be able to take the objective behind Glorfindel and guarded by Legolas wasn’t going to get more vp’s so good for me the game ended before Glorfindel, who even without might is formidable foe, could make mess.

Thankfully Khazad Guard having bodyguard kept Glorfindel locked down charging often with automatic courage pass. Until Balin died to charging Glorfindel. All 3 rerolls from Balin failed this game. So 7-5 win(3 objectives and broken foe vs 2 objectives and slain leader).

Third game. Adrian(who got to semi finals of big tournament in Sweden last year…I remember watching him in stream and following news on facebook group…so hardly bad player either!). He had Azog’s legion. Scenario was one where you need to be within 6″ center and maelstrom of battle deployment.

After turn 1. I “won” priority for first turn(bummer). One king and his force came to left, rest on south. Then he came and got one group behind my dwarves(crap) and Bolg&his party to their front. As seen my dwarves on left are…well screwed!

Turn 2. With doomed dwarves charged into combat hoping to kill at least SOMETHING(stupid me didn’t notice I king went against captain).

End result was all dwarves dead with nothing killed in return. Only one dwarf survived and getting priority he immediately charged Bolg to tie him up for a turn.

Meanwhile dwarf king on the other side used both might to heroic march my way to the bridge. Plan is simple. Have guys on bridge, engage orcs, try to break quickly and game end with me in win!

So plan to fruit(stupid me leaving king to bridge guard duty though…). Balin started smashing orcs with heroic combats tagging with iron guard and joining 2 combats. Was rather efficient in terms of killing orcs.

One ogre smashed into center, other was flanking toward bridge and that was worry. Should have pulled Balin to try to deal with that but was too happy smashing orcs left and right. Stupid bat kept knocking banner down. Was even better than killing because if he kills I’m a) closer to break b) another dwarf picks banner and I get rerolls. Knocked down no reroll! Bolg is finding trees and warg difficult to reach anything. He considers trying to swim to other side but mightless if he rolls 1…

Fierce combat continues. Dwarf numbers dwindle down but oh so slowly.

Bolg is there yelling “give me room! Give me room!”

Eventually Bolg decided to drop out of warg to get into fray. Note banner down AGAIN. Stupid bats. And guy can’t seem to either kill the dwarf or fail to knock him down. KILL HIM! KILL HIM! And note my stupidly placed king…

And now the bats started to bugger Balin as well. By some dumb luck I keep rolling 6’s and can get back to up for a while. Note dwarf in river after ogre threw him there. 3 times rolled 6 to keep swimming but I was oohing and aahing and not sure where to go. Dwarf lines breaking up. I came to exact 19 and was at that point not even shielding specifically trying to get kills. At that turn Bolg failed by 1 to win duel roll and opponent was debating whether to use free might(tournament rule. Once per game you can opt to use extra point of might but on 4+ you take wound). I got hopeful to get my force broken but he decided no. Drat.

Lines truly broken and while my army broke too late! I could not clear the bridge anymore. Eventually even Balin fell to ogre and at that point I threw in towel. He had max points and no way for me to prevent it with handful of heroeless models. 0-12.

Got too carried away with Balin. Should have had him ready to try to deal with ogre and Bolg without might.

Later I realized there would have been another way to try to win…When I got to bridge jump to river with ~10 guys and try to drown them and engage orcs far from bridge and try to hasten breaking and game ending. Silly narratively so glad didn’t come up and try in game but technically that would have been most likely way to win…With 10 dead from initial ambush needed 10 dead.

Game 4. One last hurah. Rohan + lothlorien alliance in scenario where we need to find relic. Tough scenario for dwarves with their stunty legs…

Picture is around turn 3 I think. King group didn’t come turn 1, rohan force turn 1 and 2. Elves ended up having to swim difficult terrain of water(he didn’t want to use might) which delayed their advance a bit. King on left tried unearthing one objective but failed. Other king led bulk of force in heroic march again. Dwarf bows caused first casualty of game: elf captain! HAH! Dwarves showed elves how the shooting is done!

Scenario rules being what they are I could not risk taking objective near the bridge. If I don’t roll 6 it’s on elf side so…let him try those and if he doesn’t try to get grind through there and get objectives once I’m close enough to fight for them.

Dwarves took position on the bridge. Had to spend bit time to organize proper models to front but my bows were doing their work so wasn’t too worried about that.

Rohan&co got first charge but hey not much I could really do to prevent it. Narrow bridge eased up my life though as did iron guard who were totally damn AWESOME! On right my small harash force got to messy end but in center narrow bridge + 3 F6 characters + iron guard(tagging 2 vs 1 elf was great). I was grinding my way through the bridge and Theoden ended up in trouble as well. F6 king + iron guard+khazard guard is tricky trio to deal with.

While combat grinding down bows kept dropping reserve rohan cavalry either by killing men or horse. Balin dealt with elf banner though took a while.

Humans and elves were outnumbered by dwarf infantry. Not a good situation to be in. Iron guard and 3 F6 kings were decisive here. Iron guard, SOLD!

Flanking force getting through but too late. He probably should have tried to get breakthrough with them first in retrospect.

I had leader dead, enemy broken, banner so was 6-0 ahead anyway. Opponent had choice. Try marker on his side. Succeed, it will be 6-6. Don’t try, 6-0 win for dwarves, try and fail, 12-0.

He tried but failed to roll 6 so dwarves took the objective and finished casualties. 12-0 win for dwarves.

Fun tournament. More of these!

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