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War of the Rings – and how I started my interest in it.

Some days my madness works it’s way through my pocket and into the hands of retailers.

After my visit to Warhammer World I had my interest in Lord of the Rings Wargaming renewed and so was determined to give it a blast.  War of the Ring is the mass battle version of Games Workshops’ Lord of the Rings battle system.  It’s designed for large numbers of troops to be fielded on the battlefield and to be honest even though it’s a Games Workshop product, I’m very very interested.  I grew up on the Lord of the Rings, I’ve played and ran the RPG ‘Middle Earth Roleplaying’ and I hope one day to play that game again, anyway this is about War of the Ring and my experience of it.

So I went to Wargames Emporium (WE) my local shop to pick up some other Warmachine stuff I’d ordered and asked about War of the Rings (WotR) as I couldn’t see any books/models in the shop (they are Independent and stock a number of systems) so I asked the chap behind the counter (John) and he told me he thought he had a second hand copy of the Rules.  Within a minute he had located it and I had agreed to purchase it from him at a princely sum of £18  (£20 minus 10% as I get a club discount).

Didn’t take me long to decide that I wanted the Angmar army and so I quickly raised my first order with WE.

I bought off them:

2 Boxes of Mordor Orcs (these chaps)

The Witch King

The Tainted


Barrow Wights

I did also ask for the Moria and Angmar army list book and the Lord of the Rings Rulebook itself, however they couldn’t match the price Wayland Games were selling the LotR Rulebook (£30) so I had to go with  Wayland for that (at this point I’m still waiting…..)

Knowing that these models wouldn’t be enough for an army I had to make the trek to Games Workshop on the Moor in Sheffield to see what they had.

So paying full retail price I added the following to my Angmar force.

Morannon Orc Commanders:

Warg Riders:

As such that was it.

When I got home and decided to start to build these, I knew from more reading that I didn’t have a valid Angmar force so over to Ebay for more…

I managed to pick up an Out of Production 20 figure ‘Army of the Dead’.  These models are used for the Ghostly Legion, I picked up the Box (sealed still) for £29 including postage.  I could have picked up 2 boxes of the newer ‘Warriors of the Dead’ but I don’t like the models so much and my thinking was that if I needed more of these companies, I buy the newer boxes and I don’t have many duplicates.

They turned up in time and I built them, I had an army and I had written a list for a 500 point introduction game I was going to be having at the club on Thursday 26th July.  Dan was played WotR before but not enough to be familiar with the rules.

I also before I read the lists wanted a Cave Troll, so popped to the GW website and bought one of these, which turned out to be a bugger to glue together, it needs some green stuff…

So Thursday came and we had our battle.

These were the forces.

Angmar:

Warband A
4 companies of Orcs + Captain + Shields (165 points)
Warband B
3 companies of Orcs + Bows (60 points)
Warband C
2 Companies Ghostly Riders (120 points)
Hero
Dwimmerlaik  (125 points)

Additional:
Fate/Fortune – Balefire Arrows (25 points)

Total 495 Points.

Elven:

Warband A
4 Companies of Haldirs Elves (Legendary Formation) (295 points)
Warband B
2 Companies of Galadhrim Regiment  (90 points)
Warband C
2 Companies of Galadhrim Warriors  (90 points)

Additional:
Fate/Fortune – Ancient Lore (25 points)

Total 500 Points.

When I arrived at the club, Dan was already there and setting up the table, a balanced amount of scenery and cover plus a single objective – take the centre hill and hold it for 2 complete rounds without your opponent contesting the objective.

WotR games last 8 rounds so it’s important that we both got a move on…as that hill needed taking!

It didn’t take long really for us to get into the rules, but we did have a few sessions of ‘finding rules’ or in one case, not finding the rules.  For example when you declare a charge and you make the distance you move up to base to base contact with the charged formation.  Once the fighting has finished the two formations split apart a little to show they’ve finished.  My question was, are they still ‘fighting’ as at one point my opponent said that as we’re not in base to base contact he can shoot my Orcs.  I found this a bit hard, you’ve done melee and then your opponents allow you to draw your box, notch an arrow and fire off against you.  We in the end (after 20 minutes of searching) agreed he could, it didn’t make much difference as I charged him again and caused him to break.

It was a good game, I enjoyed it a lot, it’s a fast set of rules, designed for mass battles as there’s a single ‘to hit and injure’ roll which leads to lots of troops dropping on a series of good rolls.  I can see why people complain that WotR is all about rolling high, it is, but also planning what units attack what and in what order make it just as tactical.

So after 6 rounds (of the 8) the game was mine.  The bow fire from my 3 companies of orcs, the spells (or lack of) from my Nazgul and some good rolling on my main Warband meant I won the day.  Those orcs are almost as deadly as the Elves in melee, not as skilled but a few good rolls helps and I did get them, you need though to take large formations of orcs as they die quickly to Elven bows.

I like it, like it a lot and I will play more.

I’ll give a decent review of it once I’ve played a few more games and I hope over the rest of summer that I’ll play more.  I’m also looking to create some battle rep type blog posts, will think about that as the time they take to write up is quite large – so perhaps plenty of pictures instead?

Right time to do something else.

Cheers
Colin

A short update….

Hello all,

Just a quick update on things.

Right, blog postings.  I’ve got a few on the go at the moment, these are all work-over-time type postings.

For example, I’m still typing up (and sorting out the pictures) for my 40k Open Day Blog 2 of 2 (which may become 3 posts!).  That’s taking some time as there’s a lot of messing and re-writing and so on.

However I also have a post on my Clash of Empires army that will soon be in full swing, on top of that I have a second post of Empire of the Dead showing my progress on my Gentlemen’s Club and off of that a, blog post on bases and basing, namely Black Cat Bases (being used for my EotD Gentlemen’s Club) and Product for Wargamers MDF bases that I’ve bought for my Black Powder Naps.

That is not the end, oh no.  I’ve also bought the War of the Ring rules, plus now ordered the Lord of the Rings (Games Workshop) rules, along with an army based on the Angmar lists as found in the Moria and Angmar army list book!

Phew, so much going on.

I’ve also sent GW an email, a plead more like.  I’ve asked them if I can arrange to interview Matt Ward, Jerm Votek or Adam Troke (the writers of 40k 6th Edition).

Anyway bed beckons, so I best sign off.

Hope to finish the 40k follow up blog tomorrow.

Cheers
Colin