Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Orccon 2014 Sunday LOTR Game

As promised, photos from the Sunday game - which look alot like the Saturday ones I am afraid...

 Forces of Mordor set up for the attack

 Evil players plan their next move....

 Archery line of Rangers hold the road while armored warriors attempt to flank the orcs

Damrod leads the Gondorian Rangers


The Orc Captain Bosk leads his forces as Gondorian archery downs one orc

Can we come on yet?  NO! Not till turn 4

For some reason a battle started over these ruins - You can see Gondorian Warriors moving up through the doorway

Orcs under cover from archery fire. During the first part of this game the Good Forces archery was telling

Faramir leads Fordo, Sam and Gollum (hidden in this shot) forward

A long shot of the table as the orc reinforcements move up

A fight for the sewer entrance begins. The battle for those ruins (bottom right) continues

The Gondorian Captain Cerik leads his men against the orcs..

"FORWARD!!! For Gondor!!!"

Good forces are pushing the orcs back, away from the grate

Fordo & Sam move up, hoping to make their escape from Osgiliath

The way is almost clear...

The fighting is furious and unyielding

"MY PRECIOUS!!! GIVES IT TO US!" Gollum makes his move

And Gollum lost that fight, so Frodo & Sam move away, leaving Gollum to his sad end...."NASTY HOBBITS, FILTHY BAGGINS, WE HATES IT....(sound of swords hitting flesh)"

Nice shot of some Gondorian Rangers

The gate is almost clear....

But the Orc reinforcement finally make it up to the battle! 

 The players called it at the end of this turn (long game and people were getting hungry) that the forces for Gondor couldn't keep the grate clear long enough for Sam AND Frodo to get clear so Frodo put on the ring, sang "Happy Trails to you" to Sam and made it away into the sewer for a draw. (Note to self - Keep notes on Con games) Once again, most of the players had never played a miniatures game (just board games) but all said they enjoyed it and had a good time, which makes it all worth while!


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Returning to Gaming

  Now that the holidays are over and some of the "real world" has calmed down, I am hoping to get back to gaming again.

  The February war gaming convention. Orccon 2014 has come & gone at a new hotel, the LAX Hilton, for next 3 years it looks like. It's a great new place to have a con at with more room and 100% better lighting! As I just couldn't my head are doing something new, I went ahead and did something I had already done, Osgiliath using Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game rules. I had everything already together and ready to go, so it was a no brainer.

  I had 3 people on Saturday and 6 (!!) on Sunday almost all of them had never played a miniatures game before. So things took a little longer, but both days everyone said the had a great time and gave me some great feedback on how to improve my Con games (which I always want to do). So on to some pictures!


 Good view of the table Turn 2

 Another view of the table

 Gondor defends the entrance to sewers so Sam & Frodo might have a change to escape

More Orcs pile into the melee and snipe from surrounding ruins (Orcs however, are poor bow shots!)

 The Orcs push the Warriors of Gondor back, Orcrish banner bearer aiding their fight

The Orc Captain Hurg  smashes Gondorians to get at the Ranger Damrod

 The battle continues around the sewer grate

 Gondorian Warriors move around a flank as the Orc Captain Hurg continues his attack!

 Gollum attacks Sam - Almost kills him but Frodo sadly kills him with a Gondorian Warrior next turn to protect his friend.

The Gondorian forces are almost spent and Orc reinforcements are almost there - Good loses this one
  The objectives for the Good forces were to get Sam & Frodo down the sewer grate and away (a Good Win) - If just Frodo escapes it is a draw and the Evil forces win if Frodo is slain or 2 Good Heroes before Sam & Frodo escape. Not sure how Sam & Frodo were going to get into Mordor's hidden paths without Gollum (no AAA maps available I'm sure).
I took a lot more photos of Sunday which I will post nest time!