The fourth game of the tournament and first game on Sunday was against Andreas the Norwegian Vikings Angmar army. This was a very tricksy list. He had about 21 free heroic actions in previous games, the taskmasters whip was doing it's job! The force was led by the Shadow Lord, a taskmaster, a Black Guard captain, 8 Black Guard, two orcs with spears. To top it off there was a Shade followed closely by a Spectre.
The scenario was Hold Ground. When one force is broken (reduced to below 50 % of it's starting number) a roll of 1 or 2 before priority ends the game. The player with the most models within 6 inches of the objective in the middle of the board at the end of the game wins. Deployment is randomized by dice rolls. I had a slight advantage outnumbering Andreas about 2-to-1.
I forgot to take pictures early in the game. This is Andreas' main force almost at the middle of the board. These guys started pretty close to each other.
The Shade and Spectre came on to the board on the opposite corner of the rest of the force. With my force deployed on both sides of them. It took a while to get to them. The Spectre moving my knight away and my knights failing their courage tests when trying to charge the Shade.
The Black Guard getting into defensive position.
Different view. Andreas' banner reaches most of his models. The Shadow Lord's aura which makes me hit on only 6's with my bows reaches all the models. The side towards my main force have defended positions with the barrier in front.
I slew the Shade and tried to get into a good position to charge Andreas.
The point marking the objective is where the two grey tiles meet each other and the green tile. This was the right before the game ended. As soon as Andreas' force was broken he rolled a 2 ending the game.
It was very close, and after remeasuring I ended up with more models within the objective and beat Andreas 10-6. On the other hand I was luck he didn't kill Faramir, the taskmasters whip must have been worn out earlier. And the Shadow Lord tired countless time to kill Faramir with spells, but failed to wound ALL the time!
Again, a fun game, and a great way to start a Sunday!