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Good Vs Evil – The Battle of the Haircut


In an obvious attempt to steal my thunder Servitob has already displayed some of the exploits from last nights gaming nirvana. Not only that, but he is obviously trying to make me feel bad by picturing my plastic army men force going up against Gribblin’s painted, foppish, dilettantes… If you stare really closely you can spot some painted Easterlings in there I swear!

After meeting up at our usual hang-out it turned out that only Carabus, Gribblin and myself had bothered to bring any models. As Carabus had already mercilessly crushed the Armani handbag forces of the Elven Kingdoms and I was yet to face off against their perfectly manicured and flaxen-haired Galadhrim legions, it was decided I would be fighting this time round.

I’d tweaked my list ever so slightly from the last time out when I had great success against the Rohan. The Winged Nazgul stayed in the list but the rider on his back changed from the Shadow Lord to Khamul the Easterling. I wanted to try out his Essence Leech ability and it fits more into my purported Easterling themed army. I also dropped the Balefire Arrows Fate from the Haradrim Warband and took the Black-hearted Trees intervention, this was primarily an anti-Ent pick but can also do a number on any infantry that choose to camp out in defensible terrain (we normally have at least one or two forests on the table).

Gribblin had some changes of his own but that’s his army so I’ll let him tell you all about that. Our independent adjudicator nBreaker rolled our mission and deployment, he rolled Field of Swords and Maelstrom respectively. After we administered a swift kicking and some “re-education” we settled on the same objective but rolled Battle for the Pass as deployment in the hope of a less random and a more balanced and enjoyable game. I won the roll off and tasked Gribblin with deploying first. Glorfindel and the Galadhrim infantry went on my left flank behind a wood while the Galadhrim Archers took up position line abreast in the centre with the Knights on the right flank. With the centre of the table composed of a defensible building with some walls there was lots of room to go up either side, I had a wood on my right too. I decied to massively weight my forces towards the left flank, I know things move very quickly in War of the Ring but his cavalry would have to come to me if they wanted to hurt things. Therefore I deployed my Morgul Knights on my far left, to their right were the Haradrim with Dalamyr, next was the Easterling Cohort with the Winged Nazgul stationed behind them. The Watchers of Karna were left in ambush and I’d chosen the wood in Gribblin’s deployment zone as their hiding place. Lastly the Haradrim Raiders were all alone on the right flank to make Gribblin think about his targets and movement or end up with a roaming cavalry unit in his flanks if he turned towards the rest of my army.

Gribblin then gave me priority for the first turn, the Easterlings shuffled forwards slightly but everything else stood still. I was determined to make it hard for the Elf shooting if I could. Rather than give a total blow-by-blow report (I’ll leave that to Gribblin and his better memory) I thought I’d take the units in turn and give a run down of their performance. I’m still looking at my army as a whole and thinking of improvements and tabletop performances are a great way of seeing what is working and what isn’t.

Haradrim Raiders – My current list has 4 companies of these guys with a Banner Bearer. Despite their speed they got shot up by the longbow armed Galadhrim Knights and never made it into combat, this is the third game where they have done nothing. The unit costs 135pts so it isn’t exactly a cheap throw away unit but they have now gotten completely shot down without seeing combat in two out of the three games I have played. Therefore I am considering their future, they do provide a nice boost to the number of companies I field but so far haven’t achieved anything.

Overall rating so far 2/5

Haradim Warband – 4 Companies accompanied by Dalamyr, Fleet Master of Umbar. Cheap and cheerful these are my shooting troops, I may drop the bows though as I rarely shoot, I’d rather move farther forwards and get them into combat. They may only be Defence 4 but due to the size of the unit can soak up casualties. They took a pounding from Elven shooting but still got across the table and made one of the biggest differences in the game. They took a charge from the Galadhrim Knights towards the end of the game. The combination of Dalamyr’s Flash and Caltrops (no charge bonuses against his formation) and spending both Might points for an Epic Strike and Epic Poison meant that the Knights didn’t really kill a lot of Haradrim, while being Fight 10 and re-rolling all failed hits was nasty, they managed to wipe out the Knights completely. I took Dalamyr mainly for his anti-charge rule, I couldn’t really think of why I’d ever use Epic Poison considering the other uses for Might but it was the spot-on time to do it last night and it paid dividends.

Overall rating so far 4/5

Easterling Cohort – 3 Companies with Dragon Knight and Captain armed with Pikes. People avoid these guys like the plague. Defence 7 to the front with Pikes denying charge bonuses is quite a good thing. These guys are just solid and dependable and people don’t like them. They got wiped out in the end this game but they were ground down over time and I made some bad choices with their movements which put them out of position. The Captain Will of Ironed a spell at the right moment and I rolled like a chump when declaring an Heroic Duel against Glorfindel (no guts, no glory). Still, I like their solid and immoveable nature.

Overall rating so far 4/5

Morgul Knight Regiment – 3 Companies with Banner Bearer. Second time out for these guys. Their low courage hurts them, especially when they get Light of the Valar chucked at them every turn. However, once Dalamyr moved over from the Harardim they got a lot tougher. This was the only unit I had left at the end of the game and they pretty much got ignored. I am thinking that they may need a Hero in there full time, probably an Epic Hero to really get the most out of them, especially against anything that causes Terror. This was the first game where Terror really played a part as both myself and Gribblin failed a lot of Terror tests. They did however finish off Glorfindel which was awesome, so that swings in their favour. People are also scared of what they are capable of and I would like to see them charge some infantry at some point, so, still need some more time with them to really find their niche.

Overall rating so far 3/5

Winged Nazgul – I swapped my original Dark Marshal Epic Hero for a Winged Nazgul after the first game, replacing the Mumak. In the two games he has been in my army he has scared the living snot out of the opposition and rightly so. If I had to pick my overall most effective unit it’s this fella. The Swoop Attack can really hurt, especially if you get a nice line of stuff to go over, however, as anyone who has used a Nazgul knows, he is a Wizard more than a fighter. While being on the Fell Beast certainly ups his damage output in combat it’s the magic he casts that is the real gem. While I had a number of spells fail at critical moments (the Nazgul was killed by a charging Glorfindel after I cast Strength from Corruption on him. Average rolls would have seen him dead but I rolled like a chump, scoring one hit), but for the first few turns he went around Black Darting enemy Heros with great success. I reckon next time my opponents may Will of Iron it but that suits me fine, they spend a point of Might to try to stop it and 50% of the time I’ll still be getting the spell off to strip more Might, it’s a tough decision for a player to face. I also got Black Breath off a few times which annoys Heroes too. Khamul’s ability to redirect his Hits hoovered up some Elves here and there too which was another annoyance. Overall I’ve been having great success with this model, sure it eats up all my Allies allowance but it is a mobile threat and one hell of a good one too.

Overall rating so far 5/5

Watchers of Karna – 1 Company with bows and they might not be making a re-appearance. I had spare points so spent them here, however, the idea that they would harass opponents in their own deployment zone through ambushing hasn’t really played out. To be a threat I’d need more of them but I just don’t see them filling that role well enough. A bigger unit would be better but I have nowhere else to squeeze the points to do that. Better if you take the battlehost but then you’d have to sell your kids to afford those metal models so overall about as useful as a third testicle.

Overall rating so far 2/5

Sauron’s forces eventually triumphed over Galadriel’s finest but there was only one unit left at the end of the game, the Morgul Knights. The game really had an ebb and flow to it with the advantage swinging between both forces at one time or another. It was an hard-fought game and I had a lot of fun, happy that I won of course but happier that we had a good game and I got to once more assess the forces at my command. I reckon I can fit some more Nazgul in there….

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6 Inch Move Plays War of the Ring


Last Thursday in a rare display of total feminine compliance, the entirety of the 6 Inch Move blogging staff were given permission slips to congregate for our inaugural game of War of the Ring. The venue used for this event was le Maison de Carabus, a worthy addition to the normal wings of the floating citadel. We were a little worried about descending from our well protected aerial fortress but at the risk of scraping automobile undertrays along the road we reversed up to our destination in a very clandestine fashion, what with it being dark and all.

After we had unloaded the cars and stood around chatting for a while we came to the conclusion that it would be Carabus and myself fighting it out with our respective 1000pts forces. My Easterlings and Haradrim would be up against the forces of Gondor, it being our first game we were looking forwards to making all kinds of mistakes due to not knowing the rules properly, grave tactical errors and generally not knowing what the hell half of our stuff was capable of. Gribblin even flopped his Elves on the table (he had an Ent, many “I’ve got wood jokes could ensue”) and his 1000pts you could fit in a hanky!

We mutually set up terrain on the 8′ * 4′ board we were using, a little overkill perhaps but not without a sense of the dramatic. I took the following from the Fallen Realms list;

  • Dark Marshal (Leader)
  • 4 Companies of Haradrim with Chieftain and Taskmaster
  • 3 Companies of Easterlings with Dragon Knight and Captain
  • 2 Companies of Easterling Archers
  • 3 Companies of Haradrim Raiders
  • 1 War Mumak of Harad
  • 1 Company Watchers of Karna (who I forgot about the whole game)!

The Gondor army facing me was as follows;

  • Faramir, Captain of Gondor
  • Prince Imrahil, Knightly Ponces of Gaydor
  • 4 Companies of Poncy Swan Knights of Dol Amroth
  • 4 Companies of indeterminate sexuality Knights of Minas Tirith
  • 4 Companies of Warriors of Minas Tirith
  • 4 more Companies of Warriors of Minas Titties
  • 1 ROFLSTOMP Trebuchet
  • 2 Avenger Bolt MLRS systems

From my portrayal of the units I reckon you can guess how this game went. I got tabled in turn three. We rolled for the Seize the Prize scenario with Shieldwalls for deployment. While I’m not going to make too many excuses for my performance (I learned a lot and with it being a first game someone had to win and someone lose) however my problems started with deployment. A lot of what I learned stemmed from the deployment. I won the roll off to go first and take Priority, this was probably my first mistake. I had a couple of prizes on turn one though and then proceeded to ignore that and go for the throat of my enemy, a noob mistake but I wanted to see combat and learn the game. My Mumak was on one flank completely away from everything else, it got spanked by the Trebuchet and stampeded, it was an unlucky dice roll on my part but these things happen in gaming. It ran into a building and died. My cavalry on my right flank got hit by the Bolt Throwers and were wiped out in one salvo.

As mentioned above I forgot to bring on my ambushing Watchers for the two turns I could have played them, I also put the Dark Marshal in with my Archer Cohorts, this was Warhammer mentality of protecting the wizard, this doesn’t work with Nazgul in War of the Ring, he needed to be in the middle of the fighting.

Combat in War of the Ring is a lot of fun, normal shooting is a bit rubbish but artillery can really smush stuff as my Mumak and Haradrim learnt first hand. Improperly extending my line left me with only my infantry by turn 2 and a cavalry charge into the flank of my Easterlings by the Swan Knights showed me what they are capable of doing, wiping the formation out in one round. I would have been better not moving them out of the defensible terrain they camped in on turn one. This left the Haradrim to get rear charged by the Minas Tirith knights who were unopposed on the flank after the loss of my Raiders. My Dragon Knight did spend his single might point on a Heroic Duel against Prince Imrahil but I rolled low, I lost a few Easterlings in return.

Even though I lost I got a feel for things, infantry Vs infantry is quite grindy as combats go, a cavalry charge can devastate infantry and artillery can be nasty if it has a target it can pick on. Luckily I was out of Bolt Thrower range after turn 1, although I did lose my cavalry to them. Magic can have an impact on combat but leaving the Ringwraith skulking at the back robbed him of a lot of the options he had for disrupting the enemy. I’ve since reviewed my army list in light of revelations from this battle and changed a few things. I haven’t dropped much really, just enough to swap some things around and make a couple of changes. While I had a lot of units I realised I didn’t have a lot of “threats”. The only thing people were generally afraid of was the Mumak and after rolling a 10 on 2D6 when I needed a 9 or less that threat was gone rather quickly.

I’m looking forward to getting a rematch at some point, no doubt Carabus will have made some tweaks too and I am still looking at a list I can use against any of our players with their varying armies. I’m not writing a list individually for each of them after all. While we did have a few stops and starts due to having to look up rules the game does play really well and I enjoyed playing. I look forward to this becoming one of the staple games of our little troupe. I may even review my other hobby spending in light of this, we shall see.

Sauron’s forces will not lie still, maybe next time we’ll see some Uruk-Hai getting to grips with someone?

Paypal – Placating my Wife and Saving our Bank Account


Preparations for War of the Ring are continuing apace. Despite my wife rolling her eyes at the mention of another game that we are looking at I believe I am appeasing her through the marvels of my Paypal balance.

Financing an army for any game will obviously require funding. Depending on which game you are playing the exact amount will vary, certain armies will also require more or less expenditure if they are more horde oriented or elites. What you also find is that many miniature gamers (people who play with miniatures, not folks of a diminutive stature) have more models than you can shake a stick at. I know I have and therefore many of these have sat on shelves, unloved and unused except for the brief excitement that caused me to purchase them in the first place.

There comes a time when you have to make some harsh decisions regarding your collection. I thinned myself out a few years ago by getting rid of an awful lot of stuff, this allowed my 40k Orks to come to life as well as my Warhammer Daemons and the latest addition of my Space Wolves. Last year’s model sales allowed me to buy over 2000pts of Skaven, a lot of which has been auctioned off to bolster my Paypal balance. It is this rolling fund that I use for my purchases. As something comes up that I want I evaluate all the stuff I have and get rid of that which I don’t want. Currently this means that as well as the remnants of my Skaven I also want to get rid of my Daemons (I have some 40k as well as Fantasy models for this army), my Space Wolves (prefer my Orks), my Hordes Skorne and I have already sold my Infinity models. I am probably going to keep my Warmachine Elves as well as the current batch of Malifaux stuff as I really like that game system and it fills my skirmish itch.

From the stuff I have already sold I have placed an order for a lot of stuff to bolster my War of the Ring. Everything I currently have is sprayed and my command groups have arrived recently and need assembling. I will paint these either side of finishing formations to break things up. There is a grand total of 4 boxes of infantry that are left to get to complete my 1000pts and I will not get these until my balance provides the funds for this. Not only does this stop me from being swamped with models it also allows me to save our bank account from the raping it would get otherwise. Thus is my long-suffering wife placated that although models are coming in, they are going out as well and the quantity going out exceeds that which is coming in. Thinning my herd like this will also help that I can focus on playing certain games with my friends, although it is nice to have variety we already have much more than we can easily play without setting aside specific times to play. We are all very excited about War of the Ring though and I haven’t seen this level of anticipation for a long time and it probably exceeds that which we felt for 5th edition 40k.

I should also be on holiday next week and am hoping to get through a large portion of all the Haradrim and Easterlings I have. A finished unit might allow me to win some games due to the spontaneous combustion of disbelieving opponents.

A Muster of Forces


After another weekend of furious discussions regarding our building interest in War of the Ring, the final count for the 6 Inch Move team is in. All forces have been chosen and here below is what you can expect to see us using in the (hopefully) not too distant future;

  • ZombiePirate – Fallen Realms
  • Servitob – Isengard
  • Gribblin – Elves
  • nBreaker – Rohan

Overall it works out nicely as two armies on either side of the good/evil divide. I’m looking forward to seeing these armies take shape and we are even considering holding an inaugural battle at Warhammer World. Time to clear my schedule for painting.