Webmaster Tony sorts through his photos and tries to get organised…
Since the Games Workshop Middle Earth rules first appeared to coincide with Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy (way back in 2001!), Phil and I have been amassing an ever-growing collection of figures. I don’t know about Phil, but I’m well over 1000 now (although I’d rather you didn’t ask how many were actually painted…). We used to play quite regularly – in fact, the very first game report on the then fledgling club website was a battle between Rohirrim and Uruk Hai. But as with all wargamers we moved onto something newer and shinier, and the figures had been gathering dust in our respective lofts for a while.
At a loose end two or three years ago, we decided to dig them out again and have a game. Since then we’ve been putting on a regular game at the club every six months or so, including one at the Open Day last year. The idea has been to do something different each time that required us to paint at least a handful of new figures. I’ve always taken plenty of photos but never seem to get around to writing them up, so now I’ve decided to sort through the hundreds of photos and put up a report for each game. Actually, they’ll be more of a photo gallery, the actual reports for each game will probably be quite brief since many of the details will have been forgotten!
The first of those games, in May 2016, was based on the capture and abduction of Merry and Pippin by Saruman’s Uruk Hai. In our game the Orcs are fleeing across the Open plains with their captives but are being tracked simultaneously by the Three Hunters (Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli) and a group of mounted Rohirrim.
Details are sketchy three years on, but from what I remember the three heroes made short work of a number of the Uruk Hai but the Rohirrim were held up by Orcs and the two Hobbits were spirited away by Warg riders, giving victory to the evil minions of Saruman. The photos of this game aren’t great, they were taken on an older phone – hopefully things will improve as the games go along…
Stephen slips toward the Underworld, accompanied by the strains of Chris Rea…
I’ve had Osprey’s Of Gods And Mortals for a long time now but it’s taken me an age to get together a warband for it.
Well, I did have one. I thought I’d go with the Norse because I have loads of dark ages stuff, so coming up with one warband was easy.
I just had to put together another.
To keep with the Norse theme I thought I’d go with Hel and her undead minions.
At last week’s SELWG there was a trader who had a stand with some of the Reaper Bones figures. I looked through them and found one called Svetlana The Ice Giant (or something like that) and I thought that would do.
This was my first Reaper Bones figure. I casually noticed it said ‘do not undercoat’ on the back. Wondering why that would be I did a quick Google and it seems that if you use solvent based materials on them they go all sticky.
They certainly are made of an odd material. It’s not the usual ‘hard’ plastic. Nor is it resin. Nor is it vinyl. Not sure what it is (they say it’s made from recycled material).
I gave it a good clean up first and then, wary of the stickiness issue, I used normal brush-on Humbrol acrylic to undercoat it.
Some of the spiky bits are a bit soft and flexible. And the detail is not the sharpest.
If I was to buy another Reaper Bones figure (and I’m sure I will) then I wouldn’t buy a normal ‘human-sized’ figure. I think for the larger pieces it’s OK, but for the smaller stuff I think it’s just a bit too rubbery.
Anyway, so Hel.
I decided she needed a sombre paint job, as befits the Goddess of the Underworld. I didn’t want to go with all over black because that would be too much. And she had to have glowing blue eyes, obviously.
For Hel’s brother, Fenrir, I used a GW wolf. Being GW it is a suitably big wolf figure as you would expect for Fenrir.
The zombies, skeletons, and undead berserkers are from Brigade’s Celtos range.
I used round shields to make them look like they’ve got Norse origins. I also did weapon swaps on the flesheaters/berserkers; again, to make them look more Norse. I have more of these figures to bulk out my Hel warband.
The only other thing I’d like to add is Hel’s other brother – the serpent Jormungandr.
The results for our third session are in. This was to be a session dominated by Wild Boar attack over the city of Berlin,as fighters sought to attack bomber caught in the glare of the clouds illuminated by the searchlights below. One of the JG commanders was absent due to sickness and another had temporarily lost use of his headquarters (aka house) so we were down to three players on the day . Two players babysat for the missing players JagdGeschwader for their map moves. Absent players do not affect the tactical combat results, as each player simply flies one plane.
The day began with the Me110s of NJG engaging the bomber stream over Berlin. This unit was depleted, so the number of tactics was reduced. 3.NJG5 was also handicapped by having some relatively slow Me110F-4s among its Me110G-4s; these struggled to match the speed of the Lancaster at high altitude. The action was something of a damp squib with no Lancasters engaged and the Me110F of Chris damaged by fire from the defending Berlin flak batteries.
After another map turn the bomber steam continued to move through the city and the German players now had a final chance for their units to engage the tail end of the bomber stream over the city searchlights.
First in were the Me109G-6s of 1.JG302 belonging to Tony’s JagdDivision 1. Things looked up for Chris as he was first off the scoreboard the day, downing C for Charlie. However, he did a bit too good a job as his fire detonated the bomb bay and his own fighter was consumed in the explosion! Things took an even worse turn for the Germans as Tony’s 109 was shot down by an alert gunner on E for Easy.
Next up was Tony’s 3.NJG5 coming round for another go. Michael got involved in a running fight with, funnily enough M for Mike. His first pass winged the Lancaster, but the defending gunners in turn damaged the attacking Me110. However, Mike hung on and made another pass, sending the Lancaster down. Tony now got into his stride with his pilot bagging first N for Nab, then K for King.
As the last of the bomber stream came in over the searchlights the Me110G-4s of 1.NJG5 also belonging to Tony’s JagdDivision1 arrived over the city. Tony continued on his combat roll by adding J2 for Jig squared to his total for the day.
The ever persistent 3.NJG5 now succeeded in infiltrating itself into the bomber stream as it left the city, becoming the first night fighter unit to do so.
With time up for the day and four tactical combats played out, the resolution of the Tame Boar attack was left for the next session.
At the end of session 3 the points scored were as follows:
Tony (1JD) +5 +3 for Lancasters shot down, +3 for Wild Boar attacks, +1 for Tame Boar infiltration, -2 for fighter shot down
Michael (2JD) 0 +1 for Lancaster shot down, -1 for fighter damaged
Chris (7JD) -2 +1 for Lancaster shot down, -2 for fighter downed, -1 for fighter damaged by flak
Marcus (3JD) – On leave
Bob (4JD) – Unable to fly
That leaves the individual League table so far as follows (with 1JD going into the team lead with 11 points):
Dave (1JD) +6 2 sessions played
Steve (2JD) +5 1 session played
Tony (1JD) +5 1 session played
Mike (2JD) +3 2 sessions played
Chairman John (3JD) +2.5 2 sessions played
John L (7JD) +1 1 session played
Bob (4JD) -2 1 session played
Andy (4JD) -2.5 1 session played
Chris (7JD) -3.5 2 sessions played
Worth saying that you score as follows:
1 point for each successful interception on the map by a unit, doubled if done before raid passes through own division area
1 point for identifying a main force raid or mosquito raid before air picture is clarified, doubled if done before raid passes through own division area
Air to air combat points:
1 point for shooting down a four engined bomber
2 points for shooting down a Mosquito2 points lost if own nightfighter shot down
Damaged aircraft score half points, for and against. Ties decided by number of bomber shot down.