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sunjester29 Sep 2019 12:38 a.m. PST

Mark came over to have another try at my Middle Earth variant of Soldiers of God. Since our last game I'd played with the points a bit (effectively making the elves more expensive and the crap orc snaga units cheaper).

The scenario is a basic encounter battle. Forces of the Witch King were trying to outflank Arnor's army but were intercepted on the Barrow Downs by reinforcements of elves and dwarves marching north to aid the men.

We each went for the same battle plan, a right hook with our strongest units, with the centre advancing in support and the left flank just holding ground. In the event our centre battles never met, my dwarves were delayed in their advance because Mark used a strategy card to demoralise them and it took me ages to get them back into good order.
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brave face29 Sep 2019 1:13 p.m. PST

I don't know the Soldiers of god rules--are they yours?

Can you tell us about the miniatures involved--especially the trolls?

Looks like a nice fight!

sunjester29 Sep 2019 10:49 p.m. PST

Soldiers of God are a set of card-activated rules for the Crusades link

I really like the mechanisms and made up my own deck of Middle Earth themed cards.

The trolls are 1/72 plastics by Dark Alliance (8 figures for about £10.00 GBP, a bargain). The Dwarves are mostly Vendel, the Elves are a mix of Grenadier, Kallistra and Ral Partha. The orcs are a real mixture of older metal figures from Vendel and Black Tree back to 1980s manufacturers like Asgard.

brave face30 Sep 2019 12:15 p.m. PST

Thanks sunjester. Did you blog the previous Middle Earth game mentioned in your into?

I recognized the game designer's name from The Citadel Journal and White Dwarf. I will follow your Middle Earth refinements with interest.

sunjester30 Sep 2019 10:35 p.m. PST

The previous game was played on a club night when I don't always have time/remember to take photos!

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