Chapter 4 – Flight of the Uruk’s
As the sun rose slowly into the morning sky, Dhatta came back into the run down farmhouse the warband had been staying in. For two nights they had held up, mending their wounds and repairing damage to their gear after the battle outside against the dwarves. The troll had already eaten a whole pony left behind in the dwarves fighting withdrawal, while the rest of the party was making due with scraps they still carried with them. They would need to get on the road and through Mirkwood soon or they would quickly run out of supplies.
“We’ve got company boss,” Dhatta said quietly to Pikhard. “I spotted a small scouting party of Uruk’s coming this way, they look to be following the path we took. We should be able to take them down quietly if we move now.”
“Looks like we found ourselves a new supply of meat,” Pikhard said with a sharp toothed grin. “Get your gear boys, and be quiet about it!”
Moving without fear born in a belief of their superiority, three large Uruk-hai were nearing the watchtower on the edge of the farmstead. The leader signalled for the group to stop as he began sniffing the air. A goblin may be be able to slink through the shadows unheard, but they could not mask their scent. The Uruk leader drew his long rust spotted blade, causing the others to follow suite, just as the goblin warband broke from cover and charged them with shrieking howls that filled the morning air…
This was game 2 of the day against Simon, this time using his evil Uruk-hai BC! They were already fairly reduced in number due to a previous battle against some ferocious Hobbits (yes, that’s right) and now had to survive an ambush with only 3 of their party starting just far too close my full force!
The setup looked dire and the mission put everything against Simon, however, things didn’t go quite as you would think…
This mission sees one side (defenders) have to put a single hero, and any 2 other models from their warband, right in the middle of the board. The other team (attackers) then sets up their own full party anywhere within 18″ of their board edge (leaving you very close to the enemy)!
The person defending has the rest of their team move on from the board edge on the first turn. Game ends when the defending hero is slain, or if the attackers reach 50% casualty.
The Uruk-Hai scouts, not from fear but clear realization of their situation, immediately fell back from the incoming goblin force. The only place to use their small numbers to an advantage was the watchtower, which they instantly took flight towards. Before the goblins could reach them they were already climbing three at a time to try and reach the top. Their companions in the rear were charging towards the fray to help even the odds as fast as they could. The goblins, right on their heels, were stabbing with blade and spear from the base of the watchtower as their troll braced with both hands to try and push over the ladder to topple both friend and foe…
In what could have been disaster, Simon took flight for that watchtower from the start! Luckily for him he was able to do a heroic move and get out of my charge range on turn 1, and being Uruk’s they can move faster than myself, getting much needed distance. I had not even anticipated this move at all and could have set my deployment up differently had I realised this option…drastically changing the outcome. I quickly gave chase but also tried to keep a bit of a spread between my units to be able to react to his incoming reinforcements. The dice were certainly not no my side either and I could do little to stop him even when I did get into contact!
Things got messy on the ladder quickly as we had to figure out how to do combat on it with something that looked straight out of a Monty Python skit. In the end I managed to knock one of his lads off, who then fell down on top of both my guys! Poor Na’tasha’yar couldn’t even push the bloody thing over!
One of the Uruk’s was stabbed in the hand, losing its grip and tumbling down the ladder right into the goblins at the base. As the Uruk rolled off the two goblins that broke its fall it rose just as a club the size of a tree trunk smashed it from its feet sending it flying backwards to land in a clump of crushed armour and bone.
“Get up there you maggots,” shrieked Pikhard. “The stupid Uruk’s have trapped themselves! Finish them off and stop fooling around.”
The other two Uruk-hai caught up to the fray now and came swinging, quickly knocking down Whez’lei and taking him out of the fight with a shield blow to his head. However, they quickly found themselves surrounded by goblin and troll alike and were beaten down into the ground faster than their great skill warranted.
An arrow flew from the top of the tower and struck Oh’Bryhan as he was trying to line up a shot, leaving him bleeding on the road below. The threat was far from over and the goblins began circling the watchtower to climb it from all sides…
Having dealt with all the Uruk’s still on the ground, at a far greater cost than I should have…. I had to find a way up the tower to get at the bloody leader who was cowering at the top. This was not going to be easy as I couldn’t get the numbers I needed into him and on a 1v1 fight my goblins were no match. This made both my troll and warg useless…forcing them to skulk around below and hope my goblins could win us the match before I hit 50% casualties…something that was quickly nearing…
Whorf, Dhatta, and Pikhard all began scaling the watchtower to try and get at the final Uruk’s hiding at the top. Their years living deep within the Misty Mountains making them very agile climbers. However as each one neared the top they found themselves face to face with a foe triple their size swinging savage blades at them as they held on to the wall and tried to fight at the same time. Whorf duelled with the enemy leader back and forth, both landing blows on the other as they fought for their lives. Pikhard managed to get up and into the watchtower behind the enemy leader just as he dispatched Whorf off the railing with a might kick from it’s armoured feet.
Pikhard leapt onto the back of the Uruk leader, biting and clawing at him trying to pull him down. As the Uruk leader tried to get a grip onto Pikhard to throw him off, the other Uruk finally knocked Dhatta off the other side, catching him with a punch to the temple and toppling him to the ground below. The Uruk leader pushed backwards slamming Pikhard into a support beam on the corner, knocking him down and causing him to briefly forget where he was. Just as he began to stand and regain his wits, he saw both the enemy Uruk’s leap from the top of the tower to the ground below.
“You cowards,” Pikhard yelled from the watchtower. “Next time you won’t be so lucky you stupid brutes!”
The surviving two Uruk-hai took off in a sprint Northwards from where they had come. Spot would have easily caught them but he was still cowering under the tower after seeing his master Dhatta fall and land badly right beside him. Na’tasha’yar was busy stomping on the corpse of the Uruk who fell off the ladder, having too much fun listening to the way the bones popped as it’s foot came down to even notice the two Uruk’s escaping…
The Wrap Up:
In a masterful display, Simon managed to keep his force alive and whittle me down to that 50% needed to end the game! His gambit of using the watchtower paid off as I could not get my numbers to work, nor my big hitters anywhere near him! I would call it a masterful strategy but Simon being the humble man that he is said it was just luck and he had no idea what else to do!
He certainly made the right choice. It was fight or run, and running would have just seen him die tired as my larger numbers would be able to fan out and encircle him. All around it was a fun game though and very nail biting as it came down to trying to keep my last goblin alive and get his leader!
I was lucky as usual and took no wounds or deaths however! The part still gained some influence and I used that to purchase a new warrior. I rolled a warrior with shield, giving me another solid goblin fighter! Dhatta managed to gain enough experience and became a mighty Gundabad Blackshield giving me a much tougher goblin to help hold my lines. I also purchased heavy armour for Whorf, who with a shield and then rolling a +1 D, saw him, a regular goblin warrior, at Defense 7!! Eat your heart out ya bloody dwarves!
So say hello to the newest member of the team, Regh’inhald Bhark-lei!