Tea was made. Burgers were grilled. Wine was drunk. Indian take out was eaten. Dice were rolled. So generally a Good Time was had by all.
First up was our usual Dragon Rampant grudge match for who held onto Smoochie, plush Dragon of Mordor. The Padre is transitioning to new digs, so we used the dinner table and only fielded 60 point forces on some basic terrain.
My wolf riders performed admirably in their first outing. They got annihilated of course (the New Unit rule naturally), but they skirmished aggressively all game and were generally annoying to the Riders of Rohan while passing all of their courage tests. The last wolf rider, instead of evading a charge by Theoden and his elite riders, stood his ground to protect the flank of some goblins.
On the other flank, I did drive off the Padre's head-hunting elf maiden skirmish units but Aragorn and an ent charged in and sent trolls and goblins running. Pippin and some Gondor foot fought me off in the centre. Rohirrim charging everywhere. It was a disaster. I'm going to have to rethink my Order of Battle a bit.
Some pictures :
|Opening set up. Evil on the left, Good on the right|
|New wolf riders!|
|Passing their first courage test|
|Notice there are only 2 wolf riders now, far ahead annoying the flank of the Good army|
|Trolls get the jump on Elf babes|
|Riders of Rohan vs. Men of Carn Dum|
|Aragorn runs about slaughtering Orcs|
|Pippin and men of Gondor|
|Who's a Good Doggy? Last wolf dies hard.|
|Towards game end.|
Sunday, after a satisfying fry up and chin wag at a local diner, we settled upon Sharp Practice . We found his ACW terrain, but no figures or tokens, so we got out his long neglected SYW armies instead and used numbered slips of paper to draw out of a hat.
The Padre commanded the Russians and I took the Turks, making up things as we went along. I had twice the cavalry but the Russians had twice the infantry.
|Padre's new Hussars|
|Miniature Fr. Petrovich blesses the troops|
|Russian lights and grenadiers|
|Ottomans having a traffic jam at the deployment point|
A good start to the summer.