My son and I have been having fun with a LotR siege game. The game pits a small force of 12 elves and a hero against 2 bands of 12 Orcs as well as an Ogre and a small band of goblin archers. If a band of Orcs are eliminated or routed, the a new band comes to battle on the next turn. The ogre and archers are removed from the game if they are killed. The Orc force also has 4 ladders to scale the wall with. The Elves must hold until turn 15, when another force of Elves arrives, ending the unlimited supply of Orcs. At this point, the battle will be fought until turn 20 or until one side is completely routed.
- It takes a full turn to climb a ladder.
- The assaulting player may make an attack at the top if it survives a free shot by a defending character, assuming one is waiting for him at the top of the ladder
- If the assaulting character hits the defender (whether the defender saves or not) he may push his way onto the rampart.
- Ogres may attack the door and will batter it down on a ‘1’.
- Defenders may topple a ladder. On a 3 the ladder is toppled. This number is 1 less for each character on the ladder.
- If a ladder is toppled, the bottom character simply jumps down unhurt. The top character must make a save or die.
Jack managed to eliminate my archers by turn 2. They did, however, kill one of the elves with a lucky shot. The Ogre managed to get to the door but was unable to bash it down before getting hit by a hail of arrows. The ladders were placed on the wall and the Orcs managed to force their way up at one point on the front. Then, the unthinkable happened. It was bedtime. Here are some pictures of the initial assault as well as the action at the end of turn 5.
The castle is by Toshach Miniatures. It is a free 10mm paper model that was enlarged to 1/72 scale. The images were high resolution so enlarging them did not lose any of the clarity. Great little model. The ladders came from Fat Dragon Games Siege Engines set. The images here are seamless so I was able to simply add several lengths together and reduced them to 75%. I then cut two notches so I could hang miniatures on the ladders to make them look like they were scaling the wall. This set is a must have if you want some cheap siege engines including a siege tower and a covered battering ram. I recommend printing them at 75% or maybe even a little less.