Good Morning Folks and welcome to a rather special post.
This post is dedicated to my good friend Mark who for the best part of 20 years has had a dream to wargame the iconic battles of Tolkien's Middle Earth. Mark has in the last two decades collected and then painted over 2000 metal and plastic figures from GW's Lord of the Rings range but has never had the opportunity of ever putting them all on a table at the same time. On Saturday the 5th of March that all changed as a group of the Shed players met at Imber Court to refight the Hobbit's Battle of the Five Armies.
At this point I'd like to give special mention to another blogger - the armchair corporal - who had written up an account of this battle. He'd also gone as far as producing orders of battle for both Good and Evil. The link for his article can be found Here
Prior to the game on Sunday Mark and I had met a couple of times to discuss how we might fight this battle and what would be needed. We decided that we would use Pike and Shotte as our core rule set because experience had shown us that it could handle large battles but also was commonly known across the group. From here it was relatively straight forward to decide on the stats of the armies and units present. As mentioned above we drew our army lists and dispositions from the armchair corporal's website.
If this post goes down well I'll post up our amendments and orders of battle in a later post
As for the table we wanted to go big and fortunately we knew we could get an 18ft table set up in Imber Court (home of the Molesey gamers group). This was decorated with two homemade desert battle mats and then topped with a simplistic version of Mount Erebor and the ruins of Dale. The mountain was constructed out of polystyrene just for this game. The gateway was flanked by two plastic toys I originally bought for my Frostgrave table.