It has a skirmish-style character reminiscent of 40k , but turns into one hell of a clusterfuck and slowed down in large scale games if you're not careful. Over points the game slows down, remember this is a skirmish game with you making decisions on each individual model at times. It can be played at under points for a quick fun game, but playing at around points will let you bring some of the big toys such as monsters or wizards , without weakening your main battle line. Back in you may feel old now , the famous kiwi director Peter Jackson who you might remember from his cult hit Braindead or Dead Alive, depending on where you live , a flick that greatly pleased Khorne for being one of the bloodiest movies of all time did what was thought for decades to be impossible: to turn J.
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It has a skirmish-style character reminiscent of 40k , but turns into one hell of a clusterfuck and slowed down in large scale games if you're not careful. Over points the game slows down, remember this is a skirmish game with you making decisions on each individual model at times. It can be played at under points for a quick fun game, but playing at around points will let you bring some of the big toys such as monsters or wizards , without weakening your main battle line.
Back in you may feel old now , the famous kiwi director Peter Jackson who you might remember from his cult hit Braindead or Dead Alive, depending on where you live , a flick that greatly pleased Khorne for being one of the bloodiest movies of all time did what was thought for decades to be impossible: to turn J. Tolkien 's The Lord of the Rings books into movies. GW, having a keen nose for when someone makes more money than they do, approached New Line Cinema film studio behind the movies , Italian publisher Deagostini famous for publishing collector's items and DIY kits, subscription-based and once piece at a time over the span of years , and Tolkien's heirs in one of the biggest crack-conspiracies this side of Snowflame : make that shit into a tabletop strategy game.
So back in the day of 3rd edition and 6th edition , the Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game took the world by force. What's surprising is that there's a lot of plastic to go around, and you used to get a shit ton of dudes models compared to 40k's per basic troop choice in the boxed set. This has since been cut down to per box, and 6 models per infantry box never mind they're back to boxes of now, except for cavalry which have always been in groups of six.
Yes, there's quite some metal and finecast to go around, but it's surprisingly cheap to make yourself a LotRSBG army. With the Hobbit movies dragging everyone's fat asses to the cinemas this game looks like it's making a comeback, oddly renamed to "The Hobbit" as a movie tie-in instead of "Middle-Earth" or something more appropriate for a wargame set in several ages of Middle-earth.
Unsurprisingly, they fucked it up. Fucktarded pricing, a lack of advertising and the fact that the company seemed to despise it, killed it. It's being withdrawn from stores, half the books are unavailable, it will soon be dead. We will never forgive and never forget. Audiences would lap it up. Its a pity the audience had no idea the game existed isn't it? With new rules being published by GW again, and GW and FW both putting out more models as the rumors of a new edition aptly called "Middle Earth: the Strategy Battle Game" to be released right around the corner, it seem's that GW has finally remembered that there is a 3rd game they still do.
If you've been hankering to play any of those cool-ass armies, now's probably a good time to get started. It's Lord of the Rings. That's about it. Choose an Army to select all your Heroes and Warriors from, each army will also have a juicy army bonuses if you force isn't using allies.
Start with a hero and give him a retinue of usually about 12 warriors. Certain heroes can't have warbands and are taken as solo models. Some are Minor Heroes who can only take up to 6 warriors, whilst others are Legendary, taking up to 18 Sauron and the Goblin King can take up to 24 but they're special. Each warband is treated as a group for deployment but become individual models after that. Note that you don't have to completely fill out a hero's group before you move on to another.
Once you have all your heroes and their respective Warbands choose one to be your armies Leader; your leader must have the highest Heroic Tier in your army. If there are multiple heroes with the top tier than you can choose which to take as your leader.
Most lists can only have 1 in 3 models with bows, but several lists have special rules that change this Easterlings and Haradrim contingents built a certain way have a 1 in 2 ratio while Rohan riders and Rivendell knights don't count towards the limit. You can also ally multiple armies together, so long as they share being Good or Evil.
Each army must have separate warbands so no Bilbo leading a dozen Ents and have their own bow limit. Different armies will have different Ally statuses with one another which are found on an Ally Matrix. There are three types of alliance: Historic Alliances, which represent actually alliances that happened in either the books or films eg. Lothlorien and Rohan , in this case both armies keep their army bonuses. Isengard and Far Harad , in which both armies lose their bonuses but nothing more.
Last you have Impossible Allies which represent alliances that couldn't have happened eg. Angmar and Sharkey's Rouges or Numenor and Thorin's Company , in this case you not only lose your army bonuses but each allied forces has it's own break limit and can't benefit from another allies Stand Fast!
The supplements have added another way to make an army with Legendary Legions. These are more restricted army lists that are built to represent particular armies in Middle Earth's history eg. In return you get some special army bonuses that make your army feel more fluffy as well as perform better on the board.
Unfortunately not all armies have Legendary Legions available to them as of writing there are only three supplements available but as more supplements come out this will probably change. The game has four phases: Priority, Movement, Shooting and Combat. The turn structure in this game is radically different then either of GW's other 2 big systems in that the players don't take turns, but they instead play phase to phase.
This turn determines who goes first: each player rolls a d6 , the winner goes first. The guy with priority moves his models first, then the other player moves all of his. This system of alternating phases continues through the shoot phase. The player with Priority also decides which combats happen first and who fights who in the case of multiple models in a single combat. This is rolled again every turn. Nearly everything moves 6" in this game: Dwarves and Goblins go 5" explaining why Thorin and co get captured by elves but goblins can't catch them , hobbits go 4", cavalry goes 10", and various monsters and fliers go different speeds.
Movement is halved in difficult terrain, certain models are immune to this through a few special rules. Charging takes place in this phase as well and uses your regular speed: if you're not charging you are to remain 1" from the enemy. Throwing weapons can be used at 1" from target: if you kill your target you may freely charge another target within your remaining movement. Most kinds of magic are cast in this phase as well: spend a Will point more on this later and roll a d6 against a spell's value: if you equal or pass the number the spell is cast.
If you want to shoot, you get to move up to half of your regular movement, rounded down. With crossbows and rock-throwing you can't move at all. Shooting is against a static number on your profile, which is unmodified by range or cover. If you do move, you suffer a -1 penalty to your to-hit roll. Models fire one by one, determining who wants to shoot, see if the target's in range, roll to hit, roll to wound, target may roll any saves it has rare in SBG , and continue.
Cover isn't abstract in this game. If you're in a wood and you want to be in cover you must be behind a tree. Cover saves work by forcing the shooter to make "In the Way" tests for each object that obstructs the target. Evil models can shoot into combat but the good guys won't risk their own models.
Then again they don't bring along meat shields like the baddies do. Most ranged weapons are only strength 2 or 3, and when you have to roll against a toughness 6 you're not going to do that much damage. In this game, it's all about quantity over quality when it comes to shooting. Still funny when your ballista sends a model flying off the objective just before the game ends in the few scenarios that use objectives.
This is where the game gets nasty. Combat is determined by rolling a d6 for every point of Attack you have. The highest roll wins: draws are determined by the Fight value a model has. If the fight values are the same, roll another d6: on a the 'evil' guy wins, on a the 'good' guy wins. If a model is beaten in combat it is pushed back 1", if it is not killed it stays there. If not, your squad breaks. If a hero makes his roll, every non-hero within 6" of him can use his Courage, which especially in armies with low Courage can be a game-saver.
Typically you use whatever the model is physically armed with, however the big difference is that a "hand weapon" which most models have MUST be used as what kind of weapon is modeled. With the release of The Hobbit: SBG regular hand weapons get special strikes depending on what they are. These usually involve a certain trade-off such as increased strength if you win but decreased defense if you fuck up.
You drop your fight value to 1, but you get to smack everyone in base contact with you if you manage to win the roll-off.
Spears: let models support an ally while they are in base contact with one another, typically giving them an extra attack, as well as letting you use whichever fight value is higher in the case of a draw. Pikes: do the same as spears, but can support a guy who's already supporting an ally. Lances: A model with a lance adds 1 to it's wound roll on the turn it charged on, unless it charged on difficult terrain.
If the unit is dismounted they loose the lance. Much like using the sword's special attack the increased damage is really nice, but you will have a much harder time getting to utilize said damage. Hand-And-A-Half Weapons: These give you the option to use them as a 2-handed weapon or a 1-handed weapon while fighting.
Elven Made Weapons: When the duel is a draw these tip the balance in your favour, for good forces, instead of a win on a roll of you're now getting a win. For evil it goes from a to to win. If both models in a duel are using elven weapons then neither of them reiceves the bonus. Master Forged Weapons: If you're using one of these then there's no -1 penalty to the duel roll for using a two handed weapon.
Shields: Shields allow you to use the "shielding" rule no surprise there which let you double your attacks at the cost of not being able to swing at your opponent if you win. Bows: You got a lot of different bows that are specific to each army list, each one with different ranges to hit and Strength to hit with. Elf Bows are relatively popular as they are the most widely available bow for Elf armies and a few amies of men that have good range and strength.
Crossbows: Bows with an extra kick, the downside is if they moved at all they can't fire as well. Throwing Weapons: This includes spears, they have the shortest range but make up for it with strength 3 and the ability to throw it even if they moved half their movement. Throwing weapons can be also be used when charging a unit, a good way to soften up a unit before getting in a fight. Blowpipe: first thing to take a note of, although they are short range, plowpipes do not count towards the armies bow limit.
This can give you the options of building a very shooty army. All plowpipes benefit from the poisoned weapons special rule and use the same movement and firing rules as bows. Slingshot: The weakest missile weapon on the list, you can fire with it twice if you haven't moved, other than that it follows the bow rules regarding moving and shooting. I really wouldn't bother with this.
The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game
It was initially released in to tie in with the movie The Fellowship of the Ring. Later Games Workshop also began to add content that was featured in the original novels but not in the film adaptations e. This was generally supported, but there was mixed reactions when Games Workshop invented characters and wrote histories for lands Tolkien wrote little about, such as Harad. Games Workshop released a complete new edition of the rules and rulebooks in September , entitled "One Rulebook to Rule them All". However, it was subjected to scrutiny because it lacked the rules for the Army of the Dead and Golfimbul.