Sunday 22 June 2014

The siege of Minas Tirith

This post tells the siege of Minas Tirith as fought with alesso cavatore's rules and 1:72 miniatures
here we can see the darkness forces:
Orcs, dark men and trolls all arrayed under the command of the black captian: the witch king, their siege engines include two siege towers and Grond (counting as a battering ram). the tower in the left is manned by men from harad and the east, while the one in the right by orcs, trolls and orcs push grond into the gate
 The forces of light include a diverse force composed majorly of warriors of the feuds of Gondor with a complement of minas tirth warriors and rangers, at their head are prince Imrahil and some dol Amroth knights, Gandalf the white and Forlong the fat himself!
 "send those beasts into the abism!"
In the first turn the light picks up the initiative ad their cavalry makes a sortie with Imrahil at the head
 The witch king reacts by charging one knight and killing him with a black dart
 in light's nex turn they seize also the initiative and move the cavalry against the tower in the background

In darkness's movement phase the towers move forward dodging the cavalry and the witch king charges against some Minas Tirith bowmen
"fool don't you know death when you see it?"
 The siege engines move closer to the walls while the knights and Imrahil are stuck in the rearguard by some orcs and a troll
 Grond moving to it's target
 the first tower reaches the wall...
 and the orcs start to pour into the battlements, one is killed
 but another slays his opponent and the enemy is amongst the defenders!
 althought the next turn the light seizes the initiative, the witch king makes an heroic move and charges and kills two bowmen of one of the towers
The second tower hits the wall and a regiment of easterlings smashes into the defenders
 Finally Grond reaches the gate and begins to batter it
 In the rearguard, Imrahil and the knights keep fighting killing orc after orc
 After abandoning the tower, the two trolls that pulled it move into the wall
 the knight next to Imrahil falls under repeated hits from the Mordor troll
 Gandalf moves to cover the gate while the witch king lands upon the defenders of the left wall to aid the orcs pressing from the siege tower
 The orcs have opened a gap before the tower and start to mass upon the wall, the witch king has flown to the tower to better cast his magic upon the defenders before the gate
 A block of warriors of the feuds prepare to hold the gate
 And with a final explosion the gate is blown to pieces
 Gandalf reacts quickly, launching a sorcerous blast that knocks two trolls to the ground injurying one if them and killing a orc
 Alone and surrounded by orcs Imrahil is finally killed
 But not all hope is lost, in the right wall Forlong the fat holds the breach single-handedly turn after turn against hordes of haradrim and easterlings
The witch king attacks the defenders of the gate by the rear killing two bowmen
 "you are soldiers of Gondor, no matter what crosses that gate, you'll hold your ground!"
 But the sheer ferocity and might of the trolls smashes the first rank and falls into the second
 In the left wall the fight has descended into the ground when the gondorians try to reach the gate but are charged by the orcs
 Against all ods Forlong continues to hold the wall
 In the left wall a lone warrior of Minas Tirith kills one orc and attacks the bowmen
 But at the other edge of the wall a warrior of the feuds is killed to compensate
 Gandalf attacks the Witch King without fear, since the black captain has low will he is in danger of disappearing spectrally
 The defence of Gondor is shattered by the trolls, althought the valiant defenders manage to kill some orcs
 in the right wall the fight has also extended to the ground 
 with his will spent, the Witch King disappears to confront the coming of the rohirrim
 But since his troops cross into the city smashing all oposition his victory is assured
 Forlong is finally killed
 And Gandalf is also slain under a troll
 Little pockets of resistence remain surrounded by the forces of darkness
 The sittuation is the same at the left and right walls

 A picture of the last survivor, all the other warriors of light have been slain!
 A shot of the exterior of the white city at the end of the battle

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