4 armies for UK doubles tournament
So this morning I got a ticket to the UK doubles tournament in June. We need 2 good 500 point forces and 2 evil 500 point forces. We’re basically just going for a weekend of fun and the chance to play some different opponents rather than any great hopes of glory. We’ve decided to go for a 500 point Moria and a 500 point Isengard list for our evil forces and 2 Rohan forces for our Good lists. I’ve presented the first draft of each below and would genuinely welcome feedback/criticism on any of the 4 lists. I have time to paint up new figures and can afford to buy a few bits and bobs here and there if you’d recommend making any big changes. Please note that each 500 point force has to stand as an individual army and abide by all the army selection rules. During the tournament the 2 armies will be fighting side by side so when thinking about force composition we will be fighting with the full 1000 point Good or Evil armies during each game.
Leader - Theoden, armoured horse, heavy armour, shield - 95
6 Royal Guard, horses, throwing spears - 108
Erkenbrand, horse - 75
4 Redshield Riders of Rohan (3 bows) - 56
2 Redshield Riders of Rohan with throwing spears - 32
Hama - 50
4 warriors of Rohan with throwing spears - 32
4 warriors of Rohan with bows - 28
3 warriors of Rohan with shields - 21
497 points - 26 models
The main issue I have here is obviously the inclusion of Theoden. I know he’s not good value for his points but A) I love the model and have it painted and B) I really want to create a themed force representing the Ride of the Rohirrim throughout The Two Towers and Return of the King so almost feel duty-bound to include him. Fluff-wise I certainly can’t justify including the (vastly superior) Eorl the young.
Leader - Eomer, Knight of the Pelennor, armoured horse - 130
7 Riders of Rohan (4 bows) - 91
4 Riders of Rohan with throwing spears - 60
Rider of Rohan with Banner - 38
Grimbold - 55
4 Helmingas warriors of Rohan with throwing spears - 36
3 Helmingas warriors of Rohan with bows - 24
4 Helmingas warriors of Rohan with shields - 32
Helminga warrior of Rohan with banner - 32
498 points - 26 models
Leader - Durburz - 60
6 Goblins with spears (6x5) - 30
5 goblins with shields - (5x5) - 25
Cave Troll, troll chain - 85
Shaman - 45
10 goblins with bows - (10x5) - 50
Drum - 100
Shaman - 45
6 goblins with shields - (6x5) - 30
6 Goblins with spears - (6x5) - 30
500 points - 39 models
Should I upgrade a shaman to Groblog? I’d only need to lose the troll chain and a goblin and his Fury boost is really cool. However, I’m largely interested in having a fun, themed army and I reckon most people would frown upon Groblog and Durburz in a 500 point list no?
Is the archer warband a good idea? I’ve put them together to get volley fire which won’t make a drastic change to their dismal shoot value but could really help with the range increase.
Leader - Saruman - 170
5 Uruk Hai warriors with shields - (5x10) - 50
6 Uruk Hai warriors with pikes - (6x10) - 60
Warrior with banner - 34
Lurtz - 60
6 scouts with bows - (6x9) - 54
5 scouts with shields - (5x9) - 45
Grima - 25
498 points - 26 models
My main options here with my model collection would be to swap the scout warband for Sharku and some Warg Riders, thoughts?
I’m also debating swapping Lurtz for Mauhir and upgrading the scouts to Marauders, the extra 2” movement could well come in handy in getting the charge against Gondor, Rohan, elves etc.
As I said, any feedback will be greatly appreciated, I’ve got a ton of figures to paint between now and then and I’m not the fastest painter so I might well start a painting blog for some support!
Also, is anyone else going?