Posted 23/03/2017

Armies of The Hobbit™ Grand Tournament – Winner

The dust has now settled on the 2017 The Hobbit™ Grand Tournament, and what a weekend it was! Excited hobbyists from across the globe descended upon Warhammer World in Nottingham to participate in this contest of tactics and skill. Players took part in a series of six games of the Strategy Battle Game in their bid to be crowned the Champion of Middle-earth™ 2017; however, there could only be one winner…

We would like to offer our congratulations to Dave Nolan, who found himself at the top of the pile at the end of this fantastic weekend. Not only did Dave win the event itself, but he also managed to win all six of his games along the way – a feat not managed by any other player across the weekend.

So you may be asking, what armies did Dave use to achieve victory?

In The Hobbit™ Grand Tournament, you bring with you both a Good and an Evil force for your games, using each force three times across the weekend. This ensures that all games are played as Good vs Evil in keeping with how the game is designed.

Dave used a Mordor™ force for Evil – you can see the list below:

  • The Undying on Fell Beast (leader)
  • Khamûl the Easterling on Fell Beast
  • The Knight of Umbar on Fell Beast
  • Shelob

Ringwraiths on Fell Beasts are a common sight at organised play events both here at Warhammer World and at those run by the Great British Hobbit League, and have been for a few years now. Many successful Evil armies include one (or sometimes more) within their force. Yet an army that includes only Fell Beasts is tricky to use and requires a lot of skill – although experienced players can make this a force to be feared. So, having an army that contains three Fell Beasts is a scary prospect in the hands of a talented player such as Dave. Able to bombard an opponent with magic in order to neutralise Heroes, the Fell Beast army can fly around the board waiting for the opportune moment to strike and pick off their intended targets. The combination of three Fell Beasts and Shelob means that every model in the army can Hurl their foes – bad news for your battlelines as they will undoubtedly spend a lot of time having their allies thrown at them!

For his Good army, Dave used the following list:

  • Denethor (leader)
  • 6 Warriors of Minas Tirith
  • 6 Guard of the Fountain Court
  • Faramir
  • 5 Knights of Minas Tirith (one had a banner)
  • 4 Warriors of Minas Tirith
  • Beregond
  • 7 Warriors of Minas Tirith
  • 3 Citadel Guard
  • Damrod
  • 5 Warriors of Minas Tirith
  • 6 Citadel Guard

In contrast to his Evil list, Dave’s Good army was a traditional thematic Gondor force – he even had Denethor as his leader! Whilst the force may be lacking many of the usual models that often grace the top tables (Wizards, I’m looking at you!), the army is by no means one to be taken lightly. The force boasts an impressive 46 models and, with the exception of Damrod, not a single one drops below Defence 5, with most of them reaching Defence 6 or above. This means that the Gondor force can weather most onslaughts from their enemy and still be able to retaliate. Dave also included a large number of models with the Bodyguard special rule, meaning that, so long as Denethor is alive, Dave does not need to take Courage tests for those models to Charge a terrifying enemy – very handy when Fell Beasts are so prevalent! Dave used this to his advantage across the event, securing him three hard-fought and very close victories with his Good force.

So there you have it, the armies used by the Grand Tournament winner. All that really remains to be said once more is congratulations to Dave – the Champion of Middle-earth 2017!

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