Tuesday, February 14, 2012
New Games Workshop Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game Surge
You can find the listed books by clicking here.
I've picked up the Free Peoples book, and I like what I see. There was a discrepancy for a while between some of the models that only had rules under the War of the Ring game (for example, the Dwarf King's Champion). Now, every model and unit has a SBG entry, with a few rules tweaks that make sense to me. For example, there is little point nothing that every model comes with a hand weapon since by default all models come with one, so the only wargear listed is that which the model possesses that stands out from the "default". In addition, where there are multiple versions of the same character model (In particular, Gandalf, Galadriel, and Elrond).
In the end, it is easy enough to ignore this complication. Many of the scenarios in the other books have a detailed listing of what sort of forces should be fielded, and the Warbands rule is mainly intended for "pickup games" (read: Tournaments). It gives a certain level of standardization to the game, but I still feel like one of the appeals of the SBG was how every model mattered, and each model was a Hero in its own right, if it fought well enough and turned the tide of battle from defeat to victory for its side.
This "surge" in SBG models and books is no doubt in preparation for the Hobbit movie, which comes out in December. GW will no doubt be releasing a slew of miniatures and some new books, and I guess some standardization was in order. I'm looking forward to the new releases, and I'm sure to be commenting on them here as time goes on.