3. Angband

Cold. Ag 4. Rv, H(S), RGo, Rd.
C-in-C - if an Orc - Irr Ax (S) @ 14,
if Gothmog - Irr Bd (S) @ 17,
if Sauron - Irr Kn (I) @ 18,
if Glaurung - Irr El (S) @ 30
Orc sub-generals - Irr Ax (S) @ 14 or Irr Ax (O) @ 13
Trolls - half Irr Bd (S) @ 7, half supporting Irr Bd (O) @ 4 on double-base elements
Wolfriders - Irr LH (O) @ 5
Riderless wolves - Irr LH (I) @ 3
Orcs - up to 1/4 as Irr Bw (I) @ 3, up to 1/3 as Irr Ps (O) @ 2, rest as Irr Ax (I) @ 2
Upgrade Orc Bw (I) archers with mail and spear to Irr Bw (O) @ 4
Upgrade Orc Ax (I) with mail (and sometimes darts) to Ax (O) @ 3
Downgrade Orcs to Irr Hd (O) @ 1
Captives to be executed in front of the enemy - Irr Hd (I) @ 0.5
Mount Bd (S) generals on a double-element base with supporting Irr Bd (O) @ 4

Only if Gothmog or an Orc C-in-C:
Easterling allies - List: Easterlings

Only if Gothmog:
Balrog sub-general - Irr Bd (S) @ 17
Dragons - Irr El (S) @ 20
Upgrade a dragon to a sub-general as Glaurung - Irr El (S) @ 30

Only if Gothmog or Glaurung:
Balrog sub-general - Irr Bd (S) @ 17

Only if Sauron:
Werewolves - Irr Kn (I) @ 7

Only if an Orc C-in-C:
Chief's guards - Irr Ax (S) @ 4
This list covers Morgoth's armies in the first age. Morgoth, the Great Enemy, did not command his armies himself, but directed affairs from the great underground fortress of Angband. Gothmog, his high-captain was a Balrog - a large winged fiery demon. The Bd (O) on Balrog bases mostly represents their demonic abilities rather than support troops, and accordingly need not represented by figures, however, some were supported by Troll guards. Sauron the Sorceror was the Lord of Werewolves, and was capable of shape-changing. Kn (I) must be mounted on a double-element base. Sauron led the assault on Tol Sirion. Glaurung was the first of the dragons, and led the sack of Nargothrond. Classification as El (S) best reflects the toughness of dragons, their morale effect and magical abilities. Trolls should be depicted one or two to a double-element base. As with balrogs, the Bd (O) on their bases represents their large size and toughness rather than supporting troops, and are accordingly not represented by figures. Armoured orcs were more than a match for lightly equipped Sindar, but could not expect to overcome well-armed Noldor in a frontal fight. Orc Ps (O) may support Ax. Wolfriders may dismount to defend fortifications or within 300p of enemy fortifications or war-wagons as Ax (I); or to enter rough or difficult going as Wb (F) (but on LH sized bases), in which case they are accompanied by and fight alongside their mounts, which therefore do not get left behind as separate elements, but are part of the dismounted element, and can accordingly be remounted. When riderless wolves are in difficult going they are reclassified as Ax (I) except that they are impetuous. They cannot otherwise 'dismount'. The mimimum marked * applies only if any dragons are used.

DBA: 1 x 3Wb or 3Ax or 2Bd or El, 2 x El or 3Ax, 2 x 2Lh, 3 x 3Ax, 1 x 2Ps, 1 x 3Bw, 1 x 2Lh or 2Ps, 1 x3Ax or 3Bw

HotT: 1 x Behemoth or 1 x Hero or 2 x Warband, 1 x Beasts, 1 x Riders, 1 x Behemoth, 1 x Behemoth or 1 x Riders + 1 x Beasts, 8 x Horde

Enemies: Sindar, Khazad, Noldor, Gondolin, Easterlings

Further notes on this army list, including justifications for all the above options, can be reached at the Angband army list notes section.

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