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Re: Rohan Confirmed by GW/WD

Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:46 am

Grimbolds Helmingas are infantry, led by (who'd have guessed it) Grimbold. Anyone know who he is?
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Re: Rohan Confirmed by GW/WD

Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:37 pm

He's a Rohan captain who was in the battle of pelenor and helm's deep if i am correct.

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Re: Rohan Confirmed by GW/WD

Fri Jan 08, 2010 1:43 pm

This is from "The Thain's Book", an online Middle Earth encyclopedia.


Rider of Rohan who fought at the Battles of the Fords of Isen and died at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. Grimbold was a lesser Marshal of the Westfold under the command of King Theoden's son Theodred. Grimbold's home was Grimslade in the Westfold. He was a man of great strength and stature.
At the First Battle of the Fords of Isen on February 25, 3019, Grimbold covered the retreat to the Fords when the Rohirrim were surprised by Saruman's forces. Grimbold then commanded the defense of the west side of the Fords, while Theodred manned a small island in midstream. The Rohirrim were attacked from the east by Dunlendish horsemen and Orc wolf-riders plus two battalions of Uruk-hai.

A company of axemen who appeared to be part-Man, part-Orc attacked Theodred's position. Grimbold's position was also attacked, but he saw that Theodred was in trouble and ran to his aid. Theodred was struck down before Grimbold could reach him. Grimbold slew Theodred's killer and defended his fallen commander from the axemen.

Then Elfhelm arrived from Edoras with reinforcements. Most of Saruman's forces withdrew, and Grimbold and Elfhelm battled the axemen, each slaying one over Theodred's body. Grimbold and Elfhelm held the Fords through the night, and in the morning there was no sign of Saruman's forces.

Saruman did not proceed immediately with his invasion plans, due in part to the actions of Grimbold and Elfhelm at the Fords of Isen. If Saruman had not delayed, he would most likely have succeeded in conquering Rohan.

Erkenbrand, Lord of the Westfold, became commander of Rohan's western defenses after Theodred's death. He went to gather his scattered forces and left Grimbold in charge of the defenses at the River Isen, while Elfhelm remained in command of the troops from Edoras.

Grimbold and Elfhelm disagreed about their strategy. Elfhelm felt that the Fords of Isen were no longer of strategic importance. Grimbold wanted to defend the Fords as the Rohirrim had traditionally done, and he feared that if they abandoned the Fords, Saruman's forces would cross the Isen behind them and cut them off. It was decided that Grimbold would remain to defend the Fords while Elfhelm aligned his forces on the eastern side of the river.

At noon on March 2, Grimbold's position was attacked by a company of Saruman's best fighters. The Rohirrim were outnumbered, but they managed to hold out until sunset, when they were forced to withdraw to the eastern side of the river. Many of Grimbold's men were killed, but they had slain a greater number of Orcs.

Grimbold was resolved to defend the Fords for as long as he could before Saruman's army overwhelmed them. At midnight, the vanguard of Saruman's army forced the crossing of the Fords and surrounded Grimbold's camp. Grimbold's men formed a shield-wall that Saruman's forces could not breach. But the Rohirrim were trapped and Grimbold realized that he must abandon the Fords so that his men could survive to continue the defense of the Westfold elsewhere. To that end, Grimbold sent half a company of Riders under Dunhere out through the shield-wall. They doubled back and attacked Saruman's forces, causing confusion and panic and allowing most of the Grimbold's forces to safely retreat.

Gandalf arrived on March 3, and he advised Grimbold and his men to head southward to join their lord Erkenbrand. At dawn on March 4, Erkenbrand and Gandalf led 1,000 men of the Westfold to help break the siege of Helm's Deep.

When the Rohirrim rode to Gondor to help fight the forces of Mordor, Grimbold acted in the capacity of Third Marshal of the Mark. He commanded the Muster of the West-mark in place of Erkenbrand, who remained in Rohan. At the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, Grimbold led his riders on the left flank as the Rohirrim charged onto the field. Grimbold was killed in the battle, and he was buried in the Mounds of Mundburg outside Minas Tirith along with many other Men of Rohan and Gondor.

Names & Etymology:
The name Grimbold is composed of the Old English word grim meaning "fierce" and the word bold.

The Return of the King: "The Ride of the Rohirrim," p. 111; "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields," p. 124-25
Unfinished Tales: "The Battles of the Fords of Isen," p. 355-66, 368-36

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Re: Rohan Confirmed by GW/WD

Mon Jan 18, 2010 11:59 am

Come on GW were are the pics of these miniatures?

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Re: Rohan Confirmed by GW/WD

Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:39 pm

Here: :D

Winged Nazgul, Thrydan (ft+mntd), mounted Saruman, Grimbold's standard+hornblower, Grimbold, new mounted Éomer.

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Re: Rohan Confirmed by GW/WD

Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:50 am

This is the first time we've ever had miniatures for Grimbold and his Helmingas, who are elite warriors of Rohan. As descendants of Helm Hammerhand they are stronger than regular Men and particularly effective against well-armoured foes.

This was on GWs website, they werent stating if it was SBG or WotR they where talking about, but the way they described Thyrdan (spelling?) it sounded like they where. From all of this we can have an idea of what we may be recieving. It could be foot versions of Sons of Eorl, who are also stornger than most men, but I think I would have just prefered to have seen two handed weapons added as an option to some armoured troops.
The fact is the rules have been written already for them, WD writes 4 months in advance.

What is anyone else looking for from Grimbold and his men stats wise?


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Re: Rohan Confirmed by GW/WD

Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:47 am

nemo wrote:What is anyone else looking for from Grimbold and his men stats wise?

Well, they can't beat RRG in Fight...I figure heavy armour, with options for shield, spear, 2H. Fight 3, Str 4, or Str 3 but no penalty with 2H, maybe Courage 4. Cost: 8-9 for base model with HA (depending on courage).

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Re: Rohan Confirmed by GW/WD

Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:07 am

aaaaaaahhhhh when are GW gonna release Helm hammerhand and his guard rohan Needs a uber hero :x
we gonna rock down to electric avenue, and then we'll take it higher!

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Re: Rohan Confirmed by GW/WD

Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:54 pm

Rohan don't 'need' an uber hero, that would just help take away from their individuality and make them just like every other army but with a different name. Every army now seems to all have their own version of each thing, be it elite archers, cavalry, uber heroes, super elite troop that makes others not worth their points.
Its something that I really like about Rohan that it still has its obvious weaknesses. It is like an old LotR force, few of which still exist. High Elves are an example, and Goblins where until Prowlers came (shades to a lesser extent). Im not saying I disagree with new releases, definatly not, but I would like them to stay in shape of the army.
Look at it this way, an all mounted Rohan force (as they are 'meant' to be played), every hero, bar Eowyn, will have 3A on the charge. Used properally their heroes can still be devastating like any mounted army, you dont need models like Imrahil and Aragorn to make them (although they help).

Chances are you will get what you are looking for in the form of a new Eomer I think. I think it will be like a Shagrat upgrade, but just hope they dont make him so amazing his points cost is too much of a sink for the rest of the army.


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