In the shadow of Mount Doom sits the dark tower of Barad-Dur.
It is from this citadel that Sauron has scourged Middle Earth for more than an age.
Barad-Dur is home to legions of foul orcs.
When sheer numbers are not enough, huge siege engines are used to destroy the enemies of the Dark Lord.
About the Army
The rules for the army of Barad-Dur are found in the Mordor supplement.
It is the only force that includes Sauron.
It has a good variety of troops from cheap orcs to tough moranon orcs.
It also has cavalry in the form of warg riders, and ranged combat from orc trackers and siege engines.
There are several characters in the game that are simply unstoppable.
As one might expect the Dark Lord Sauron is amongst these.
In addition to being a beast in combat, he can cast magic and is almost impossible to kill.
It is generally considered bad form to take him into battle, as he is so powerful.
The Mouth of Sauron is a jack of all trades.
He can cast magic, he has might, will, and fate, and he can be mounted.
He is not quite as good a magic user as a Ringwraith, but is somewhat better in combat.
Orc Shamans are essential in any orc army.
The fury spell makes the orc horde fearless and even harder to kill.
I am not a big fan of Orc Captains.
They are not a bad value for their points, and do contribute might to the orc horde.
However, I would rather have 8 orc warriors than one orc captain.
In Barad-Dur Orc Warriors are normally armed with spears, so that they can support their more ferocious Morranon brothers.
Being the least expensive troops, they form the core of the force.
Morannon Orcs are normally given shield and take the front line.
Their high armor value and strength make them some of the best troops in the game.
Warg Riders strike fear into the ranks of mankind.
They do tend to get shot up, but if you take enough of them, they will reach the enemy line.
Thanks to the knock down rule and their high strength they hit with spectacular results.
Do not be tempted to upgrade them with shields, throwing spears or bows.
The extra defence is not useful, and they cannot hit the side of a barn if their life depended on it.
Orc Trackers are the greenskins' marksmen.
However, they are still not that accurate, and don't have the best range.
Fortunately their numbers help make up for their lack of skill and poor equipment.
The one downside to Orc Trackers is that they don't have armor, and tend to get shot by opposing archers.
Mordor Siege Bow is usually used to kill heroes and cavalry.
However, it requires a lucky shot.
It is also vastly inferior to the Avenger Bolt thrower, so you may just want to leave back at the fortress.
Mordor War Catapult is good at killing massed infantry.
However, if you really want to max out on siege engines take the Mordor War Catapult from the Black Gate army list, as it can have a troll crewman.