Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game The Tower of Ecthelion
The Tower of Ecthelion stands at the heart of Minas Tirith.
There, great heroes gather to do battle against the forces of evil.
About the Army
The rules for the Tower of Ecthelion are found in Gondor in Flames supplement.
It is Gondor's most powerful force.
However, they are not able to ally with as many armies as Minas Tirith.
This is easily remedied by taking a Captain of Minas Tirith from the other army list.
The army sports expensive heroes like Aragon, King Elessar, to bargains like Denethor Steward of Gondor.
It also has the deadly Avenger Bolt Thrower.
Aragorn, King Elessar, is indeed a mighty hero.
However, he is even more expensive than the regular version of Aragorn.
For the extra points he wears heavy armor, and thus has a high defence.
He also may be given an armored horse, which I would recommend.
In general I would recommend using the regular version of Aragorn, or better still one of the other mighty heroes like Gil-Galad.
Beregond of Gondor is a bargain.
He adds much needed strength and might for an economical price.
He also has an elven bow, which can be used to snipe off enemy heroes.
Boromir, Captain of the White Tower, has more will and fate than Boromir of Gondor.
However, this does not even begin to make up for the difference in cost between the two characters.
The only reason to take him is to give him the banner of Minas Tirith (which costs even more points).
It is indeed very powerful, as it increases the fight value of nearby Warriors of Gondor.
However, it just is not worth its points.
Denethor, Steward of Gondor is a strange character.
He adds much needed high strength and fight value to the forces of good at a cheap cost.
However, he is subject to fits of madness, and is thus not reliable.
All of this being said, he is more than worth his points cost, and is fun to play.
Faramir, Captain of Gondor is like an experienced Captain of Gondor with higher fight, might, will, and courage.
I do not think that he is worth the extra points.
Peregrin, Guard of the Citadel may be used as an inexpensive hero to help pass break tests.
He also adds some might to your force.
However, he is not much of a fighter.
Captains of Minas Tirith are the standard heroes of the force.
I generally given them a shield.
If they are leading a group of cavalry, then I give them a lance and horse.
Warriors of Minas Tirith are better armored than Warriors of Rohan.
However, they are also more expensive.
I generally give them shields, or spears.
I prefer not to give them bows, opting to use other forces such as Rohan or Rangers of Arnor.
Knights of Minas Tirith add much needed strength to the force thanks to their lances.
However, they are not inexpensive, and if you take too many, you will be greatly outnumbered by the forces of evil.
Guard of the Fountain Court have a higher fight value and defence than regular warriors of Minas Tirith.
However, they are very expensive, and in my opinion not worth the points.
Like the Fountain Court Guards, the Citadel Guards have a higher fight value.
They have two uses: as archers, with their strong longbows; or as elite cavalry.
The former are useful for sniping at enemy heroes, while the latter are more likely to bowl over enemy foot troops.
In either case, they are elite troops and only a few should be taken.
The Avenger Bolt Thrower is one of the best siege weapons in the game thanks to its ability to shoot multiple times.
Like all siege weapons you want to aim it in the midst of a group of troops, so there are plenty of targets to hit.
The Battlecry Trebuchet is great at killing hordes of enemy foot troops.
Its weakness is its 18 inch minimum range.
It is also more expensive than the comparable Mordor War Catapult.