Friday evening saw a clash on the Cumberland borders, using our almost completed Lion Rampant retinues. If you have followed any of the previous posts 4 of us have pulled together retinues the flexibility of the rules and approach mean you can pretty much pick any medieval period. Which is great but you then have to suspend reality as we played a clash between Ranulf de Gernon and Baron Clifford 'the butcher'. (Although it might explain why Ranulf at the tender age of 250 lost a challenge more later).
|Billmen and Sarjents contest the cross|
|Norman ladies watch from the safety of the castle|
The battle started to hot up now with both retinues pulling together, it wasn't clear at this stage where the key combats would take place.
Whilst a number of Norman lady folk looked on from the castle keep Ranulf who had unfortunately rolled Rash as his leadership skills brought his mounted men at arms forward, he wasn't going to be able to hold them back when they got in range so he new he had to make it count.
The second unit of Norman sarjeants and crossbowmen are advancing through the trees.
|Getting to grips !|
|The cross is captured|
Next turn and Ranulf charged his remaining knights again, turning this time towards the cross and into Cliffords household footmen. These well armed knights were a hard nut to crack and although they ran down a couple the Norman knights were knocked back and after a poor roll Ranulf, sad to say galloped from the field, not dead at least, but less than heroic !
Numbers started to tell in the centre now as the second unit of sarjeants moved out from the woods looking to finish off Clifford and his footmen.
This last shot shows the Norman foot men, having chased off the billmen looking to trap Clifford, with his forces dwindling Clifford took the sensible option and with drew.
So although he had run away (tactical of course) Ranulf's men had earned him two glory points.
|Battlefield set for the convoy|
|Ranulf and his knights in the foreground|
But Clifford was making slow but steady progress across the table, once again Ranulf dug spur to horse and he can be seen gallantly charging forward to confront Clifford in the open part of the battlefield.
|Ranulf leads another wild charge|
|Cross bows picking off stragglers|
|Clifford and Ranulf fight to the death !|
For a moment it look like they would have no revenge and Clifford would make off with the womenfolk. But the evil dog hadn't counted on the Norman cross bowmen, alone and isolated in the middle of the field bolts rained down on him, he tried to hide but with no shield eventually one bolt found its mark straight through his visor.
So two battles in the evening, one quite close the second perhaps less so. An excellent outing for the new retinues. The rules are easy to pick up and simple to play we rarely had to check the book and this is only the third time I have played.
|Cross bow finish Clifford as he stands alone|
Ps I have tried to format this post several times but just cant get the hang of it !