Have been playing SAGA almost since it came out but only since Lion Rampant have I had the makings of a Norman warband and after the first skirmish a couple of weeks ago we had another chance to try them out face to face with the Anglo-Danes. Neither warband is easy to use so not recommended unless you have a bit of experience.
The challenge with the Norman faction seems to be that the strengths of the board are very focussed around cavalry and shooting but shooting with bows rather than cross-bows, which are one of the key troop types the Normans can take. What that means is the Norman infantry are fairly limited in their uses. Now as my warband is very much an adaptation of my Lion Rampant retinue it became clear they probably don't make the strongest SAGA warband.
Anyway having not played for a while we set up a straight forward battle, but as always quite a bit of terrain, some small woods and a notable impassable hill/cliff which would undoubtedly hamper the Norman Knights.
It was clear from the start that both sides were going to be fairly cagey small units of elite troops have a tendency to burn out quickly so need to be used with care. The Normans spread out pretty much across the baseline but with the strongest elements on the right flank.
of cautious movement with both sides trying to get into position. Eventually with the Normans trying to get their cross-bows far enough forward to be effective the Danes made a concerted effort on their left flank.