We rolled up a random scenario and the Saxons are looking to ambush a Viking baggage train carrying illgotten gains back to their home village. With fairly limited terrain, quite small warbands and a narrow 3 foot battlefield this led to quite a tactical battle with neither side wanting to jump to the attack too soon.
The Saxon ambush is sprung, Cuthred sends the Carolinian mercenaries out to the left to try and flank the norsemen, but they are blocked by Ivar Hearthguard. The baggage train immediately sets off to the left.
Cuthred initially holds back his forces choosing to shoot with his bowmen...but they are fairly ineffective to start with
The Carologinian mercenaries rush down the left
I seem to have missed a few photos here n all the excitement, the hearthguard and the mercenaries all but wiped each other out so the battle focussed around the central gap between the woods. Cuthred urges on his Bodyguard...but both leaders are reluctant to commit all their Warband as the baggage remains tantalisingly close.
Cuthred calls up more warriors to attempt to break through but as the baggage slips away in the distance he quickly reorganises his band and rushes over to the left, this leaves the gap open and one pony is led away to safety.
Cuthred and Ivar face off at the gap the baggage can be seen slipping away in the distance.
Again a gap in the photos.....eventually with almost all the troops wiped out some of the Saxon warriors manage to get to the wagon...only to be spiked by the horns, turns out the baggage is way tougher than it looks.....careful play and extra dice from Ivar allow him to invoke the Norse god Loki and any Saxon units under a couple of men get wiped out !
A clear victory for the Norsemen and the Saxons trudged home deafeated and demoralised, carrying Cuthred limp body. Luckily he was able to recover but with a serious long term wound. The Saxons will have to defend next campaign turn.
A good battle and the campaign has thrown up some interesting battles. The challenge with any of these systems is keeping it balanced as the Vikings rolled up some definitely advantages in the after battle round whilst the Saxons continuing their bad luck were struck by famine. We have then worked through the next campaign season and with the Saxons and the Normans both defending we only have one battle to play. The Danes will be raiding the Saxons......let's hope Cuthred can recover. More coments on Paul's Hobby Horse Blog.