Sunday, 30 April 2017

The Age of the Wolf Campaign : Battle at the Ford

Our enthusiasm for the Age of the Wolf Campaign is waning slightly as two factions steam ahead. But in this our third campaign season we had the Vikings raiding against the Danes, the two leading factions, so a chance to play them off against each other. After some fiddling we decided on a River crossing scenario mainly as we hadn't played this for a while. This was the first mistake by the Danes as the scenario is definitely one for aggressive factions whilst the Danes are really more defensive, forcing them to attempt to get across the river. Anyway with all the figures being Paul's (Griffin Painting) it was easy to get some lovely photos πŸ˜€
The Vikings this side of the river look on at the Dane Lord and his forces who have come down from the village to defend the crossings. Might have been better if they had stayed, the village isn't part of the scenario but I had been fiddling about and hadn't set it up for ages and then thought it would make a nice backdrop.
A wider view of the river, there are two crossings, forces are slightly uneven but effectively 5 points each
A view from behind as the Vikings advance towards the river
The second crossing, after some fairly effective archer fire a unit of warriors has rushed across the river, only to find themselves being hacked down by Danes with very big axes ! The Viking warlord, has taken a large unit of Hearthguard into the river, but is waiting for the outcome of the combat before advancing. The Dane warriors simply can't decide what to do !
At the other crossing the Dane lord foolishly attempts to get across the river, initially with his Hearthguard and then with a unit of warriors, but they just don't have the punch to get through the Vikings on the bank and whilst they take a lot of the enemy out the lord himself eventually became isolated and the remaining Viking Hearthguard ran in to finish him off.
A shot close to the end just before the Danes who have crossed the river, slip in the mud only to be butchered, the dog out of interest is a token with the Dane lord who has a special ability, but he didn't get to use it.

On another day the Danes might have used a different strategy, and with a bit more luck who knows but the Vikings were too strong.

18 comments:

  1. Splendid stuff, strangely enough our Dark Ages game on Tuesday will be at a ford too. Edna's Ford, a play on the local town where I live Hednesford, on the Penk, again a local river.

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    1. Thanks Phil always a good reason for abattle

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  2. Nice looking skirmish game Matt.

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    1. Thanks I do need some more dark age figures ....πŸ˜€

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  3. Nice looking game, beautiful minis and splendid river!

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  4. You may have lost the battle, but you did get some lovely photos. The first one I particularly like. And after all, the spectacle is the thing!

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    1. The Danes were up against it with all those roughty toughty type Vikings. A few more dead Vikings and the photos would have been even better πŸ™‚ Next time ...perhaps.

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  5. A very nice looking game.

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    1. Thanks I can't take any credit for the figures πŸ™‚

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