We played the inaugural hex based battle in the dungeon this weekend. There were three main drivers for me developing a hexed based gaming setup, one it helps clarity for remote gaming especially around measuring distances, two it gets my figures out on the table and in play, three it allows me to explore historical battles where my collections are not of sufficient size for a larger traditional open battle. All three of theses objective were achieved in this battle.
The Battle of Bairén 1097 is one of El Cid’s famous victories, although when you search it is hard to find much conclusive information. What is known is that after some manoeuvring the Almoravid Islamic forces under Muhammad ibn Tasufin had caught the Christian forces camped out of position. The Almoravids took the higher ground and were also able to bring archers and crossbowmen in by boats to harass the Aragonese forces in their camp. Rodrigo supported by Peter 1st of Aragon roused his force and charged up the hill to assault the Muslims, caught by the ferocity of the attack the Muslims broke and fled many killed attempting to escape.