Saturday, 14 December 2013

Vikings v Anglo Danish

Battle of Red Tree Wood

I really looked forward to this clash on the feasting boards of Ian's hall!  This time we tried out "Kings of War" with an Anglo Danish Army list against the Vikings, This time three vikings Andrew, Ian and James against Chuck and myself as Saxons.  1700 points a side.  The Vikings had 6 regiments (3 warriors,3 spearmen and a troop of skirmishing archers) the Anglo Danes 8 regiments (1 housekarls, 7 freemen levy and 2 troops of slingers).  Each player also had two characters each. We set up with three small hills and a wood, one hill was wooded with prominent  red trees.

"We never kneel in battle before the storm of weapons"

James Bs Viking Noble Warrior, he held up a unit of freemen for most of the game all by himself

Another James B hero "Bikel Marrymore* indulging in the sword dance

A close up of Andrew's Viking archers in Red Tree Wood

The fyrd

The only surviving fyrd unit from my forces

Saxon Queen urges on her freemen, again a surviving unit from Chuck's forces 
Chucks Saxons  charge the Vikings

Chuck's huscarls break the vikings then follow up by turning to fight off the viking spears

"The Noble lady told me, 
My head to carry always high in battle
Where swords seek to shatter
The skulls of doomed warriors"

Bikel taking the saxons in the flank, he inflicted over 15 damage markers on the my Saxons armed only with a Sax.

My Saxons took a battering  and knocked out none of the Vikings.  Chuck smashed the Huscarl's into the center, crushed a unit of viking spears then tackled a second unit,however he was overwhelms with a combination of Ian,s hero delivering a rear attack while held by Andrew's spearmen.  Chuck's slingers also defeated the viking bowmen who had left the wood

Monday, 9 December 2013

Battle of the Warboards

Mr friend Ian B loves playing games on a Friday mainly board games but his feasting bench was seized to play a Dark Age Viking v Saxon battle, being a great fan of the Bernard Cornwall Warrior Chronicles I was looking forward to this.  No Uthred to led the Saxons in this battle, who were smashed by rampant Vikings.  We were using cheaphammer "Kings of War" which worked well in the dark age setting, I liked the charge then counter charge idea and both sides jostled to get in the first charges.

"We stepped forward heartend by the Battlethunder of weapons on our shields"

First though came the challenge of heroes, the individual warriors come forward to fight before the sheildwalls clash (we also get a run through of the rules).  A Viking warriors was cut down by my Saxon leader.

However the Vikings continue to Advance, their archers cause my Saxon commander in the Left to set back rather than forward.

"Viking arrows tore at the Saxon Courage"

The Victorious Vikings in their glory they swept up the whole of the left flank with no unit loss. Painted by my friend Andrew.  Now the Saxons will thrist for revenge
ASW Vikings

"Ravens ripped the flesh of Saxon corpses, while Wulfson laughed"