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

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