the Fencing Frog.
I have been having a tough time with the pre-battle phase in our last two games and again my Champion Cyneric came out wounded, giving Adam a boost in his morale and some extra combat dice.
The Saxons rapidly advanced their warriors to the wall, while try to flank the Britons to their right and get over the wall. Fortunately the Britons were able to bring up their levies and for a quick sheildwall.
Towards the middle the Saxons had some initial success but my elites and warriors were able to counter attack and drive them back. A battle of attrition ensued in the middle with attack and counterattack. The Britons got the better of this but the outcome was still in doubt. By now the Saxons were able to get their elites over the fence and threaten my warriors flank from their left. I slowly wheeled them backwards and was able to form a shield wall.
By this time the Saxons centre was undone and they decided to withdraw. The Britons contested the withdrawal. The retreat-pursuit cards were equal. I had a slight advantage in men lost and had two points for the victory. But more importantly I had killed two Saxon nobles giving me the magic 5+ victory. I am now allowed to upgrade one of my units. Certainly this will be a unit of warriors so I now have two units of elites.
We then went into the post-battle process. Adam threw a 3, so his men will take 6 months to recover their full strength. As the Britons had lost the province of Caterick the previous summer, I decided to lay siege to my lost province. I threw a 2, so Caterick was recaptured in October 554, 15 months after it was originally captured.
Iohannes returned to his great hall, to celebrate he hires a bard to sing his praises and strengthens his province with a hill fort.
On to March 555, with a much strengthened force of "Men of the North".
31 May 2015
18 May 2015
Our last game was on the 23rd of April. We played the church raid scenario, the Saxon player gets to pick whether we play a raid or a battle and Adam decided to go with a raid, a d6 was thrown to select the raid. By now the Saxons had a string of victories and had captured one of my three provinces, I really needed a victory. As usual you can find an excellent AAR with photos on Adams blog, the Fencing Frog.
This is a tough raid for the Saxons, I got a fairly good starting position and the Saxons started on the far side of a stream (it would of killed them if it was a river). I was quite hamstrung though by the position of the church as it ended up being placed next to a swamp which really hurt my ability to use my levy in shieldwall (they are really quite useless unless thus protected).
It was a brutal battle with heavy losses on both sides, but as you can see I was able to gain a 4+ victory so gained 2 gold and 2 warriors. Additionally the Saxons lost two of their nobles. The campaign is now as follows, we are hoping to have our next game this Thursday. I believe neither of us are tiring of the campaign, it really is very well designed.
I thought I would also add a few photos from our trip, I add non gaming stuff to my blog once a year and it has been a couple of years so I will allow myself this indulgence.
|My daughter Jane and her Aunt Wendy in front of guess what!|
|My son Simon|
|It was my wife's father 70th birthday the alleged reason for the trip|
|Made it to the top of yet another church, this time the Sacré Coeur in Montmatre|
|Two excellent beers in Bruges|
|Bruges is quite beautiful|
|The Bell Tower in Bruges, it had even more steps than Sacré Coeur|
|The Romantick Pand Hotel|
|Even Jennifer was convinced to drink Belgian Beer|
|Pre Moulin Rouge snaps|
|Simon enjoyed the Moulin Rouge!|
|Do I look French?|
|Sisters in the Rain|
|Back to Bruges, I did make it to the top|
|Well worth a visit|
|My beautiful wife|