27 April 2018

SAGA: Death in a Tight Place

Another great game of SAGA2 yesterday at the Hobby Bunker. Adam played the Irish and I played the Germanic Peoples with rules from the Age of Vikings source book. We played a scenario of Adam's design and I have to say it was very well done. The inspiration for the scenario is that of a heroic defence at the battles of Stamford Bridge or Thermopylae.

Scenario: Death in a Tight Place
Attacker: 6 point war band comprised of a warlord, warriors and levy with auxiliaries. No heroes or hearthguard
Defender: 6 point warband comprised of a warlord and hearthguards. Heroes and auxiliaries allowed.
3x4' Terrain with the attack along the short axis of the table
Two large pieces of dangerous terrain are set up in the middle of the table no more then L apart.
Follow the deployment rules as laid out in the SAGA2 Rulebook; a minimum of 3 further pieces of terrain are placed.
The Defender sets up first within M of a line drawn through the centre of the table.
The Attacker sets up no closer than L of the line drawn through the centre of the table. 
The Attacker moves first.
No troops in the dangerous terrain at start.
Special Rules:
Endless Warbands for the Attacker as set out in the original Crescent and Cross rulebook.
Victory Conditions:
10 turns.
Slaughtering Points as laid out in the SAGA2 rulebook with the following change. The Attacker does not gain extra points for eliminating complete units. 
Retreating units double their slaughtering point value.

Leonidas at Thermopylae  Jacques-Louis David
4 points of Hearthguard
Auxiliary unit of Vagrant Warriors

Germanic Peoples:
5 points of Warriors
Auxiliary unit of Scouts

So the game started, as usual I do not remember all the details so will not write a formal report (I will post a link to Adam's blog when this is available as he does a much better job of this). It was a great game which went to all 10 turns taking a little under 3 hours. I found the Curaidh almost impossible to kill and probably could have managed my Endless Warbands a little better but was able to eke out a victory of I believe 3 points. Adam did not have a whole lot of luck with his SAGA dice as the game progressed. I likewise had some problems with scoring hits on my Attack dice as the game progressed, I lent my lucky black dice to Adam for the game.......always a mistake!

Anyway Adam did a great job with the scenario and has written several others as can be found on his blog. I will look forward to playing more of them.
Germanic Peoples on the right. The Scouts were a great addition for this scenario.
Irish Warriors
Irish Hearthguard 
Germanic Warriors
Germanic Scouts leading the Warriors through a swamp with the Warlord looking on
The relentless Germanic attack
The Irish Last Stand......Shoulder to Shoulder
Battle of Stamford Bridge  Peter Nicolai Arbo