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Saturday, 15 October 2016

Richard the Fyrd?

Today, we had a Dark age skirmish, surprisingly not in 'celebration' of the 950th anniversary of the battle of Hastings yesterday!

I had finished my 'Project Saxon' a few months ago, which was to get some Saxons to face off my Vikings, and provide the Saxons with a village to defend.

We consisted of Lawrence and Joe, playing Ragnarr Loðbrók and his TV brother Rollo respectively.
I(Ælfstan) had Alex (Ealdwine) as a sub commander, running my new Anglo Saxons. 

Lawrence provided his lovely (Last Valley) river and stream, with a landing stage for my Saxons to sail from!
 The centre of the village, a mix of 4Ground and TimeLine models.
 I had a few denizens, and traders like this one to populate it.
 Dum, dee dum, business as usual!
The local Fyrd, formed up on the village common land. 
These began a slow, steady advance, as...
...The Vikings had arrived! 
 Lawrence, sorry, Ragnarr, unlike Rollo, kept his feet dry, crossing the stream by the bridge.
Rollo led his men across the shallow stream. 
The traders made their way away from the raiders, while the women of the village gathered round the cross to pray " A furore Normannorum libera nos, Domine" (from the fury of the Northmen, deliver us, Lord)
The chickens didn't seem too concerned! 
 As we came within range, the archers in our Scildweall (Shield Wall) began shooting...
Ragnarr didn't even bother to raise his shield! 
I decided to make our stand between a building and the landing stage. 
 The Viking Skjaldborg (Shield wall in old Norse!) begins to form.
Ragnarr puts his archers in a copse to harry the advancing Saxons. 
Alex (Ealdwine ) was hanging back a little. He was understandably nervous about his low quality Fyrd meeting the Danes, I had a better quality bunch! 
One of Ealdwine's bowmen took a light wound from a Viking archer.
One of my archers returned the compliment! 
 My Saxons reached the house.
Rollo seemed to be trying to outflank me by passing through the village.
But no, they set up facing the Fyrd. 
 For the Saxons, they stopped and called insults at the invaders!
Rollo, leading some Berserkir, decided to attack! 
The whole Viking force followed, I put my archers forward to harass the Berserks.  
The Berserkir ran past my bowmen and crashed into Ealdwine's personal men, I charged my Fyrd into Rollo's shield wall, while my archers ran to help Ealdwine. 
Ealdwine and one of his Gesithas were wounded, one killed, by the Berserks charge! 
 Once stopped, though, Rollo found himself fighting for his life!
 My Fyrd had, amazingly, broken the Viking shield wall on first contact!
The Danes fled with their wounded, abandoning their lord. 
 They failed to rally, even though the Fyrd were not pursuing!
My Gesiths and I  had instead charged the Berserks in rear! 
Rollo fell, fighting bravely, surrounded by foes.
My archers alone had gone to harass the retreating Vikings! ...who were now beyond recall, heading for the boats.
The last 2 berserks broke, though not until they had killed poor Ealdwine, and Ragnarr withdrew, covering the retreat of the remaining Vikings.
Peace returned to Raedhamm!
Thanks be to God!
The Vikings would, of course, now be off to find a less well defended target!

Saturday, 8 October 2016

OK Gentlemen, start your Injuns!

Today's game was a Wild West game, a sort of follow up game to our previous one (Another one bites the dust)  - My character from that game is out for vengeance against a Mexican bandido who killed my 'pardner'.
I have gathered 2 other gunmen and an Apache scout to help me, and we track the Bandit to another small town in New Mexico where he has gathered another band of Peon henchmen.

The village, and arroyo beyond. 
Il Grande, the bandit with a bounty on his head! 
Lawrence ran the scout, a bow armed brave. he started on the far side of the arroyo. 
I started further down the arroyo, watching the scout. 
Phil started on the other side of town, hidden behind a large rock. 
Alex had a shotgun armed man, and started on the far side of town to myself. My hope was that being attacked from multiple directions would confuse the defenders. 
The defenders were run by the solo system, their possible positions being marked with inverted counters. 
The Apache stealthily crept up the arroyo looking for bandits.  
 He spotted one with a bottle lounging at the bottom of a staircase.
 ..and another relieving himself behind a tree!
The Indian stayed unseen, and proceeded up the arroyo. 
He spotted another bandit on a rooftop, and loosed an arrow... 
 ...the arrow flew by the Mexican, only serving to alert him to our presence!
The counters started moving... 
Phil spotted another bandit behind a bush. 
His shot missed, but the bandit was surprised and confused! 
The Apache continued trying to hit the man on the roof... 
The bandit, fortunately, had no better luck with his shooting!
The arrival of a rifleman changed the odds! 
 The Apache ran for a clump of vegetation. 
The two bandits decided to go after him. 
Alex was carefully surveying the other side of town. He saw a bandit on a roof and fired, but missed.
I entered the other side from Alex, and saw a number of bandits heading for his position.
 2 of them were now exchanging shots with Alex.
 Alex seemed under pressure!
One of the bandits came hunting him! 
 Alex moved forward, keeping safe behind his big rock.
He fired again, hitting nothing, but keeping the bandits focused on him. 
 I saw may chance, and fired...
 My shot hit a bandit in the thigh, and the bandit fell, bleeding to death.
Suddenly, Il Grande himself came out of the building near me! 
We began an ineffective exchange of fire!  
 Back on the Indian front, the Apache was filtering into town.
One of the bandits from the roof came looking...
...but fell to an Apache knife in the chest!

He spotted three markers near the big building...
 Nothing there! Where were the rest of the bad guys?
The other bandit came round the house looking for the wily Apache...
The Apache was doing the same to the Bandido!
This was getting farcical!
The Indian was quickest though and turned a corner...
...just as the bandit was peering round the far corner!
Thunk! he fell with an arrow in the back.
I was getting fired at by 2 bandits now, and the air was gettin' a bit lead filled!
One of them was trying to get me in enfilade.

I was still fighting Il Grande, and an extra gun was more than I could deal with...I fell back to the orroyo 

One of the pistoleers  advanced too incautiously!

Il Grande jeered at me! 'Come out, Gringo!'
Lawrence's Apache crept towards the large building, just as Il Secundo and another bandit came through the gates to help Il Grande...
...The Apache skewered the peon with another arrow...
...and ran, knife in hand at Il Secundo...
..Who wisely skedaddled!
From his new position, the Apache spotted yet another bandit! 
An arrow in the throat!
But what of Alex? The bandit was still stalking him round the rocks. 
 Alex stood his ground, and fired as the bandit tried to rush him. The shotgun fairly almost blew the bandits head off!
Phil saw another bandit passing in front of his position...
He escaped being hit, but decided to skedaddle!
Il Grande gave up hunting me, and fell back to the house.
 Phil arrived behind him and Il Grande turned to fight.
Phil withdrew to cover on a stairwell. 
Il Grande leaned out to fire at him...
The Apache saw him...

Il Grande fell with an arrow in his eye! Phil and I had both wounded him, but it was Lawrences day!
The Bounty (bar) was his!
Phil claimed his share too!
We now went after the last remaining bandit.
Alex joined Phil.
The bandit tried to escape down the stairs, but he fell in a hail of fire.
Vengeance was mine! - but we all enjoyed the game!
Lawrence gets the award for the best fluky die rolls!


On another note, I introduced Alex to my favourite matt varnish, Xtracolor xdff matt varnish, i demo'd it on 40 Zulus, and he had a go on some of his lovely painted sci-fi figures, I think he was pleased with the effect!