We stuck to the same forces as last time; Jamie playing the Welsh and I the English (Anglo-Saxons if you insist). This time the scenario involved two fords over a river.
|The battlefield - English in the foreground with two units of levy at|
the left hand ford and Warriors and Warlord approaching the right.
Four hearthguard in central reserve. The Welsh are behind the trees.
Jamie currently plays the Welsh as just three units - Warlord, 12 Levy and 12 Hearthguard! The last of these is a serious powerful unit.
This time we got the rules right (or at least righter). Jamie got Saga dice based on the number of units, not their points value, and I used the right dice. Apparently the pdf for the Anglo-Saxon dice symbols on the Saga website gives you the wrong mix of symbols. As a result both armies should have been weaker than last time.
Jamie started by moving his Hearthguard into the woods opposite my Levy. His Warlord and Levy moved through the other woods near the other (right hand to me) ford. I already had my Levy at the left hand ford and rushed the rest of the army to the other ford.
|Saxon levy roadblock|
|On, on you noblest English!|
The English Warriors charged into the Welsh Levy and the two Warlords clashed. Jamie put all of his efforts (and Saga dice) into defence and the Welsh stood their ground heroically. The English were forced to pull back.
However, now the English Hearthguard arrived across the ford to help.
Meanwhile, the Welsh Hearthguard charged towards the other ford and were met by the English Levy.
Again defensive Saga abilities were played (this time by me) and the English were able to hold the ford.
After turn 7 the final positions saw the English holding the left hand ford...
... and well established over the other for a 9-0 win.
Nine-nil to the Eng-er-land!
I'm beginning to feel like we're over the worst of learning the Saga system now. We can begin learning the right tactics rather than struggling to understand if we're playing the game correctly.
All of the figures painted by Jamie.