Sunday, February 8, 2015

SAGA game 1 of 2

So as promised here are some photos of the two SAGA games I played. These are the first full table top games I have gotten to play since returning to the US. All the miniatures and terrain are mine. A co-worker of mine, Airmen Willett, who use to play Warhammer Fantasy was my opponent and he really enjoyed how simple and fast the game played compared to  Warhammer.

Game 1 I played as the Anglo-Saxons and Willet took the Normans.

Norman 4pts:
2 units of Knights
1 unit of Sergeants
1 unit of Peasants

Anglo-Saxon 4pts:
3 units of Thegns
1 unit of Ceorls
Here is the table layout before deployment. 
The Fields, Swamp and Ford where all difficult terrain. 

Normans deployed with both unit of knights on the left flank and sergeants in reserve behind the peasants.
 Anglo-Saxons combined the 3 units of Thegns to create 2 12 man units. 1 unit went on the right flank and 1 center while the ceorls took the left.
 Saxons advanced
 Norman knights moved up the flank

 The Thegns on the right maid for the ford as there where no hostile units on their side of the river.
 Ceorls move to deter the Knights
 We made a mistake at this point. The Norman Peasant archers fired on the Thegns in the center and nearly whipped them out. This happened because I forgot that levies roll 1 attack dice for shooting of every 2 models in the unit. Instead he rolled 1 for 1. That mistake combined with the Norman ability "Aimed Volley" meant the Thegns where done for, even though they used "Overlap Shields!". The game would have gone very different after this point had we done this right.
 Knights moved further around, drawing the brave Ceorls away from the rest of their Warband.

 Thegns make the ford and start the slow cross.

 The knights seemed to be fleeing so the Ceorls maid for the Norman line, but in truth they had set a trap for the poor Ceorls.

 When the trap was sprung the Knights charged the Ceorls from behind. Being far Superior troops the Ceorls took several casualties and was forced back. This put them in the path of the second unit of Knights who in turn charged the already weekend Ceorls.
The Ceorls few survivors where isolated and nearly wiped out.
 In respanse the Thegns, having crossed the river, charged the Norman Peasants and drove them back.

 Knight finished off the poor Ceorls.
 Sergeants tried to charge the Thegns, and while both took casualties the Thegns came out on top and the Sergeants had to pull back.
 The Norman Warlord charged the Thegns killing 2 so they fled to the side of their Warlord.
 Unfortunately the Knights came back around and road down the Saxon Warlord.
Game would have been very different if we had gotten the shooting right the first time but it was still a good game. Another thing we messed up I forgot the Saxon Levi generate 1 attack dice per 2 models and have an armor of 4 not 3. Game two to fallow shortly.

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