We played two games, using the first scenario, Clash of Warlords, for both games. Now anyone who has played me knows I don't really study scenarios very much - often to my detriment. Usually, I just want to get the gist of the rules down, get a force painted up, and have some fun! So, in the first game I realized very quickly that my Anglo-Danish Huscarls weren't just given some random name. You need to protect the Warlord! Game one was over pretty quickly with the death of my leader, John Quade the Anglo-Dane.
|Vikings flank and surround the left flank|
|These guys never made it to the fight!|
|They're all around us!|
|The folk gave a good account of themselves, but were overwhelmed by Vikings.|
So, after the Norns taught us that cruel lesson, we reset and began again. Scenario was the same, but
this time the Anglo-Danes had the jump on the Vikings. My unit of 8 Daneaxe-wielding hearthguard, or as Robert deemed it, the Assassination Squad, attacked a unit of apparently doomed Viking warriors. Truly, the feast of ravens was great this day as the Vikings were all judged by Brynhild and her lot, but in true Viking fashion, took 5 of the 8 Danes with them. Across the field, the local fyrd tried to gain position on the marauding Vikings. The Northmen might have been small in number, but were ferocious in battle.
|This time John Quade has lots of retainers in close proximity.|
|The Fyrd attempts to gain an advantage in numbers.|
|Remnants of two armies|
|John Quade stands alone|
|The final act.|
It was an awesome game. It came down to a duel between the two warlords, every other model had been killed. Granted, the Viking had a large advantage at the end and the game ended in a loss for me, but the SAGA was epic! Great game which I am sure will get on the table again.