More SAGA! Adam has got his Varangians all assembled and blacked to we had a clash, last Sunday. The idea behind his army was to basically field these cool Varangian figs he found (and he is a big Eastern Europe nut) along with some Gripping Beast Slavs. That works well in this game as Harald Hadrada can have up to twelve Varangian guard and there is no reason why the supporting troops can't be Slavs, instead of Vikings. For this game, he had: Hardrada 1pt, 2pts of Varangians (one unit), 2pts of Warriors (two units), and one point of Levies (one unit). Halfdan was defending England with 2pts of Huscarls with Dane-Axes (one unit), three units of warriors (3pts) and a unit of Levy Bowmen (1pt). The goal, kill the enemy Warlord! Was Hadrada to meet another untimely end on English soil?
March 4th, the Year of our Lord 1066. I am Halfdan Halfdanson, it's cold and snow is everywhere but we've left our mead and women to deal to this 'Hard Ruler' that dares to invade the King's lands. I hear word that he is some oath-breaker, fled from the Christian Emperor's service. So a Vagabond and runaway. My loyal Huscarls are with me and I have gathered some of the local Fyrd. The farmers I had join us grumbled a bit about having to fight in winter but Steapa looked at them in such an unsettling manner that they soon went to fetch their bows and join us. We can see our foe, clad from head to foot in heavy mail and with decorated Helms. What such rich and experienced men are doing raiding is beyond me but our duty is clear, no matter the mettle of our foe.
Lord preserve me. Hardada and his men came at us with incredible speed - Saxon Peasants thinned out some of their lines with arrows but the heavy Varangians have plowed into the middle of our warband and smashed a hole! I must survive to see Hadrada stopped so I have pulled my Huscarls back to form a line just beyond where those Varangians can charge us.
Cheers for the fun game Adam. That charge put me on the back foot early and if I hadn't had some space (just) to unman-fully hide my best troops in the corner, you might have rolled right over me with Hadrada's Panzerdivision. In fact, if those levies you took had been just one more unit of Warriors then you still might have - so very close.
Thanks for reading.