Jason managed to make it round after work, on Thursday. Fresh from doing VERY well vs Achilles and his Myrmidons, he was sure that Odysseus and the men of Ithaca would prove to be little trouble. The two forces met near two fords over a tributary to the mighty river Scamander.We were fighting here because this is the only 28mm terrain I have that is passingly suitable for SAGA Iliad - the general lack of snow is an issue. Something must be done methinks. Anyway. 5pts, no great heroes: Jason had Hector, Hearthguard (1pt), Warriors with bows (1pt) Two units of 12 Warriors (3pts). I had Odysseus (not feeling as heroic after his drubbing at the hands of Achilles), Eight Companions (2pts) and three units of eight warriors (3pts). So who won eternal fame this day?The ships were beached and my Lord Odysseus had led the men inland to fetch water, while we kept an eye out for wandering Trojans. The gods had decreed that day that this would be no minor encounter though - mighty Hector himself, with an honour guard, was nearby. Pallas Athena turned brave Odysseus' head at the right moment and he spied the unwary enemy hero on the horizon. As one, the Achaeans gave a cry and surged toward the stream, ready to assault the surprised Trojans.
Brave Odysseus yelled for more of his warriors to follow, and charged to rescue what remained of his best men. Wise Athena chose that moment to gift confusion upon the Trojans and they paused there, unsure how to best meet the renewed Achaean attack.
Hector had been waiting for this moment though. Ares lent his arm strength and Phobos and Eris stalked amongst the Achaean ranks. Odysseus soon found himself facing the greatest of Trojan heroes, all alone.
Fun game, Jason. Very close - as SAGA often seems to be (except when getting crushed by Achilles *grumble*) and you were unlucky the risky move at the end didn't pay off for you. Those Trojan abilities are nasty, especially when they can be used on Companions and I will have to play out my attacks differently, in future.
Thanks for reading.