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Saturday, January 7, 2017

A village near Dublin

Happy New Year!!!   We got snow today in Hampton Roads; everything shut down.  Could shovel the driveway or play, guess what I did?!
While I have designed the next scenario for my Kowleski campaign thought I would return to my SAGA campaign using Return of the Wolf.  It is a great book and the 3 scenarios in it are great.  Started a solo campaign where I am the Irish and I dice for actions from the Normans and Norse-Gaels.  Basically this is during the Norman invasion of Ireland.  The Norse-Gaels are no longer the power they were and the Irish are still disjointed.  Everyone is fighting the van guard of the Normans led Alan the Brave.
My Irish led by Jos by Brega just raided the Norse and came away with a victory.  This gives me 15 power points to start the third turn with.  Now the Normans, led by Alan are going on a campaign against the lands of Zigmund the Brave.  Zigmund comes from royal blood and is determined to bring Dublin to glory again.  I roll up "homeland with Alan as the aggressor.  Hence Alan is moving towards Dublin and Zigmund is determined to stop him at a small villiage near Dublin.  

Alan and his personal guards

He also has 3 other horse (elite)
8 Sergeants and 8 warriors with crossbows
Ziggy and his Heathguards

He also has 4 ax wielding heathguards
7 warriors with javelins
5 Slaves with javelins

Village on the right, Alan enters from the left.  Plan was to move the Sergeants double time down the left, bring the crossbowmen up on the right to soften up the heathguard and then finish everyone off with the horse.  The road to Dublin will be open!   Zigmund plan to pelt the invaders with javelins then fall back into the buildings. 

The sergeants attack!
They are crushed with poor dice. ( 5 normans lost vrs 1 N-G) The Norse-Gauls even lost the challenge but still repulsed the men with short hair. 

The Norse counter charge hoping to knock out a unit but both sides trade 1 casualty.

Meanwhile, the crossbowmen fire at the buildings to little effect.  However they manage to catch 4 Javelins using their stomachs! 
At this point Alan realizes he is losing so, spurring his horse, he charges the Norse in their building!
Alan's heroic charge; the stuff of SAGAs.  Three axmen fall but one survives.  To add insult 2 horsemen also fall. 
Alan is beaten; he turns his much reduced band for home.  Today the saga is about Zigmund and how he saved Dublin!

Zigmund picks up his second campaign point ( tying Jos) and due to a well placed marriage by one of his nieces he picks up more land.  He now has 15 power points.  His fame is spreading; can he bring glory back to Dublin?  Stay tuned...


  1. Looks great, beautiful minis!

  2. Phil,
    Thanks. Many of these are older before I started properly basing.
    Thanks again