Monday, September 30, 2013

Warlords show their Prowess at the Althingi on the Fields of Honor

 Hrothgar Headtaker eyes his rival, Cnut son of Cnut, across the field of battle.

 Elsewhere Huscarls savagely attack Viking Thralls.

 The rival Warlords charge and counter charge until Hrothgar manages to take yet another head.

 Sven Greybeard emerges from the woods to face Duke Perrier, the Norman upstart.

 His Bondi and Berserkers lead the way.

 The Norman Sergeants prove no match for the determined Vikings, leaving the way open for Sven to charge the ill fated Duke.

 Jomsvikings arrive on the field of battle.

 Dyfed ap Caerdydd, the Welsh leader stoically awaits their arrival.

The Jomsvikings march through the raining Javelins to strike Dyfed down.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Hrothgar Headtaker attempts to take the head of Dyfed ap Caerdydd

Hrothgar Headtaker sets his men against the Welsh to take the head of Dyfed ap Caerdydd.  Hrothgar's Vikings were played by Rob and Dyfed's Welsh were played by David.  This battle was not played to resolution as the game shop closed and we had to end early.

 Hrothgar Headtaker directs his Viking raiders as they enter the lands of Dyfed ap Caerdydd.

 Dyfed stands among his Teula as they await the Viking raiders.

Welsh Levy and Warriors advance to meet the Vikings to gain better range for the archers.

The Viking vanguard stops just outside of bow range as they await the rest of their force.

 Meanwhile, Welsh Priodaur advance into a copse of trees along the flank.  From there they taunt the Viking Hearthguard accompanying Hrothgar.  The maddened Vikings rush into the trees where the waiting Welsh slay them.

 Hrothgar, left on his own retreats to join a group of Warriors while the remainder of his Hearthguard advance on the Welsh levy.

 The Welsh levy are thrown back, but Hrothgar is left with only two units of warriors to face the Welsh, who have all of their units intact.

 A series of clashes sees Hrothgar locked in battle with Dyfed and his Teula.  Nearby two Viking Warriors witness the danger and throw themselves in harms way.

Hrothgar joins up with his remaining unit of Warriors and leads them into a charge against Dyfed.  The Welsh Warlord is pushed back as the Teula take blows that were meant for him.  The battle ended with a distinct Welsh advantage, but either side had a chance to win.  Dyfed had 1 Teula, 4 Priodaur and 10 Bonnedig left while Hrothgar had just 6 Warriors.

Dyfed of the Welsh slays the Norman invader Duke Perier.

Dyfed leads the Welsh in defense of their lands against Norman invaders lead by Duke Perier.  The Welsh were played by David and the Normans by Troy.

 Duke Perier surveys his array of battle from the bridge.  The bulk of his army on one side of the river awaits his command.

 Welsh Bonnedig take position in the hedges and await the Norman advance.

 The Welsh Priodaur stand to defend the archers.

 Meanwhile Dyfed and his Teula await on the other side of the river.

The Norman forces advance, mounted Knights in the lead.  The Duke rides with another group of Knights on the far side of the river.

 Sergeants and levy archers advance slowly towards the Welsh.

 Welsh Teula taunt the Norman Knights, drawing them into battle as they charge ahead of their duke.

The Knights are slain to a man, while the Welsh have two Teula killed.

 Dyfed leads his Hearthguard towards the Duke, javelins in the ready.  Meanwhile the Norman archer unit attempts to support their lord with a volley of arrows.  The Welsh take the arrows on their shields and continue their pursuit of the Duke.

 The javelins fly as Dyfed urges his troops on, they hit their mark and Duke Perier falls to the onslaught.

The battle is won as the remaining Normans retreat to grieve the death of their Duke.

Cnut holds the field in victory, crushing Sven and his Viking raiders.

Cnut leads his Anglo-Danes to victory against Sven and his Vikings.  The Danes were played by Will and the Vikings by Luke.

 Cnut surveys the battlefield and reassures his Hearthguard.

 He leads his men against Viking Warriors.

Elsewhere Danish Warriors face dreadful Viking Berserkers.

Another group of Danish Warriors gets ready to charge their Viking foe.

The battle is joined.

Viking Warriors fight valiantly but to no avail.

The Danes drive them back and crush them.

Cnut holds the field and gains victory.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Dyfed ap Caerdydd defends his realm from Norman raids

  Dyfed ap Caerdydd inspects his Teula and reassures the mass of Bonnedig arrayed in the woods.

 Elsewhere Teula and Priodaur advance toward the Norman invaders.

 Dyfed sets the Bonnedig to hold his flank and marshals the Teulu forward.

 The Normans send Sergeants armed with crossbows to the front of their advance.

 The Duke leads his Knights toward the weak Welsh flank.

 The Knights charge through a hail of arrows from the Bonnedig and smash into them.

 They drive the levy back into the woods, yet take significant losses to the proud Bonnedig.
 With the momentum of their charge, the Knights wheel about to attack the Welsh Warlord.

Dyfed ap Caerdydd was momentarily overwhelmed by the onslaught, but a faithful Teulu takes a blow meant for him and saves the Warlord's life.  With a fury born of desperation and rage, Dyfed drives off the Norman Knights.

 Meanwhile Welsh Teulu and Priodaur throw their javelins into the ranks of Norman Sargeants, killing many.

The Norman Duke spies Dyfed in the din of battle and the two Warlords engage in a fearful exchange of blows.  Another loyal Teulu steps into a blow meant for his King and prevents the Normans from ending his reign.  The two Warlords stagger back from the fray and the remaining Teulu rush forward to pierce the Norman Duke with well aimed javelins.  The Normans retreated at the death of their
Duke and Dyfed ap Caerdydd remained victorious on the field of battle.