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.