Game 4 - The Battle Deorham 577AD
The Romano-British army (let's call them the good guys ;o)) were comprised of three smaller armies - from Bath, Gloucester and Cirencester - each led by their King. The Saxons were led by King Ceawilin and the Atheling, Cuthwine. Naturally, since I live in the South-West, I took command of the Romano-British army trying to preserve the fading light of Rome and hold back the hairy Saxon horde!
Here's the field of battle. That ridge line would be where my brave men would make their stand.
Here are the two large armies arrayed for battle! George has done a grand job on these armies, plenty of flags and banners, shield decals, big units... Stunning stuff :o)
|Two beautiful armies!|
|Glorious isn't it?|
Anyway, with the forces lined up and ready to go we shook hands and set to! George got the first turn and with a roar his men surged forward.
|The Saxons waste no time!|
|Both sides have cavalry ready to exploit any gaps|
The Saxons drew ever closer and the Romano-British Kings only just held their men on the ridge - especially the Warbands of mercenary Saxons and Welsh, but hold they did! No amount of taunting or bare arse waving was going to goad my lads into action. This was key - I knew if my line started to fragment then George's warriors would rip into my flanks.
In one of those 'comedy' moments that often happen in a wargame, some of my skirmishers routed past their King, but managed to roll super low for the move ... we imagined them casually sidling past trying to look like they were going back for more arrows rather than just legging it in terror from hordes of hairy Saxons :-D
|Shhh! Act casual lads...|
|Confusion in the Saxon lines!|
|Here they come! Steady! Hold!|
|The Saxons rout!|
|The men of the west sweep their enemy from the field|
This battle was the perfect climax to fantastic weekend of great wargaming. Again huge thanks to George and Evelyn. Looking forward to the next one :o)
Then came the journey home ... just under 8 hours this time! :-D