This year the Anglo-Danes were on the move again rampaging through the fertile land of Berg and ransacking the town of Remscheid. Or that was the plan. Here you will read of the tales of the Danish warband that attended this year’s SAGA Ting. Continue reading
A SAGA tournament will be held in September at the outdoor museum Oerlinghausen. And my Anglo Danes and I, we are going! It is said that the games are going to be played in the Merowingian longhouse below. I shall bring along a candle.
You can find all relevant information at »Deine SAGA startet hier!«.
Obviously we will need to prepare for the event. I hope I can play a few games for exercise. As the tournament asks for a 6 point warband, I will probably take along all my Danes with no mercenaries.
As an alternative I could substitute 2 points for the Gall Gaedhil. I would probabely leave behind one group of the heathguards and the slingers. And of course it would motivate me to paint the mercenaries at last.
Just after Yuletide the Anglo-Danish warlord Jarl Sigeweard Digri of Northumbria moves along the Scottish border. Aethelwyne, Bishop of Durham, had attended the Yuletide festivities at the earl’s court. With the weather quite mild for the season, the bishop insists on visiting a holy shrine near the Firth of Forth. Hence the earl and his warband escort the bishop and his entourage to secure a safe journey.
You can find the proud warlord in the midst of his men. They all are ready to take on any adversary that might come along and threaten their beautiful village. Will the warband stand up to the epic endeavors of the historical Anglo-Danes? Well, they certainly will strive to do so.
On the internet one can find a lot of coverage on the events of 1066 AD during the short reign of Harold Godwinson. To those who are interested in background information I highly recommend this 2 part series:
And here I present the Anglo-Danish warband in detail. I can see a degree of increased expertise in painting the 28mm figures. I do think it was a good idea to paint the warlord last. That makes him stand out as the figure painted best as it befits.
With the 6 point warband completed I might add a group of warriors / mercenaries or a hero of the Viking age later on. The warband also can serve as the basis for a later conversion to Anglo-Saxon by adding more warriors. But right now I am quite content with the Anglo-Danes as they are.
So here we go, on to glory and death. Anyone near and far who dares to challenge the prowess of our warlord is invited over to a friendly game of SAGA.
“Deo gratias Anglia redde pro victoria!”
As I transfer individual figures from the work bench to the ranks of my Anglo-Danes, their strength increases more and more. Now the Anglo-Danes already can muster all but the second unit of warriors and the warlord himself. As a substitute for him I dug out a heavily mailclad figure from the Metal Magic 25mm fantasy range that I have painted decades ago.
This will pose as Canute Sweynsson, King of England, Danemark, Norse and parts of Sweden. Also known as King Cnut the Great this character is a powerful Anglo-Danish Hero of the Viking age from the SAGA rule book. He generates 7 SAGA dice (Sic!) as long he leads his warband, and he can opt to use the Viking battleboard with any or all of the SAGA dice. This really is powerful!
Now, including Carnute, I can assemble a 6 point Anglo-Danish warband comprising
- Cnut the Great with Dane axes
- 4 Huscarls with Dane axes
- 8 Huscarls with hand weapons and shields
- 8 Ceorls with hand weapons and shields
- 12 Gebuers with slings
Normally this would give the warband only 5 SAGA dice, thus here you see how the Anglo-Danes benefit from Cnut’s special abilities.
Today the Anglo-Danes have to take on a Dwarven raiding party from Khazad-dum originating from the Lord of the Rings fantasy background. The 6 point warband comprises of
- the Uzbat with a two-hand axe
- 4 Sigin-Tarag with two-hand axes
- 4 Naugrim with two-hand axes
- 8 Azaghal with and weapons and shields
- 8 Azaghal with two-hand axes
- 8 Azaghal with crossbows
The terrain is quite restrictive with two pieces of fields/crops in the left and right centre, a house on the left and a swamp on the right of the Anglo-Danish position.
The Khazad start the battle by pushing forward their bowmen. They suffer heavy casualties from sling shots in round 2 and 3 in the skirmish with the Anglo-Danish Gebuers.
The Khazad use their abilities to advance on all sectors of the field of battle. The one handicap the Dwarfs have is the short pace of advance. They only move “S” on each activation, restricing them to “VS” in uneven terrain.
Their advance on the Anglo-Danish left is only a distraction and developes into nothing more than a demonstration of force. The advance of the Dwarf warlord and his Naugrim bodyguard in the centre is far more threatening.
The Geburs take out one of the Naugrim but now have to fall back exhausted. Nonwithstanding the warlord decides that his Naugrim bodyguards are to valuable to be wasted and lets them go hide in the crops. One only can imagine what sagas will be told in the halls of Khazad-dum on this specific feat of prudence!
The drama unfolds on the Anglo-Danish right wing when the large Huscarl unit attacks the Sigin-Tarag elite. Due to the special rules for both the elite units involed the battle rages for two combat rounds involving a total of Anglo-Danish 32 attack dice vs. Khazad 12 attack and 12 defence dice plus some abilities from both battle boards. This resulted in no casualties, one fatigue each, and a push back for the Huscarls.
Then the Sigin-Tarag attack with their throwing axes killing two Huscarls. Finally the Azaghal with their two-hand axes charge into the flank of the Huscarls. This killed all but one of the Huscarls this delivers the coup de grace to the elite Anglo-Danish unit.
- Khazad Dwarfs: 9 VPs for 9 Huscarls
- Anglo-Danes: 5.5 VPs for 1 Naugrim and 9 Azaghal
The Anglo-Danes did not use the Viking battle board. Against the stubborn and highly resilient Dwarfs this could have made a difference. Anyway, this was an interesting and very absorbing wargaming experience soon to be repeated.
Here they come, my SAGA Anglo-Danes. As I can now muster the first 4 points it is ready for minor actions and battle borad training. Two units are still partially on the work bench, 4 Huscarls with the Dane axe, and 8 Ceorl warriors. The warlord himself will stays at the tavern until his last henchman is finished. For the time being one of the Huscarls will take his place as a deputy warlord.
I am quite keen to play and thus have summoned up some effort for painting figures. Also I scrach built some low-cost fatigue markers from tiny pebble stones that I mounted on old pennies.
The last two figures are an old Danish Huscarle from Essex Miniatures and a Viking type warrior from a munufacturer I cannot recall. Both have been painted some 30 years ago. I only had to finish the bases and add the standart.
I am quite sure I can find some more figures in my stored away boxes, both painted and unpainted. Also I unboxes all my fantasy dwarfs who now pose as the regular opponent for my solo training sessions.