Saracens: 8 Glory Points
Crusaders: 6 Glory Points
Week 1 reportsIn a bumper week we managed to complete three battles:
- Hammer and Anvil; Saracens (Stu) vs English (Mike)
- Hold on Tight; Saracens (Roy / Bruce) vs Teutonic's (John)
- The Bridge; Saracens (Roy / Bruce) vs English (John / Stu)
Hammer and Anvil; Draw - 3 points eachThe English were defending so deployed 2 units of archers, the bidowers, and a unit of foot sergeants as the blocking force. This left the foot men-at-arms and a unit of foot sergeants as the hammer.
The game started well for the Saracens as their large cavalry force slipped easily past the waiting archers and the infantry made steady progress, leaving the English men-at-arms in their wake. As always though the dice turned and three turns of no movement left the Saracens in a real pickle, with battered infantry units bogged-down and the men-at-arms slowing gobbling-up units. What looked like an easy win ended a draw as all the mounted escaped but the foot died to a man.
|The English anvil|
|The Saracens advance|
|Catch me if you can|
|Oh - seems you can!|
Hold on Tight; Saracen win - 5 pointsThe scenario requires both sides to capture and hold a cross-roads. Both sides adopted a similar deployment with mounted on the flanks and foot sergeants in the centre looking to hold the objective.
The early exchanges were dominated by the Teutonic men-at-arms refusing to indulge in anything so gauche as actually moving towards the enemy and so the Germans sat resolutely on their base-line while the Arabs captured the cross-roads. After enduring an archery barrage they eventually trundled forward but met with limited success, chasing skirmishers and eventually perishing. Even the usually rock-hard foot men-at-arms were repulsed by the Saracen foot.
|The Saracens advance unmolested - its quiet, too quiet...|
|The Teutonic's hold firm|
|The Germans fight back, but is it too late?|
|The knights are steadily worn-down|
|The Saracens are left in charge|
In hind-sight an army with two units of mounted men-at-arms is not suited to many of the scenarios, the 7+ to move can prove hard to pull-off every turn.
The Bridge; English win - 3 points as defenderAs the defender the English deployed a unit of foot sergeants on the bridge in hedgehog and the remainder along a ridge to the rear. The Saracens deployed with both foot and horse archers to the fore.
The Saracen plan was to bombard the unit of the bridge with archery and then secure it with their own spearmen. Initially this worked well as the English appeared happy to stand-back and watch their forlorn hope shot to pieces. When they eventually advanced things looked bad with Arab light horse sneaking across the bridge and heavy cavalry bearing-down on the ford.
Better late then never though and the tide began to turn. The Arabs at the ford were beaten-back with heavy losses from a unit of English foot men-at-arms and some archers. At the bridge a second unit of men-at-arms stormed across supported by increasingly accurate English archery. Although destroyed, the knights bought time for the remaining English units to converge on the bridge. Suddenly its was the Saracens in trouble as their morale crumbled and with darkness falling they lacked the strength to capture the bridge. An unlikely looking victory secured for the Crusaders.
|The doughty English|
|The sneaky Saracens|
|The English forlorn hope meets its end|
|Arab light horse sneak across the bridge|
|The English hold the ford and turn the tide|
|The bridge ends in English hands|