It was a welcome return to face to face wargaming last night for Cardiff Dice Studz. To be realistic it was mask to mask combat but what a joy to finally be playing toy soldiers on a Friday/ Freyaday night! Steve brought his immaculately painted Norman host and I threw together my Anglo- Saxons for our new favourite gaming system, SAGA.
After some very hurtful comments about the size of my buildings , we decided that a rather drunken Cedric the Swineherd would be the central objective for the two rival armies. We are new to the system so went for a very modest four point force each.
The Anglo- Saxons comprised a warlord, two heart guard units of four, an eight man warrior unit plus two six- man levy units of archers. The levy gave me an extra activation but it did make me vulnerable to return fire.
Steve went for a much more sensible Norman force of larger units. Doubly so because I realised that the Anglo- Saxon board is dependent on unit sizes and not the usual troop quality. The Normans brought four mounted milites hearth guard, eight mounted warriors with javelins and eight warriors with hand weapons. Steve moaned about not bringing any double ranged “ bows” but he did bring an eight man crossbow unit that was to prove decisive.
Leaving his foot sloggers behind , the Norman warlord rashly stormed through the village . They would meet the stout yeomen hearth guard and the Norman warriors may have regretted their impetuosity!
SAGA is such a great system! The games are fast paced and so enjoyable. I really thought I had it in the bag until Steve skilfully used the activation board to turn the tables. We made a few errors but the game is easy to understand and we both went and bought more of the books so Freyanight SAGA looks to be a winner!