|The Welsh taunt the Vikings over their lost deployment initiative|
|The Viking warriors push back the Welsh levies|
|The Welsh response destroying the warriors to the last man|
|Finally we're across..... not for long though|
The next lot of combat action occurred at the other ford with a back and forth struggle between our warrior units on that flank finally ending with the welsh pack reduced to a single man, although that gave the central welsh unit an opening to push me back over the ford.
|More Welsh taunting as the come across the ford|
The hostility on the other flank had not abated though with the welsh pushing forward over the ford to meet the combined fury of my Beserkers and Warchief. This allowed me to leave their broken corpses littering the muddy banks on my side and push over the ford, littering it's banks with hastily raised levy bowman although my Beserkers didn't quite have the momentum left falling to the Welsh Warchief.
The closing chapter of the game began with a cinematic climax, the two Warchiefs facing off with the waters of the ford flowing around their ankles as they trade off blows along the bank. Many mighty blows were exchanged as these titanic men struggled with each other. The Vikings fatigue laid heavily on his shoulders slowing his defense ever so slightly (The Brother spent a fatigue token to lower my armour) although he still managed to lay three blows upon his enemies shoulders. He took a countless amount of punishment in retaliation though (eight hits!!) and the end of the combat saw both foes falling into the foaming water and their rapidly fading bodies being swept downstream.
The final few moves saw the lone welsh warrior killed off and my remaining hearthguard unit pushing over the ford and throwing the last remaining welsh unit back with a horrific amount of casualties finally securing the opposite bank, but a what a cost....
|The rivers again flow clear, nothing left of the combatants|
but blood and muddy footprints
Have a look at The Brother's blog post over at Stand and Deliver for the welsh perspective on this clash.
It was a great game and we're going to be making an effort to get in some more of the next month or two, which should be aided by The Brother going on holidays. I also had Toby come round that night once I'd gotten back from The Brother's and we had another game of Saga, his Anglo-Saxons vs my weary but rebuilt Viking force, I'll get that report up in the next couple of days hopefully.