Saturday, October 31, 2015

Saxon Revolt - LOTR SBG Battle Report

A Saxon lord has led his lands in a revolt against their Danish over lords. Gathering his men, he sets out on a march towards the nearest Danish settlement with thoughts of rape and slaughter. Most of his soldiers are nothing but peasants with spears and shields, but he is confident that superior numbers can win the day. 
The Danish lord hears of this planned assault, and prepares an ambush for the Saxon mob. Using his household troops, archers, and cavalry, he devises a scheme to squash the rebellion. 
Choosing the location of the ambush carefully, the Danish lord positions his archers on some cliffs near the road. He plans to pin the Saxons against the river and then sandwich them between his shield wall and cavalry. 
The Saxons are blissfully unaware of the impending attack as they march down the road. 

The Danish archers wait in the trees for the perfect moment to attack the column

The Danish lord has his men ready to wheel around the cliffs and bar the exit from the river valley while his cavalry swoops around the rear. 

The archers start the battle with a volley that drops two Saxons. Reacting to the attack, the Saxon lord dispatches several men to climb the cliff and deal with the archers. He continues down the valley road. 

The Danes begin to wheel a shield wall around the cliff to face the Saxon mob as their cavalry continues the long ride around the impassible cliffs. Danish arrows fell two more Saxon warriors while the small group of Saxon slingers are able to bring down a single archer. 

The danish shield wall forms in a position to block the Saxon advance. The archers on the cliff have a wide open shot on the mob and 4 more peasants fall. The warriors scrambling up the cliffs catch an archer and swiftly dispatch him. 

The shield walls meet and the Danish lord prays his few men can hold until the cavalry can join in the fray. A single Dane and 4 Saxons perish in the initial charge.

As the Danish cavalry rounds the cliffs the Saxons surround the few remaining archers and cut one down.

The shield walls continues to grind together in the distance. The danish cavalry rounds the cliff and charges into the exposed slingers, killing one outright. The final two Danish archers on the cliff are gutted by the few Saxons.

In the horror of the shieldwall 4 more Saxons fall while only one Dane joins them in the dirt. The Saxon lord is carving his way through to the rear of the danes.

The cavalry deals with the slingers, killing the last two of them and heading towards the Saxon rear. 

In the melee at the end of the valley, an arrow takes the life of a Saxon and three Danes are gutted by Saxon steel. 

The Saxon lord has carved his way through the shield wall, opening it up for destruction from all sides. Realizing the threat of the cavalry, the Saxons form a rearward facing shieldwall.

Grasping initiative at the perfect moment, the Danes pull back and consolidate their shield wall. The cavalry prepares to charge the Saxon peasants facing them. Two mounted warriors stay behind and manage to kill one of the saxons as he comes off the cliff. The archers' arrows pluck another victim from the wall, while one more Saxon dies in the shieldwall fight.

The Danish cavalry crashes into the peasant shieldwall, killing one. As the Saxons swarm the dwindling Danish troops. Three danes fall to the rampaging warriors.

In the closing moments of the battle, the initive goes to the Saxons. They throw everything at the danes, managing to cut down 2 cavalry and a warrior. In their hubris, 4 fall to Danish arrows and blades. Shocked by the number of men they have lost, the Saxon lord manages to rally his men to fight another turn.

The Saxons close in on the small knot of a danes that seek shelter near a boulder. They hack their way through to the Danish leader and cut him down. With their leader dead and their numbers low the remaining danes run for the hills. 

In a futile act of defiance, the danish cavalry push through the Saxon rear guard, trampling 3 more Saxons while only losing one of their own. They then join the warriors fleeing the field, leaving the day to the Saxons.

1 comment:

  1. Nice report, great looking terrain and figures...