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Monday, March 11, 2013

Ongoing Saga

It was a Saga filled weekend. Painted Saturday until I had to leave for Gamescape demo game, Saturday evening for a couple hours, and again Sunday morning and evening. Was in the completion phase of a lot of figures so now I have 26 more done and table ready. Also made some movement sticks from dowels and roofed one house.

Saturday's demo at Gamescape was four points. I trotted out a mix of the Celts and Vikings as the Norse Gaels who I hadn't played before. Went normal hearthguard, dane axe hearthguard, and two warrior units with javelins. Squeaked out a victory in Clash of Warlords against the Vikings being played by Aaron and the new guy he was teaching.

Sunday's game at Endgame I fielded 6 points of straight up Vikings against Wynn's Normans, mostly being Rohirrim pressed in for the trial, in the Escort scenario. I got one baggage element of cows off and killed his Warlord. He destroyed my other two baggage elements of sheep. Thus a draw. Could have claimed a victory by racing another element of baggage off if I hadn't gone for the Warlord kill in my last move.  I have a few pictures of this game. Will need to upload them and add them to this post if they aren't too bad.

We had two questions on the scenario. Found the answer to one in the errata in The Raven's Shadow. Baggage elements do generate Saga dice. Fortunately this was also the interpretation we had arrived at before finding the rule. I would still like to know how baggage are supposed to handle fatigue and exhaustion, since the one element I got off came about by using four activation dice to move the cows four times and sprint them to the edge between his right wing of cavalry that had deeply flanked me and his archers covering his center left. Since the scenario rule said baggage activates like hearthguard we took that to also include exhausting like hearthguard, given no additional guidance in the scenario. But it seems to me like that is probably too generous to peasant ox carts, flocks and herds. They should probably exhaust like levies.

Endgame is hosting a Saga campaign, probably starting April 7, run by Mike Montesa.  I started to sign up to play Vikings but changed to Welsh, to spur myself on in completing enough javelinmen and cavalry to field them. Having just cleared a lot of room on the painting table I started off most of the figures I'll need Sunday night. blocking in some base colors over the brown stained white primer already prepared.

I have a nice idea for fatigue markers. Will try to get some made up for the first campaign day and post some pictures here.

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