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This evening James, Steve, Tom and myself had an end of year blow-out with a big El Cid game representing the Battle of Bairén in 1097, two years before El Cids' death.
El Cid and King Pedro of Aragon are advancing along the coast around Gandia while the Almohavids hold the high ground. The Christains are also harassed by fire from the Berber fleet.
Tom and I played the Almohavids while Steve and James played the Christians. The Moors held the high ground and the Christians would try to break through.
The Moors had three large infantry commands and one command of six light horse.
|Battle lines form|
On the Christian right Pedro pushed against the Moors on the high ground but was gravely wounded leading a charge of the Caballeros, although the Moors on that flank were broken.
|View from the coast|
|King Pedro of Aragon|
|Fired on from the flanks|
|Steve and Tom|
Here are a load of photos from the game
|James and Steve|
|Tom captures images for his blog|
|Battle is joined|
|King Pedros' flank|
|Moorish ships harass the Christians|
I would like to wish a prosperous New Year to all my readers.