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Saturday, 26 September 2015

WAB El Cid action


Yes you heard right, I played WAB on Tuesday evening for the first time since 14th March 2014 over 18 months ago!

Trev asked if I fancied a game and after some horse trading about what we could still actually field we decided to use my El Cid collection.


I picked a pair of armies:

Almohavids



Emir - 165pts
Sword, Light Armour, Shield (General)

Army Standard Bearer - 83pts
Sword, Light Armour

19 Berber Spearmen - 172pts
Sword, Thrusting Spear, Javelin, Large Shield (Leader, African Drummers, Standard)
7 Berber Archers - 49pts
Composite Bow, Sword (Combined Formation)

Sayyid - 80pts
Sword, Light Armour, Shield

20 Berber Spearmen - 180pts
Sword, Thrusting Spear, Javelin, Large Shield (Leader, African Drummers, Standard)
7 Berber Archers - 49pts
Composite Bow, Sword (Combined Formation)

Sayyid - 88pts
Sword, Light Armour, Shield, Horse

11 Berber Cavalry - 246pts
Sword, Throwing Spear, Javelins, Shield (Leader, Musician, Standard. Light Cavalry, Feigned Flight)

Imam - 70pts
Sword

20 Berber Spearmen - 180pts
Sword, Thrusting Spear, Javelin, Large Shield (Leader, African Drummers, Standard)
7 Berber Archers - 49pts
Composite Bow, Sword (Combined Formation)

21 Berber Spearmen - 167pts
Sword, Thrusting Spear, Javelin, Shield (Leader, African Drummers, Standard.)
7 Berber Archers - 49pts
Composite Bow, Sword (Combined Formation)

21 Berber Spearmen - 167pts
Sword, Thrusting Spear, Javelin, Shield (Leader, African Drummers, Standard.)
7 Berber Archers - 49pts
Composite Bow, Sword (Combined Formation)

7 Berber Cavalry - 157pts
Sword, Throwing Spear, Javelins, Shield (Leader, Musician. Light Cavalry, Feigned Flight)



Age of El Cid



Rey - 191pts
Sword, Javelins, Throwing Spear, Warhorse, Heavy Armour, Shield (General)
Arminger - 107pts
Sword, Warhorse, Heavy Armour, Shield (Army Standard Bearer)

10 Caballeros Hildagos - 325pts
Sword, Throwing Spear, Warhorse, Heavy Armour, Shield (Leader, Musician, Standard)
Infante - 96pts
Sword, Javelins, Throwing Spear, Warhorse, Heavy Armour, Shield 
11 Caballeros Hildagos - 356pts
Sword, Throwing Spear, Warhorse, Heavy Armour, Shield (Leader, Musician, Standard)

12 Caballeros - 339pts
Sword, Throwing Spear, Light Armour, Shield (Leader, Musician, Standard. Light Cavalry, Feigned Flight)

9 Jinettes - 180pts
Sword, Throwing Spear, Javelins, Shield (Light Cavalry, Feigned Flight)

21 Peones - 183pts
Thrusting Spear, Javelins, Shield (Leader, Standard,Musician)

21 Peones - 183pts
Thrusting Spear, Javelins, Shield (Leader, Standard,Musician)

10 Skirmishers - 40pts
Shortbow (Skirmishers)


We drew lots for who would have the armies and I would play the role of Ibn Scrivs while Trev would become El Trev for the evening. We deployed units alternately and ended up as per the image. I took first turn and stepped the line forwards, holding my cavalry on the left back - they would have their work cut out!


After the first round of shooting two Christian skirmishers were dead as were two Caballeros who appeared to have forgotten their armour,


 The Christian right flank swept forwards as did the Jinetes on their left, my horse moved up to counter, and hopefully make full use of their Feigned Flight ability and they were soon drawing the Spanish Knights out of position. 

The Berber foot, harassed on their right by the Jinetes started to wheel to their left to face towards the mass of Spanish nobles while still presenting a face to the Peones who seemed not to want to join in the battle.


The Caballeros Hildagos were now well advanced on their right flank of the and it was time for the Berber horse to try and draw them out, declaring that I would use my Feigned Flight ability I really needed anything between 9 and 13 on 3D6, so about average, instead I ran 15" and went straight off table, bugger.


However, in the centre the Berber foot pressed on and charged home into the Peones inflicting many casualties and breaking the first unit.


With only the skirmishing cavalry to defend my left flank I was struggling against the Caballeros Hildagos, but a steady stream of bow and javelin fire was whittling them down (fortunately for me Trev seemed unable to make any 3+ armour saves).


As dusk fell on the battlefield my victorious Berbers held fast against a charge from the second unit of Peones and inflicted many casualties on them scattering them to the winds. Despite being outflanked by the Caballeros Hildagos the Iman exhorted his troops to reform in the face of the enemy.

 

As the sun went down, with his forces badly depleted El Trev threw caution to the wind and charged home. The Imam fell to the Infantes blows, however, undaunted the Berbers avanged his death and broke the Caballeros. El Trev let his handful of men against Ibn Scrivs spears, the two generals blows clattered off each other without effect, but the remaining Caballeros wend down under the Berber spears and the last we saw of El Trev he and his standard bearer were heading for the hills.


A resounding victory for the Berbers.