On Saturday I ran an El Cid campaign day at the Polly.
Given that WAB is supposedly dead it was great to have eight players for an 'in book' event.
The factions represented were:
- James of Zaragoza with his lovely Andalusians
- Lee of Leon with Christian Spanish loaned by Keith
- Trevor of Castile with his Christian Spanish
- Myself, Scrivs of Toledo with my Christian Spanish
- Simon of Valencia with his Almoravids
- Richard of Cordoba who loaned my Almoravids
- Tom of Badajoz with his Almoravids
- Keith of Seville with his Almoravids
James very kindly let us use the Siege of Valencia terrain that appeared in his El Cid book, if you own the book you will recognise quite a lot of the figures and terrain in the following photos.
Each player started the game with six territories and a treasury of gold (chocolate) coins. As battles were won and lost the territories would be gained or lost and as characters were killed or captured the treasury would be expended.
Also, during each game every player could once re-roll the dice at the cost of two gold.
Finally, at the start of each game every player was given a bonus card, these were not always a bonus :)
|At the start of the campaign|
|Keiths Christian Spanish being used by Lee|
|Trevors Christian Spanish|
|Lee gets to grips with Trev|
|My Almoravids fielded by Richard|
|More of Toms Almoravids|
|Keiths Berber horse|
|James Andalusian Jinetes|
|James advances on Keith in the Apellido scenario|
|Citizens of Valencia look on|
|Lee and Trevors Christan Caballeros get to grips|
|Both sides try to hold the top of the old watchtower hill|
|The Almoravids repel the Christian Knights in Andalusian service|
|The Berber foot stand solid|
|James' rather lovely Andalusian Nobles|
|Trevors Guard Spearmen hold the watch-tower hill but are punished severely|
|Rival factions of Berbers fight for control of the Christian church|
|At the end of the first actions|
Unfortunately the ships carrying Simons Berbers were delayed in the Mediterranean (actually his car broke down) and they were not able to make the initial round of combats. However, Lee of Leon made great gains of territory against Trevor of Castile. Likewise Richard of Cordoba established dominance over Tom of Badajoz again capturing a great swathe of land. James of Zaragoza drove off the Berbers of Keith of Seville and were able to also grab some territory.
The boats carrying Simon of Valencia arrived and we were able to eat a pie and pea lunch before settling down to the next round.
|Round two and my Almoravids face James' Andalusians|
|James' lovely Andalusian spearmen|
|Lee fields Keiths Christian Spanish against him|
|Lee and Keith again|
|Simon's Almoravids do battle against Richard to determine who is top Mullah|
|Simons horse archers|
|Trevor and Tom have at it|
|Keiths lovely Berber foot against his own Christian Knights|
|Lee fields Keiths Christians|
|Tom's Black guard about to become a Berber sandwich|
|Hard fight on the watchtower hill|
|It's nearly all over for Simon as Richards troops press on.|
Well the end of round two and I don't seem to have any pictures for round three!
By the end of the day Lee of Leon held the most territories and I hope everybody had a great time.