Instead, my wife, Beth, and I ran a small game of SAGA between her Welsh warband and my Irish. We decided to try something new and used a named warlord for each army. She chose Maredudd ab Owain, king of the Britons. This guy has the nasty ability to restrict the number of SAGA dice his opponent can throw in the first two turns, then allow his army to activate on any SAGA dice. Seriously nasty. I chose the only choice I get with the Irish - Brian Boruma mac Cennetig, the Ard Re (High King) of Ireland. He's inspiring and ancient and really slow moving. However, taking him allows the Irish player to take Brian's brother, Ulf the Quarrelsome, who cannot be a warlord but counts as a Hearthguard unit all by himself, replacing two hearthguard. He is a fearsome fighter with some special abilities and a gruesome character. So I had him and another unit of Hearthguard, six strong.
Clearing the kitchen table, we began to throw dice.
|Beth's warlord, warriors, and hearthguard.|
(Gripping Beast, Old Glory, and Foundry figures)
|My unit of wardogs and their handler; they all count as warriors.|
(Dogs by Gripping Beast, handler by Mithril - the Beorn figure from their LOTR range - a favourite of mine.)
|More Welsh warriors... from Old Glory and Gripping Beast|
Beth took the figures from her Late Roman/Arthurian/Sub-Roman Briton army.
|The Warlord and his warriors being belligerent.|
|Welsh Hearthguard... really Viking Bondi on loan from Rob.|
|Welsh archers, infesting the forest.|
|My sling-armed levy and the Hearthguard armed with 2-handed axes.|
|Beth's sling-armed levy|
|Beorn and the wardogs|
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