When I arrived, Andy and Ralph were already playing Saga. Andy's Vikings were facing Ralph's Skraelings. The Skraelings are a late addition to the Saga list of armies and they are quite unique. Based on the First Nations bands the Vikings encountered upon their arrival on the coast of Labrador, the Skraeling army list and battle board are only available on-line and are not included in the commercially marketed supplements to the original game. They have no "elite" level troops and can only realistically have one "peasant" class unit, who are armed with bows. The rest of the warband are "warriors" armed with javelins and very little armour. Both they and the warlord are armoured at a -1 level compared to other factions. From what I've discovered, "Skraeling" was the Norse word for the local natives encountered in Labrador and it means something akin to "screachers." (Photos were taken by the author and by Martin.)
|Skraeling bow-armed "scouts" advance across the table.|
|Ralph uses a measuring stick to move his warriors forward.|
In the previous photo, the multicoloured stick is Andy's measuring stick, converted from a knitting needle.
|Ralph tells me his Skraelings are Gripping Beast figures that are no longer available.|
|Andy contemplates the Skraeling advance. The Vikings were whittled down all through the game.|
Sad to say, I can't remember who won.
|The M-4 and the Mk. V square off in what seems to be a North African village setting.|
|Bear moves aggressively. It appears that even the measuring devices are part of the package.|
|First blood! Andy asked why you'd put a tank so close to the side of a building anyway.|
|Ronson... lights first time, every time.|
|A "ghost tank"? I don't know if the tanks were Martin's although the terrain was.|
|Another view of the carnage.|
|The Panther seeks other prey... another day.|
|The Irish hearthguard and warriors advance.|
|To their right, kern and more hearthguard.|
|We advanced toward each other, although I kept my scouts in the woods to fire their bows from cover.|
That's my measuring stick. Very conventional/
|Irish warriors advance on my Skraeling warriors.|
|We're up close and about to come to blows. The Danish axe is a nasty weapon, doing extra damage, but reducing the user's armour by 1.|
|The Irish warlord and his Fianna (hearthguard) face the Skraeling warchief.|
The little shield indicates a "fatigue" on the unit. Fatigues show how fresh or motivated your unit is.
|I like this figure of Ralph's so much, I took a portrait of it.|
|Since neither warlord was killed (the victory condition required in the scenario called "Kill the Warlord"), Ralph and I totaled up points to determine the winner. I won by one point!|
And here is Martin's YouTube video of the unusual occasion!