Our second game of the week was our first chance to try out the new Dark Ages rules from Gripping Beast, Saga. We decided on the first scenario and Lenin took command of the Welsh with me taking the Vikings.
The rules suggest starting with a 4 point force rather than the typical 6, so that's what we did. We took slightly differing approaches to the construction of our warbands with Lenin deciding to include some levy, something I decided to avoid.
The Welsh decided to take the hill in the centre straight away and I, somewhat unwisely, decided to rush in a push them off it. The fatigue I gained from the multiple actions really gave the Welsh the edge in the fight and my Vikings were thrown back with some serious casualties.
I decided to regroup and attack again.
The melding of modern boardgame mechanisms and traditional wargame rules might seem a little odd at first but we found it provided a fun game with the right feel for the period. As a result I can see these rules coming out again!