Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Impetus: 400pts Armenians vs Crusaders
Tonight, like most freshly painted armies seem to do the Armenians got their first game in and lost.
It was a fun battle that see-sawed quite a bit but in the end the Crusaders crushed the Armenians for a resounding victory.
The armies deploy- we both took 2 commands.
2x Bedouin Med Cav
3x heavy foot
3x heavy foot
3x light foot (javelins)
2x Med Cav (Turcoples)
4x dismounted knights
2-4 sergeants (longspear)
(I think Kent got sneaky and press ganged some more bow reinforcements- hence the unfinished bases)
The armies advance
My knights make a beeline for the gap in the hills- the Horns of Hattin? Surely not!
Turcopoles advance up the hill- Kent, you really must finish the edges of those bases!
The knights advance into the trap.
Missile fire disorders my knights.
Then the impetus knights attempt to charge home but all fail! Alla re disordered. Oh Uh!
Kent then gets two turns in a row and the knights take heavy casualties.
Kent's knight counter attack and most combats are locked together.
The battle rages in the centre. Kent is able to reinforce his troops and I am struggling to keep my impetus generals from getting themselves killed!
This is what I really like about Impetus- eventually the games always descend into a series of small, chaotic melees that swing back and forth- much as I imagine many ancient battles would have done.
My general is in major trouble here whilst Kent's ran straight through a unit of heavy foot and the bows which are currently directly in front of them.
The battle rages on my right flank- the light foot managed to kill a couple of stands of Bows before coming unstuck when they ran into a unit of dismounted knights- the dice indicating the javelin armed troops at least hurt them!
End game. Kent managed to disengage from the central melee and his missiles troops slaughtered my knights- in my last turn both generals perished and the surviving troops slunk back into the hills to lick their wounds and ambush the Crusaders on another day...
Great game Kent- well fought!
Back to the drawing board for the Armenians, maybe we need a few more knights...