Monday, 25 May 2009

DBA Battle of Stamford Bridge 1066

So... Off we went to the DBA table to re-fight The Battle of Stamford Bridge. A quick look round at existing scenarios reveiled two possibles, the first was from Peter Sides Historical Medieval Battles (we'll use this book for our Hastings Battle), a cracking book of DBA/DBM battles.

However we went with Arnstein Orten's scenario, here's a link to it..
http://folk.uio.no/arnsteio/DBA/stamford.html . Standard 12 elements each side, except that the Viking army has two units deployed on the opposite side of the river at the start of the game, these are a holding force. The main Viking force awaits Harold on the other side of the river. Plus there are two elements off table (guarding the Viking fleet). After Harold & his boys cross the river AND if a roll is made then these two elements are released. I played the mighty Vikingr & Amy played the Anglo-Saxons, she was eager to have Tofi & Leofric bash the Vikings!

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The set-up of the battle.

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The mighty Vikingr!!!

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Harold & the boys make short work of the Vikings at the bridge.

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The Viking Psiloi leg it across the river & take a position on the flank.

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Hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off to scrap we go......

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The Viking Psiloi get stuck in.

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The Anglo-Saxons cross the river & the Viking reinforcements are called for.

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The lines form up....

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Amy sends some Spears to aid the Anglo-Saxon Psiloi & duly takes out
the pesky Viking Javelin throwers.

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Kapow, thud, bop...... Both lines engage & recoils occur.

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Up-close to the action (Amy took this pic...not bad!)

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Same round...Different angles....

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Another round & this time casualties.

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An Anglo-Saxon Spear bites the dust...

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A Viking Blade....

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....and another Anglo-Saxon Spear.

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Amy rolls high PiPs & she reforms the Anglo-Saxon line.

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A couple more rounds & the fighting is back on....

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It's back & forth...

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The Vikings fight back...

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Amy manages to flank the Viking line & a chance for victory....
But the mighty Norsemen hold firm!

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WAAAaarrrrggh!! The Vikings fight back & the battle is evenly matched.

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OOO... A possible advantage on this flank for the Vikings??

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NOOOO!!! Amy sends in everything on the other flank & finally the Vikings fall.
Victory to Harold's Boys!

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A nice scenario, well matched & very close at the end. Well worth a try out if you like the period. Now we'll re-fight Hastings, let's see if Harold & the Huscarls can change history....

4 comments:

Frostydog said...

Nice work, great paint job and love the skull markers.

Cheers

Mark

Frostydog said...

Nice work, great paint job and love the skull markers.

Cheers

Mark

mrfarrow2u said...

Cheers mate, it's all down to the TV program 1066 The Battle for Middle Earth. Very good inspiration.

Cheers
MrF

Arnstein Orten said...

Kudos on the great pics especially, the graphic markers are a very good idea. And thanks for showing me that my little scenario could bring someone else joy as well!
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Arnstein Orten