I played Glutter of Ravens with Matt at the NWA on Friday.
I fielded a mixture of troops as a Pagan Germanic (Saxon) army, led by Cerdic, against Matt’s Southern British army, led by Arthur.
Arthur was obviously leading a quick reaction force as he only had his comitatus of a heavy cavalry warband, a light cavalry warband, and three heavy infantry warbands. Cerdic’s raiding party consisted of his comitatus of five heavy infantry warbands, and three warbands of light infantry slingers.
Arthur made the first aggressive move by charging his light cavalry into the massed slingers, but the slingers fought bravely and the British were forced to retire from combat as Cerdic’s heavy infantry were moving up to support the LI.
There followed a slogging match between the heavy troops, while Cerdic’s slingers showered any of Arthur’s troops who were unlucky enough to not be in close combat with a hail of sling stones. The way that the slingers were deployed it was not actually possible to have a ‘no effect’ combat result and the die rolls just determined how badly the target was hurt. Matt rolled a lot of ones! The British light cavalry eventually fled the table and the slingers switched their attention to a heavy infantry warband on the British right flank, also with good results.
Arthur began attempting to withdraw, by stepping his troops back from combat each turn, but this only had the unfortunate result of giving the Saxons a chance to shower the British with javelins before charging them. The Saxon heavy infantry warbands are the best in the game, and their strength factor of 10 means that being shot at by them can never end well.
In the end, Arthur’s heavy cavalry was the last British warband on the table.
Matt is resolved to field a few light infantry or a few more cavalry warbands next time as it turns out that you really don’t want to be the side without the missile troops in this game. It was great fun though and we’ll play it again. My quick reference sheet and an army sheet I’ve also made up worked well, but Matt will be laminating the army sheets so we can use overhead projecter pens, as things can get messy just using a pencil.