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Avars at Britcon

Page history last edited by Rob Brennan 11 years, 3 months ago

Finally getting around to doing up a few battle reports from my very enjoyable

outing to Britcon (my first UK comp since Derby back with 7th Edt). Hope I

recall events with at least some semblance of accurracy.............

Used Avar army (yes I know an S-fest type) mainly due to it being able to fit

into 2 small tins making it easy to transport by plane (I travelled over from

Belfast ie from the colonies)

Army baggage of 4 Irr BgF

Scouting Strategm

Cic with 3 rCvS 10 Irr LhS 1 Irr PsO & 3 Irr Ps I (for Scouting) 24ME

Sg with 4 rCvS and 6 rLhS 20ME

Sg with 1 rCvS 12 Irr AxO & 2 Irr PsO 15ME

Sg with 4 rCvS 14ME

Army total 75 ME

I had toyed with an even smaller all reg all mounted version (4 Gen 19Cv 10LH)

but plumbed for using Bulgar and Slav subjects as I thought the Ax would be of

use for holding/contesting terrain.

Game 1 vs Steve Rathgay using massive Early Summerian (Kish)

An anti-cav army to face first and me with....umm.... a Cav army.

I was invader. Deployment completed during Night but only for 1 turn (0500-0510)

and another 20mins worth of Dawn so not much chance of sneak attacking !

Steve (a very nice chap) set up between two RHs (which I inexplicably took to be

DH throughout the game....doh !) with a BUA on his right rear edge and a GH

kindly gifted by myself along with another king gift of an O. On my side were 2

large M placed by Steve (my Slav Ax occuppied one) and a small SF. A never

ending line of PkX faced me between the RH and O with some Ps/Ax in the BUA and

his cowardly Battlewagons hiding the GH (I cant recall what he had on his left

(Cav ?)

Faced with this posistion I guess I could have simply stayed away and played for

a draw............but that aint my style (and to be fair Steve seemed to want to

come out and play too) so I essentially just charged straight in with all I

could bring to bear.

I did ride some LH to Steves right but stopped short of the RH I took to be


In short order my Lh feel foul of the Pk and loss of 1 or 2 CvS was enough to

Break 2 Cmds ending game.

Steve won a resounding 25-0 and I managed to only kill a feeble 3 elements ! not

an auspicious start and I felt I had not played at all well formulating no real

plan and even executing that poorly :-).

Game 2 vs Niall Taylor using all mounted Early Tang

I was invader again on a fairly open table with a few GHs a SF and a Chinese BUA

scattered and none of which had any bearing on game. Niall (another nice bloke)

set up with Cvs on both flanks and an Allied Cmd of LH on a GH near his centre.

I placed Slav cmd in centre flanked by CvS/Lh cmds and decided put my CvS only

cmd on an out flank to the right hoping to get in behind the Tang

A fine plan of course the flanking lot only arrived on the turn my army broke !

I dont recall a lot of the game other than a lot of LH vs LH and Cv vs Cv

match-ups which I would have expected to at least win some

of.......however.........dice rolling was appalling on my part (Niall at one

point said 'I have never seen so many 1s' I think in an attempt to cheer my

frowns ?) I do remember 2 identical combats wherein I had a Lh to front and

flank of 2 seperate CvS but both rolled 1 whilst Chinese rolled inevitable 6

meaning not only did they survive but killed my Lh to boot ! The low rolls

included my Pips which curtailed my manouvering whilst the Tang swanned about at

ease. Such cruel twists of dice rolling fate saw my losses mounting in short

order and another 25-0 stomping. Only ray of hope was that I had killed double

the enemy from first game (ie 6 elements !) and had at least executed a plan

despite its not working.

Game 3 vs Tony Dennis using KnO version of East Franks

Again I invaded and Tony (another nice chap) placed a road running from his rear

to mine with a BUA upon it a WH on his left and a Wood which ended up in my

center (a fine spot for the Slavs). I deciced to place my 3 Mtd Cmds to my right

essentially ignoring the Rd & BUA with the Slav in that Wood to screen my left.

Tony placed a lot of Bd in the BUA (dismounted Swabian KN IIRC) with Knickets in

centre and a large Knicket Cmd on his left. This was Cmd I deciced to pick on as

I hoped that my Reg Pips would allow me to out manouvre the Knickets. So it

transpired as I managed to gang up on the Knickets to my right whilst screening

his other Cmd s with Slav and LH. I charged in with LH as quick as I could to

stop Tony gaining any room to manouvre, somewhat risky but it worked. Despite

several bizzare combat outomes (if I rolled a 1 he rolled 6 and vice versa)

which had me at times laughing out loud (I must apologixe to those on

neighbouring tables) I found that I was fighting Knickets almost exclusively and

was able to kill them mainly due to some Lh breaking up their formation and

their going Sponno which allowed my Cv to pick them off (KnO being slower than

Cv was a factor as well) Still Tony had a few opportunities to QK my Cav but

only managed it twice in game. His losses acceralated to the Knickets being 2ME

and once his large Cmd broke it carried the neighbouring damaged Cmd with it due

to the -2ME temp hit. This gave me the game 18-7 as he had broken my largest Cmd

but thankfully done no damage to others.

At last a win...............

Game 4 vs Keith Nathan using a huge Kushite Egyptian horde

Invader just for a change which meant a compulsory WW on my right.

Keith (another nice opponnent I am spotting trend here) placed a Dune in my

centre and there were a couple of SF and RF (again none affected proceedings).

Keith placed his Cmds essentially crooss the table with Chariot KnS on his left

and in centre and a massive array of Bow and Aux types to his left. He had

several Cav on his right. With Keiths bunch being Irr I was quitely confident

that I could out manouvre him and having had success last game I again decicied

to try to ignore half his army by placing all my Mtd on my left with Slavs to

screen my centre/right using the Dune as cover. Again twas a fine plan except my

dice decided not to play along yielding me some sorry batches of PIps. Despite

this I did manage to get onto the Kushite right flank with LH and did some

initial damage with a massed charge. Keith did exclaim 'you certainly seem to

want a quick game' (did he think I was busting for the loo ?) but....as always

there is a but......having disheartened his right Cmd I singularily failed to

make good my advantage even being pushed back for several turns by disheartened

CvO. Keith had decent Pips and was inexorably moving his Chariots and other

nasties from his left and centre to his threatened flank. He massed and my Mtd

army withered. Keith gained a 16-9 win

Game 5 vs Geoff Pearson using Swiss (lots of PkS)

Invader again which meant I was fighting in foothills of Alps as several WH & DH

appeared giving Geoff (an even nicer chap !) a handy redoubt to line his Pikes

between. On Swiss left was a sort of valley formed by a DH and a WH upon which

Geoff placed some Ps. I decided that my LH/CV would take on the Pike whilst I

gave (for first time) the Slav Cmd my highest Pip die to advance to this valley

and hopefully take the WH (it is just this sort of task I brought them for after

all). Throwing the Lh/Cv into the Pikes was an interesting experience as I had

hard time killing them as hard to flank them and head to head hard to double

Supr PK conversely whilst Swiss could beat me most often this resulted in a

Spent LH. Meanwhile my Slav advanced merrily to then find Geoff (nice but

sneaky) had a delayed Cmd of BdF/Ax come on at opposite end of valley. Game then

developed into a slug fest. I did gain an advatage on Geoff right killing some

Pk and almost getting in behind him with LH but he had excellent Pips and was

able to thwart this move and in fact drove off/killed my LH ending the threat.

This prompted me to conduct my only backwards moves at Britcon as my CvS on my

left rode off from the Pike to save their Cmd going broken. As this was

happening my Slavs were doing very well against the oppossing Swiss killing

several BdF and flanking some Pike. In centre my CvS rode into Pike (many of

which were now in small groups of 1 or 2 rather than a coherent line) and began

to do some damage especially when I committed 3 Gen to combat. Two of Geoffs

cmds broke in one turn carrying his army away giving me a hard fought 23-2. This

was by far my longest game (all the others were blink and you'll miss it

affairs) and kudos to Geoff who pointed out to me that I was calculating Spent

troops wrongly as regards breaking a Cmd (was only disheartened when I thought

it was broken). Damn fine attribute for an umpire :-)

Game 6 vs Stephen Brittain using his Seljuk Turks

Bit of a misnomer this one as myself and Stephen asked organizers if we could

play each other in last round as we had to rush off for a plane and didnt want

to spoil final game for anyone else by having to finish early. For once I was

defender and so a vast plain was result with only a couple of GH. Stephen (btw

yet another nice bloke) deployed first by mistake as he forgot to use his all

mounted -1/+3 adjustment (long weekend burning out the brain cells). Two evenly

matched armies which we both know well with Stephen having a slight advantage in

numbers. He had a mass of Lh on his left which I tried to match with mine but

ominously he had a second rank behind his first...........

He had a smaller Cmd on his right which faced with my small Cv cmd my Slavs

filled centre.

On my left I managed to gain upper hand but on my right despite initial gains

the reserve Turks bagan to overwhelm my Cmd. Losses mounted on both sides with

us both having a Cmd broken. But we had to end proceeeding as we had to run off

to ctach a train to airport. Game ended 15-10 to Stephen and I suspect had we

played mant more turns his winning margin would have been greater.

So 2 wins 4 losses and 6 highly enjoyable games against 6 very nice (there that

word again) opponnents.

I plan to be back next year...............


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