Tepanec: Bill Low
Polish : Phil Gardocki
Game System: Warrior, 1600 points
Venue: Historicon 2012 Open Tourney.
Many units of 16 LMI, either LTS or 2HCT or JLS, dual or triple armed with 1HCW and or Sling.
A few units of 6 LMI 2HCT
about 6 units LI
5 units of 6 Knights (including CIC and Sub)
1 unit of 12 Knights
2 units of 18 Lithuanian Light Cavalry
1 unit of 12 Wallachian Light Cavalry
2 units of 4 Tarter Light Cavalry
1 unit of 6 Heavy Cavalry (Lithuanian Sub General)
2 units of 6 Crossbow Cavalry
1 unit of 12 Foot Bowmen
|Left Flank Lithuanian LC lined up on about half the Tepanec Army.|
My Lithuanians surged forward across the front, pinning his lights, and keeping the reorganization to a minimum. That done, I saw the weak point on my far left. A single unit of LMI supported by two LI units, one LI went into the Marsh in an on board flanking maneuver. The other was the only support between the LMI and the rest of the line. The only problem was there was limited space between the marsh and his main battle line. If he pushed forward, this opportunity would be lost. One Lithuanian and my Wallachians charged some LI, catching and routing one.
|Wallachians (near hill) and Tarters (4 man LC) line up on an 8 man Slinger LI unit.|
As I moved most of my knights to the left flank, Bill pushed on the right. Both of my Lithuanians took generous amounts of sling fire. But because of size (18 and 16 man units) shielded or skirmish, and sling (1.5 ranks at a 2 vice a bows 2 ranks at a 3) , they held firm. Off to the left, I snuck in a 4 man LC unit and charged another LI unit. Which shook and broke. And while this is a good thing, it also created an opportunity for Bill to catch the LC and rout it back into my mustering forces. I had to leave a wide open route path, and present minimum exposure. After all, nothing throws waver checks better than Light Cavalry.
|Left flank, the terrain piece is an impassable pond. The Tarter LC has routed an LI, but the Tepenac's have two units that could swat them. The Knights Zielony i Czerwony are "in theater", but not close enough to intervene this turn.|
On the right flank, I am gumming up the works with the large Lithuanian LC, while moving the rest of the command via retirement moves and command moves to the eventual strike points. Bill was doing is best to batter retire the LC to no avail. In the middle, the Wallachians were pommeled badly and recalled. The left Lithuanian LC also did not receive 2 CPF from missile fire, so stayed put. On the left Bill tried to rout the LC pursuing the LI with a LMI unit, but the LC was only redisordered and passed waver. Time to take a chance, and I sent the Knights Zielony i Czerwony up for what will be a “Type 1” flank charge. (A charge that starts in front of the enemy, but off to the side, but winds up hitting the flank only). Two other Knights line up on, but 240 paces from, other nearby LMI units to both keep them out of the fight, and to exploit any openings.
On the right, the Lithuanians were finally forced to make a recall move. They are in danger due to the sand dunes to their rear. I recognized this early and have been trying to compress them, but rolled successive 1’s on counters bounds 2, 3, and 4. The Wallacians stayed on their perch on the center hill. The Tepanec line was pivoting on their position, but as of this turn, only 8 LI Slingers were able to shoot them. On the left more Lithuanians were trying to get out of the way of the future knight charges.
The Knights Zielony i Czerwony made their charge, and the LMI shook on declaration and routed, and was pursued by both Knights and Light Cavalry. A real rout, but also another opportunity for Bill to send one back at me.
Bill’s onboard flankers, having marched out of the marsh, were faced by my more useless units, a Med Cavalry Crossbow unit and a 12 man LMI B unit. They eventually picked up the LI, but played no further part in this fight.
|Lithuanians recall, but if they do it again, they might get caught on the sand. Realizing there will be nothing gained here, the Knights Czerwony a Blekit and the Lithuanian Sub General start to redeploy elseware.|
|The Knights Czerwony a Blekit along with the Tarters run a warband to the ground. The two Polish Generals Commit to the flank. On the right side the Pointa z Lanca line up on their warband.|
|Wallachians continue to hold the bend in the army. The Lithuanian HC (by the die) continues to redeploy. Off to the right the Lithuanian LC is still pinning down a warband and 2 LI units.|
|Same timeframe as above. Polish Sub General to the left, Pointa z Lanca lined up on a warband. A Lithuanian LC is present to suck up the sling stones, while the Knights Czerwony a Blekit (peeking far right) have arrived in theater.|