A Headless Body Production
Location:97 Sunfield Ave, Edison NJ, 08837
Event:NJ Con's Fire in the East
Players: Phil Gardocki, playing the Anglo Irish
Cy Tayler, playing Crusaders
Game System: L'Art de la Guerre, 200 points per side.
It's the first round of the L'Art de la Guerre tournament at NJ Con's Fire in the East convention. I go to this tournament with a lot of reticence. It didn't help that I played a practice game on Wednesday and they were soundly defeated. But I have been playing Anglo-Irish with other game systems and it's my favorite army. But it does not play the same in LADG.
For one thing, the Galloglaich (Gaelic for Young Foreigners) which are the main combat troops, are scary in Warrior. In addition to a 2 Handed weapon they also have javelins as a bonus to hit on impact, as a missile weapons. This makes them very utilitarian in a role to sweep away lights, and very dangerous against mounted. In LADG, they are no panty waists, but neither are they exciting.
What I lost in Heavy Infantry, I gained in effective missile fire. The Longbow are very dangerous, especially to mounted, while in Warrior, it was dangerous to expose them to missile fire.
The Forces Crusaders (there is some guesswork here)
4 Spearmen (Mediocre)
5 Knights Impetuous
5 Heavy Cavalry Bow (?)
2 Light Horse Bow
2 Heavy Cavalry Impact
6 Longbowmen (two elite)
2 Kerns, Light Infantry Javelin
4 Galloglaich, Heavy Infantry 2H Sword (all elite)
2 Light Cavalry, Javelin
2 Irish Foot, Javelinmen
2 Anglo Medium Knights, Impact (both elite)
2 Irish Nobles, Heavy Cavalry
A note on the organization of the Anglo-Irish Battles. Battles was the term applied to commands in Medieval times. The main Battle, lead by Larry, who is a competent general, has 8 units in it. The 4 Galloglaichs (Gallic for Grey Foreigners) and 4 longbow.
The other two battles, each lead by Darryl, also a competent general, contain a Longbow, a Kern, a Light Horse, a Javelinmen, a Knight and a Heavy Cavalry. 6 units, all very different. The thought here is no matter what the terrain is, there is a something here that can deal with it. Not enough force to win, but with proper team work enough to avoid losing. I am regarding these Battles as "Utilitarian".
Hopefully it will confuse my opponent long enough to bring the first Battle into the fight to win the game.
The Board: The Irish lost the initiative and the Crusaders decided to attack them in the plains. The Irish were required to take a field, and selected 2 plantations, a hill, and the road. This would be standard throughout the tournament. My opponent took a gully and field. He managed to move the hill to the center of his side of the table, but I rolled a 6 and pulled it back to my side of the board. In the Anglo-Irish rear are two plantations, another field and the gully.
Deployment: Cy placed his first Battle, consisting of 8 units of infantry on the Crusader left. His second Battle, with numerous Heavy and Light Cavalry on his right. In the center was deployed 5 Knights and 2 Heavy Cavalry Bow. The Irish flanks had their single Light Horse units deployed forward. Their single Longbow units were behind fortifications. The other units were pulled back ready to react as needed. In the center was the hill. On both sides of the hill were Longbowmen. 3 of the Galloglaich's were ready to take the hill.
|The Crusader left flank. The ugly piece of felt is a field. Knights and Heavy Cavalry Bow in the center, Mediocre Spearmen on the right.|
|The view from the Irish center-line. Sorry for the poor picture quality.|
|The board from the grand aerial view. The Irish are on the left. The LH was ready to skirmish, A LI is hidden in the ambush marker. The right flank Battle is bolstered by 4 fortifications.|
|The Irish right flank. There are more fortifications then troops to man them. But that gives me options to adjust my forces to suit.|
|Crusader Crossbow and Spearmen ready to go. They outnumber the Irish right flank unit for unit, and have more effective missile fire.|
The Crusaders advance, pushing their Crossbow into the field, and advancing their right flank cavalry. In the center, the Knights are being held back. Probably a good call with 2 handed swords on the hill with Longbow support.
|The Galloglaich take the hill.|
|I think this was intended to be the main Crusader attack. But if the Crusader Knights hold up in the center, then the Longbow on the hill are free to shoot in support of the flank command.|
|Crusader Crossbowmen and Spearmen split up. The Irish realize their Longbow and Javelinmen are going to have to exchange fortifications.|
|The Crossbow men leave the field to exchange fire with the Longbow. They have a 2-1 advantage in numbers, and the excess is free to pick on the flanking Galloglaich.|
|The Spearmen are not going to stop for a couple of ponies.|
|The Crossbowmen continue to pummel both Longbow and Galloglaich, but to no effect.|
|Flanks be damned, this battle will be decided in the center. FYI, the ambush is a fake, but it is fooling no one.|
There is a thunderous roar as the Heavy Cavalry charge! Blowing away one Longbow like chaff to the wind, but the other Longbow unit holds its ground against the damaged Heavy Cavalry unit.
|Without the Longbow supporting the left, the Galloglaich may have the hill, but will be outnumbered, and out armored.|
|The Anglo-Irish left flank has things well in hand.|
|On the Irish Right flank, The Javelinmen have left their forts, becoming the missile priority. This gives the Galloglaich a chance to rally, provides an opportunity for a cavalry flank charge, and provides a target for the rightmost Longbow unit.|
|The Crossbowmen see the trap they are in and pullback to the field.|
|The Spearmen continue to advance.|
|Despite being outnumber 4-1, the Javelinmen pursue the Crossbowmen. Not that they can win, but they are covering the Irish Nobles so they can charge more Crusaders in the flank unimpeded.|
|Not much change on the left, but a Crusader Light Horse has been shot away.|
I have been playing ancient miniatures for over 30 years as well as 9 games of LADG, so there is no excuse for me not knowing some of the basic missile fire rules. Foot bowmen, including crossbow and longbow, all get a +1 shooting at mounted. I didn't know that until Cy took a shot at my Irish Nobles. I have not been counting this factor with all my shots on the Knights, as well as previous games. Cy got my vote for sportsman as he decided not to take the same plus for his crossbowmen against my mounted. We then argued about it. In the end he scored +2 over what he needed so the point was moot.
The second thing I learned is missile troops suffer a -1 when shooting while disordered. Of course this makes sense and didn't effect the game. But I am embarrassed I didn't know it.
|Another Crusader Knight is removed. The Crossbowmen still managed to get a shot on the Irish Nobles, and were subsequently charged and took two hits themselves.|
At this point the Crusaders hit their break point. The final score was score 22-12.