Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Battle of Rennes Angevin Campaign 1138

 The Angevin campaign grinds on with a glorious battle at the castle of Rennes.  Baron Jean La Jaune and the yellow banner-ed retinue reduce the city of Rennes and oust the Orange and Violet led forces of Baron Steve.
Scene one in which the BUA Rennes can be seen at right.  A new BUA for this campaign.  Baron Steve the defender is lower frame and Baron John has entered from the top of the image.

Push and pull of the knight line as metal clash on metal and horses wheel and charge.

Baron John sustains damage.


...and then in turn dishes damage out.


and the death blow comes general on general the outcome is sealed and the town of Rennes panics and flees pell mell into the countryside. 

The wounded trail off as we see the victor in the background establishing control over the battlefield.

Eye candy.  The balance of the illuminations are the results of the campaign that were generated in solo DBA play.  Always fun to glimpse what might have been.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Heartbreak at Caen 1138


BATTLE ONE opening scene.
Barron Kenneth with the Orange banner and represented by red die.  His allied tributary Baron Steve with the Orange over Purple banner and often represented by black die.
Fighting Baron Brian of the Blue banner and represented in die rolls by blue dice.

Baron Kenneth seizes the initiative to drive an army into the heart of the Raven held lands whilst he is wounded grievously. Marching on Caen and calling once again upon his tributary Baron Steve, he will meet in battle a traitorous English dog Brian d' Blue. Brian once an allied compatriot has gone continental and sided with the Black banner. He shall be silenced!
The three battles played this rainy spring day in 1138 are as follows.

Battle One. The attacker Sir Kenneth loses 4xSp,Ps, Baron Steve loses naught but fought valiantly by all accounts. Baron Brian loses, KnG, 2xKn and has desertion in the ranks of a Cb, Ps. He wins 2 prestige.

Baron Steve's loyal retinue. Cavalry, Spear and Crossbowmen.
Cry Havoc.  The clash of horse steel and men on the hills outside Caen.
Banner to banner!  As men of steel.
Baron Steve's cavalry ride to the flank.  Heroically done sir!
Baron Kenneth's brave push up the ridgeline into Baron Brian's line of knights.
The beginning of the end when Kenneth's left flank collapses and the battle is lost.

Baron Brian bleeds out knights.

That sneaky cavalry commander of Baron Steve's has cut the line of retreat!

Baron Brian bleeds more knights.

The clash of steel and the cries of horse and men can be heard throughout the country side.

Battle ensues....

A push in the center.  All eyes look to see if either commander is captured for ransom.

Lord Kenneth bleeds Spear and Psiloi....

The capture of Baron Brian!  With no where to run the blue banner is reigned in  but look at the blue right flank.  Completely turning Baron Kenneth's forces the battle is over!!!

Full scene. Roll credits.  This battle is the campaign result.  Thanks for reading and following along.

Eye Candy Ahead.
For you DBA fans, the next two results where fought out but not used in the campaign.

Battle Two. Baron Kenneth wins 2 prestige with the loss of 2xKn. Baron Brian loses KnG, Kn, 2xSp and desertion of a Cb, Ps.

Battle Three. Baron Kenneth loses 2xSp, Ps and Baron Steve loses a Cv to total 4 lost elements on the Orange banner side. Baron Brian wins the battle at the cost of a Camp BUA, Cb and the resultant desertion of 2xPs. He garners 2 prestige points.

What sayest the battle gods:

Die roll as always 1,2 battle one, 3,4 battle two, 5,6 battle 3 for the campaign!Caen 1138 2

Set up! ? !

Wonkiness.  The blue command got a weird random start so I die rolled for which side to deploy them on and it turned them into the BUA which is bad in recoils.  (Kinda glad this one isn't the final because it would be difficult to 'splain...)

Death in the streets of CAEN.

NUMBER Three....

Blue banner crossbowmen garrison the city BUA.

They get taken out.

Best regards if you are still reading along and enjoying the pictures.