martedì 28 agosto 2018

Lion Rampant – Battle of Hastings August 5, 2018


Also in August the activities at my club do not stop … Thanks to an Ezio’s idea, at the beginning of the month, some of my club mates decided to reproduce the Hastings battle using Lion Rampant rule set.

On the table there were around 500 miniatures painted by different persons (mainly by Riccardo, Flavio, Maurizio and me).
Ezio, Giancarlo lead the Anglo Saxon units while Aurelian, Flavio and Carlo controlled the invasion forces


Below the Anglo-Saxons troops and …


William the Conquer’s Normans.


Each army requests the help of his gods … the Normans have the favor of Pope Alexander II and his monks …


while the King Harold Godwinson harangue his men with the help of his bard


The real battle was fought on October 1066 with Harold’s forces deployed in a small, dense formation at the top of steep slope with the flank protected by woods and marshes; the same of the Anglo-Saxon starting position on our table.

The first movements of Normans is to move archers against the units on the hill.



Also in October 1066 the Norman archers opened the battle and the Anglo-Saxons decided to remains behind their shield walls on the hilltop …but, in our battle, Harold left wing decides to attack directly the enemies




On the right, Norman cavalry tries to attract down the Anglo-Saxsons but they held their positions


The Anglo-Saxon Fyrds on the left are followed by Harold’s housecarls that attack directly on the center the Norman troops




The Anglo-Saxon warriors on the center create with their axes the first victims




And William is forced to use his cavalry formations




On the left the battle continues …


but on the center Norman cavalry after two attack open an hole that break the Anglo-Saxon line


At the end also in our battle William the Conquer wins.

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