“From the north my lord!” shouted the guard from the tower. Denaan craned his head, hair blowing across his shoulders, to see them.
“Several are mounted.” The sentry added.
“Must be a Welsh warband, the Normans wouldn’t travel this far north. Rally the warriors Sigal, the guard is with me. We must get to the far side of the river and hold them off!”
Danes set up, from left (bottom) to right (top) with 10 Warriors and 6 Levies. Continuing to the right 6 additional Levies, 4 Hearthguard, the Warlord, 6 Warriors and finally 4 Hearthguard.
Welsh set up from their right (bottom) they had 8 Warriors on foot, 8 Warriors on horseback and 4 Hearthguard. Continuing to their left (top), 4 Hearthguard, Welsh Warlord, 4 Hearthguard and 8 mounted Warriors.
Once again all the Danes advance, the levies reach the bottom of the lower bridge. On the right flank the small warrior unit reaches onto the base of the bridge to screen the warlord and hearthguard who are directly behind.
On the lower bridge the mounted Welsh warriors rode across the bridge and hurled their javelins at the archer levies slaying four of them.
In turn five the Welsh at the upper bridge are unable to advance due to the three Danish warriors. The Warlord and his retainers move slightly and hurl their javelins only managing to slay one. The Welsh warriors advance and are able to slay an additional Dane and the last remaining Danish warrior falls back to the bridge.
The Welsh smelling victory used their continuous volley of javelins once more. At the bottom bridge, the fresh eight Welsh warriors slay the remaining three Danes standing between them and the bridge. At the upper bridge, the warlord and his hearthguard moved forward slightly and impaled the last Danish warrior with their javelins. The second unit of hearthguard hurled their javelins at the Danish hearthguard defending their warlord, slaying both of them. All four Welsh Hearthguard then charge the lone Danish warlord and score 3 hits. The warlord only saves one and thus falls to their attack and fails to take any Welsh with him.
With only 3 hearthguard and a handful of levies and two more turns left, the Danes cede the battleground to the Welsh.
It was a hard fought battle and the scenario really favored the Welsh with their hit and run style of fighting. The Anglo-Danish warband had a hard time getting into melee with the enemy. The Levies were pretty useless, only one kill, and an additional eight warriors might have made more of an impact at the end.
Removing their casualties and dead, the three household guards of Breas Danaan carried his body back across the river and continued the retreat toward their hall. As one of them stumbled the warlords body was jostled on the makeshift wood and bear skin stretcher. There was a faint groan from deep within the mighty warlord. The Hearthguard now hurried to return their lord home to seek the healer. Breas Danaan would not die so easily.
Hope you enjoyed the report!
Have a Great Battle,
The Old Crow