Saturday, 4 November 2017

A Dark Age Terror !

Who thought zombies were a modern invention ! Looking for a quick set up game Paul was keen to get is developing undead/zombie force on the battlefield. What better than to put them against a small Norman force. The obvious back story for the game involves the Norman invasion, the catastrophic defeat of the Saxons at the battle of Hastings. The Saxon mystics and necromancers have called back from the dead Some of Harold’s troops to punish the Normans.

In this particular scenario the undead Saxon horde is looking to defile a religious cross as soon as they reach the cross the game will end. The Normans must defend at all costs. We used Dragon Rampant rules.
A small force of Normans hold the cross the rest must enter from their baseline
A shambling horde of Zombies.....raised from the bog 
The evil horde...including a necromancer !
Initially thing don’t go well for the Normans, and the troops holding the cross are dangerous isolated, reinforcements unable to get close
Choosing attack the knights ‘wild charge’ into the trees
This leaves the cross only defended by a single spearmen unit they quickly form into a solid shield wall to but are out numbered and the cross is undefended
....and then the knights charge back out from the trees....alle’
Charging into the rear of the elite undead they ride them down (an unlucky double one roll) sees them crumble at a crucial moment
Eventually the giant butcher is left on his own and the relics remains untainted.
It was a fairly quick game so we did reset on another scenario, where I didn’t take many photos.....the Normans came out on to again. Our conclusion that undead forces don’t really work that well in Dragon Rampant rules and require a bit of tweaking. But a couple of fun games πŸ˜€ I might be tempted to create a small dark age undead force....I have quite a lot of spare dark age bits so would only need the dead bits....πŸ€”

32 comments:

  1. Certainly a great idea for a scenario.

    Zombies feature in Southern African folklore. If you read of the practices of the amaZulu 'necromancers' it reads more like they lobotomised their victims and set them on simple tasks which they no longer had the mental capacity to challenge.

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    1. Thanks Roy ......I see no reason at all for dark age zombies as well πŸ™‚

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  2. My kind of game...mixing historical with a bit of the supernatural! Great stuff and lovely set-up and figs as always!

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    1. Thanks Gordon........the undead are all Paul’s

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  3. Splendid bit of Halloween wargaming there Matt, most of the troops in my forces have to come back from the dead in the next game :~)

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  4. Fantastic thanks for posting Matt. I thought the same about the Zombies. Cheers Stu

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  5. Nice photos. I think we could develop a nice little campaign around this theme, but use Saga instead. I just need to paint up a couple dozen skeletons.

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  6. Great looking game, unusual to be rooting for the undead but needs must when the Normans are around ,the enemy of my enemy is in this case a bit icky!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Guys I can see me making a few icky ones sometime πŸ˜€

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  7. Yes, a very nicely presented game - beautiful figures and terrain.

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    1. Thanks Jonathan back to making Persians πŸ™‚

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  9. It's not often I want to cheer on the zombies... Who makes the ones you have, by the way? They look neat.

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    1. The zombies re all Paul’s check his Hobby Horse blog listed to the right πŸ˜€

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  10. Well, that was a surprise, and an unpleasant one to boot. No time for all this zombie rubbish myself you understand. What’s next, space Fairies v Romans? Roll on the next proper game!

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    1. Now there’s an idea Roman legions against pixies armed with candy guns !😱

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    2. Somehow I wouldn’t put that past you...

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  11. Thanks for a great looking report Matt!

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    1. Thanks as always for looking πŸ™‚

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  12. Unusual and wonderful looking battle, love the figures and terrain...and these zombies are truly impressive!

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    1. Thanks Phil I do think I need to make a few dark age zombies πŸ™‚

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  13. What a great idea and the zombies rising from the bog look amazing!

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    1. I can see more zombies in the future as I had always planned for some in our ww2 games πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks Mike nothing like chopping up zombies with a sword !

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