The scenario was that Aethelfrith and his Saxons had occupied a defensive position round an ancient standing stone on top of a hill, and the attacking Welsh needed to dislodge them.
I was using the Saxons (mine plus James' and some from the Gripping Beast collection) and had three commands:
1 Hearthguard cavalry
I deployed with Aethelfrith on the right of the with his flank secured on some woods, Aethelfric occupied the left of the hill and Osferth drew up his men off the hill on my left flank
James deployed a command of light cavalry and noble cavalry with skirmishers on each flank and two commands in the centre, one hearthguard and light cavalry commanded by his general and one mixed command of spearmen and cavalry.
All the commanders were leadership 8 with the exception of the Welsh general who was 9.
Most of the welsh cavalry had the marksman skill, the Saxon foot were all impetuous, meaning they had to pass a Ld test to not charge if enemy were within 6". The Welsh spear brigade was Reluctant.
Finally I drew a couple of cards for my sub commanders, giving them some suitably Saxon character traits. Osbert and his command were fired up with Mead and so would charge anything in range on initiative and Aethefric was Reluctant and old, so would only have two attacks in combat and his troops would not move on command roles equal to his Ld.
With that we were off!
Largely I responded by standing on the hill and asking my skirmishers to lob stuff back.
However the drunken fool Osferth defied my cunning plan and was lured into attacking the Pictish horsemen in front of him. Surging forward chanting drunkenly they were inevitably counter-charged.
Fortunately my left flank held, though there were plentiful shaken units on both sides. Despite the clear danger, Osferth kept right on charging!
Over on the right Aethelfric tried to send his cavalry to see of the light horse but his powers of command were weak.
Meanwhile, back on the Welsh right the Noble cavalry were still refusing to budge, even when their leader joined them and tried a follow me order (James rolled a succession of 9's, 10's and 11's for this brigade).
Eventually, tired of shilly-shallying the Welsh commander ordered a general assault on the hill. At first this went in my favour as the uphill advantage meant the first units of Welsh cavalry were thrown back.
Eventually however the Welsh general threw himself and his commitatus unit at the centre of the Saxon line and punched through to take the heights of the hill.
Despite this cutting the heart out of the Saxon line Aethelfric was able to fling a battered but potent unit of Gedrith around and take revenge on the Welsh general, wiping out his horsemen and killing the general at the same time!
However it was to no avail. The Gedrith were themselves wiped out in the following turn breaking Aethefric's command, and Osferth's drunkenness finally caught up with him as his command was broken too.
With two of my three commands broken the game was up and Aethelfrith conceded the field to his foes.
It was a great game. Took us a while to get going as we flicked back and forth through the rules, but soon speeded up as it all came flooding back. We started in a room full of people, but by the time we finished we were the only two left in the pub!
All-in-all a great evening. The models looked lovely and it's always a good game against James.
I'm really looking forward to Partizan now. Please do come and say hello if you're going.