VASSAL Mini-Tournament (MT1)

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3 weeks 2 days ago #156 by Viridovilas
Round 3
Viridovilas (Sassanid) 7 banners - 36 blocks lost
RiverWanderer (Byzantines) 6 banners - 32 blocks lost

It was a long and exhausting battle. Early stages of the clash were dominated by light troops and skirmishers that exchanged fire on both wings without causing too much damages. Unfortunately for the Byzantine, however, one of their two Cataphracts was surprised by a storm of arrows and was wiped out. That circumstance didn’t scare the Roman general Daghisteus, that took the momentum and resolutely attacked the Sassanid centre. The Persian army wavered and seemed to the very verge of fleeing the field, when abruptly Chorianes reorganized his remaining forces relocating them at both his wings. At that very moment the Byzantine assault lost strength, while Sassanid conducted one last desperate assault that (with some lucky rolls) allowed Persian to make the day
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3 weeks 1 day ago #157 by gonzo
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Round 4
PCScipio42 (Sassanids) 1 banner/24 blocks lost
Gonzo (Byzantines) 7 banners /7 blocks lost
Byzantines had NO right flank cards and Sassanids had NO left flank cards all game. All action around town. Byz HI closed and smashed gate, then ran through the city showing amazing discipline not to stap and loot and smashed 2nd gate, chasing the Sassanid garrison out. Sassanid right and center advance and engage with missile and MI in melee, killing a AUX but losing the MI. The Byz MC had surrounded itself with all AUX and MI by this time. Careful probing by both sides was interrupted by Byz Cav charge with great dice, Killing an MI on flank and forcing LBC to evade to back row and crippling both Sassanid MC and SHBC, although Byz MBC reduced to one. However Gonzo drew just what he needed (which after bad card start, happened all game) and Killed the crippled Sassanid SHBC. A fire and close pinned and killed a Sassanid MI and LBC for the win. Another tough game for the Sassanids in this tourney. Thanks to Forrest for enduring my great cards and dice with aplomb.

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3 weeks 1 day ago #158 by gonzo
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Killed the crippled Sassanid SHBC with First Strike

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2 weeks 4 days ago #160 by scipio1zama
Lazic War (Petra Mountain Passes) Game played 11-19-19
Mike Stanley – won – 5 banners, 15 blocks lost
Travis Taliaferro – lost - 2 banners – 21 blocks lost

Having played this scenario a couple of times before, I anticipated running Sassanid cavalry down the left side of the board for some easy banners. Nope – did not get the cards. Didn’t get close to the cards. I could only move 2 units at a time on my right, so I advanced the MBC and the HBC w/leader. Soon they were engaged with all three of the Byzantine units on that flank and it turned into a real tussle. I got first blood by killing his MI, but my HBC was weakened, and his MBC w/leader took out my MBC and an LBC. I was fortunate to then take out his MBC AND his only leader. My remaining cavalry units on that flank were each down to 2 blocks and they pulled back to safety out of sight of the Byzantine Light Bowmen.

Action now switched to the other flank where a Byzantine Cavalry Charge (albeit with just one MBC unit) quickly got my attention. We went back and forth, but the weight of my leader (and his lack of one) eventually told the tale as I was able to take out a Byzantine MI and Aux for the win.

I would say that both sides had average cards and average die rolls. The Sassanid HC and SHC, and the two leaders, were the margin of victory, as most of the Sassanid Infantry never got into the fray at all.

This was my opponent’s VERY FIRST game of Medieval, and he acquitted himself quite well. (We have met over the Ancients board before and his skills carried over.)

(Travis – I recounted my blocks lost and we both counted wrong – I lost 15 blocks.)
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2 weeks 2 days ago #161 by Mark McG
Something that was pointed out to me recently was that the Leaders card in VASSAL and the website wasn't identical to the physical copy in the game.
Been fixed now on the website, and VASSAL will be fixed, but in the meantime, remember that you also get an Inspired Action token with the Leaders card

The correct card
www.commandsandcolors.net/medieval/the-g...ards/45-leaders.html

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2 weeks 2 days ago - 2 weeks 2 days ago #162 by Mark McG
Round 5
018 Solachon (586 AD) Main Battle
Viridovilas (Sassanid) 5 banners - 34 blocks lost
Mark McG (Byzantines) 6 banners - 24 blocks lost

All the action too place on the Byzantine Right, the camp side.
The initial strength of the Byzantines on this flank drew a series of Sassanid reinforcements from the Centre, whilst the other flanks contented themselves with an exchange of arrows.

The final turns descended into high farce as neither side could gain hits in a series of clashes of 1 strength Medium cavalry (with a leader each)! Almost like a personal challenge combat!

Interesting scenario, but dominated by cavalry action.

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