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VIK02 Reading 871

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Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY  100 %
Total plays 1 - Last reported by RiverWanderer on 2022-05-04 18:40:42

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

At the end of 870 the Vikings launched an attempt to conquer Wessex and marched from East Anglia to Reading, arriving on about 28 December. The town was between the Thames and Kennet rivers and they set about building a ditch and rampart on the southern side between the two rivers.

On about 4 January 871, Æthelred and Alfred brought up the main West Saxon army and joined Æthelwulf's forces for an attack on the Danes. The West Saxons fought their way to the town, slaughtering all the Danes they found outside, but when they reached the town gate the Vikings burst out and defeated the West Saxons with a successful counter-attack.
Among the dead was Æthelwulf, whose body was secretly carried off to be buried in his native Derby. According to a late source, Æthelred and Alfred only escaped due their better knowledge of the local terrain, which allowed them to lose their pursuers by fording the River Loddon.


War Council

SAXONS (Use Tan blocks)
• Leader: King Æthelred of Wessex
• 5 Command Cards
• 3 Inspired Action tokens
• Move first

VIKINGS (Use Purple Blocks)
• Leader: Halfdan Ragnarsson
• 5 Command Cards
• 3 Inspired Action tokens

Victory
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SPECIAL RULES

  • The River is impassable
  • The walls are friendly to the Vikings
  • Auxilia units Battleback with 1 extra die.
  • Saxons use the Byzantine Inspired Actions
  • Vikings use all Inspired Actions
  • Replace the Mounted Charge Command card text to read
    Boar’s Snout
    Select one foot unit and up to two adjacent foot units. Each unit can move one extra hex and battle.
    When battling, add 1 die to each supported unit. Ordered units may not engage in Ranged Combat.

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Mark McG replied the topic: #670 1 week 5 days ago
as the base, similar to the extra die Warriors get at Full Strength
RiverWanderer replied the topic: #669 1 week 5 days ago
Battleback +1 bonus for Auxilia - is that like a card bonus, independent of terrain or is it to be treated as the base unit dice, so capped at terrain maximum ?
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Mark McG replied the topic: #668 2 weeks 9 hours ago
1. Extra die battling back is conceptually the shield wall, but also to make the Auxilia a little less hapless. Originates from Spearmen in BattleLore

2. Supported units are those with 2 adjacent friendly units or leaders. See the 2nd dot point under Bolster Morale rules. The extra die applies to each ordered unit that is supported at the moment of battle. Conceptually it is the mass of men pressing forwards into the enemy line, typically led by the best troops.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svinfylking
 
keithabarker replied the topic: #667 2 weeks 10 hours ago
What is the reasoning behind the idea that Auxilia units will battle back with one extra die?

The Boar's Snout says "Select one foot unit and up to two adjacent foot units. Each unit can move one extra hex and battle. When battling, add 1 die to each supported unit. Ordered units may not engage in Ranged Combat."

Can you explain what "When battling, add 1 die to each supported unit." means? Which units are supported the supported ones? Does this 1 die apply to both the selected foot and to the adjacent foot units?

Thanx

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