BS02 Anegawa (1570) Phase 2
Anegawa 1570 – Second Phase
On the Oda right flank, the Asai were having the better of Nobunaga’s troops. One Asai samurai named Endo Kizaemon had resolved to take Nobunaga’s head and came close to penetrating as far as the Oda headquarters, where a vulnerable Nobunaga had chosen to enter the battle unarmoured. Seeing the Oda plight, Tokugawa Ieyasu, who had crossed the Ane River after defeating the Asakura, drove into the Asai’s right flank.
The Oda reserve, led by Inaba Ittetsu, simultaneously struck the Asai left flank and even the Oda detachment at Yokoyama Castle left the siege to join the battle. The Asai were defeated and driven from the field.
Nobunaga showed his gratitude to Ieyasu by presenting him with a sword and an arrowhead which had belonged to the legendary Minamoto Tametomo. Anegawa was the first battle in which the Oda and Tokugawa fought as allies. It established Ieyasu’s value to Nobunaga and near equal status in the powerful alliance. It was also notable that the three future great unifiers of Japan were all present….Oda Nobunaga, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who was still named Kinoshita Tokichiro at this time and was given his first command by Nobunaga at the battle.
Although Asai Nagamasa escaped with the remnant of his army to Odani Castle, the Oda destroyed both the Asakura and Asai clans in 1573.
Nagamasa committed seppuku in the siege of Odani Castle, after sending his children and his wife, Nobunaga’s sister, out to the mercy of his brother-in-law.
Asai Samurai Army (Red)
Command Cards - 5
Dragon Cards - 2
Honor & Fortune - 8
Oda Samurai Army (Yellow)
Command Cards - 4*
Dragon Cards - 2
Honor & Fortune - 6
* 1 Victory Banner for each unit or leader eliminated
* The Oda Command Tent hex is worth 3 Victory Banners to the Asai player, as per the Command Unit rules on the C&C reference sheet.
* Ieyasu’s Flanking Force
If played as a sequel to Anegawa - First Phase, the Oda player has a number of Tokugawa flanking units equal to 6 minus the number of banners helost in that battle. If he lost that battle, there is no flanking force. Before this battle he rolls that number of dice and sets aside units from Anegawa – First Phase matching the rank symbols rolled, or one of his choice for each H&F symbol rolled, rerolling one die at a time if necessary until he has the required number of units. Swords and flags have no effect on these rolls. Once all flanking units have been determined, Ieyasu may be attached to one of them as a cavalry leader.
If Anegawa – Second Phase is being played as an independent scenario, the flanking force consists of one Ashigaru Bow, one Ashigaru Yari and one Mounted Samurai Yari, with Ieyasu attached to a unit of the Oda player’s choice.
The Tokugawa flanking force may be brought into play at any time after the Oda have lost 3 or more banners. Flanking units enter play on or adjacent to the designated hill tile on the Asai right flank, on the play of any section command card that has left field orders. If there are more flanking units available than the number of left field orders for that card, they may be brought in on subsequent turns, following the same rules. Flanking units may move and battle on the turn they enter play, with the hex on which they enter being counted as the first hex of movement. If the unit with Ieyasu attached is brought into play, the Oda player immediately draws one command card and his command is permanently increased by one.