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Aug 29 15 12:07 AM

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First game of Lion Rampant, Bloodbath Scenario

For our first game of Lion Rampant back in June my brother and I played the Bloodbath scenario to get the feel for the rules.  I had previously put together several army lists using some of my available fantasy figures so that when we were able to play we wouldn't have spend time putting armies together. 

For this initial game, I probably went too aggressive on my boast choices and chose the maximum of 3.  My boasts were to Strike the First Blow (Declare the game's first attack, 1 point), Strike a Mighty Blow (Destroy two enemy units in one turn, 2 points) and Cleave Them in Half (Rout/Kill 12 points worth of units in one turn, 3 points.)  Matt's boasts also included Strike the First Blow, as well as I Will Make Them Run (Opponent must test and fail the first Courage test of the game.)  With that already done, we each chose an army list and readied ourselves for battle.

For narrative purposes, my Barbarian horde was out raiding the civilized lands for loot and plunder with Matt's army marching out to stop me.

The battlefield, a small collection of farming huts, crop fields and woods.
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The armies:
My Barbarian horde.

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Matt's Troops of the Realm.
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Deployment pictures.   You'll notice the space between each unit in the deployment and throughout the battle.  We used the rules as stated in the book where a 3" gap must be maintained between all units, friend or foe, except when units are in combat.  We did decide after the game that our preference would be to ignore this 3" rule for friendly units and just apply it to enemy units to ease play and suit our play style better.
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The Fierce Foot (my newly painted SAGA Vikings) deploy in the field to take advantage of their ability to move normally through rough terrain.
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The battle begins.  The Fierce Foot move quickly forward through the rough terrain and around the farmstead.  Unfortunately they were apparently distracted by the potential loot around the farm because they failed to activate for several turns to move out of this position.  Must have been some good water in that well.
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The Foot Men at Arms move forward but the Mounted Men at Arms 7+ roll needed to move meant they stayed put for several turns.
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Bidowers advance, looking for targets.
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The Barbarian army's right flank advances together.
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While the Troops of the Realm advance is more uncoordinated due to failed command rolls.
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Aug 29 15 12:10 AM

Foot Yeomen charge into the Battered Commander's unit and eliminate all but the Commander himself.
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Finally the Commander of the Troops of the Realm and his Mounted Men at Arms pass a Move roll to charge into combat and wipe out the mounted barbarians.
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The unit takes two casualties but remain above half strength so they still will attack with the full strength 12 dice.
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Having drunk their fill of tasty well water at last, the Fierce Foot begin to move and join the battle.
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Skirmishing Mounted Yeomen harass the enemy with bow fire.
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Bidowers pepper the charging Foot Yeomen as they move in and the casualties drive back the Yeomen and cause them to be Battered.
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Aug 29 15 12:13 AM

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The Barbarian units maneuver away from the powerful Mounted Men at Arms.
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The Fierce Foot seek protection in the rough terrain and behind the stone wall.
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Having second thoughts about the wisdom of leaving the safety of the well, things don't look good for the Fierce Foot as the Troops of the Realm close in on them.
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Finally joining the fight, the Fierce Foot battle the Foot Serjeants.  As a result of the clash, both units are battered and route from the battlefield.
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The Bidowers constantly harass the Mounted Men at Arms, in the process causing another casualty and bringing the unit down to half strength which drops it's attack dice to 6.   Sill a threat even at half attack dice, the Mounted Men at Arms charge the pesky Bidowers, batter them and drive them from the battle.
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Of the once mighty Barbarian horde, only the Mounted Yeomen remain.  The raid has cost dearly and the skirmishers turn their mounts and make their escape.
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The victors!  Or what remains of them.  The troops of the realm have turned back the raiders, but at a heavy cost.
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On Victory points for destroying the enemy, Matt had obviously won the battle, but what about our boasts?  Well those didn't go so well for either of us.  I accomplished the only boast of the game  by declaring the first Attack of the battle, but nothing for either of us beyond that.

Although my poor Barbarians received a bit of thrashing, it was an interesting and enjoyable first run through of the Lion Rampant rules.  We had a few first impressions of the rules.

The command rolls for different types of actions definitely gave these rules a different feel and flow from others we have played and will take some time to master the tactics of using the troops effectively.  

Once units become Battered, it can be very difficult for them to get back into the battle.  More often than not the Battered units slowly dissolved before routing from the battlefield.  

As mentioned earlier, we will ignore the 3" gap required between friendly units and only apply this to enemy units that are not in combat.

We will be giving Lion Rampant some more play and are looking forward to the upcoming release of Dragon Rampant, the fantasy version of Lion Rampant.

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Aug 29 15 12:29 AM

Well I have to say that's very annoying that all the pictures were double posted when doing a simple cut and paste from our forum. But I can't be bothered to spend the time to fix that. I'll probably just post a link next time as others have done.

Oh well, double the pictures = double the enjoyment? Thanks Yuku for your unwieldiness!

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Aug 29 15 11:57 AM

A fantastic game and a good looking table. I haven't played LR for a few weeks so this has inspired me to rectify that!

We also usually ignore the 3" rules for friends, especially in multi-player games.

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Aug 29 15 12:35 PM

Thanks for the comments. I only wish all the pics didn't double post in Yuku. And it appears I left a section of the report out and I'm not having any luck with the editing function here.

Here is a link to the original post in our group's forum. Sign me up for the TWD method of posting battle reports.

http://z15.invisionfree.com/Terrain_Specialties/index.php?showtopic=516

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