The Vikings’ Afghan Saga

A bit delayed, but the Legati’s final AAR from Williamsburg Muster, Saturday morning’s (bloody) Force on Force fight.

The scenario, a club favorite, involves a patrol of from B [Suffolk] Company,  2nd Royal Anglian Regiment  (“The Vikings”), travelling in Viking APCs getting caught in a nasty ambush in the city of Sangin, Helmand Province. In the two pre-convention playtests, we had two completely different results (major victories for both sides), so all in the club were quite anxious to see the results. Personally, after having no one show up for my previous two games run at the local cons, I was just hoping I could actually run a game….

Thankfully we did have a few show up and after a brief explanation of the basic rules, we got started. The scenario began with  the British taking a  first aid check for the 10 soldiers inside a Viking it by an AT RPG. From the first die rolls things were not going well for the Brits, and they found themselves with 2 KIA, 3 Seriously wounded and a handful of lightly wounded before the game even began.

The British patrol is ambushed

The British patrol is ambushed

The Taliban forces were think as thieves, but their first few ambushes met with mixed results. Fate continued to be against the British, though, as the began failing a series of  Troop Quality checks, especially when attempting to spot enemy troops). Most of these were on the roll of “1”s resulting in a series of rather unfortunate fog of war cards for the Coalition forces. In just a few rolls, the British found themselves dodging an old Soviet mine, a suspected IED and a meandering goatherder, shooting up an IED trigger man for another bomb and losing initiative indefinitely as a high-ranking officer back at headquarters became far too involved in the little engagement (the infamous “10,000-mile Screwdriver” card). Meanwhile, the only real, card-induced hindrance faced by the insurgents the entire game was the arrival of an Al-Jazeera news crew, who got themselves to the safety of a compound rather quickly.

The little luck the British troops had in the numerous firefights began to run out rather quickly. On the western side of the table, heavy fire (especially from the vehicle-mounted .30 cals) chased away an insurgent group and two DShK teams….though, as our club has learned in countless games, the latter perpetually “suck”. While these insurgents bolted and refused to rejoin the fray, they certainly did their part and inflicted a number of casualties on the dismounted troops. So many were hit that there were soon no unwounded men on that side of the field to even conduct first aid checks on the casualties.

Caught in the crossfire, the British patrol takes serious casualties

Caught in the crossfire, the British patrol takes serious casualties

Across the street, the heavy machine gun fire from the British Land Rovers took their toll, but the stalwart Taliban fighters did not budge and began returning deadly fire. In rapid succession, the insurgents incapacitated all of the .30 cal gunners in the Vikings and killed or seriously wounded the crews of both Land Rovers. One particularly determined group of Taliban fighters was reduced, at one point, to just three, leaderless fighters but held fast. Throughout the game, use of hidden movement in ratlines and tunnels and arrival of reinforcements at all the right places helped keep victory within the insurgent players’ grasp.

When our time slot came to a close, an assessment was made of the situation. Only four of the game’s eight turns had been completed, but over half of the British force was already killed or seriously wounded. Even if everything went in favor of the Coalition players, it was determined that the game could only end in Taliban victory, so we called the game.

Though it was a bloody contest, an enjoyable time was had by all and a few more gamers were introduced to Ambush Alley’s fantastic modern warfare rules.

Until next time, may your dice always roll well and happy gaming!

Williamsburg Muster SAGA Tournament 2013

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For the second time we had the opportunity to run a SAGA Dark Ages Tournament at our local convention.  We would like to to thank all of those who participated this time around and we look forward to seeing you again in August. We would also like to thank Barb and Ernie at Architects of War www.architectsofwar.com for their continued and invaluable support of our efforts with these tournaments.  Once again we had great prize support for our participants to compete for during the tournament.

Tournament Participants From left to right Chris Bennett (host), Malcolm Bailey, Joe Brecher, Ron Bingham, Will Pedro, Chris Long, Todd Wiatt, Jeff Wiltrout and Mike Kelly (not pictured)

Tournament Participants
From left to right Chris Bennett (host), Malcolm Bailey, Joe Brecher, Ron Bingham, Will Pedro, Chris Long, Todd Wiatt, Jeff Wiltrout and Mike Kelly (not pictured)

All our competitors embodied the best in sportsmanship during play and I want to thank them all for making the running of the tournament a joy with their positive attitudes.  While we saw a lot of the usual suspects (i.e. armies) at this tournament it was nice to see the new Byzantine faction represented among the regular favorites such as the Welsh, Vikings, Skraeling and Normans.  Below are some pictures taken during play:

Todd and Will clash with a civil war of Normans v Normans!

Todd and Will clash with a civil war of Normans v Normans!

Mike and Jeff battle it out with Normans v Skraeling!

Mike and Jeff battle it out with Normans v Skraeling!

Joe moves is Welsh in for an attack with their pointy sticks!

Joe moves his Welsh in for an attack with their pointy sticks!

Joe and Todd along with Ron and Will mix it up in the second round!

Joe and Todd along with Ron and Will mix it up in the second round!

Chris had the rules, but had never played so he jumped in with both feet, with Vikings!

Chris (on the right) had the rules, but had never played. So he jumped in with both feet, commanding the mighty Vikings!

Malcolm prepares his Vikings for battle, and the glory of Valhalla!

Malcolm prepares his Vikings for battle, and the glory of Valhalla!

Once the dust settled and the carnage was counted in the lives of our little soldiers we had three players who had surfaced as being the day’s best:

  1. Jeff Wiltrout (Skraeling)
  2. Joe Brecher (Welsh)
  3. Malcolm Bailey (Vikings)

Congratulations to you’ll for your efforts during the tournament, and we look forward to seeing you and everyone else in August.

Jeff receives his award for coming in first place with his scrappy Skraeling!

Jeff receives his prize for coming in first place with his scrappy Skraeling!

Joe gives us a big grin of joy with his result with those feisty Welsh!

Joe gives us a big grin of joy with his result with those feisty Welsh!

Malcolm sent some Vikings to Valhalla and earned his 3rd place prize.

Malcolm sent some Vikings to Valhalla and earned his 3rd place prize.

If you couldn’t join we would be happy to have you here in Williamsburg this coming August for our next tournament.  Let’s see how your SAGA will be sung!

Happy gaming,

Chris Bennett

Williamsburg Muster 2013 a Report

We have just concluded the Williamsburg Muster weekend for 2013 and I wanted to take time to give a quick report regarding all that our group did over the weekend.  First off thanks go out to Justin and the crew for doing another great job coordinating the convention, and I think everyone had a good time.  This year we ran five events as a group.  Unfortunately due to work conflicts for Peter he was not able to finish up his event so he had to delay his Russian Civil War game for another convention in the future.  Our main event this year was our second installment of running a SAGA Dark Ages Tournament.  With the sponsorship of Architects of War, thank you Barb and Ernie, and their gracious prize support we had a tournament of eight players which was run on Friday evening (More detail in a later post).  Andrew ran two events, this go around, with a Fallen Timbers Muskets & Tomahawks demo and a Force on Force Afghan scenario which he will be writing up an AAR for later this week.  Ron ran a Spanish Civil War scenario set on Suicide Hill outside Madrid.  He has already posted his AAR on the Blog so I would recommend reading his report.  I ran a Bekaa Valley 1982 scenario fight between Israeli and Syrian forces.  I will be posting pictures and an AAR for your enjoyment.  There was a bit of a buzz regarding this event since it was the first time many had seen the 3mm figures distributed by PicoArmor www.picoarmor.com and produced by Oddzial Osmy out of Poland.  Also I was proud to debut a line of accessories I will be sculpting and producing in support of this range.  The first releases should be on the PicoArmor site in the near future.

Though I don’t have a final number on attendance this year, I did get the impression that it was up a little bit which is a good thing.  I know the goal is to raise attendance to the 400 level, but as that goal is approached there will have to be a consideration of venue change to facilitate that kind of turn out. The Dealer area had some new faces which is also a plus.  It was good to see them and the regular favorites.  While the dust is just settling on this convention we will be gearing up to decide on events for Guns of August.  The one confirmation I can make at this time is that our SAGA Tournament will be held on Saturday evening of the convention weekend.  In addition to sponsorship from Architects of War www.architectsofwar.com we are looking forward to adding the sponsorship of Zuzzy Miniatures www.zuzzyminiatures.com in August as well.

Thanks to everyone who participated in one or several of our events and we look forward to seeing you again next time.

Happy gaming,

Chris Bennett

Williamsburg Legati at Guns of August

Williamsburg Legati will once again being making it’s usual public appearance at Guns Of August  August 10-12 here in Williamsburg. There is already a post on this page describing the Saga Tournament which we are all participating in.  Besides that we will also be hosting my VBCW game and a Wild West game.  Andrew will be demoing Muskets and Tomahawks, and Peter willl be running a Brother against Brother game as a fund raiser.  Hope to see everyone there!

For more info regarding Guns of August see http://www.odms-club.com/convention/

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