This site was created late in 2008, just a few years after first becoming involved in wargaming. As you can tell by the name, WAB was my introduction to this community. I appreciate the following and comments this blog receives, and give all thanks and credit to my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. It may seem odd that this blog appears to focus on the folly of mankind's continuous warfare, but I believe I can still enjoy this hobby so long as I put Him first in all I do. Maranatha!
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Battle of Worringen (sort of) - WAB Game
Stopped by the Game Matrix in Tacoma for my first Warhammer Ancient Battles (WAB) game in over a year. My buddy Scott A. and I had wanted to play a game using our late-13th/Early 14th C. Medieval WAB armies for quite some time. Today, we finally got around to actually getting a game in. My army is based (loosely) on the army led by Siegfried, the Archbishop of Cologne at the Battle of Worringen in 1288. Scott's was going to be a similar one, but ended up changing it to an Ordenstadt (Teutonic) army after WAB 2.0's Armies of Antiquity came out. I kept my army pretty much the way it was listed in the old Armies of Chivalry supplement as an Early-Holy Roman Empire army. Here it is with a carrocio - which is basically an Army Standard wagon in the rules.
On the far right flank is a unit of Szekler Hungarian light cavalry. Below is a close-up of the unit of knights led by the Archbishop.The heraldry is taken from the Codex Manesse.
Early on, I recalled how much I disliked not only individual casualty removal, but also the tedious (to me) shooting and combat resolution - not to mention the multiple attacks of his Army General and those of the Warhorses. Scott ended up charging his Order Knights into my center unit of mixed order infantry - crossbows and spearmen. Although I managed to take out a few of his knights by mainly crossbow fire, the knights ended up defeating and breaking the infantry.
The broken infantry unit being within 12" of most friendlies, required multiple Panic tests. Siegfried himself failed his Leadership test of 9 - even with a re-roll using the Army Standard. The first roll was an 11, and the re-roll 12! In fact, I rolled very high for most of the Leadership tests during the entire game. We called the game after the 5th turn, after Scott had captured my Army Standard wagon which was one of the Victory Conditions.
Meanwhile on the table behind us, Pat L. (aka Socalwarhammer) and Old Bob from Gresham, Oregon were playing out their Successor Campaign, also using WAB. Their 6 turn game ended in a tie.
Scott M. was playing a nice looking Fields of Glory game - a ruleset I have yet to try. I think it was the Battle of Dara.