The dispute for the throne of England following the death of Edward the Confessor in 1066 is the perfect storm for us to introduce three new army lists in to the Barons’ War ruleset. As you have probably guessed by now these will be, Late Saxons, Vikings and Normans and today I would like to spend a bit of time telling you all about what we have done to make them unique and fun to play.
Harold Godwinson, Morcar and Edwin are the three named characters we have chosen to release first for the Saxons. Harold will allow your Retinue to fight under the Fighting Man banner, giving a handy increase to order range. To represent Harolds tactical prowess he can use Thegns to carry his orders further and with his ‘Forced March’ ability any group running as a result of Harolds orders will not receive a weary token for doing so. Edwin’s rebellious spirit allows him to shift an objective after deployment and Morcars hot headedness means he needs to be kept on a short leash other wise his bloodlust will get the better of him. As Edwin and Morcar are known for fighting together they can be take as joint retinue leaders, meaning they could both potentially issue orders during the battle.
For the bulk of the force we have all your favourites including Thegns, Huscarls, Fyrd, Shepheards and much more. These come with a variety of abilities,
Huscarls can use their training to wield a two handed dane axe and a shield at the same time. Loyal to their Commanders, Huscarls can take casualties for nearby Command Groups as they are willing to die for their Lord.
Shepheards are a crack shot with a sling giving them the opportunity to re roll all attack dice once per game. This gives a very deadly edge if you judge the situation well.
Thegns bring a group of highly trained nobility into your retinue that can be taken on foot or mounted.
Mounted Scouts are perfect for screaning an advance, taking those early objectives and harrying your foe. Armed with Javelins as standard they are swift and deadly. Their Evade ability gives some much needed survivability in the harsh environment of the battle field.
Along with these warrior types you can find Bowmen, skilled with bow to add ranged support, and Younglings, green warriors eager to take up arms in defence of their village or to accompany their Lord on campaign.
And of course shield wall is a very present ability for the Anglo-Saxons allowing you to make a free defensive action and advance at half distance whilst in this defensive formation.
Next up will see us delve into the make up of the Viking army list and what you can expect to see there (it’s usually violent).