|View of the table with Saxons and British deployed near a field|
Here are some photos of our first game of Dux Britanniarum which we played last night. Rick commanded the Romano-British using his Late Roman DBA army and I commanded the Saxons. After rolling dice, both forces deployed in the right third of the table twelve inches in from the edge near a ploughed field. We were both new to the Too Fat Lardies rules and Dux Britanniarum, so were consequently pretty slow and bumbling in our efforts. The card activation for command initiative was fine but we were a bit confused about the sequence and purpose of some cards in the playing deck rather than the fate deck. Rereading the rules will no doubt solve this.
The close combat worked well with levies proving to be rubbish but still capable of inflicting damaging kills and shock on warriors or hearth guard. Shock markers or recording it on paper for units is definitely needed. In the end we ran out of time without any decisive results - only a couple of units retired from excess shock sustained in combat. One of the major attraction of these rules for me is the campaign system and the small forces required to play it and we both agreed it would be more fun to fight a raid as part of an overall campaign. Thanks to Rick for a fun game and I'll post some more photos of his Late Roman army shortly.
|A ragged Saxon advance|
|An even more ragged Saxon charge|
|Romano-British levies charge|
|Saxons get stuck into the British levies|
|Side view of the forces|
|Situation at the end of the game|