Friday, October 07, 2016

Victory Without Quarter - Stagonia v. Alpia at Library table

The forces of Alpia and Stagonia once again come to clash of arms.

The colorful armies are deployed

Knights were in the center for Alpia

Horse was massed on the Stagonian left

Stagonian foot were the right wing

while Alpia had foot on their right and a mix of horse and foot on the left

Bluebear Jeff's wonderful 15th century collection took to the table, with five active players to command them.

by the third deck we had actually had a turn where ALL units got to move

blades men were sent up the road

while Alpian crossbowmen stormed into the fields

Stagonia used a more measured deployment

Horse were facing foot on each flank

The colorful flags of Stagonian foot

Stagonian General and staff with messenger

Alpian General and messenger staff

The use of the cards makes the 'length' of a turn hard to accept for those who have played simulations, while for those new to the game table find that having a clear direction of who is moving and what they can do makes for a simple 'game'.  Hence using this mechanism at the library with four essentially 'new' players they were able to keep on top of the game.

after 7 decks (turns) we had done two full decks of movement

The Alpian forces were leading at this point, yet not enough to call a victory

Alpian horse was finally going into action

Sadly the Alpian knights had such new mounts that the sound of the cannon sent them into a skittish randomness, that was to doom the knights in the end ...

At the end of turn 9, one Stagonian General had totally lost his command, here he is seen desperately trying to rally the last stand of pike ...

The Stagonian left had collapsed by turn 10, sensing a chance at total victory the Alpians rushed forward ... only to fall apart in morale as they made charge attempt after charge attempt and failed over and over ...

short of powder this group of Stagonian foot held against repeated Alpian attack

Alpian horse, though not much damaged, flee from the battle

Stagonian potential shifted, now they send in their horse

The Stagonian horse threatened to overrun the Alpian command

while Stagonia came close to snatching a victory, the final score was 1 stand (not a unit a single stand) in favor of an Alpain win.


the first battle at the Library tabletop.


Allan Tidmarsh said...

Hoorah for Alpia ! Super game and AAR

Ross Mac said...

Huzzah for Alpia!

A colourful game, if the players had fun I suppose that is what matters.

Michael Mills said...

Good to see VWQ getting a run out. Looks like a fun game!

MurdocK said...

Yes Ross they did have fun as there was a request to have it back as soon as possible.

Steve-the-Wargamer said...


PS. MurdocK, Jeff OK??

Jeffrey Bickel said...

I am trying my luck with this rule set as well. Thanks for the report.