Sunday, November 23, 2014

The House of Ulvåsa



For our Medieval Swedish club campaign Håtunaleken with the Lion Rampant rules I have choose to run the House of Ulvåsa and their main caracter by the time the Knight, Chief Judge and Royal council member Gudmar Magnusson.

Gudmar Magnusson was maried to Margareta Ulfsdotter whoms father was a relative to the late King Magnus Birgersson. So when they was married Gudmar decided to change his CoA from a Deer Head (House of Boberg) to the Rampant Lion to show off his close connection to the Royal House of Bjälbo.

Of course the first minis to paint for my Lion Rampant Host had to be Herr Gudmar. I have built him straight from the Fire Forge Teutonic Knight box. So here a buch of pictures of our campaigns true hero;)










Friday, November 21, 2014

AAR: Raid at Penningby 1466 #2

I set up a game of Lion Rampant at the club for my friends Pål, Mattias and Jocke, the last two running the exellent Northern wargaming blog.

We run the "Sausages with Mustard" scenario from the book as that work fine for the historical Raid on Penningby 1466, that was a Raid by the Union friendly Swedish Archbishop Jöns Bengtsson from the House of Oxenstierna and his troops.

The Raid was as a first strik against Nils Bosson Sture from the House of Natt och Dag that was a allied to the deposed Swedish King Karl Knutsson from the House of Bonde, this was also the start of a 2 year civil war and rebellion against the Archbishop of Sweden.


OOB - Union
Archbishop Jöns Bengtsson from the House of Oxenstierna
1x6 Foot Men-at-Arms (Leader)
1x12 Foot Yeomen with Mixed Weapons i.e. Allmoge
1x6 Bidowers, Mercenary German Handgunners

Knight Erik Karlsson from the House of Vasa
1x6 Foot Men-at-Arms (Leader)
1x12 Foot Yeomen with Mixed Weapons i.e. Allmoge
1x6 Bidowers, Mercenary German Handgunners

OOB - Rebells
Knight Nils Bosson Sture from the House of Natt
1x6 Foot Men-at-Arms (Leader)
1x12 Foot Yeomen with Mixed Weapons i.e. Allmoge
1x6 Bidowers, Mercenary German Handgunners

Knight Sten Gustavsson from the House of Sture
1x6 Foot Men-at-Arms (Leader)
1x12 Foot Yeomen with Mixed Weapons i.e. Allmoge
1x6 Bidowers, Mercenary German Handgunners

Sten Sture´s Allmoge group was deployed in the center of the farm that the Archbishops men would try to set on fire to be victorious..

The Rest of the rebell Hoasts had to advance forward the Farm to be able to help out to stop the Pyromaniac Archbishop...

The Archbishop and his troops advanced forward the farm...the Vasa allmoge shoose the well-known field rout...

The Archbishop sent his German mercenary Handgunners and his Allmoge to advanve by the stream, bat their advande was hold up bu a heard of rebellious cows...

Both the Archbishop and Erik karlsson Vasa was keen to start to burn Nils Bosson Stures farm...

More German handgunners protected the unionists right flank...

Sten Sture arrive to the famrm shouting to the allmoge that have a long housemeeting in the couryard...

...The Archbishops men continue to try to set the buildings a fire as his allmoge cover them with shooting against the advancing Sten Sture and his men at arms... taking no consideration at all to the mother and child in the way...

Ohhh Nooo !!! screams the old lady as the Archbishop manages to set the house on fire...

The first building on fire... advancing soldiers all over the place...

The German Mercenary Handgunners have decided to try to set one of the Barns on fire...

...but they are interrupted by some of Sten Stures archers...

Flaming pigs? ....the pigs start to run for their lives as more and more soldiers start to run around the farm...

Chaos al around as the Archbishops men manages to set one more building to fire... The Allmoge of Sten Sture have got enought and start to retreat as Sten Sture himself with his brave men tries to advance forward the Archbishop...

Erik Eriksson Vasa choose to bring his men to fight it our with Sten Sture

Nils Boson Sture have at last gor his Men-at-arms to the Farm..

Fights all over the place... Sten Sture and his Men-at-Arms are puched back by Erik Eriksson Vasa and are them shoot to pieces by the Allmoge in the fields...

Now Nils Bosson Sture tries to rally his Allmoge a last time but to no vain...

Both the Archbishop and Erik Nilsson Vasa advance forward Nils Bosson Sture and his remaining Men-at-Arms...

The Archbishops Allmoge soldiers start to plunder the remaining buildings...

Nils Bosson Sture decide it is a lost cause to try to stop the evil Archbishop and starts to retreat to save his remaining men to fight anotherday...

Indeed a very nice and quick game even with 4 players. The rules worked fine and all participants seemed to have a really good time.

We used one activation card for each of the 4 hoasts and draw a randome card to determin which hoast should be allowed to try to activate, worked really good.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

More 15th Century Foot Knights



The last 12 of my Plastic Perry Foot Knights, this time under command of the Archbishop Jöns Bengtsson from the House of Oxenstierna.

This is the last of minis,  Allmoge ans Knights, that I actually did paint last month for the Lion Rampant demo game I run at DFFCON 2014 in Copenhagen.









Monday, November 17, 2014

Håtunaleken - Lion Rampant club project



After the release of the new Osprey rules Lion Rampant by Dan Mersey, that I and Jonas from the club been involved in the playtest, I have run a couple of demo games at the club and the interest have been very good.


So I, Sören and Jesper decided to set up a small lose club campaign revolving around the "Håtunaleken" that was the struggle of the Crown between the sons of the late Swedish King Magnus Birgersson in the beginning of the 14th centery. There was not many pitched battles but a more low intense war with raids and ambushes on going for several years, perfect for the force size in Lion Rampant.

To let as many of our club mates as possible to get a chanse to participate we decided to start up with 12 points Hoasts and run multiplayer games. Each hoast will have their own leader and we will use activation cards to set the activation orders during the turn, We have tried this out during the playtest of Lion Rampant and it have turned out to work really nice and give very good games.


So far 9 members have choosen House they will fight for, as you can see in the chart abowe there are several members from the House of Bjälbo that are the House that at the moment are the Royal house... But as Sweden by the time was a elective kingdom, anyone can become the King:)


I have ofcourse started to build my hoast, I have used Fire Forge Sergeants mixed up with the Gripping Beast Dark Age Warriors. Of course I will run them as Allmoge...or maybe as Foot Serjants as my Knights more standing retinue, but still with Mixed Weapon swedish style, I think...

As a result of our clubproject the local gaming store are out of stock for much of their Fire Forge minis... :)


Saturday, November 15, 2014

15th Century Foot Knights #1

As you might remember I got me a box of the new Perry Foot Knights, so I just had to build me a few of them, turned out to be 24...so here are some pictures of the first 12 of them under the command of the House of Natt och Dag.




Thursday, November 13, 2014

AAR: Battle at Fjäle Myr 24 July 1361

I staged this game for my Danish friend Sören so he could try out the Lion Rampant rules once more. the Scenario are the 3rd one in my "Danish invasion of Gotland, 1361" article in the lates issue of Wargames Soldiers and Stratedy (Issue 75)

Thanks to Jonas for lending his Dark age minis for the Gutes bot in the WSS article and in this game

This is actually my first AAR in several mont I belive, plan to do some more Lion Rampant AAR´s in the near time.

The Scenario put a smaller Gute force that should try to stop the Danish invaders to cross the stream by Amunds Bridge. The Bridge they managed to destroy the day before. But the Danes have a cunning plan, they have sent their Cavalry in a flank move...


Set-up The Danish Knight in the botom of the picture was on a flank march and would enter on the oposit side of the stream from left or right side as soon as the first dansih Infantry unit would have entered the stream...


Gute camp


The CGutes had Skirmishers to protect the flanks...


Danish units, 2 units od Serjants and one unit of Bowmen would advance to the stream and engage the Gutes as the Danish Knights would attack the Gutes in the back... a solid plan:)


The Gutes had one unit of Foot yeomen by the stream as a Guard force, they entered the stream to try to hold up the Danes and prevent them from entering the stream...


The main Gute force seems to be tired after yesterdays fighting and didn´t move much during the first turns... or did they await the Danish flank force...


After all it didn´t seens like the Gutes expected a flank attack and started to move their forces against the stream to engage the advansing Danes...


But then dissaster stroke for the Gutes as 2 units of Danish Knights emerged from the Myr (Bog) on their right flank...


The Danish Knights made some swift advance forward the Gutes...


..and charged them...


It turner out to be a masacre of Gute Yeomen... they had to retreat..


...but didn´t make it far away before the second unit of Danish Knights charged them...


...The Guted fought bravely but was cut down to the last man...


A wooden sword are always good to have during medieval gaming:)


The victorious Danish knighs looks for more Gutes to slay...


Halfway through the game...not looking good for the Gutes...


The Danish Leader from the House of Thott charges the Gute leader with his stoic Gutes...


...but even putting up a good fight the Gutes could not withstand the sheer power of the Danish Knights...


By now it was alost cause for the Gutes that started to withdraw to the north and the road to Visby and the final struggle against the Danes...

We had a really interesting and tense game, even as the arrival of the Danish Knights was a real game winner for the Danes. 

The Gutes had a couple of rounds without to much movement, if they would have advanced faster to the stream and stoped the advance of the Danish infantry they could have prevented the dansih Knights to get in to the battle at all and leting them perish in the bog...