Saturday, January 19, 2013

Dux Suecia AAR game #3

Here are at last the AAR from my and Jonas game back in December 2012...

This was the 3rd game of our Dux Suecia campaign (i.e. Migrat of TFL Dux Britanniarum to Kalmar Union War i.e. Civil War in 15th century Sweden).

In the second game The Union/Archbishop forces haden´t had time to replace all losses so the Rebells under command of the Knight Nils Bosson Sture of the House Natt och Dag had the uperhand. So in July 1466 the rebells decide to attack a Union supply column destined to the Archbishop and his troops that defended the Swedish capital Stockholm. This all translated in to the "Raiding a Waggon Train" scenario from the rulebook. After a close fight the Union supply colum managed to win the day and get through to Stockholm. You can read all about it here. 

After the loss the Rebell forces dessintegrated as the Allmoge had to go for home and the harvest, the rebell Leader hided up in the region Dalarna to gather strenth and rally new forced for their cause... The Union forces had replaced their losses in September 1466, they then aimed for a offensive forward the region Dalarna, to try to capture the rebell Leaders before they had a chanse to rally a new rebell army... All this translated in to the Dux Britanniarum Rulebook scenario "Raiding a Border Tower"


Swedish rebells forces (Commanded by Jonas) 
Influence: 4 (Need to get 5 before he by the Allmoge will be elected Hövitsman/High Leader of the rebellion)

Commander Nils Bosson Sture of the House of Natt och Dag (Owner of Penningby)
3 units of 6 Allmoge each from Västmanland and Roslagen

Leader Sten Gustavsson of the House of Sture
2 units of 6 Hardened Allmoge each from Dalarna and Hälsingland

Leader Ivar Axelsson from the House of Tott (That more or less just have turned side from pro union to rebell)
1 unit of 4 Frälse

1 unit of 4 Handgunners/Skirmishers

Union forces (Commanded by me) 
Influence: 4 (Raised by 1 due to my "victory" in the last game)

Commander Erik Nilsson of the House of Oxenstierna (Cousin to the Archbishop)
2 units of 4 Frälse

Leader Erik Karlsson from the House of Vasa (Brother in law to Erik Nilsson)
2 units of 6 Fotknektar

Leader Trotte Karlsson of the House of Eka
1 unit of 4 Skyttar

1 unit of 4 Handgunners/Skirmishers

Yet one more greate game, very close and intense, we decided that the Union had a minor victory regardles of they geting a hostage or not as the Rebell army was stopde from reciving the reinforcements brought by Sten Sture.

The Union influence was raised to 5 and I choose to use it to get Commander and Cousin to the Archbishop, Erik Nilsson of the House of Oxenstierna apointed "Marsk", in english: Lord High Constable of Sweden.

The Rebells had to withdraw back to Dalarna for two month to gather new forces. The Union forces retreated to the town of Västerås there they  started to besiege the Castle that had shifted allegiance and was now in the hands of the rebells.

In early December just befor the first snow the Rebells left tha saftey of dalarna and started to march to Västerås to lift the Siege...

More about that in our next game...

Thanks for reading !!!


  1. Excellent table and AAR - what an awesome sounding campaign.


  2. Great looking game and most atmospheric battle report.I await the next game with interest- sledges perhaps to be deployed on the table?
    best wishes

  3. Great looking AAR,i have to say, you got the best looking terrain i have seen in a long time :)

  4. Fantastic AAR and some very nice miniatures to go with that tabel. have you made any specific changes to the Dux-rules or have you just swtiched the name?

  5. First class presentation, thanks for sharing.

  6. Excellent AAR. This is a great campaign.

  7. Absolutely stunning!Love your AARs. Must have been a great game.

  8. Fantastic AAR, very interesting game. And your table is stunning!

  9. Thanks for a great AAR Michael!

    Well, this was another tough one. The terrain placement was perhaps a little too much to my disadvantage, with only one place to cross the river. This lead to a real "traffic jam" at the ford with troops blocking the way for each other. In hindsight I should have let the frälse/knights cross over before the big and slow infantry units.

    Still, a very enjoyable game! I'm very much looking forward to the next one as it will be our first battle (up until now, all our games have been raids).

  10. Thanks Mates ! Glad you like the AAR of our gaming:)

    As Jonas states he had a hard time get he´s men over the river, but if you are a Rebell with undisiplined men then you will have a hard time;)

    @Mikkel: I have made some small changes to the Rules, not to much as I wanted the Dux Britt feel still be there. I have tryed to add stuff that gives a unike feel for the warfare in Sweden during the 15th century, as Bråtar/Timber baricades, Mixed units for the Allmoge(Polearms/Crossbows), I have excluded the Missile troops as the rules are in the rule book as all missile troops in this setting are well capable of defending in closecombat, if not they would be graded as Skirmishers. As for the Skirmishers I only focus on the function of the unit not the equipment, so we use the right out of the riles regardles if they have bow, crossbow or handguns.

    I have also switched around the fate cards between the fractions and also made some new ones.

    Best regards Michael

  11. Sounds good, how did you implement the Bråtar in the game? I noticed that it was something the Allmoge did rather fast, is it a charge-reaction or something you have to spend cards on?

    Have you thought of any specific rules for siege-warfare? I imagine that sooner or later, the rebels will have to take back some of their castles.

    Again, great AAR. I like that you've counted bases as individual troops, it makes for a much more scenic battle.

    1. Thanks Mikkel

      Bråtar are a suited fate card thet the Rebell playre always start with, when the leader plays it a unit or formation that are withing 4" of a forest may deploy a Bråte in front of them. You can deply a Bråte in a matter of minutes so it is quite fast, this was actually the first time Jonas have used it in our 3 games.

      We have not considered any siege rules. The most common in Sweden during this period was that the Attacker surounded the Castle and waited for the Crew to surender, most the seige was setled after they had "Dagtinga", think the english word are similar to "Bargin", anyway the 2 commanders met and decided that if the besieged haden´t get a relife within like a month or 2 he would give up the castle. So actuall assaults was not that common, especially if it was a Stone Castle. As several of the Castles in Sweden during the period was made of wood it happend several times that the Besiegers set the castle on fire, but then they had to rebuild it all if they by them selfs needed that strong point...

      The base approach was the only thing possible as I havent any single based minis, good it turned out well:)

      Best regards Michael