Tuesday 29 October 2019

Battle of Hereford 1055

Sunday I went over to Matt's Dungeon and we refought the 1055 Battle of Hereford. AElfgar Earl of Mercia with Gruffyd ap Llywelyn, mercenary Irish Viking’s, Welsh and some of the Earls personal hurscarls attacked and sacked Hereford. Hereford was defended by Normans, yes Normans or Norman style Saxons lead by Ralph de Sudeley (the timid) and Saxons from Hereford.
It was our 1st chance to play our Dark Ages armies and my Picts doubled up as the Welsh, looked OK. The Welsh were mainly poorly armoured spearmen with light cavalry and a large number of Viking mercenaries. The defenders were well armoured infantry with some heavy cavalry with less well armoured Saxons around Hereford. We fought using Kings of War, which I really like but never win when we play.

The battle field, really need a wide angle lens for this.This is my left with the Welsh facing the Normans. The objectives are the village at the bottom, the cross in the centre and Hereford at the top

The mighty City of Hereford with Saxon defenders

The Viking Mercenaries with Saxons facing Hereford

I'm attacking so I attack with light cav and skirmishers to the fore

The Vikings advance

In the centre matt unleashes his cavalry against a horde of spearmen

Matt advances with is supposedly crappy saxon knights in front of Hereford

In the cente the light cav are flitting back and forth and Matt's line is losing cohesion

Lots as spear on horse action around the cross

I approach Hereford

All kinds of hell breaks loose in the middle

The knights and the spearmen are still fighting but I'm wavering

Not anymore, I've run off

Disaster the 2nd of my 3 hordes of spearment has legged it. 

The crappy Saxon knights are causing bloody hell with the Vikings

I scavange around in my unused troops box finds a horde of war dogs. They finsih off the main unit of knights and then eat the 2nd smaller unit

Looking thin in hte centre, the light cav have done a good job here

Matt allowed an extra horde o welsh to rock up, i was out pointed at the start and it seemed sensible. I brought on 2 hordes and neither of them moved but matt did attack this one 

The Saxon knights have legged it, maybe they were crap after all

Final throes in the centre, i've basically won the centre but Matt holds the village on the left. It's all down to the right and Hereford.

Cross the river, Kill the saxons

Here we go

Here we go again

Here we go again

At the cross in the centre Ralph the timid has been fighting against Boudi, barely dressed Welsh warrior woman (she is a Hasslefree figure so is bound to be barely dressed, and Gruffyd and has legged it - so he was timid

I've made it across the river (ish) but too late. Game end

The result was a draw and it was a great game.


  1. Sounds like a great day out, Matt certainly knows how to put on a great show.

    1. Always a good show and nice to get my Picts into their 1st ever battle, 10 years after painting them

  2. Look great fun, KOW is ideal for big games.

    1. was and KoW is great for that, we should play it more

  3. Looks like a great days gaming!

    1. was great, althogh M6 blocked on way home so had to go the massive scenic route over Hartside Summit. Look it up, proper dark with about 40 switchback bends

  4. This a massive game and looks so good from the photos taken down along the battle lines. Matt sure sets a handsome table.

    1. it was a good one, we need a mimi drone to fly over the table

  5. An impressive gaming experience. Wardogs? Perhaps it's the photo but they look like Wargs

  6. Was a great day. Wargs, how very dare you. Obviously they are wargs from a load of Goblin chariots I bought in the 1980s. No clue of manufacturer

  7. Great game more to come in the future

    1. Yes it was, the Norman invasion of Scotland i think. Lots of hills and woods

  8. Hi,

    What a fantastic looking game- a little off the beaten track but that's how I like it!

    I wonder, do you have an OOB that you decided upon for the battle?

    I wonder if you would be so kind as to email it to me please?

    You can reach me at:

    darrell DOT hundley AT googlemail DOT com

    Hope to hear from you :)

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