Post by colinthehittite on Aug 12, 2018 10:09:42 GMT
Manchester - what a surprise, green grass!
This year we were separated from the noise and bustle of the main halls by being placed upstairs in the Common Room, which was very comfortable adjacent to a cafe serving coffee and bacon rolls as we arrived. I managed to get there early and bagged a bargain at the bring and buy which made a good start to the day.
I took West Frank's with an Early Muslim North African ally. I expected lots of knights and I wanted to do something other than a massed knight charge. I hoped to win the terrain and do a littoral landing with the two Ax and single Cv elements chosen from the EMNAS list. However, I only won the terrain once all day and when I did perform this tactic Mark gradually forced me back and eventually gave me my only loss of the day. The Ax did prove useful during the day, chasing and destroying bows on several occasions.
Most players took knight heavy armies, but several brought anti-knight armies, including Arnaud with some camels. Against Arnaud I took a huge risk near the end of the game when I charged his camels with my knight general... Luckily for me the camel did not win the combat.
Congratulations to Mark and to Tim who is very new to the game and gained third place without a knight heavy army.
Thank you Simon for a great day of gaming, a little stressful for you in trying to get started, but I'm sure the players all had fun.
Yes thanks to Simon for organising another great day of gaming.
It was nice to see some new faces, meet up with some old adversaries and have a lorra laughs (as they say in certain parts of the north.)
I had some good close games, many of which could have gone the other way, or ended in a draw, particularity the one v Mal, until I got lucky and killed both his Ax in one bound. In fact I think that in three of my games I only won by having killed the enemy General.
I was particularly grateful to Richard Pulley for his expert, in-depth, strategic analysis of my generalship style, highlighting how I came to win so many games.
"He's lucky!" he said.
Which is so true. As I'm sure Colin would agree as he sat there contemplating low PIP die after low PIP die leaving his Littoral landing isolated and eventually driven off.
Of course the big question now is whether Colin's second place will be enough to oust Richard as SOA League leader?!!
The reality is that it was an East Frankish army on loan from me to Baldie that came 4th. Baldie was simply a slave to their collective conscience and moved them around the table under their subliminal control.