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Monday, 2 May 2016

SAC! - Play test the game - Bandit Camp

Hi folks,

Thanks for visiting and supporting the idea of SAC! through reading and test playing this scenario.
If you do manage to find the time to play through it, I would love to hear your feedback. You can email me directly at - Project_Vehemence@yahoo.co.uk

I have played through the scenario myself on a number of occasions before writing this invitation. To view one of my games, please follow this link - http://marchingincolour.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/sac-play-test-game-2-bandit-camp.html


The Scenario - 

The player takes command of a small group of soldiers lead by a low-ranking officer without much experience. The goal is to clear out a local group of bandits who have made camp in a patch of woodland.

This scenario is very flexible with regards to setting and models. You could play a small group of Romans vs bandits, Anglo-Saxons, medieval, or even fantasy.


Models Needed - 

10 models and 1 officer for the soldiers
10 models and 1 leader for the bandits


Scenery Needed -

Although the scenario calls for the setting to be a 'woodland', this like the models and period is flexible. It could as easily be a mountain region, or a swamp. What is important is that the board is set up something like the shot below -


The board should be around 48" in length, and 20" wide. The terrain around the two roads should be very rough and almost inaccessible


The Set-Up

The Soldiers - begin at the bottom of the map. The 10 soldiers must be split into two groups of 5 models each. The models in each group operate (move and fight) together, and models from each group must stay within 3" of another member of the same group.

The Officer is an independent character, he moves and fights on his own initiative and does NOT require and order to activate.


The Bandits - operate in a similar fashion. Place one group of 5 in the bandit camp, and keep the other group of 5 models off the table for now.

The Bandit Leader - starts in the bandit camp alongside the unit of 5 models. Like the Officer in the Solider's force, the Bandit Leader is an independent character and doesn't need an order to activate.


Scenario Special Rules

This scenario uses the following special rules - 

Areas 1 and 2 

The areas marked 1 and 2 on the map are special event zones. When a player moves a unit into either area roll 1D6,

1-3: The Bandits have set traps here. The unit must end its move immediately and takes 1 point of armour damage.
4-6: The Bandits launch an ambush! Place the 5 models of the bandit unit in base to base contact with the 5 models of the players unit. Fight a round of combat immediately


Bandit Camp - Personal Challenge

When the player makes it to this location two events will trigger. Firstly the Bandit Leader will issue a challenge to Personal Combat to the player's Officer. The Officer may accept or decline.

If the Officer accepts - the two models are immediately placed into single combat. No other units may influence this combat.
If the Officer declines - the Officer will fight at -1 H2H value. In addition, any remaining bandits will receive +1 to their Morale score.

Optional: Bandit Reinforcements
The second event at the Camp will only trigger if the event at Area 1/2 was a Trap and not an Ambush. At the start of the 2nd turn of combat in the Bandit Camp place the off table bandit unit at Area 1 or 2. This unit will activate in the Bandits phase and automatically head back to the camp to join the fight.  This is a special form of movement that doesn't require an Order. 


Bandit Morale?
The Bandits in this scenario don't have much desire for an all-out fight with the Soldiers. Anytime a Bandit has the option to fall back from losing combat they should do so. 


Model Stats

The Players force - 
Officer: Move:5   Leadership:2    H2H:3d6   Assist:+2    Morale:2d6+2    Weapon:3   Armour:9 
Soldiers: Move:5     H2H: 2d6+2    Assist:+3     Morale: 2d6+1    Weapon: 3     Armour: 9

The Bandits - 
Leader: Move:6   Leadership: 2    H2H: 2d6+2   Assist:+2     Morale:2d6+1   Weapon: 3    Armour:4
Bandits: Move:6    H2H:2d6    Assist:+2     Morale:2d6     Weapon: 3     Armour:3  


Victory Conditions

The Player wins if he manages to defeat the Bandit Leader. If the Bandit Leader flees the table the scenario is lost.




The Rules - SAC! light

Units in SAC! normally have more stats than featured (including special skills) but for this game we will be using a very basic version of the rules. The idea is to collect feedback on the command structure, movement, and basic combat.

The stats used are as follows - 

Move - the maximum amount a model can move in inches.
Run - a model may run an additional amount of inches up to half its original movement.

H2H - Hand-to-Hand, the fight/combat value of the model
Morale - the conviction and staying power of the model

Weapon Damage - the power of the models weapon  
Armour - the defensive strength of the models armour


Order Phase

You will need 4d6 for this phase, ideally two different colours. 2 red dice, 2 black dice for example.

These dice represent the Leadership values of both the Soldier's Officer, and the Bandit's Leader.

Roll all 4 dice together, Each dice represents 'One Order', and the number showing is the phase of the turn it can be executed in. Any tied dice, then the Soldiers activate first.

An example of a Turn Order is shown below -


What you can do in a Phase

A note on the Bandits - the Bandits will take no action until the players forces reach either of the areas marked 1 or 2 on the map. Then they will follow a turn order and activate as normal. The Bandit leader will remain in his camp, but will order any units he has to engage the players forces by the shortest route.


Step 1 - Issue an 'Order'

Orders are issued from the Officer, to a unit of Soldiers. To issue an order the Officer must have a clear Line of Sight to at least one model in the unit. Friendly models do block line of sight.

For this scenario all the terrain should be assumed to also block line of sight.


Step 2 - Activate the Unit

Once an order has been issued to a Unit, that order can Move or Run.
If the movement ends with models in base-to-base contact with a Bandit unit, a round of combat will be fought.

A note on the Officer - this model never needs to receive an order to activate and may activate in any phase in which you issue an order.

Sticking with our Phase Order above, the Soldiers activate in Phase 1 and 3 when given an order. The Officer can activate in Phase 1 or 3 for free, either before, after, or alongside the activating unit.


Step 3 - Move or Run

All models in the unit move together and must remain within 3" of another member of the same unit.
Any movement that ends in base contact with an enemy model will result in a round of combat being fought. Where contact does occur, and where move distances allow, all models of a unit should be placed in front base-to base contact with all models of the enemy unit. Lining-up for combat should look something like this -

Note - one red model moves slightly to make way for a blue model. There are advanced rules for combat in the normal version of SAC! but we are using a 'light' version of the rules for this scenario.




Step 4 - Combat

Combat is handled by a single role of the dice for each side.

If one side has more models engaged than the other, such as if one unit has lost a casualty, or the Officer (or Bandit Leader) joins a combat, these models add their 'Assist' value to the dice roll.

The score of the dice are added together, and the totals of each side compared. The higher score is the Winner, the lower is the Loser. Any tied scores result in a Draw.

The Winner then compares their 'Weapon Damage' to the Losers 'Armour' value.

If the Weapon Damage is Higher - one model from the losing side is removed as a casualty.
If the Weapon Damage is Equal, or Lower - the Armour Value of the losing side is reduced by 1 point.

SPECIAL RULE - Any dice (from either side) that score a '6' automatically inflict 1 point of armour damage on their opponent. This is inflicted regardless of who wins or loses, and is inflicted BEFORE calculating the Weapon Damage vs Armour.

The Loser then chooses to either stay in combat or attempt to withdraw.


If the Loser chooses to Stay, another round of combat will be fought when either unit receives a new order (in a subsequent turn), or another unit engages in combat.

If the Loser choose to Withdraw, they immediately make a full move (Run Speed) directly away from the combat. They then must test their 'Morale'

To test Moral the unit rolls dice equal to its Morale stat. If they roll 10 or higher they have PASSED. If they roll under 10 they have FAILED.

A unit which passed its Morale falls back in good order. They may face any direction and suffer no negative effects.

A unit which failed its Moral test is 'Routing'.

A note on 'Routing' - Routing units are moved at the start of every subsequent turn, before the command dice are rolled. They may not be given orders, but an order may be spent on them to try and rally the unit.

To successfully rally, a unit needs to roll equal to or above 10 on their Morale dice.



Once the action of the losing unit has been resolved, the Winner must resolve their action. 

If the Loser chose to Stay, then the Winner must also Stay.

If the Loser chose to withdraw, then the Winner must follow them UNLESS they pass a Morale test. 

If they pass a Morale test, they may,
Hold Position - stay where they are, but may change formation, and/or facing, or
Fall Back - take a free move (up to Run distance) directly back from the combat.

If they fail their Morale test, then they must PURSUE the retreating enemy unit by making a Run move directly after them.


If the Winning Unit pursues the Losing unit and connects, one of two results will happen, based on if the losing unit has fallen back or routed.

Fallen Back - the two units remain in combat and will fight again next turn.
Routed - the losing unit automatically takes 2 armour points of damage. If this damage is higher than the units current armour, or the unit has no armour left, the unit takes one casualty.


A Note on Multiple Combats

Although this scenario is small in terms of units and characters, there is still the possibility of finding combat between more than 1vs1. Wherever you find multiple combats you still only roll 1 attack per side. When choosing which stat from which unit/model to use, always use the unit with the most models in combat.

For example, where a unit and a character are fighting another unit - use the units base stats, and the characters 'assist' value.

It is also important to note that 'Assist' is PER MODEL.
So, where a unit of 5 models is in combat against a unit of 5 and another unit of 4, both sides would still only roll 1 set of dice. The side with the 4 and 5 models, would use the H2H stat of the majority (5) unit, while each of the 4 models would add their assist bonus (if their assist was +2 each, that would be +8 total), assuming all models are in base-to-base contact.


End Phase

Once all orders have been issued and resolved, the turn ends, Any orders which cannot be issued are lost. A new turn then begins with a new roll of the Leadership dice, and the turn begins again.

Units still in combat from the previous turn do NOT require an order to fight this round, but may only be activated in the order shown on the leadership dice.

For example if the player rolls 2 and 5, and has one unit already in combat, that unit may fight a round of combat in either phase 2 or phase 5 but does not require an actual order to be spent to do so. A player can spend the order as normal on their other unit (turn 2 for example could see one unit activate as normal through the command order AND the combat also fight).










SAC! - Play-test Game 2: The Bandit Camp

Following on from the first play test game featured for SAC! - Mill Raid - I am happy to present the second featured game - Bandit Camp.

Unlike the first game which focused largely on the narrative, this play test will highlight more of the combat through showing the actual dice rolls and outcomes.

This game is also available for you to play test for yourself (and I would love to hear your views and feedback!). Full details of trying SAC! for yourself can be found here - Play Test Bandit Camp


A couple of notes -

* This game uses a set of 'light' rules, not the full version of SAC!

* The Command Dice for the turn are located in the top right of the photos. These show the initiative order for the current turn.

* Text descriptions are under the photos and you can click on some photos for a larger shot.


Scenario Details

This is a solo scenario - player vs enemies. Although it could be modified to suit two or more players if needed. It is also flexible in terms or period, suiting anything from Ancients through to Medieval. It could even be run as Elves vs Orcs if so inclined!

In the Campaign game the player would use forces from their own lists, but for this game the player gets a set number of troops. This force consists of one junior, inexperienced officer, and two units of relatively reliable and trained troops.

The mission is simple - find and locate the Bandit camp, and deal with their leader!

The board has a special set-up as shown below,

A single path branches into two roads once it reaches the wooded area. The clearing at the far end represents the Bandit's camp. Each approach has a hidden surprise for the player....


The players forces - 
Two units of Roman Legion and a Centurion Officer


The Bandit force -
Two units of brigands and the Bandit Leader


The Bandit Leader and one unit start in the camp. 
The other unit waits as a possible ambush on one of the roads approaching the camp.


The Romans march into the woodland and reach one of two 'event' locations. 
On a 1-3 the area is trapped, on a 4-6 the bandits spring an ambush. In this play through, the event is a trap and the lead Legion loses a point of armour (8 remaining).


The normal move of the Legion is 5", and they can run an extra half of this, for a total move of 7.5".
Enough to reach the clearing and the camp!


Next to act this turn are the bandits. The dice in the top right hand corner are black for Legion, red for Bandits. The Legion advanced in to the camp on phase one of this turn, the bandits charge also in phase one. The draw is handled by a mechanic called 'Advantage', and is usually held by the force who wins the most combats in a round. It also changes when they lose more combats in a single turn than they win. For this game though, Advantage, and thus the ability to go first on any ties will always be held by the player, regardless of combat results.


Units in SAC! must maximize frontage where movement allows. 
This means each bandit (if they can move far enough) must engage one-on-one with the Legion. 


The first round of combat is fought. Red dice are Bandits, black dice are Legion.
The Bandits fight at 2d6, the better trained Legion fight at 2d6+2. 
Even with the Legions extra bonus they lose this round of combat!

Any combat dice which score a '6' do one automatic damage regardless of winner/loser so the Legion suffer another armour point of damage (dropping them to 7 armour remaining). They also lost the combat so weapon strength (3) is compared to current armour (7) to see if any casualties are inflicted. The heavily armoured legion take the blows on their shields, but drop their armour by another point (6 points remaining!).


Loser chooses to stay or withdraw from a round of combat. The lead Legion decides to stand. 
On phase 2 of this round, the second unit of Legion move up the road to the camp.


The scenario states that on the start of the 2nd round of combat in the camp the remaining Bandit unit will be alerted to the combat and head back to the camp to defend.


Troops in combat don't need orders to fight, but they still must obey the initiative order. As the player holds the first phase they decide to fight another round of combat as the first option.

The Legion wins the round, but this time its a bloody affair. Two sixes - one for each side - has been rolled, so both sides take damage. The Legion won so their weapon strength (3) is compared to the Bandits current armour (was 4, but the 6 reduces this to 3). Luckily the Bandits just have enough armour to avoid a casualty, but next time they wont be so lucky!


This scenario states that if a Bandit unit loses combat they will retreat.
The Bandits run from combat.


When a loser runs from a combat they have lost, they must test their Morale. If they pass then the retreat will be an orderly withdrawal. If they fail... then its a rout.. the Bandits have a Moral of 2d6 and need to score 10 or above to pass. They roll a '7'. It's not a retreat - its a run for your lives!


As winner of the combat the Legion can follow up the attack by charging after the bandits, or they can attempt to show restraint by holding position. To hold requires a Morale test. The player decides to grab space and advance into the camp. The armour of the Legion makes them slower than the Bandits, so although they advance, they cant catch the bandits this turn.


Orders require line of sight to issue. As last phase was the players phase one, now it is the Bandits phase one (as shown by the red dice in the upper right of the photo). The bandit checks line of sight to his reinforcements out on the path and shouts for them to hurry up!


The bandits second unit heeds the leaders command and rushes back to the camp.

In normal SAC! units can be issued 2nd orders in the same turn by using a mechanic called 'Push'.
This is the 'light' version of the game and the Push mechanic is not included so the turn ends with the second unit of Legion moving further along the road.


After the command dice are rolled for a fresh turn, all units routing move before any orders are given.
The routing Bandits make it to the edge of the board!


The Bandits have the first action holding the red 'two'. 
The second unit of bandits rush at the harried first Legion unit. Again, models must be placed 1v1 at the front edge of the enemy unit.


Another scenario special rule sees the Bandit Leader issue a direct challenge to single combat to the players Officer. If the player accepts the two will fight, if the player chooses to decline the offer, the bandits will gain a Morale bonus. The player decides to chance the single combat and the two are moved into base to base contact.


The Legion's first unit again loses the dice roll and suffers yet another point of armour loss!


The Bandit Leader fights at 2d6+2, the Officer at 3d6.
The players Officer loses the combat and suffers two damage - 1 for losing, and 1 for the '6' rolled by the Bandit Leader. Characters also suffer Morale, so rather than risk a rout by the Officer the player decides to hold combat and hope for a better result next turn,


The second Legion can just make it into combat to help their troubled friends.


Multiple combats are still one combat roll vs one combat roll.
Any extra models add their 'assist' value to the score.


The dice rolls are 7 - 7, but with the Legions normal +2 and +12 from 4 assists, they easily win this round. Full SAC! rules give a better advantage to sides with more men and greatly increased rolls. SAC! light though does not, so despite an epic win, only normal weapon strength vs normal armour is compared. 


Units routing are always moved at the start of the turn. This effectively counts as a move (or as an order), so they cannot be moved again. They can however be ordered to rally. The score needed to rally is 10 or above. Luckily for the Bandits they make the roll and rally!


A new turn sees the Player first to act and on phase one they fight another round of combat in the mass melee. The combat is won by the Legion, but another 6 from the bandits means another point of armour lost on the first legion.


The bandits lower armour is now not high enough to stop the Legions weapon strength. From here on in every round of combat they lose will likely be a casualty. 
The first model to fall this game is a bandit.


The bandits fall back, and roll a double 6 for their Morale!


The momentum swings in favour of the Officer and he inflicts two damage on the Bandit chief!


The Legion move into the camp as the current turn draws to an end.


The Bandits roll first action on the new turn, and charge into the second Legion.
The Bandits win the combat and inflict a point of damage, but the Legion manages to land a number of good blows and inflicts a point of damage in return.


The Bandits on the edge of the board are now just in range of the first Legion unit.

The combat though does NOT go in their favour. Not only do they lose a point of armour from the bandits '6' but now their armour is below the weapon strength of the bandits...


.. the result is the first player casualty! A Legionnaire falls!


The personal combat this round is won by the players Officer. 
An extra bonus is the roll of a '6', for 2pts of damage this round.


The damage is enough to fell the Bandit Leader, and he goes down as a casualty.

In the campaign game, a casualty doesn't necessarily mean the model is killed. They could just be injured or knocked out. The damage to their armour will also need to be repaired as well!


The first Legion unit, though seriously exhausted, manage to win the combat.

Note the Leadership dice - the Bandit leader has fallen so the Bandits roll no dice!
They can only react and run when they lose combat.


Another bandit goes down as casualty.


The remaining bandits run for their lives!


The second Bandit unit manages to win the combat.
Winners cannot voluntarily withdraw from combat so the Bandits are unable to react to the danger behind them.


The player charges the first Legion unit and the Officer into the combat.
There is no point rolling any further dice from here - it is clear the player has won!


This is just a stand alone test game, but in the full SAC! campaign the player would earn experience points and rewards to further advance their forces. The damage they have taken - armour points, casualties etc would also need to be addressed. SAC! includes rules for characters such as Armour and Weaponsmiths, as well as ownership and control of places like 'Forges' to build and repair items!

Thanks for reading!


Monday, 25 April 2016

SAC! - Play-test Game 1: Mill Raid

There's been plenty of testing and run through's on the rules so far, with assorted revisions an rewrites, and now that SAC! is looking solid on combat I thought I would post the first official game report!

A few pointers and notes -

* This game is using basic combat rules only, no abilities. To keep it simple and avoid lots of photos of dice, there is no mathematical jargon. I describe only the effects of the combats, not the numbers.

* Don't forget the Archers! The defenders have 3 archers on a balcony. These guys are raining shots down on the attackers each turn. As I don't go much into the dice results, you don't get to see the archers effect, but they are trying to make a difference!

* Speaking of dice.... the top right of the photos show the Command Dice for the current turn. These determine the initiative order for the models and units. 

* Text descriptions are under the relevant photo.

* You can click on any photo for a larger image.


Right then, lets begin....

SCENARIO DETAILS

This is a test game and as such has nothing much beyond the idea of one side trying to raid the mill, and the other side defending it.

I imposed a little rule for the defenders regarding initial deployment - they could only deploy one unit a time from the barracks and then only once the alarm was raised and the raiders were sighted.

SOLO, Player vs Player, Co-op?

Eventually the scenario will be wrote up in full. This raid could be played out as a solo adventure with the player either attacking or defending, or it could be played as Player vs Player, with a player controlling either side. 

The Sides - 


The Attackers.

These guys consist of 5 small units, strong on the attack and well armoured. They have good morale and are lead by a Hero, and a Companion. A point of note: the commanders here have good leadership skills, but the nature of their force - tightly nit small units - mean a lot of effort is needing barking orders each turn.. Something just beyond this particular leaders ability.

In game terms - the force has Leadership 4, but 5 units. 
Its going to take an effort to get everybody moving together each turn





The Defenders

This force consists of a very small garrison of professional troops - 4 swordsmen and 3 archers, which can be relied on to be relatively stable. 
The 5 spearmen though, are hastily pressed conscripts. They will fight, but they aren't going to hold for long. Small units like the spearmen gain more stability through their numbers   





The Battlefield

The mill and bridge are key here. The ford can be crossed, but takes time and reduces movement.
The building to the right represents the local garrisons barracks.





The Look-out

One archer is stationed on the upper balcony of the Mill and acts as watchman. 
When he spots the attacking force, he can raise the alarm 





The Barracks

The Captain of the Guard will muster his men in this location once he hears the alarm.
The barracks houses both units - the swordmen and the spearmen - but only one unit will become readied per turn.





The Woodland

The attackers begin moving through the woodland to cover their approach.
This reduces their initial movement until they exit the cover.





Turn One - Attackers point of view

The attackers hold the 'advantage' to begin with. They will keep this until they lose more combats in a single turn than they win. Advantage means they act first in ties.
On phase 3, two units move through the woods. On phase 6, one unit moves and the companion activates, tacking personal command of the unit near him, and they move together.

Heroes always activate for free. Four orders per turn and 5 units mean already the attacker picks up a unit of stragglers. 





Turn One - Defenders point of view

The Archers are out of line of sight and so cannot be given an order. Their lookout however warns his mates, who come out onto the balcony. Units normally require orders to activate, but this scenario allows the archers to deploy for free, It still requires a phase though (phase 4).

In phase 5, the first unit emerges from the barrracks - the spearmen hastily grab their gear and rush to the Captains side.





Turn Two - 1 and 1, who is first?

Both sides have rolled '1's on their Leadership dice, so activates first?
For this we go back to who holds initiative. The scenario grants the Attacker the initiative, so they hold advantage and activate first.

Not that the archer mind much - a closer target is easier to hit!





Turn Two - Defender

Remember that a unit needs line-of-sight to a Hero or Companion to receive orders. There is a special exception to this, but that requires a visible enemy close by. As this special exception doesn't occur here, the Captain needs to ensure he can see all the units under his command.





Turn 3 - A good example

On phase 1 the Captain of the defenders, orders his swordsmen to run around the side of the building and meet him on the other side. 
The attackers advance on phase 2 and 3, the attacker companion again choosing to activate and use his own 1 point of leadership on the axemen near him. 
Phase 4 sees the defenders spear hasten to block the bridge. The archers fire on 5.

Finally more attackers emerge from the woods on phase 6.





Turn 3 - Alternate angle

As well as showing the paths taken by the defenders Captain and swordsmen, an important note can be made here about the 'Reaction' rule. If a unit is within 12" and los of an enemy, they do not require orders to activate, they can 'React' instead.

Reactions are either move towards, or move directly away. Sometimes a player may still want to issue an order if they require the unit to do something other than those two options. In this case, the Captain moves to retain los, just in case he needs to micro-manage the swordsmen!





Turn 4 - Reaction vs Normal

Reaction phase does not require orders, but where more than one unit wishes to move under Reaction, who goes first is based on the Leadership roll for the round. 

Here we can see the bottom units move under Reaction (in Phase 1), but dont use the phase 1 order.
This allows the units at the top to use the order tokens as normal.





Turn 5 - COMBAT!!!!

The attackers spearmen on the bridge lose a round of combat against the numerically superior defenders group. Even though the attackers are better fighters, extra numbers give a slight advantage. extra numbers with pointy sticks give a better advantage as the reach of the weapon makes it easier to help a friend in combat.

Having already taken damage from arrows during their approach, the attackers spearmen do not fancy a prolonged combat. In SAC! the loser of a combat must decide to stay or fall back. Withdrawing is not easy and carries the risk of an orderly withdrawal turning into a rout.

The spearmen test moral - Success! They fall back in good order.

Now the attacker has an decision to make. Having won combat, and seeing the enemy retreat, makes a unit tend to fancy the pursuit. In order to stay the line and avoid running after a retreating enemy, a unit must pass a Morale test. As these spear are not professional soliders they dont have much training, which reflects in a low Morale.

On this occasion they fail their role to hold position and charge after the withdrawing spear!





Turn 5 - PRESS THE ATTACK!

Though they failed to hold themselves back, the defenders spear now find themselves in a great position. Their superior numbers and quick move speed allow them to not only pursue the attackers spear, but to wrap around the flanks.

Though the attackers spear may be superior troops, they are about to be over run!





Turn 5 - The Defenders Swordsmen Attack!

Bolstered by the Captain joining the fight, and already having a man-up on the attackers force, the defenders swordsmen beat back the attackers....





Turn 5 - Losing control!!?

In a similar fashion to the defenders spear, the defenders sword also fail their morale test to hold position, and go charging over the river after the falling back troops of the attacker.





Turn 5 - Little choice....

With both his units fighting on the wrong side of the river, the Captain has little choice but to also cross and hope the momentum continues.




Turn 5 - The counter charge

Last to act this turn, in phase 5, is the attacker.
The companion activates and charges in to support his sides sword fighting at the river. At the same time he orders the double-handed axemen to have at the Captain!

The attackers Hero chooses to help his beleaguered spear.

Despite a last minute counter strike, the attacker finds that they have lost more combat rounds than they have won this turn - Advantage changes hands! The Defender now holds the initiative!




Turn 6 - the first casualty!

Hard pressed all battle, the toil begins to take its effects on the attacker. The first casualty - one of the spearmen pushed from the bridge and overwhelmed by the defenders light spear,





Turn 6 - the bodies start to pile!

On the other side of the field, the combat goes again in favour of the defender. 
A second model of the attacker falls casualty




Turn 6 - Its not over yet!

Despite all the dice coming up in favour of the Defender acting first, the rest of the phase is entirely for the attacker, and the numbers are out of the woods.....




Turn 6 - All pile on!

Here we can see an excellent example of positioning and placement.
Models normally connect (and fight) front to front. Additional supporting - or assisting - models are first placed on the flanks/sides of an enemy model, and finally on the rear of an enemy when the flanks are connected.

Such positioning allows two bonuses - firstly automatic damage each round on the surrounded model, and secondly a bonus to resolving combat.

A strong fighter may be able to win a round of combat against a weaker mob, but with the mob doing automatic damage, and only the loser having the option to withdraw, a surrounded target best quickly dispatch  their assailants or find themselves soon dragged down by weight of numbers.





Turn 6 - the worm turns!

Now it is time for the defender to lose combat. The Captain tries desperately to impose an orderly retreat on his men. Both the Captain and the sword pass their moral - the fall back is at least not a rout





Turn 6 - Press on

A tough decision is made by the attacker. Do they press the advantage, or try to hold? What if one unit fails to hold, but the other succeeds? Weight of numbers would go back in favour of the defender.

Its a tough call, but the attacker cant let the Captain go so easily, even if it means their sword must battle hard to hold off the defenders still superior numbers.





Turn 6 - Meanwhile on the bridge...

With the attackers warlord joining the fray, and the sword surrounding one poor spearmen, the lightly armoured spear of the defender take their first casualty.
Now they are in real danger of being killed to the man!




Turn 6 - ROUT!!

The defenders light spear try to fall back from the attackers weight. The trouble is, they are not the best trained soldiers. It takes only seconds for the fall back to turn into a free-for-all rout.

The attack pursues and now the real carnage begins. Another spearmen goes down, stabbed in the back as he tries to run!





Turn 7 - Bye Bye!

Before any reaction moves take effect, models routing are moved first.
The defenders spear men make a break for their lives.




Turn 7 - Pursuing in armour is hard

Though the attacker now holds advantage, meaning they resolve tied orders first, the extra armour of the attackers spear means they are just a touch slower than the lighter troops of the defender.

There is a option available to them though - the PRESS.
SAC! allows orders to be spent on units which have already activated once, in order for them to take an extra action in the turn (a unit can only ever be pressed once per round).

To succeed in a 'Press' requires the unit receiving the order to pass a morale test. If they succeed they can act again this turn, but if they fail the order is lost and wasted!

The attacking spear could be pressed in phase 3, but before then, 
the defender has an action in Phase 2....





Turn 7 - Rein of Arrows!

The attackers spear are already close to exhaustion. They have taken a real kicking so far this battle.
The defenders archers take advantage of this, and use their elevated position to shoot down on the attackers spear. A decisive move to save their friends.

And a successful one! Another attacker spear goes down!





Turn 7 - No friends? No rally!

When a unit takes a high degree of casualties and falls a Moral test, it routs and cannot be rallied.
 It has simply had enough. The casualty from the archers fire forces such a reaction on the spearman. 
With his friends down, this guy has had enough and is leaving!




Turn 7 - One last attempt....

The Captain of the defenders is about to fall. There is hope however and it lies with his swordsmen. Their weight of number and ability to hit flanks and rear of the 2-handed axemen could save the Captains life. There is hope, but it lies on a great dice roll next turn....





Turn 8 - Alas, it is not to be!

The attackers score better on the roll of initiative! This means they can react move into combat before the defender can. All the attacker needs to do is charge the defenders sword and pin them so they cannot help the Captain. Meanwhile the attacker can surround the Captain, and no matter his resolve, it is a fight he just cannot win.


Raid successful!

Thanks for reading. I hoped you enjoyed the commentary.

As SAC! is a campaign game as well as a skirmish, there would be the usual loot rewards as well as experience for the combatants involved. These rules are still far off from completion though, but stay tuned - more SAC! real soon!


If you would like more information on SAC!, have any comments, suggestions, questions, or feedback (please!) - do get in touch, I would love to hear from you.

thanks
Chris