mercoledì 28 marzo 2012

Magna Acies! in the Medieval Age

Some days ago Gianni and me have tried to play a Medieval battle with Magna Acies! for the first time.
Forgetting for a moment the Antiquity, we have decided to explore the age of the Crusades, in particular the Third Crusade.
We have needed to develop specific "army lists" for the Crusaders and Muslims armies, and there has been a very complex email traffic between Gianni and me in the days before the fight!
The battle has been very interesting, with the Muslims trying to use in the best effective way their major agility and "firepower", while the Crusaders were attempting to deploy their infantry in order to save the knights for a final massive attack against the enemy lines.
But the Muslim mounted bowmen have been very effective, and the Christian army has suffered lots of casualties.
The final effort of the knights has proved not so effective, so the Muslims have won the battle, which has been played with 15mm figures owned by Gianni.
The game has been very pleasant and quite balanced; now we have to further develop the "army lists" and to improve the rules in order to magnify the "command and control" function over the impetuous units.
I'm sure that other medieval battles will follow in the very very next future ...

The beginning of the battle (Muslims in the right, with the mounted bowmen moving ahead from behind in column in order to outflank the Crusaders)
Muslim levies and heavy cavalry
Muslim medium infantry and mounted bowmen
Foot Templar knights
Templars and Hospitalier knights
The outcome of the battle: Muslim mounted bowmen surrounded the Christian knights

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