Ecgbert, patriarch of England    
  The Battle of Ellandun - 825AD   1 unit = 75 HI, 37 LH, 50 LMI or Cv, 25 LI
 

Background:
Relations between Wessex and Mercia had been strained for many years. Ecgbert had managed to detach Wessex from the confederation of kingdoms under Mercia's control, but with the ascent of Beornwulf to the Mercian throne, Wessex's submission was again demanded. Ecgbert decided however to settle matters by the sword and marched to meet Beornwulf's army.

Game notes:
- It was said that the men of Wessex were lean and mean. They overcame nearly double their number. The Winchester Annals call the Mercians 'ruddy and well-fed. Not quite the force of lore. The allied contingents were also half-hearted in their support of Beornwulf. After all, he was not of the direct royal line.
- The Saxons started using larger shields at some stage and this is presumed to coincide with the adoption of the shieldwall tactics. The Saxon shieldwall reduces the opponent's Melee Factor by 1. In addition, shieldwall troops do not suffer the extra casualty if they lose against a furious charge or are pushed back by Knights.
- Because the weather was swelteringly hot, all shooting and melee dice are permanently reduced by 1 from turn 6 and again by a further 1 from turn 10.
- All cavalry dismount as spear of the same quality. 2 units of cavalry = 1 unit of spear
- Allies are potentially unreliable

 
     
 
THE ARMY OF WESSEX Anglo-Saxon - list 147
Command: +6 Army demoralisation value: 67
  Command 1         command strength 18
CinC: Ecgbert - King of Wessex included Brilliant  +2 CP Range: 8UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
6 500 Hird* HI spear Elite 2UD 5   4 5 shieldwall; armour
4 200 cavalry HC Ordinary 4UD 5   3 3 armour; evade
  Command 2         command strength 16
Sub: Æthelwulf, eldest son Included competent  +1 CP Range: 6UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
6 500 Hird & Fyrd* MI spear Elite 2UD 5   4 5 shieldwall; no armour; missile support
6 160 scouts LI bow Ordinary 3UD 2 2UD 2 1  -1 fire; missile support; evade
*LI can give missile support to spear
  Command 3         command strength 13
Sub: Ealhstan, Bishop of Sherborne Included competent  +1 CP Range: 6UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
4 300 Hird* HI spear Elite 2UD 5   4 5 shieldwall; armour
4 200 cavalry MC Ordinary 4UD 4   3 3 no armour; evade
  Command 4         command strength 10
Sub: Ealdorman Wulfheard of Somerset Included competent  +1 CP Range: 6UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
6 450 Hird & Fyrd* MI spear Ordinary 2UD 5   4 5 shieldwall; no armour; missile support
6 150 scouts LI bow Ordinary 3UD 2 2UD 2 1  -1 fire; missile support; evade
*LI can give missile support to spear
  Command 5         command strength 10
Sub: Ealdorman Hun of Somerset Included competent  +1 CP Range: 6UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
6 450 Hird & Fyrd* MI spear Ordinary 2UD 5   4 5 shieldwall; no armour; missile support
6 150 scouts LI bow Ordinary 3UD 2 2UD 2 1  -1 fire; missile support; evade
*LI can give missile support to spear
 
     
 
THE ARMY OF MERCIA Anglo-Saxon - list 147
Command: +3 Army demoralisation value: 83
  Command 1         command strength 23
CinC: Beornwulf, King of the Mercians included competent  +1 CP Range: 6UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
6 500 Hird* HI Spear Ordinary 2UD 5   4 5 shieldwall; armour; missile support
6 500 Great Fyrd* MI Spear Mediocre 2UD 5   4 5 shieldwall; no armour; missile support
8 200 scouts LI bow Ordinary 3UD 2 1UD 2 1  -1 fire; evade; missile support
6 300 followers LMI Levies Mediocre 3UD 3   2 2 no armour; evade
*LI can give missile support to spear
  Command 2         command strength 23
Sub: Ealdorman included competent  +1 CP Range: 6UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
6 500 Hird* HI Spear Ordinary 2UD 5   4 5 shieldwall; armour; missile support
6 500 Great Fyrd* MI Spear Mediocre 2UD 5   4 5 shieldwall; no armour; missile support
8 200 scouts LI bow Ordinary 3UD 2 1UD 2 1  -1 fire; evade; missile support
6 300 followers LMI Levies Mediocre 3UD 3   2 2 no armour; evade
*LI can give missile support to spear
  Command 3         command strength 13
Sub: Ealdorman included competent  +1 CP Range: 6UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
8 400 Vassal cavalry* MC Mediocre 4UD 4   3 3 no armour; evade
8 200 scouts LI bow Ordinary 3UD 2 1UD 2 1  -1 fire; evade;
  Contingent from Kent         command strength 9
Ally: Ealdorman included poor  +0 CP Range: 4UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
6 450 Great Fyrd* MI Spear Mediocre 2UD 5   4 5 shieldwall; no armour; missile support
6 150 scouts LI bow Ordinary 3UD 2 1UD 2 1  -1 fire; evade; missile support
*LI can give missile support to spear
  Contingent from Essex         command strength 9
Ally: Ealdorman included poor  +0 CP Range: 4UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
6 450 Great Fyrd* MI Spear Mediocre 2UD 5   4 5 shieldwall; no armour; missile support
6 150 scouts LI bow Ordinary 3UD 2 1UD 2 1  -1 fire; evade; missile support
*LI can give missile support to spear
  Contingent from Middlesex         command strength 6
Ally: Ealdorman included poor  +0 CP Range: 4UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
6 450 Great Fyrd* MI Spear Mediocre 2UD 5   4 5 shieldwall; no armour; 
 
 
 
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