Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Amber Wash

Last night at the club I was planning to split my Viking army and take Mark B and Stephen N through a game of Saga.  With good fortune Andrew was able to lend us his Scots so my Vikings remained together, under Stephen's command, to take on the Scots, commanded by Mark B.  Both are first time Saga players and, as umpire, my bias was with my Vikings.

Note the almost empty beer glass.  See the wet patch on the table.

No harm done, beer easily replaced (in more miniature friendly format). 

The Viking Warlord proved he was no King Canute and stopped the amber wave.
The Scots decide to come forward, perhaps inspired by the flood of free beer.

It starts off with mixed results, although the Vikings eventually get their act together and do some of the Scottish warriors.

The berserkers, who bore the brunt of the amber wash, go into action.  Stephen's dice throwing comes good, but they find their way to the enemy Warlord blocked by a single Scottish noble.  In the next turn the Scottish warriors went after the Viking warlord, but unsuccessfully.

Then the berserkers took out the last noble and got stuck into the enemy warlord for a bit of mutual destruction.

Victory to the Vikings (possibly their first in my possession).  Maybe all that was holding them back in previous games was the lack of an amber wash? 


  1. Silly me, when I saw the title of this post I thought it was about a painting technique. I am very partial to a pint while gaming myself, but have never tried to use it to inspire the troops. Seems to have helped your Vikings!

  2. Like Michael, I figured this post to be about painting techniques.
    Beer fueled Berserkers? How could Stephen lose?

  3. You are always a glass half full man Mark! I guess that Stephen had to atone with the win, or was it the 'beer goggles' umpiring, haha!!

  4. The risks of gaming in licensed premises.

    No alcohol was consumed by the umpire (and that wasn't because the spilled beer belonged to me). As a predominantly red wine drinking, should I have knocked my drink over it would have been much more spectacular (I hope).

  5. Good grief did you have to rinse them afterwards? On the other hand sticky and smelling of stale beer is probably an authentic condition for Vikings.

    1. I checked them and they seem okay. I'm guessing the licked themselves clean.