Novgorod stands firm against the Golden Horde
Today we finally gave the mongol beta army list a go, kindly received from Fireforge Games.
So here's a brief summary of events...
Mongols had of course totally ruled the scouting phase...
I started the game by a successful ambush. My Russian skirmishing archers were hiding in the woods and immediately send one mongol skirmishing cavalry packing with their ambush shot. Then they managed to hold their own throughout the game against another one in melee... unit of the match!
Novgrod with their German mercenaries (on the left) densely deployed in the right corner of the battlefield. Using the river as an anchor for the right flank. Rivers are a special feature for Novgorod army.
The game saw a one more charge from Mongols against my German crossbowmen. It looked bad for a moment, but then I remembered, that one can shoot into close combat (to flanks that are not engaged). I managed to disorder the Mongols with blacken the sky and after that my crossbowmen were able to mob up the remaining Mongols.
I guess we didn't get the full picture of Mongol army list potential, since the outflanking division never arrived. Just recently FireForge games released the updated Mongol Army list on their website.
The changes for the now released list seem good... based on this one game experience the Mongols were too few to take on the Novgorod, that also had plenty of shooting. My infantry units didn't even get to fight and Mongols were dropping like flies in my hail of arrows and crossbow bolts. In the official list they have few more special rules and the units are cheaper.
Check out the Forgestarter as well for a new range of miniatures for Medieval Russians. I think I will participate!