The Oda were arrayed for battle when I arrived so my troops would fight as the Imagawa. Having set up my troops, we were ready to begin. In this battle, first side to collect six banners wins.
In the initial deployment, the Imagawa have a lone archer unit out front of the battle line in woods. Hills protect the left. With the Imagawa battle line overlapping both flanks of the enemy, my first thought was to use the cover offered by the hills to outflank the enemy right. If card draw allowed, I would also pursue an attack on the Oda left. Oda held a more central position. Could I launch a flanking maneuver before my center came under pressure?
As is often said, "The stage is set!"
|Close up showing Unifying Banners|
|Birdseye view from the center|
|Ground level view of center|
|Contact with Oda missile troops|
In the center, Oda advances his battle line and brings overpowering force against the Imagawa salient held by the archers. My archers take heavy casualties but are able to retreat before being eliminated.
|Imagawa Samurai counterattack|
|Success but with heavy casualties|
|Imagawa right center|
|Oda casualties mount in the center|
|Imagawa archers destroyed|
|Oda Rampage continues|
|Close-up of Oda Samurai attack|
|Battle in center continues|
|Clash on the right|
|Imagawa army split!|
|Imagawa Samurai attack!|
Victory for Imagawa!
|The Last Stand|
Thus ended Game One of Four.
It had been awhile since our last Samurai Battles contest. After reacquainting ourselves to the rules and a few rulebook checks, the game proceeded smoothly. Great fun with a very dynamic game. I felt the game momentum swung to each player at various points in the game making for wild gyrations in emotion. First, you're losing then you're winning; only to return to the feeling of losing the battle once again.