We played a game of WAB (my fifth or so, but for most people at the game, it was one of their first, if not the first) over at JP’s place on Friday. We used JP’s 15mil figures on his Geohex mat, with terrain from various sources and manufacturers.
A horde of unwashed Avar barbarians, half of them on horses, invaded against a peaceful Carolingian Frank army minding its own business (and the vineyards along the Rhine, but that’s another matter entirely). Armies were 2000pt each. The Avars were played by Graham W and Steve, while David B and myself took the Carolingians.
After fierce fighting, the game turned out to be an Avar victory, after Graham, true to form, danced his light horse around the Carolingian cavalry trying to come to grips with them, resulting in death-by-many-arrows for the Carolingians. As it turned out, we made some rules mistakes that might have changed the outcome of this fight (then again, it might not have), most notably that fire & flee is not allowed as a charge response when the chargers are closer than half their charge distance to the charge target.
On the other flank, the Carolingian infantry meanwhile put up a good fight against the Avar warbands, initially defeating and breaking them. Unfortunately, the Avars managed to rally and come back to break the Carolingian infantry later on, effectively ending the game.
Much fun was had by all, I think, and even Graham, despite initial misgivings, seemed to enjoy the rules (no doubt swayed by the fact that his beloved light horse antics work just as well in WAB :) ).
I took some photos during the game: check out the photo report.