The scenario posits forces of 9,000 for the Norwegian army, with a few more for the Anglo-Danes. This seems a little on the high side for me, but as I was using DBA, I just went for a straightforward 12-base selection from the relevant army lists.
The only change I made to the rules for this scenario was to have two generals for each side, providing combat bonuses as normal, but the first general lost for each side would only count as an ordinary "single" base loss - the second general would count as a double loss, as usual. This would reflect the ability of both sides to keep going whilst a significant authority figure was in action.
The Norwegian Army:
11 bases of Huscarls and Hird - Blades (4Bd), 1 base of Archers - Bowmen (4Bw)
The Anglo-Danish Army:
3 bases of Huscarls - Blades (4Bd), 8 bases of Fyrd - Spearmen (Sp), 1 base of Archers and Slingers - Psiloi (Ps)
The Set Up
|The initial deployment: Norwegians to the bottom, Anglo-Danes at the top. The Norwegian left is bounded by the River Ouse, the right is marked by a ditch, with swampy ground behind it. A road lies in the middle of the field.|
|A closer shot of the Anglo-Danish army: Edwin's contingent to the left (as viewed), Morcar's to the right.|
|The view across the road from behind Tostig and his Huscarls.|
|A close up of the Norwegians: Tostig to the left, Harald to the right. Both sides have overloaded their own left flanks.|
|The view between the battle lines|
|Both sides advance to meet each other. A slightly dangerous gap opens up between the Anglo-Danes and their reserves, whilst Harald Hardrada keep his close in hand|
|A slightly flatter shot of the same position|
|Norwegian bowmen disrupt the Anglo-Danish line|
|Thus the first clashes occur on the Norwegian left/Anglo-Danish right|
|Morcar reforms his line whilst Tostig advances; however he sends some archers across the ditch to harry the Norwegian right whilst he brings up reserves|
|The lines remain locked|
|Tostig and his men charge into action! Morcar leads his huscarls (left of picture) with some success|
|The situation remains pretty static on the Norwegian left; the Norwegians suffer a loss, but feed in reserves to stabilize the situation|
|A combination of Viking blade and bow destroy the Mercian huscarls - Edwin is captured!|
|The Anglo-Danish right begins to collapse under the Norwegian pressure! A close-run victory to the Norwegians|
Unfortunately a few of the pictures were unusable, which was a pity, as I have been unable to show how Morcar captured Tostig and the Norwegian army's right wing was hanging by a thread - Harald Hardrada achieved victory just in time! I think that it is a commonplace that a blade-based Viking army is just a little stronger than a spear-based shieldwall army, and so it proved this time: as the fighting became more spread out, the Anglo-Danes lost their all-important support bonuses and given average luck, the blades must prevail over time. A very exciting battle though, perhaps better than the simple scenario might have suggested.
The figures are all from the Baccus 6mm Early Medieval range. The rules were DBA 3rd edition: