Years ago when I was going through a dry spell of wargaming, I dug out some Airfix indians, divided them in half and quickly painted them two distinctive colors and slapped together some quick rules. On a squared playing board each side could have 4 figures per square. There was no organization to the units. The enemy closed with each other and fought to the death. They would either be killed or forced to retreat. For each "retreat" roll, only one figure would retreat, not the whole unit as with "Battlelore". It turned out to be a fairly fun game; one I still play on occasion.
While preparing "The Train Ambush" I came across the barbarians and realizing I could get another game in this weekend, divided the figures in half and painted their shields different colors. Each side also got three horsemen, of which one was marked as "King" of their tribe.
|Red Army on top of picture, Blue Army on bottom. Red King spread his horsemen throughout army, Blue King kept his together with him.|
|The two armies facing off from behind the Blue Army.|
|Red army pushed it's right flank forward, Blue army tried to advance in line.|
|First blood to Blue army, who killed 3 out of 4 in one red unit.|
|The fighting becomes general in the center.|
|The Red army is pushing hard on the blues left flank;Blue strikes hard at the center.|
|Blues cavalry strikes at Reds unit guarding the king. Two soldiers are killed and one has to retreat. Red king decides to retreat (he can be seen galloping towards the rear). The Blue horseman can continue to attack but is held back by one spearman.|
|Blues attack in the center has almost divided Red army in half.|
|One red unit kills one of the blues cavalry and forces the other to retreat. Red king turns to join the battle.|
|The king charges headlong towards a unit of spearmen, and is quickly cut down. Usually I always have the leaders join a unit so there is always "fodder" to protect the king.|
|Even with the loss of their king the Red army breaks Blues center.|
|Red's forces are closing on Blues king.|
|The end of the battle. Blue has lost over half their army and the king is threatened. Red has won the victory; the loss of their king was unnecessary and his charge was pure folly.|