I knew I'd have difficulty in this match-up so I decided to try out a new tactic. In the Raven's Shadow supplement, Saga introduced "Rally Round the Banner." You can add a War Banner to any one unit. The banner allows the unit to rest other than the first activation and remove a fatigue. It's a double-edged sword. You'll need to use an activation ability or die for the rest. Activating multiple times in a turn means that unit will use up your Saga dice and find itself alone in the face of the enemy. Also, the banner figure does not generate attack dice.
My Viking warband was Warlord plus 1 unit Hearthguard -12 figs with a War Banner, 3 units of Warriors with 8 figs each. The risk is that the first time Hugh kills a unit, I'll be down a Saga dice. It's a quick strike force with a Mike Tyson punch in the form of the hearthguard with the banner. If my right hook doesn't drop the Welsh quickly, I'll die in a hail of javelins. Hugh's Welsh warband was Warlord plus 1 unit of Levy -12 figures, 1 unit of Hearthguard-8 figs each, 3 units of Warriors-8 figs each.
GAME 1: "Clash of Warlords." I won terrain initiative and dropped a hill in the middle of the board. Hugh tried but couldn't get his 2 woods on the table and that spelled trouble for the Welsh. I've never played a game of Saga with so little terrain. Could the hand of Odin have been at work?
Hugh was forming the dreaded fishhook formation and he intended to bait his hook with my Vikings!
My 6 surviving hearthguard descended on the Welsh warlord. 6 on 1 is not a fair fight and the brave Welsh warlord went down fighting. A quick victory to the Vikings...skol, Vikings!
Desperate, I sent my warlord after his. I bumbled and pushed his warriors back to within Very Short distance of his warlord. This allowed his warriors to sacrifice themselves and soak up hits that my warlord delivered on his warlord. My Viking warlord went down in personal combat and the game went to the Welsh.
All in all, a great day of gaming and a good showing by the Welsh.