It was my first playtest of the increased armor and shooting abilities for the Byzantine hearthguard.
The Byzantine army consists of a unit of 8 Khataphractoi, 8 skutatoi, 8 armored archers, and a warlord (general with guards).
The objective is to escort a Byzantine diplomat and his letters back to Constantinople in the winter of 1081. The road runs between a farm and small hill. The end point is the Roman ruins at the end of the table.
On the other side of the hill, a group of Normans appears, consisting of 8 mounted Sergeants, 4 Knights, 8 spearmen and 8 crossbowmen.
The mounted units are trying to flank the escort troops, while the foot soldiers are going over the hill (rough terrain).
Best roll of the night.
The Byzantines make it to the end, with the diplomat, warlord, 3 archers, and 1 Khataphract.
Conclusions: increasing the armor and adding the shooting rule for the Khataphractoi probably made a difference. In previous match ups against the Normans, the Byzantines were 0 for 3. Shooting with two units almost halved a unit of Norman warriors before they charged into the Byzantine infantry. A terrain layout that favored the Greeks also proved advantageous.