|My portal to 858AD|
Next step is to plot out the key forts, ecclesiastical sites and battlegrounds. I've already begun to pencil these in. Then comes mountain ranges, lochs and natural 'fortifications'. After that, and this will be mostly down to imagination, I want to try and plot the movements of key families and cenela (Gaelic for 'tribes' or 'peoples') across the landscape throughout the 9th century and up to my 'present day' of 858 AD. You see that little cluster of white squares, just in front of the succulents, over to the right hand side? So that is the most basic game of 'Warhammer' you will ever see. Small hand ripped and hand drawn squares with family names, recorded Kings, characters I've imagined into being, viking boats, battles and allegiances. But I've never played Warhammer. I'm no military strategist. Yet I will foolishly attempt to recreate (if only in my imagination) what could have happened to my characters. I'm especially interested in the Battle of 839AD (see more here) as this seems to be a key turning point in the fortunes of Cinaed mac Ailpin. Will update on my progress for critique from those who know more.