I'd only played the Gaels once before, but recall their main abilities revolved around the use of Challenges, and these could prove deadly.
Paul had his Anglo Danish, who are a tricky proposition in terms of toughness, but not hugely mobile. We rolled for scenario and got the duel, where both warlords start within spitting distance and are in for a slog to the death.
Indeed this is what Paul's Anglo Danes should excel at, and to that end he did form a tight shieldwall at the back of the board.
This unit, this god-damned unit is rapidly becoming my bogey foe. Recently in an unrecorded battle they drove off two cavalry charges in a similar circumstances. This time they all but wiped out my warriors, winning the challenge and then thrashing us after a lacklustre melee round on the Gaels part. Led by the wargames worlds ugliest man (see picture) they are a peasant force to be reckoned with.
But the rest of the battle was going better.
Our heavy warriors tore through the enemy ranks, and along with my warlord were taking a heavy toll. But the numbers were no to stack up; at the end of the battle neither warlord had fallen, but there were more Danish dead than Norse, but more of the Norse were high value warriors. Paul's slingers had gone on to pick off a more lightly armoured unit of axemen and with the small number of hand to hand casualties it still resulted in a narrow points win for Paul.
So after a couple of hours, honour was restored.
Personally I like the Norse Gael list. Like a lot of the supplement lists they are trickier to use well, but as a result more fun to play.
Just don't expect to get any satisfaction from a duel!