Yeah, your best bet would have been, as soon as you see that crossbow, get Skuthus into a space with some cannon fodder. He can't take a hit as long as he's got friendly company.
I agree. I should have acted faster. I didn't expect my teenaged sons to make a perfect plan and then work their plan to perfection. It also didn't help that eight of my first twelve dice rolls were blanks. But I can't complain about having great competition living within the walls of my own home.