Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Small Battle in the Midlands - ECW


Last night myself and a couple of the lads played a little game of English Civil War. On one side was the combined Parliamentary and Covenantor Army of six Pike & Shotte, two artillery pieces and five cavalry regiments. On the Royalist side six Pike & Shotte, three artillery guns and four cavalry regiments. Josh and myself on one side and Brian and Dave (NZ) on the other.


It turned out to be a bit of a slow game as the old Pike & Shotte unit did not really move that fast, however after about three turns of movement and dome artillery fire we finally managed to get into some combat. 


The battle went fairly strong in the center with Dave's Royalist pike charging a large Scottish pike unit, only to be pushed back and counter charged himself. Fighting on the Royalist right then picked up once my cavalry pushed through a rather tough hedgerow and charged a unit of dismounted dragoons. They in turn were later shot and then piked to bits by a Royalist Pike & Shotte unit. 


Finally however which I think may have ended the battle for the Parliamentarians was a charge I made against one of Dave's veteran pike units...I lost and was unable to rally that unit for the remainder of the game, plus my dismounted dragons were also routed. Thus my brigade was under 50% and on a attempted rally the brigade withdrew from the field, leaving many fallen comrades on the field of battle. 


Our forces also took a fairly heavy lose of commanders, loosing our Captain General and three brigade commanders, which left our armies almost leaderless....we accepted the lose and patted Dave on the back for his great victory.


Above and below - the Combined Parliamentarian  & Covenantor Army




Dismounted Royalist Dragoons firing from behind a hedge



A yeoman wanders around the battlefield 


















23 comments:

Cyrus said...

Fantastic looking game, what rules did you use?

Millsy said...

LOL. Your definition of a "small" game is way outside what most of us can achieve. Wonderful stuff as always and thanks for sharing once again.

Carlo Pagano said...

Beautiful looking Table Nathan. Wonderful figures as well - are these new?

Simon Miller said...

Very fine indeed!

Scott said...

Great looking game :-)

Vinnie said...

Thanks for the comments fellas, rules were a variant of Andrew parr's 'Fortune & Glory'.

Carlo just another collection I have been collecting here and there. Only one unit of Scots were painted by me, the other were purchased from our friend Andrew. Leroy painted most of the Royalists.

Regards

Nathan

Dave Hancox said...

Was an interesting game, lot of to and fro happening.

Best part was changing history, when none other than Oliver Cromwell leading his Cavaliers got himself messed up on some pike and shot, ending with his regiment destroyed, General killed and colours captured :)

Oh and Rupert on the other wing finally getting through the mess of hedges and started chasing off the parliamentarian cavalry and getting around the wing of their army when we called it.

look forward to having another bash another time

cheers

Phil said...

Fantastic looking game, and wonderful pictures, really impressive!

Vinnie said...

Cheers Dave...poor Cromwell he will smash you next time we play...Oh yes he will!!!

Pierre le Poilu said...

Tres bon, very impressive table top.

Cameronian said...

Visually stunning old boy!

Tomsche said...

Great eye-candy!

sebastien gimeno said...

wow. Just impressive. I feel a bit lost for words.

Great table.

Cheers

Seb

David Cooke said...

Very nice looking game

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

As always simply fantastic games!! I wish my collection was so "small"!

Christopher

Paul´s Bods said...

A small game!!? Like Christopher, I wish my collection was that "small":-D it Looks excellent!

DeanM said...

Amazing, amazing game - and figs - and terrain! Best, Dean

Jonathan Freitag said...

Another outstanding game!

Moiterei_1984 said...

Wow! That's amazing! The pictures look great and I like the effort you put into the terrain.

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

That's a cracking looking game...

General Reeve said...

Fantastic set of pictures. Keep up the good work

NW Crew said...

Spectacular!

Ted Henkle said...

Just catching up with your work Kevin. The miniatures and terrain for both ACW & ECW are awesome!