Date: June 29, 2011
In attachment a battlereport and pics from our last game.
Finally, we did a first test game with ECW figures. It took me a long time to find adapt our game system to the use of the characteristic mixed units of pike and shot. As so often, the solution came with simplifying, instead of complicated detailed adaptations. Collecting the figures took me over a decade. I also used Hät French dragoons to make a number of conversions for the many calvarly needed. As not al figures could be found or created as conversions, I started to create figures myself, using existing (sometimes metal) figures to make the molds . As the rule was ready for a first test, not all figures are painted yet.
The battle was played with Patrick Pots on the Scottish right, Ronny on the left and Geert supervising. Steven on the English left, Patrick VandenBrande the Centre and I took the right cavalry wing. One side are a Scottish Covenanter army facing an English army, both deployed with 3 brigades an 2 cavalry units on each wing. De Scottish artillery had 2 light guns, the English to medium guns and a veteran forlorn hope deployed as a screen. The Scots held a very good defensible position on the crest of a hill.
First moves were the Scottish dragoons taking position in the farm , and the English forlorn hope advancing and targeting the Scottish gunners, and started to make casualties.
These moves triggered other actions : cavalry chargers in both wings and a Scottish brigade quickly advancing towards the forlorn hope, the later failing to evade lost halve of their unit, but being veterans still remained in the front line.
Decisions came when the cavalry on the Scottish right broke, as did the central brigade facing the one English veteran brigade. The Scottish army was on the breaking point. Ronny tried to reverse the situation with a desperate head on charge with his remaining cavalry unit on an English brigade, but without success. A second Scottish brigade was broken on the right wing marking the end of the battle.
Many thanks to Mr. Dirk Donvil, Belgium.
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