I must apologise in advance for a rather brief AAR and the quality of photos. This game was played with an opponent - my son Jack. We did not have time for pauses to take notes or ensure lighting was about right for photos.
For this game I had a Yorkist force against Jack's Lancastrians. As he was the defender he selected which side of the table he would deploy.
Table Size - 4'6" x 3'
Figures - 6mm Baccus
Rules - Ancient & Medieval Wargaming by Neil Thomas (Medieval Module)
|My initial deployment|
|Jack's initial deployment|
|Closer view of my troops looking across towards Jack.|
|Closeup of Jack's centre.|
|My centre consisting of the CinC. Neville's command.|
A closer view of Jack's advance in the centre.
The Lancastrian (Jack's) left flank.
On the right of the photo, my Welsh spearmen lined the woods edge and despite the cover, were taking casualties from Jack's archers.
The rest of Howard's command blunts the initial charge of Roos' men.
Another gap opens in Jack's line (middle of photo) which Howard exploits pushing his men through.
At the bottom right of the photo, Scrope adjusts his movement through the woods to threaten Roos' right flank.
In the middle right of the photo, I have launched my mounted bodyguard into a unit of Jack's billment destroying them.
Holland's morale collapses and his surviving troops flee the field.
Scrope has now engaged Roos' right flank (bottom left) with the latter facing defeat. The red dice denote casualties for my troops and the blue Jack's which gives you a clearer idea of the relative positions of our forces.
As I celebrate with my troops, news arrives. Clifford was killed in action (a Kingmaker card drawn!). A serious loss I could have done without in the campaign.
In the subsequent wash-up with Jack we both agreed he would have been better off waiting on the higher ground for me to attack. It would have allowed him to bring his artillery into action and more opportunity to pepper my forces with arrows. Even so he was unlucky suffering from adverse command tests at critical times.
In hindsight I should have reduced the width of the board by 9" (one of my terrain boards) as we were faced with several turns before our opposing forces got anywhere near enough for the archers.
This is my second outing with these rules and the jury is still out. When battle proper was joined it became something of a slogging match. What may improve the situation is to introduce push back and retreat rules - something I will tinker with prior to our next outing. To be fair to the rules, they are designed for around a dozen units each whereas this battle was far bigger.
We will return to the Kingmaker board game to plot our moves in the next blog update.