We had planned on playing the battle of Brentford at the first game of the autumn season at the club, from the Warlord To kill a King supplement, using Pike and Shot, we were a little rusty as we hadn't really played since the spring.
We set up as per the scenario although I realised we were short on light artillery by some way, medium guns and heavy guns being forced to stand in. The two guns either side of the bridge were medium, otherwise all other guns were light guns( whatever they might look like?!)
So if you carry on past the church you will get to a McDonald's drive through, although not in 1642 , we have Brentford with three lots of barricades, each with it's defending units and come turn four( if the Parliamentarians are still there) further reinforcements. In historical terms Rupert and his Royalist force smashed through, breaking units and taking prisoners, however the defence of Brentford had not been in vain, having bought valuable time for the main Parliamentarian force to coalesce at Tutnham Green where they intimidated the Royalists and forced them to retreat back to Oxford.
In our game I took the Parliamentarians, defending the first barricade against Rupert's battalia until further reinforcements could be rolled for in turn three. Things didn't go well for the Royalists from the first go, I won the initiative and started shooting, John repeatedly failed his activation rolls ( difficult with a command rating of 9+) I just kept shooting behind cover, ultimately I managed to break/destroy both artillery units a cavalry unit and commanded shot unit by the time the reinforcements arrived which meant the battalia had over half its units destroyed/ broken so it was a broken battalia, one of the two last units being disordered and being less than 12" from the enemy they were forced to retire off the table and once they were off the table and part of a broken battalia they were not able to return, a third of the Royalist army had been wiped out including of course the newly painted Royalist cuirassier unit standing in as Rupert's horse!
The Parliamentarian reinforcements turned up and made their way to the riverbank.
We carried on with some shooting at the first barricade, the two lower Royalist reinforcement regiments tried to charge the one Parliamentarian pike and shot regiment in spite of having a unit each disordered, they formed hedgehog successfully and the Royalist threw in the towel, not having yet destroyed a single unit of the Parliamentarian force but having already lost a third of their army and the time was running out at the club.
Fun game, for me anyway John threw some of the worst dice I've ever seen while I was consistently lucky . We both agreed there should have been a timescale for the game, Rupert needing to take the bridge in a certain number of turns or if the Parliamentarians were still on the other side of the bridge by a certain turn it was at least a draw? An under prepared scenario we felt, going back to one hour wargames to generate our next pike and shot battle! Still nice to get the toys and terrain on the table.
Castell y Bere near Aberdovey in mid Wales, a ruined Welsh castle built by a Welsh king Llywelyn the Great to protect Gwynedd’s southern border and control the valley and more importantly the pastureland for cattle. In 1221 and in use till the end of that century. On holiday in Wales, thought this might be of interest, now I want to paint up some more cattle and play a dark age cattle raiding game!
Next up, more Napoleonics? Some more war of three Kingdoms light artillery after I was five short for the artillerys first outing!? More terrain? Cattle?Not sure!
All the best