The Battle of Verneuil 17 August 1424

The Battle of Verneuil 17th August


Monday, 14 March 2011

Twenty Mil Impetus Run Through.....

It's been a while since my last post as there's been some quite serious stuff happenning in my life.....

Anyway, that's about as much of a 'blues jam' for you ought to to suffer on my account- so..... it's on with the blogging!

Last Thursday I actually managed to get to the club and get a 20mm HYW game of Impetus under my belt. Thoroughly enjoyable game and just as well really as these are the rules that we have settled upon using for our Battle of Verneuil demo! It would be a bit too late for a U-turn now!!

The lists for both English army and that of the French with Scots force were used as they are published in the Extra Impetus I supplement. I've been humming and harring over whether to make any modifications to the lists for the actual game. In particular I'd like to see the Scots Archers at least given the stats on Levy Longbows from the Wars of the Roses lists (see Extra Impetus III) which would at least raise their status to Longbow B- something more akin to DeWaurin's description of their prowess on the battlefield. We had them as Skirmishing Archers with Shortbows (!) which made them woefully under perform. The other problem stats-wise would be the Lonbard Mercenary cavalry employed by the French. On one hand it seems reasonable to strengthen Lombard to VBU 8 and drop any notion of them being Impetuous. On the other hand the game played out well as you will see. Tempted but not convinced is the verdict at present. On to the action:

Below you will see the armies post deployement.

OK, so the French and Lombard Men-at-Arms make their intitial moves forward gathering pace as they go. Unfortunately their lines become too fluid and thus unable to keep in unison (ie Disordered). Note the massed ranks of the the Scottish Schiltrons and the French dismounted Men-at-Arms the order to follow up the heavy cavalry.

And here they go too- nice and orderly! Makes a nice change!

Unlike at Verneuil the English manage to place their stakes and both Men-at-Arms and Archer alike wait for the cavalry to get into range before unleashing a barrage that disorders the enemy cavalry- not really what they needed as they were already in a tangle but ho- hum...

There's something altogether unsettleing about being being on the receiving end of an arrow storm (Yeah,I know what you're thinking... well, actually I've received many.... spot the white lie). This disordered the Lombards who start taking quite serious casualties (they abviously forgot their horse harness- think Genoese Crossbowmen at Crecy and you start to get the picture). Seemingly oblivious to the plight of their comrades the murderous effect of massed archery does very little to deter the French who just keep ploughing forward!

Here's a nice overall pic of the goings on:

Then, the lines clash and the unthinkable happens.... the English line, so steadfast a few minutes ago starts to crumble..... all is lost? Well, that's roughly as far as we got. We have another game planned this coming Thursday eveing so I'll make sure I give a better account next time... or at least an ending :O)