The Battle of Verneuil 17 August 1424

The Battle of Verneuil 17th August


Saturday, 19 December 2015

Haggis Rampant Campagn; Hammer and Anvil

Thursday gone saw Mike and I team up again as the (somewhat vulnerable) Islemen but this time taking on Jim and Neil with their English. The scenario was to be Hammer and Anvil, a situation that the Islemen and their lack of armour are not superbly equipped to deal with when facing archery and Mounted Men at Arms.. However, the tabletop was covered in woods and thus we were not too disheartened as we would be able to make use of the woods, hopefully inducing the knights into a Wild Charge, having them stuck in the woods and bringing them into melee with our Fierce Foot and possibly reducing their prowess by loosing missile after missile with our Bidowers. 

I should add that the aim of the scenario was for Mike and I to move our troops off two diagonal sections approx 18" across on the opposite corners of the table. We played the scenario out with split retinues of roughly 12 points a piece.

Islemen Left Flank (My Troops):

Our Right Flank- Mike's Set Up:

Jim's Deplyment (English):

(I seem to have neglected to take a pic of Neil's deployment of his English but they were to come on just behind us more or less to  Mike's rear!)


The Tabletop at the Start of the Game:

Jim's English archers took up position on the hilltop blocking our way to the table opposite edge.

Mike's Islemen move forward. mine decide that discretion is the better form of valour and stay put (ie I failed to activate a single unit. Not ideal when you have a burly unit of Mounted Men at Arms hammering onto the tabletop in the English turn Two!

"Thus come the English, with full power upon us" (to be read out aloud in Medieval Scots!). Neil's English Sergeants huff and puff trying to keep up with the Mounted Men at Arms!

The horrible result of bad dice activation rolls and Fierce Foot having to deal with the 'eavies! Mike's Fierce foot timidly retreat after receiving a mauling.

Just about the only unit that I managed to activate makes a mad dash for the opposite side of the hill to the English Mounted Men at Arms!

Jim's deploys his English Longbowmen as he awaits the arrival of any survivors Mike and I may have after Neil's Mounted Men at Arms have finished ravaging behind our lines.

Mike, who was receiving more than his fair share of 'Islemen luck' (TM) managed to get his Foot Men at Arms and a unit of Bidowers to a wood where neither Neil nor Jim could reach him. Probably not in time anyway!

A unit of my Timid, oops sorry, Fierce Foot that seemed destined to stay exactly where they started the game!

One of my Bidower Units, seeing the carnage behind decide to leg it off the table. This counts as a route which plays into Neil and Jim's hands in terms of victory conditions but as we roll for casualties after each game in a season (random number of games) it seemed the better option to live to fight another day rather than face Neil's Mounted Horrors!

Prior to the early exit of the above unit of Bidowers I had feigned running off the board with my two units of Bidowers, a ruse that was to actually prove useful as Jim stayed his hand in moving the English Longbowmen over to my side of the board just long enough.....

And how they ran....

And ran.....

And ran.... all the way to our objective, the corner of the table. The result being one unit of Bidowers off the table at exit point and one Glory Point to me! Doesn't sound like a lot? Well, I'm in negative equity as far as glory points are concerned so it was a moment to savour for me :>)

Mike also managed to get his Bidowers off the table at the requisite exit points but with the units that had routed, voluntarily or deliberately we lost the game by four Glory Points which Jim and Neil. A but of a slow game but looking back it was more fun than it seemed when I kept failing (and failing again) my activation rolls for my entire force! 

So, with a random number of raids left in the season I'm determinded to stick to the ethos of the Islemen list, ie lots of light troop types (Bidowers, Fierce Foot) and probably only one unit of men at arms. I've got a unit of the rather beautiful Claymore Castings Highland Archers primed, undercoated and ready to paint but I'm going to try to finish of the Fierce Foot and Bodowers first- I've still got 24 models to go! Thanks Thoth that the Gripping Beast British and Welsh Kingdoms miniatures don't make bad substitutes for the Highlanders!

Bye for now.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Perry Plastics French HYW Shots

Images speak for themselves.... and they are perfect for what I have in mind with my English Archer stands Attacking:

First the conversions of the English Archers I have done up to date:

I've been on tenterhooks waiting for the Agincourt French Boxed Set since Salute last year when I first saw some of the Three Ups for the set. It is very exciting to see so many mobile/running poses as this will now allow me to model my Archers charging into combat and not just preparing for it as seen in the pics below:

Bye for now......

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Haggis Rampant Campaign Game II; Blood Fued

Thursday gone saw the resumption of our Haggis Rampant Campaign. This time it was Mike and I, with our Islemen Retinues facing off against up Sweary Nige's(TM) English. We rolled for the level of the raid and again for the scenario which turned out to be Blood Fued! Excellent I thought, the perfect scenario to get my leader, who carried the stigma of the Insipid trait killed off and have a chance to roll for something decent! Not so, Nige had to kill me leader to gain the full glory points and I had to try to stay alive! Just my luck, or was it? 

Mike's boast was to get one of his units off Nige's table edge but my Insipid Lord was to prove to be deliciously aggressive in the particular game. Not that I wanted him to die of course- oh no ;>)

Here is Nige English Deployment:

And that of us Raggedy Islemen:

Nige moved his Mounted Men at Arms down our left flank aggressively at speed in order to bring my Men at Arms and ultimately my leader to force of arms. It was no surprise that my Fierce Foot with their Fleet Footed ability were to head to the woods to try and entice his Mounted Troops into a ( very silly) Wild Charge in order for them to get stuck in the woods fighting a losing battle. This kind of backfired as my Fierce Foot proved to be apathetic and rather tame in failing their activation rolls twice and steadfastly refusing to move from the spot! Luckily I had rolled for my Men at Arms on Foot prior to rolling for my Fierce Foot and they were able to get into a position where they could 'block' Nige's Mounted Men at Arms. Or were they moving there quite deliberately in order to get their (damn) Insipid Lord into a hopefully fatal challenge? We will never know ;)

Meanwhile Mike moved his troops up the table on our right flank hoping to get into a position where he could proudly boast that he's run across the table width ways!

On Nige's next turn he continued his aggressive tactics racing his Men at Arms in front of his (Death Ray) Longbowmen for the latter to take up position where they could launch their devastating volleys. His Men at Arms were now within 12" and it would have been rude of me (if not insipid!) not to follow up his aggressive moves with equally chivalrous behaviour. Thus it was that Thomas de Thunbe, my lord, challenged him to trail by combat. Nige got three hits on me and I managed only one. One dead Thomas de Thumbe was the result. Was I unhappy? Not really LOL :>)

So, with the game effectively over half way between Turn Two; Nige had deservedly gained his full Glory, Mike never had a chance to make it across the table and I was in negative equity with Glory Points again! I now hold the esteemed title of having the lowest score in glory, not only with the Scots who have certainly suffered the "slings and arrows of misfortune" against their English protagonists but of both the English and the Scots! anyone who's smart can see that I've got a little bit of work to do! 

Mike heading up our right flank:

One of the proudest moments, aside from getting rid of Thomas de Thumbe was rolling 11 hits with my Fierce Foot on Nige's Mounted Men at Arms who scored only one hit! Slowly but surely my Feirce Foot eliminated Nige's Men at Arms until his lord was dead. It must at this point be pointed out that this counted for nothing as the game was over half way through the first turn! 

Nice pics though ;>)

Bye for now.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

700th anniversary of Mortgarten this Year

I hadn't realised until I saw the post on that it was in fact the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Mortgarten this year.

We shall be celebrating the defeat of the Mounted Man at Arms with this beautiful illustration by Diebold Schilling:

Bye for now.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Haggis Rampant Campaign Game 1 (actually game 3!)

Last Thursday I managed to play one on the Raiding Season Campaign Games for our Haggis Rampant Campaign at the club.  It would be my first foray into the Medieval version of the rules as thus far we had used the rules for the Landwasters and Raven Feeders Early Medieval/Dark Ages period drawn from an article featured in a recent Wargames Illustrated.

I'd managed to miss the first two campaign games due to a rather unhealthy dose of 'man flu'. I was not alone as Dave the one Islemen/Scots player that seemed to manage to avoid the virus was finding it tough going especially against so many English players.

He was not exaggerating! Those Elite English Archers are lethal! however, I cannot blame our utter failure to move the chap we have to look after from one of the table to the other (we were playing the Messenger Scenario from the LR rule book). I think in the end it came down to what we put on the table. I think that it would have been necessary to have sat least three units of Bidowers in order to make a dent in the English Archers and thus allow us to move steadily up the table. as it happened we had two units but failed to use the Hard to Hit rule to combat the archers. If we had been sharp enough to go for it from the start then we might just have had some success. As it was, in true Late Medieval style we tended to cling to the woods way too much; see below for pics of our brave lads hiding in the center of the woods! At one point in the game I even announced that we were going to bore them into coming to attack us! Not exactly the right tactic for the job at hand LOL :>)

One thing I would like to somewhat flippantly point out to my erstwhile opponents, the English made a heroic but doomed charge at Bannockburn (well within the time frame of our campaign and as late as 1421 the Duke of Clarence charged at the Scots behind a bog to his and many of his compatriots doom (Battle of Bauge). Drilled English cavalry? Er, I think not!! They were given the right conditions and a commander who was foolish enough just as likely to go chasing the rainbow of victory on their cuddies as much as any other nation in Western Europe. I know, it's a Hollywood campaign..... but come on LOL :>)

Bye for now.

Monday, 7 December 2015

New Pavisiers from Claymore Castings

And here they are, available now from Claymore Castings, the new sculpts for the Pavasiers for the 'Crecy Era'. They can of course be used either side of 1346.

Matthew has certainly not disappointed and produced some really lovely dynamic sculpts that for all intents and purposes look like they were there.

And of course, they are a perfect match for the Pavasiers that have already been released and were also sculpted by Matthew below:

Bye for now.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Haggis Rampant: Fierce Foot Unit I

Here's the second unit for my Haggis Rampant Islemen Retinue (or should I say Warband!).

I've just taken the pics and when editing them down I noticed that the lighting had left quite a few of the miniatures looking a little satin in finish. This is not the case as they are fully matted down. hopefully the pics I take tonight during the campaign will show them in a better light though they may well be on the table top with another unit sporting a gloss finish as I haven't the time to matt them down for tonight- I usually leave 24 hours between gloss varnish and matt. Just to make sure that the layers are all dry. i also wait 24 hours after painting before I gloss them (for strength) to let the Acrylic paint dry off properly.

As the Fierce Foot are more akin to an Early Medieval Warband than a Retinue I decided to paint the mini's in very muted tones with only the odd bright colour. I also added a conjectural livery to one gambeson and the bucklers and shields. As far as I'm aware there is no evidence at all of armies from the Isles using livery (though of course that does not mean that it was not so). If anyone has any evidence pointing to the lords of the Isles using livery I'd be very interested to hear about it.

Here's the pics- enjoy and ignore the satin look- i'm really going to have to sort the lighting out!!

Bye for now.