The Battle of Verneuil 17 August 1424

The Battle of Verneuil 17th August



1424


Friday, 5 June 2015

Hundred Years War, to the Strongest First Go!

Hi,

Nigel turned up at the club last night with two massive Medieval hosts which at first I thought was being brought in for the Bring and Buy at the Durham Club's Open Day next week on Saturday June 13th, it was one and quite a lot of English Archers "Thasends of 'em" in fact..... much to my surprise they were not for sale but were to try out Simon Miller's (that's BigRedBat to you and me) To the Strongest rules! Hurrah I thought!

I'd just picked up a hard copy of the rules from Simon at Partizan and was itching to use them. As a matter of fact I was supposed to be taking part in the play testing of the rules a while back but personnel circumstances soon put the kibosh on that and I wasn't able to contribute. I've seen a few of Simon's games usually at Partizan and Salute and they all looked highly impressive and had a nice linear feel to them which was well suited to at one to both Ancient and Medieval Battles. To the Strongest is also a rule set that I'm seriously thinking of using these same rules for the Battle of Hastings demo game I'll be running on behalf of the Lance and Longbow Society at Salute next year, it being the 950th Anniversary of Hastings.

To be honest, we had so many fluke card turns that it wouldn't be fair of me to comment on the rules and how they functioned in a HYW battle as we seemed to blunder from one crisis to another on the battlefield! I'm going to reserve judgement until next week when we will all also have read the rules and will be in a much better position to comment.

I will say this, the rules are very slick and fast paced which at first comes as a bit of a shock if one is used to rolling bucket loads of dice but after a while, once you get used to it, the system works very well (OK, in practise it would have if both sides had not had so many fluke results!).

So, here's the pictures of the game. All the miniatures belong to Nigel and they are from a collection that he's been slowly building up for the last twenty years or so.












Also, much to my amusement there was some De Bellis action on one of the other tables; I know! such beautfifully miniatures needed better quality pics!! :>)



Bye for now.






8 comments:

  1. Superb looking HYW game there!

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    1. It was certainly fun, all those aces and low cards ie. the last thing we needed to draw! LOL :>)

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    1. I'm afraid that I cannot take any of the credit as it all t belongs to Nigel at the Durham club.

      Darrell.

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  3. That is an impressive force! I see some GW Bretonnians in there, very nice. :)

    I'm looking forwards to hearing more about these rules.

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    1. Yeah, there were quite a few old Bretonnians that had come out of retirement for the game. Michael and Alan modeled that particular Bretonnian range on the battles of Crecy and Poitiers respectively.

      Darrell.

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  4. Hi Darrell,

    Lovely looking armies! Those are NOT small units. :-)

    If you have any questions about the rules drop me an email and I can talk you through them.

    Best, Simon

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    1. funny you should say that Simon as i was thinking that at least a few units might be allocated as small- this would be a good way to exemplify in game terms the versatility of English Archers, who tended to fight in small retinues and were more often than not light infantry as all battles in the HYW were decided by the hard slog of hand to hand combat.

      I was also thinking of adding a point to a certain percentage of the Archers as Mounted Infantry which would count towards the scouting total as this was very often a role that they were very used to performing. This would move towards the tendency of English Armies in France tending to fight (not always!) on the ground of their choosing. I'd love to know what you think of my points..... maybe contact me via e-mail?

      Darrell.

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