The Battle of Verneuil 17 August 1424

The Battle of Verneuil 17th August


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

To the Strongest Take Two

Right, this is six days late and the events that took place during the game are a little hazy. We decided that after the last game we would shrink down the unit sizes thus allowing us more boxes to play the game in. This is more tune with how the rules were meant to play as last week we started well within bow shot of one another.

So, instead of a battle report you're going to get the bits that stuck in my memory post game. As I was saying, we reduced the size of the units from eight bases down to four (see below).

This gave us a pleasing battle line that wasn't overcrowded. It might have looked a little better had all the mini's been based as above but hey ho Nigel didn't base his mini's for these rules and they look well enough as it was. In the event anyone is interested, they were originally based for Bloody Barons but in 28mm which is a more pleasing scale IMHO. I've taken the 50mm x 50mm base size as the size that I'll be using for my HYW collection as I slowly re-base it as the weeks go on. More on that later......

As a connoisseur of Late Medieval wargaming one thing that stuck out immediately and after only a few turns was the apparent ineffectiveness of missile fire even at relatively close ranges. I'm not sure that this is something that could be tinkered with without upsetting the apple cart as we already had the longbowmen as Veterans and as such they had seven missile chits to start off with. This is something that I'll discuss with the author when I've got a few minutes to write an e-mail. This week has been a busy one!

Oh, and there were a few of these too......

 Granted, there were not as many of the terrible Aces popping out of the deck as the first run through of the rules but they did occasionally pop out and as much as this is frustrating, is is also highly amusing and adds to the appeal of the game.

We will be (hopefully) finishing game two (in effect game one if we're to be honest!) and I'll have a full round up of what everyone thought tomorrow evening. No doubt we will be playing many more games, hopefully consecutively as this is the best way, for me at least, to pick up a rule set.

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