The Battle of Verneuil 17 August 1424

The Battle of Verneuil 17th August


Friday, 31 July 2015

Bloody Barons Cherry if Finally Popped!


Last night at the club I had my first forray into the world of Bloody Barons by Peter Pig. I used to have a copy when I was a member of SESWC bit at the time at the club there wasn't all that much going on in the vein of Late Medieval games so I sold my copy. It was much to my delight when I discovered my gaming group at Durham Wargames Group have played it and were willing to indulge me enough to introduce me to the game.

I'm always on the lookout for rules that capture the feel of a certain period for Late Medieval games and these rules certainly did not disappoint! The terrain set up was a river running down the middle of the table with a built up area to our left flank.  The pre-game preliminaries are just as important (if not more!) as the actual tactics one uses on the tabletop- we didn't get that far as 'our side' lost pretty much all the pre-game dice rolls and the game was declared to be a severe loss for both Mike and I, which if I'm honest, was somewhat of a mercy on the parts of Jim and Nigel! All our men at arms were shuffled into positions that made the game untenable prior to the first arrow being loosed.

Next week , after giving the rules a thorough read through again, we'll be playing on a much more simplifies set up for terrain in order to me to get used to the actual mechanics of the game.

I have to add, that I've never laughed out loud so much in the pre-game preliminaries as I did prior to the game last night. So much so in  fact that I forgot to take many pics of the game! If the rest of the rule set is anything like as much fun as the setting up then this is going to be one rule set that I stick with for the Wars of the Roses.

Many thanks to Nigel who played and umpired the game the chaps for introducing me to a great rule set of the Wars of the Roses!

Bye for now.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

It's Arrived!!!! Medieval Warfare 1415 The Battle of Agincourt Special

Arrived yesterday!!

With a veritable plethora of articles by:

Brian Todd Carey – Historical introduction
Michael Jones – Henry V as military commander
Adam Chapman – Recruitment and organisation of the English Army
Hugh Soar – The war bow
Anne Curry – The Battle of Agincourt
Jean-Claude Brunner – Too many dukes: The French commanders
Bertrand Scherb – Recruitment and organization of the French army
Tobias Capwell – French and English weapons and armour/equipment
Murray Dahm – The source: Agincourt on paper
Stephen Cooper – Shakespeare and the myth of Agincourt
Christophe Gilliot – A ‘gens d’armes’ at Agincourt
Stephen Bennett – The aftermath

Review and opinion coming very soon once I've digested all the articles!

Bye for now.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

The Great Wargaming Survey 2015

If you haven't filled this in already then it might be an idea to do so as the results will no doubt influence what's available in the wargames press etc.

I filled it in as soon as I noticed it on TMP.

Gotta be done.... took me all of five minutes:

Bye for now.

Friday, 3 July 2015

To the Strongest Late Medieval Test Game Two, Part Two

Yesterday evening Jim and I finished our game of To the Strongest Late Medieval. Again, the miniatures were provided by Nigel and have yet again added impetus (if you'll excuse the bad pun) to the re-basing of my own Late Medieval collection, some of which may feature in the game next week as we plan to continue.

After a few games, or rather sessions, a general sense of tactic nous began to form in my mind, no doubt Jim, with hos calculus like mind has it worked out already! It's essential to keep your units under your command in a battle line so as to maximise your number of attacks that a unit can make on the enemy, something that I had not taken into account at all in the previous sessions. a lesson well learned as it cost me the game in the end, not that I mind, the fun for me it moving the toys around and playing the game- winning really does not matter in the slightest. (I happen to think that if TtS was played in a really competitive manner it would detract from the game).

We have now played enough games of TtS Late Medieval to say that the missile system doesn't force the protagonists to close with one another as was common on the Late Medieval battlefield. Our "Archers shooting from more than one box may only cause disorder" actually didn't seem to help nor did the suggestion that Later Knights/Men at Arms lose one of their bonuses. I'm pretty sure that there will be an amendment that we could apply that we haven't thought of as of yet. It's probably staring us straight in the face! Thus is wargaming at times.

Having said all that, I'm certain that TtS will work brilliantly with armies that don't depend on missile fire to cause the enemy to close for melee. In fact, I'm so sure of the fact that I'm starting to build up a Pyrrhic army starting with a unit of Elite Pike and a unit of Pyrrus's Companions to be lead by Pyrrus himself. I'm going for Aventine Miniatures as I adore the sculpting style and I've heard many good things about them. It's probably worth mentioning that one could build an Pyrrhic army form Gripping Beast's Polemarch range as well. They too are beautiful sculpts- I know as I painted quite a few up for Gripping Beast a while back! Much of the 'old' Wargames Foundry range of Macedonians would also be eminently suitable.

OK, no blog article would be complete without any pics so here are a few pics of the game as we played it.

Until nest week when we'll be trying out something different re: the Shooting rules. We haven't actually thought of that yet but Jim has a good head for these things so I'm putting my faith in him!

Bye for now.