Now what I know about ECW can be written with a blunt crayon on the back of a very small envelope! In other words very slightly more than could b written on a stamp. It has never been a war that has interested me. Oh well never mind! Not knowing the rules I am sure we all made mistakes, I know I did!
|I was set up across from Matt.|
|In the rules you may pick the type of unit, (Foot, Horse, Guns or Dragoons)|
You place a card for the unit where it is to start
|and then when all the cards are placedyou flip them to find out how big the units are|
And another card to determine the level of training the unit has.
|This was great fun and a nice mechanic. |
Above are my 5 units.
Quality wise 3 of them were "RAW" and 2 were "Trained"
NONE were veterans.
|We went first and I was under "Advance orders"|
The Yellow counters represent Raw units, and the Brown counters
Units that have been disrupted by doing a manoeuvre that was complicated!
In this instance they came down from on top of the hill!
|My left wing where the forces met with Graham was quite strong. |
|But on my right all was not lost! My Gallopers were pushed back but my Trotters (despite being Raw) Held in place.|
The gallopers rolled 2d6 and scaorred double 1s
|My advance in the centre of the board was going strong and we were giving the Royalists a bit of trouble.|
Genuieningly I was winning on the left!
|My attack orders are just arriving at this stage!|
(Bottom left hand side)
And while the Trotters were being beaten
the Gallopers turned the tables and started pushing Matts Trotters Back.
|But My Gallopers took to many casualties doing so |
and my Trotters were pushed back 3 turns in a row,
they then broke and header for the table edge!
|Grahms Horse had meanwhile started to get around the flank and were riding down |
Tims Dragoons. Which were tenaciously holding on to the last stand!
Graham's foot were slowly conceding ground as Tims Foot were pushing forward.
|My foot were doing well and the area to the left of the town (Crinklie Bottom)|
were out gunning the Royalist forces!
|But Tims foot were just about through Graham line by now.|
Which left Grahams horse behind them ready to sweep along and fold up that flank
(If the dice gods could be appeased!)
|Tim Planning to push right through the line and |
Destroy all of Grahams Foot!
Yes Graham was lucky enough to start with some veteran foot!
|One more Big Push by Tim and the left Foot would crumble.|
|meanwhile My Gallopers were destroyed|
and my RAW trotters now on attack orders
Charged Malls Trained Gallopers.
It was only ever going to end one way!
|The left wing at the end of the battle was only just holding on!|
But with Graham Horse through and behind Tims line and with Tim having no more Horse
The left flank could be rolled up.
|The right flank was almost exactly the same the Royalists had pushed through my Cavalry |
but my foot had just about seen off Matts foot.
The Battle was very bloody as we had the morale rules wrong and quite often units fought till the last stand and that just felt wrong so a re-read of that section I think is needed.
Overall I would claim it as a VERY minor Parliamentarian win But we run out of time so I will take a draw as a fair result!