A Medley of Renaissance Games

It has been a busy month here in “The Wargames Room”. The month kicked off with several excellent DBA 3.0 test games to be followed with a series of DBR games. The first of these received a report which can be found on the Renaissance Wargaming section of this site, for the other two I shall simply post a some game photos and a brief summary.

The first found my Roundheads facing John Kerr’s Royalists in a scenario game from his Borsetshire game. If you are interested in John’s narrative campaign I suggest you following his posts on his site. This particular battle was an encounter at “Ashby Street” set in 1643.

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John periodically fields a cavalry heavy Royalist army and this engagement bought the Royalist horse out in great numbers. The battle was an interesting affair and went down to the wire.Above, John moves his right flank forward towards some Roundhead guns. Below, the Royalist Yellow regiment, without pike support, fires at a portion of the Roundhead centre.

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Finally, a view of the battle, at the same time, but  from a different angle. The Roundhead horse of the Roundhead left engage a portion of the Royalist musketeers while Royalist cavalry advance to counter this move, visible on the left.

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Just prior to the end it looked set to be a Roundhead victory but in the last turn, with much of the Royalist army broken, sufficient Royalist horse broke through the Roundhead left flank and fell upon the Roundhead camp. The result was the Roundhead army also breaking. You can find more on the Battle of Ashby Street at John’s website.

The next game was played on Friday evening between myself and Alastair Penney. This time set in 1644 our little encounter found both of us using more infantry centric armies. Both armies had similar numbers but the Royalist foot had a greater concentration of musket armed troops while the Roundheads matched man for man the enemy foot and horse fielded a number of cannon with which they hoped to cause much discomfort to the enemy horse and potentially baggage.

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Above, Royalist foot advance past the village of Little Dibton. By 1644 many Royalist regiments had abandoned the 2:1 ratio of musket to pike as can be seen here. Below, the centres of both armies can be seen.Royalist dragoons can be seen moving through Little Dibton.

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Below, Royalist horse can be seen passing Little Dibton and the nearby enclosures. The Roundhead commander should have secured these enclosures and thereby protected his flank. With insuffiient dragoons, and an inablity to dispatch commanded shot, the Royalists made good progress on their right flank, at least initially…

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Below, the centres of both armies viewed from the Roundhead lines. When the battle started there was a risk of rain. When this transpired the Roundhead foot pressed forward in an attempt to use their superior pike numbers. Alas, the attack soon stalled…

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Below, another view of the battlefield, this time from the Royalist lines. The Royalist cavalry, visible on the left, were badly handled by the Roundheads. As a result the Royalist left wing, like the right, broke. However, the Roundhead cavalry were unable to press their advantage sufficiently here.

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When night finally fell, which ended the battle, neither army was broken. As mentioned the Roundhead left and both Royalist wings were broken. However, only darkness prevented the decimated Roundhead centre breaking partly due to the Royalist foot and partly due to stray Royalist horse that threatened the Roundhead camp.

Three excellent games in two weeks against three different players. A great medley of Renaissance gaming in my books…

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