Category Archives: English Civil War

English Civil War Scenarios – A Short Review

Well over a year ago I wrote a short review of an English Civil War Gaming Scenarios book a friend from Timaru was kind enough to lend me. This volume was the first in a series which I purchased, but until recently had not reviewed. IMG_0024.JPG Yesterday I took the time to write further short reviews of the subsequent volumes. They can be found in the Renaissance section of this site.

The second volume is probably the best with an interesting mix of battles of various sizes. Though volume three maintains a close second place there are two scenarios which I can’t see as playable with the rules I use. As a result these hat for detract a little from what is otherwise a very good selection of battles. Of course they may be ideal for people using other rule systems.

The final volume I have is volume four, which again has a couple of scenarios which I will not be able to utilise. That said, this volume does have several which are excellent, with Benburb and Inverlochy being classics and cry out for play on the wargames table.

If you have an interest in English Civil War gaming you may find these books useful. Now I just need to organise some games…

Arquebusier 34/3

It seems November was the month for wargaming and military history journals, as in addition to Slingshot my copy of Arquebusier recently arrived. Arquebusier being the journal of the Pike & Shot Society.

With a much smaller membership the Pike & Shot Society Journal is also more limited, comprising around 48 A5 pages per issue. This of course means there are fewer articles. However, as in previous editions it retains its academic flavour and as such it will find favour more with the student than the casual wargamer.

The current edition comprised what looks to be the start of a series entitled “A Study of Orders of Battle from the Age of Louis XIV”, by Iain Stanford. The first article being a review of British Regiments at the Battle of the Dunes (1658). An interesting introduction soon develops allowing the author to review details on the various regiments, both from the New Model, but also those of the Royalists who fought in the campaign and battle. Comprising just over 20 pages it is clearly the centre piece of this issue. As well as placing the orders of battle in a campaign context there are some particularly interesting gems in this article for those interested in the British Civil Wars. A very interesting article.

The second article is that by Stephen Ede-Borrett where he reviews the regiments of Turenne during the Thirty Years War and Franco-Spanis War. While the third main article is part two of a price on Muscovite Select Soldier Regiments, translated from Russian. Both interesting but heavy and outside my area. A short review of the rules Maurice is provided before the useful book reviews section that completes the edition. This time however these book reviews have more warnings to perspective purchases, than recommendations which is not a bad thing!

So another solid issue ideal for the student of the period and one which may well encourage me to break out my own New Model army for service on the table. They having been on garrison duty for too long…

Pikes, Muskets & Panzers

Gaming galore, but little time to post anything. Following a very enjoyable convention in Australia there have been plenty of gaming activities locally to keep me busy in recent weeks. That at least is my excuse for so few posts of late…

First were several Renaissance games. Some of these games were for players sought some experience prior to Natcon Renaissance Competition, which in itself while considerable work, was certainly very enjoyable. In other cases games were against plyers who wanted to try some DBR games, and blow the cobwebs off their figures. Such a difference from a few years ago when I had trouble actually getting people to play a game with DBR. In additiona to games against a single opponent there have also been a couple of multi-player English Civil War games, including this one between Brian, Roger, Robin and myself.

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I have also managed a short report of the other multi-player English Civil War game, entitled “A Solemn League and Covenant” which can be found on my Renaissance pages for those interested. Like the game illustrated above it included Allied Roundheads and Scots against the King in 1644.

Of course I have also managed several Volley & Bayonet games. These tend to be played at my regular Friday evening gaming slot. Volley & Bayonet games in recent weeks have featured either American Civil War or Napoleonics encounters. Below, Union forces advance on the Rebel lines in one of these games.

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Most recently we managed an 1806 game which just cried out to be recorded. An open battlefield and two aggressive players resulted in a game that really went down to the wire. Indeed, for some time I expected, as the French player, to have my army destroyed by the Prussians who kept the pressure on. The French, outnumbered, tried to regain the initiative repeatedly. As it transpired the French counter-attacks finally gained some traction and the Prussian commander was forced to break-off his attack and retire, an outstanding game. If you are interested have a look at the report on  the fictional battle of “Langenheim – 1806” on The Volley & Bayonet Page.

It has however been a while since I had a World War II Spearhead game. The game, set in late 1944, between Jim’s Americans and my own Germans provided great entertainment on a Sunday afternoon. I placed a brief report on this game, entitled “The Lucky Seventh” on my WWII Spearhead site. If you haven’t had a look, you can find a brief report and a few photos here.

As you can probably see it has been a busy few weeks. Hopefully the next few will be as well…