It is now time to get a small game on the table, and I have decided how I want to approach this. I'm not great at writing up battle reports and tend to get bogged down in the detail and lose interest. What I plan for this blog is a more general narrative style, move by move and with decent quality images, something I have struggled with previously. However, I now have the loan of my youngest daughters Cannon E05 camera and soft boxes to improve the lighting.
Below you can see the wargame room set up for the opening battle, note the table size is 5' x 5' as it's about the most practical size I can fit up there, but it's a permanent hobby room and can be left set up out of harms way. I'll describe the set up and scenario in my next post, the old Osprey 'Naseby' book I used to carry the newly completed Blue regiment and wagons upstairs and forgot to remove it for the pics, but somehow it's fitting as it was a big influence on this retro project.
The battle is going to be a smallish game with just 6 units per side and loosely based upon the game described in the Airfix ECW book. It will feature a Royalist advance column escorting gold coin, powder and match across the table to the relative safety of Effingham Hall. At a time determined by dice throws Roundhead forces will attempt to intercept the column and capture the wagons. This will be a test run through of the WRG rules that I have not played for about 30 years! I should add this is also inspired by my re watching of the entire series of 'By The Sword Divided' and I must say I enjoyed it even more than I remembered it before. You can find all episodes on YouTube from episode 1 'Gather Ye Rosebuds' through to the final episode of series 2 'Restoration'.
A few pics of the general set up.
|Royalist entry point, near corner, you can see Effingham Hall in the distance. Roundheads will enter from the corner hill (by the radiator) and attempt to capture the wagons.|
|Latest regiment of foot, 12 pike, 20 muskets and 3 command.|
|Wagons by Front Rank, horses by Hinchliffe.|
|Retro Airfix buildings.|
|Effingham Hall, will the Royalists be able to get the coin and powder safely there?|
|The White Horse Inn.|
|Hinchliffe musketeers, a few wearing helmets but who cares!|