David Bickley's Wargames Blog

The occassional ramblings of an average gamer, journeyman painter, indifferent modeller, games designer, sometime writer for Wargames Illustrated and host of games in GHQ.

Friday, 8 December 2017

The Battle of Brocton

You may have noticed a dearth of games here in GHQ in the last few months. Illness and household chores have all played their part in the sorry saga which has been my hobby related activity since mid October. But, we seem to have turned the health corner here and the household is all straight again, at least for now. So, this week saw a game here in GHQ with Jon and I locking horns in the English Civil War using Pike & Shotte rules for a change of scene.
As is usual Jon commanded the Royalists in his persona as Lord Walton and I commanded the Parliamentarians as Obadiah Bykleigh, gent. The action supposes that the two armies have met on the edge of Cannock Chase, somewhere around Brocton it seems.The battle takes place astride the main Stafford to Cannock road. The Royalists enjoy superior quality Horse, the Parliamentarians better artillery.I was too engrossed in the action to take photos as we went along, but I hope these few after action shots and informative captions have the flavour of the unfolding drama ~

Lord Walton confers with his Sergeant Major General whilethe artillery
soften up the enemy.

"Have a care!" The Royalists pound the enemy enthusiastically, if
ineffectually!

The Oxford Foote have the honour of holding the Royalist army's right flank.

The main infantry fighting took place astride the Stafford to Cannock road.
The Parliamentarians fought doggedly and could not be driven off!

To their right, Obadiah Bykleigh's Foote we sorely pressed and had formed
 Hedgehog as a defence against the Royalist Horse, only to be attacked
by a Battalia of Royalist Foote! Despite fighting stubbornly, they were
eventually driven of in rout!

Royalist baggage train, safe from the marauding Parliamentary Horse!
Very safe as it turned out!

Fairfax and Essex's Foote attack across broken ground on the Parliamentary
army's left flank. Well, they would have if mydice rolls had been better!

Pressure mounts in the centre of the Parliamentary battle line, but the Foote
 hold despite overwhelming odds. Twice the pike charge and twice they fall
back. Meanwhile the right hand sleeve of Shotte falls back Shaken!

Obadiah Bykleigh's Foote assailed by a whole enemy Battalia cannot be
broken!


The Lifeguard trot forward in a vain attempt to hold up the Royalist
Horse in its victory charge!

The disaster on Parliament's right flank! Loosing the Hand to hand combats
resulted in four Routs! Dice, what did I ever do to upset you?

Surveying the wreckage of his army, Obadiah Bykleigh consoles himself with
 a cup of wine! At least the baggage is safe, for now...

It was a wonderful game, despite the eventual resounding defeat when three broken Battalia saw the Parliamentary army quit the field and fall back towards Rushall. Both Jon and I were new to Pike and Shotte but felt we coped reasonably well, with only one minor hiccup, and that the rules gave a good, fast flowing game with outcomes which could be clearly seen to be viable. Weather permitting, Phil will be here on Monday next week for a VBCW tussle in our other ongoing campaign, this time featuring an armoured train!

22 comments:

  1. Happy to see you back...with such a beautiful looking game! Splendid figures...

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    1. Glad to be back in GHQ and pleased you thought the game agreeable.

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  2. A fine looking fet to and no doubt, pluf a flendid victory for the forcef of ye Kinge.

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    1. It was a grand tussle despite my occasional poor dice rolls - nothing new there really!

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  3. Excellent game. Looking forward to next weeks game with the train.

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    1. Thanks Colin. Let’s hope the forecasted snow doesn’t appear tomorrow, otherwise the train will be delayed...

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    2. clear blue skys up here in the north Pennines! Bizarre. Let's hope the snow avoids you as well.

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    3. Still hammering down here, so the train may well not make its debut...

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  4. Great looking game - Thanks for posting.
    Cheers
    Stu

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    1. My pleasure Stu, glad you enjoyed the report.

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  5. One of my favourite ‘never done anything about it’ periods. Nice game and kudos to Bykleigh’s foote.

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    1. I think we all have at least one of those George.

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  6. What a fine looking game David!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher, we do our best in GHQ!

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  7. Great looking game, I like pike and shot for the ECW it's usually lot's of fun despite the dice rolls!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you Iain. We'll give P&S another run out sometime.

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  8. Splendid game good to see your ECW collection in action...don’t th8nk we’ve seen them for a while. Very nice 🙂

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    1. Thanks Matt. Its a decent collection but needs more Horse I think.

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  9. Mr.B's ECW stuff is delightful. Even though he make's me be a Royalist I still enjoy the games. He had a bit of a disaster with his cavalry and once they'd fled the field it was all up for his gallant infantry. Very civil war like!

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    1. Thank you My Lord! Royalist suits you I think, heaps of aggression and daring in your play!

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