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 |
|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 |
|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...