Meanwhile, a few favourite pictures from past years might be a good way to cut off pointless rambling ~
Or not, as the case may be...
Castello San Phillipe and its town environs defended by the
forces of the Papal States.
Florentine forces gather, albeit rather slowly, for the attack to
commence. The Heavy Ordnance opens fire on the defenders!
Florence's finest, though they were not to live up to the
epithet during the battle!
After initial hesitancy the Papal Gendarmes and Elmetti
advance to confront the enemy.
A strong defensive line has been established by the defenders.
Masses of mercenary Landsknechts advance on the defenders
A view along the road to the battle. Cesare is leading from the
rear I see! The shame!
The battle is hotting up now with many of the defending force
being Disordered by handgun and crossbow fire. The pike
do not seem at all keen to engage their foe!
Despite suffering losses in combat, the Papal Gendarmes and
Elmetti sweep the enemy before them! On their left flank the
battle turns against the Florentines!
At last the Disorder is cast off and the infantry begins to go on
the attack as the Florentines falter!
The Garrison of Castello San Phillipe look on as the Papal
force presses forward on the Florentine centre.
All is up for the attackers in Turn 8! The Florentine left is
broken and the centre is driven back. San Phillipe is saved
Pike & Shotte gave us a fast flowing and enjoyable game and
may in time supplant Neil Thomas's rules as our go to choice
for the period, we shall have to see.
|Loyalist Militia ~ a Standard Unit in Black Powder|
|A 'Make You Own' colour ~ from Flags of War|
|Mixing Uniform and Civilian dress|
|And again, a mix of dress|
Opening moves see the Rebs attacking all along the Union front. Some Union
troops are slow to march out of camp!
The Union camp is strangely calm now the boys have finally moved off to
march to the scene of the fighting!
The Rebs are pinning the Union left flank while attacking the centre and right
vigorously! Old Useless is quite concerned at this stage that his centre may
As it happens the centre holds firm against the odds as Reserves arrive in the
nick of time! The Reb right is forced back and some regiments in their centre
The Reb's left flank crumbles away and 'Mudwall Robinson' orders a tactical
withdrawal, leaving old Useless in possession of the field!
The Union artillery on the right flank opens fire to signal the
start of the action. The target is the Rebel Brigade closing on
the farmstead in the distance.
The Brigade on the Union left marches out of camp to secure
the left of the line around the Brecher House.
The Rebels mass for an assault on the Union left while their
centre shows less of the aggressive spirit. Jubal E Whyte was
On the Union right flank the 5th New York steels itself for
the Rebel onslaught!
A fierce fire fight erupts all around the Brecher House, but the
boys hold fast and trade lead with the Rebels!
On the Union's right flank determined resistance holds up the
Rebel attack amongst continuing Disorder!
Around the Brecher House the Rebels are taking casualties in
number. The boys are warming to their task it seems at this
stage in the battle.
By Turn 10 the fortunes of war had turned first one way and
then the other. It was too close to call now as both armies had
Broken and Shaken units across the whole field.
In Turn 11 it is the Union army which finally cannot absorb
its losses any more and streams to the rear. The exhausted
Rebs have won the day, but at what a price? All along the
Rebel front men reflect n a victory hard one and count the loss
of friends so dear.