So it seemed appropriate that our April game should be another go at this period to get our heads round it for the Durham Show at the beginning of June.
Thus it was that 4 T.W.A.T.S. gathered at our usual pub for the game last Saturday..
We toyed with the idea of Lion Rampant- but you know my views on that and after looking through the book Andrew the Tekkiie joined in my disdain as did Shaun and Jeff - the others present.
So it was back to Tony Clipsom's set Foray which we had used last time and quite liked- though it had the odd problem- this time we'd test a little more deeply.
|I thought I'd do an atmospheric black and white shot of the table laid out before the action began. Very featherstone . Actually the only shaft of sunlight that day caught me at the wrong moment. Yorkists at the far end.|
So , after a bit of dice rolling Floating Jeff and Mechanical Shaun took the Yorkist forces and decided to defend. They were outnumbered but did have the advantage of villainous saltpetre in the form of my almost scratch built comedy bombard and converted crew. Andrew the Tekkie took the more numerous Lancastrians.
He had to attack over the town ditch which would impede progress and was declared to be "verie muche filled with the noisome shytte and rubbishe of ye towne" . Or he could take the bridge and keep out of the poo!.
Longbowmen immediately searched for targets- at a range of a meter in these rules and arrows flew tick and fast.
|The Yorkist position showing the come dy bombard and rubber rivers that don't lie down!|
The "comedy Bombard" ended up being pretty effective - despite all the obstacles I could put in its way. Shaun deftly avoided throwing any doubles so did not explode and managed to actually fire two rather effective shots removing a total of 4 casualties from the Earl of Oxfords retinue which halted their advance for some time. In the Lancastrian centre Lord Clifford company continued its advance and on the left The earl of Northumberland showered Warwick with arrows and caused him to retire into the town- the way was clear to cross. Would Northumerland's men deliberately put feet into the unwholesome semi- solids of the town ditch?
|Yorkist archers on the brigde- not getting their boots covered in poo!|
Warwick's company on the far side.
As it happened they never got the chance Warwick rallied his men with much shouting began to return to the ditch. However that was not the worst for the House of Lancaster. Clifford's company in the centre came under fire again and this time it was too much after a truly bum die roll- yes a 1- they broke and with his centre gone Andrew conceded.
|Warwick.s men rallying in the town.|
Archery became the dominant feature of the game very quickly. Longbows are deadly . Too deadly we felt, so after a bit of discussion we changed firing from D6 base to D10 and Longbows immediately became useless ! . On a D6 base shooting was, or at least seemed, for more effective than in the previous game- even at long range with only a 6 needed for a hit- and plate armoured men needing 2 hits.
After more discussion we decided to put armour based saving throws into the next game- though not for hits caused by gunpowder weapons. Ranges seem about right though somehow the metric distances don't "feel" right. This is daft I know but a medieval game should have medieval measurement so I'm going to convert the rules to inches. I'll also make a few other modifications but I don't want to change the basic simplicity of the system.. In many ways I'd rather roll more D6 so it should average out rather than fewer but different dice at the behest of a more complex set of mechanisms..
Any how that is the theory.......
|Clifford's company moves up with Northumberland in support.|
|The same place in the following turn - BUMMER shouts Andrew as Cliffords men break and he has nothing left but empty space.|
The next outing for these lads will be the Durham Wargames Group open day on June 10th. The game will be bigger with roughly half as many troops again as were on this table and also more villainous saltpetre- yes I have more comedy bombards .
Old Glory don't have a trade stand there but as always anybody who wants to avoid paying postage - and collect gear at the show should contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mind you I've gt 2 shows I'm trading at in the coming month Carronade -Falkirk on May 13th and Partizan on May 21st - so a crowded month with no time for any games .
C'est la guerre!