So, we are in a time of great social and political change. Anthony Smedley was annoying the vicar of Burford just before Cromwell’s troops when over to Ireland to deal with the King’s supporters there. Again, the events were dramatic and far-reaching, if that is not too much of an under-statement. Religion, then as now, motivated both sides.
Turning to to the army lists in Warlord games “Pike and shotte”, we find that the troops for the early Royalist forces are pretty “vanilla”. I must admit that I absolutely love the Black Powder “light-hearted” approach to wargaming but , for a slightly more detailed guide to relative numbers of troops, I moved to another old favourite, “De Bellis Renationis” army lists for the great rebellion. The vision of reckless, aristocratic cavaliers ‘ chomping at the bit’ to upset the pudding bowl parliamentarians is so attractive ! I knew I wanted most of the army to be these characters despite my own political convictions. It is always amusing to see how wargames armies are chosen. In my own case it is the ferocious bravery of these troops that is the attraction. It is also to be remembered that my Numidian ancient army was entitled ‘the First North African Panzer Division,” for the way in which I hurled it at the enemy ,mostly to defeat, in every possible wargame scenario.
Using both sources, I thought that an early Royalist force for 1641-1643 might reasonably contain; ( points for Pike and Shotte)
King Charles@58 points, his elite cavalry Lifeguard unit@53points, two cavalry commanders@80 points, six standard units of “gallopers”@ 234points, one unit of dragoons@35 points, one King’s guard pike unit with two musketeer units, one large pike unit with two standard musketeer units and finally one standard pike unit with two standard musketeer units. These units plus a large unit of fire lock commanded shot and a light gun brings the total force to a shade under 800 points.
Next, basing the miniature army and shots of the units I’ve already completed. Thanks to David Sheppard for preacher and Steve Dyer for Charles .