To begin at the beginning, as a wargamer I much prefer fighting ‘historical’ opponents. But, what if instead of the usual last stand/untenable situation that James C gives me, what if I’m dealt the winning hand? I was commanding Waller’s historically victorious Parliamentarians. I had more horse, more infantry and a winning hand……..The Parliamentary juggernaut is at the bottom of the photo. My horse blocked the road to Wincester so that the winter garrison of Alton could not recall their cavalry from winter quarters in Wincester. Good quality infantry in abundance and then it started…..
The leather guns that made such a notable feature of the actual battle, were to be absent. Keen readers will remember that my artillery was also absent from our last encounter. As I advanced my right wing infantry, I was informed that the division was in search of a ford and would be leaving the table…..
Evil Man ( above)
There was nothing for it but to launch the remaining infantry at the defences….
Despite the Royalist horse being veterans and supported by fire locks and dragoons, we made some progress. The supporting Parliamentary horse ran over the first two Royalist squadrons but more were coming down the lane.
Two entrenched pieces of artillery made the revetments unassailable. In the actual battle, brave Colonel Richardus Boles was manfully defending the font of the Church of St. Lawrence by now. As my family thankfully arrived at this point, it was time to call off the assault (despite the added incentive James had thoughtfully provided- on a church indeed!)
My thanks to James and Dash for an excellent game. Dash suggested that the key to the position lay in attacking the Royalist right… I left , unable to see through a film of tears. Next time, next time…….. James is a keen reenactor and is hard to miss( but it is worth making the effort!)