Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year, a short review and a look to the future

Well first and foremost I wish you all a Happy New Year and lets look forward to 2014.

Before doing so however like many I wish to take a short look back, I achieved 748 paint points which is almost 200 down on the previous year and is somewhat disappointing for me. However part of that was due to my close friend Lee's illness and subsequent death and part was just poor planning on my part!!! The painting plan, unlike the year before, effectively didn't last beyond first contact.

However the upside is that I reckon I managed to get around 35 games played this year which is very good and one I hope to improve on in the coming year.

Looking to 2014 then my butterfly approach to painting has to cease and I will be concentrating on four main themes -
first and foremost my 18th century figures. More Jacobites, more regiments for Scotia Albion and the Government troops when Richard has them finished.

28mm Ancients - Magnesia project this has and is a mammoth solo project but now with the tenth and final phalanx almost finished painting the remaining Seleucids and the Roman army doesn't seem so daunting now!!!!

15mm WWII - a bit of slow burner but my Arnhem project is chugging along quite nicely and its something I can do when pressed for time.

Finally and overlap with business - paint more Border Reivers and Irish for the a6th Centruy skirmish rules I'm busy writing and complete the rules!!!

I'm sure things will get added along the way but I will try and remain focussed on the above which is more than enough.

Hope to see quite a few of you over the next year at various shows etc.
All the best

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Half of Magnesia (well not quite)

In the background whilst I've been flitting from project to project I have been plodding away with a solo project I started a couple! of years ago.
I wanted to do the Battle Of Magnesia in 28mm. Over time nearly all the figures for both armies have been bought ( I still need 3 Indian Elephants!) and I have been gradually painting my way through the Seleucid army. The original intention was to do big big battle DBA and army compostion has been based on that.

However Simon (aka Big Red Bat) sent me a copy of his 'To The Strongest Rules' and I quite fancy trying the battle out with the rules.

Now bearing in mind I haven't started on the Romans yet I have been making my way from the right flank of the Seleucid army to its left. I am on Phalanx number 9, one more to go and that puts us past the centre.

So today I decided to get the figures out and try the deployment as close as possible to Simons grid based rules, the results are seen below;-

Below is a general view looking at the Seleucid line from and elevated position.

 Closer image of the Seleucid right van, horse archers and bows with slingers out front.
 Moving from left to right we now have the Argyraspides, Indian elephants to their rear! light Infantry to their flank and just visible is the start of the Cataphract line.
 Continuing along you can see the light infantry and scythed chariots behind which is the mass of cataphracts with Antiochus himself. ( The banners need emblems on them)

Continuing along there is a unit of Celt Iberians masquerading as Galations and then the start of the Seleucid centre which comprises of 8 Phalanxes interspersed with more elephants and light infantry to the front. I just deployed to fill the 6' frontage.

There's some more close ups below.






What I have found is that where I was going to be looking at a table around 16' long using BBDBA I reckon I can lose about 3' of the table because of Simons grid idea.

Now this part of the army is deployed I'm going to use my Imperial Romans as proxies and have a bit of a bash, a to see how the rules go and b) just for the fun of it!



Thursday, 28 November 2013

Artscow

I'm sure many of you will have already heard and found the Artscow site
 http://www.artscow.com/
but you can create and design all manner of things on there and then for not unreasonable prices have them printed and delivered.
The Big Red Bat (Simon Miller) sent me a copy of his 'To The Strongest' Ancient rules, Simon uses packs of playing cards instead of dice for orders, combat etc.
Anyway I thought I'd treat myself so I contacted Secundus on the Iron Mitten blog
http://iron-mitten.blogspot.co.uk/
he is a very talented cartoonist and has done some great sketches of all periods so I asked if I could use some of his sketches to illustrate the cards for non. commercial purposes and he said no problem.
Below is the result,

The top picture shows the random events pack, on the left, which Simon hasn't included in his rules but which I'm going to try out. On the right is one of the player packs 80 cards numbered 1 - 10 (8 of each) and which I've used Roman numerals. Also included are two random event cards shown in the second pic( the poor Roman Musician) and also a reshuffle pack card .
It also shows the backs of the second player pack
I think great value for money and they are the only ones!!!!!!!
So once again thanks to Secundus for allowing me to use his pics.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Goodbye My Friend

It is a very sad day for me, Lee Maxwell my close friend for many year died last night following his year long battle with Motor Neurone disease.
Lee was part of the informal group called the Redcar Rebels or as Duncan McFarlane used to call us the Teesside Triumvirate and we put on demo games at most of the Northern shows for many,many years.
Lee was a potash miner and rugby player so it goes without saying that our weekends away at the shows were normally accompanied by a few pints of which he could consume an awful lot more than me!!
In the early days of the League of Augsburg group we were invited to a few of Phil and Barry's mega games and I know Lee particularly enjoyed these at the early 18th century was his favorite period.
His reputation as a cavalry commander(***) became established during this time, give Lee the cavalry and it was guaranteed either to fail the majority of its command rolls or having once found its way into melee failed to score any significant hits.!!! His luck with cavalry never changed until our final game when his cavalry regiment rode all over my troops!!
His developed a passion was for 42mm gaming and in later years we did a number of demo games with his Franco-Prussian war collection. We were terrible for encouraging each other to expand the lead mountain, always discussing new periods/scales options, rules whatever and when I retired two years ago we had great plans.
Fiasco last year was when he told me he had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone disease and unfortunately Lee had its most aggressive form, his speech deteriorated quickly and over the year he suffered muscle wastage. It was hard to see him deteriorate so quickly but always in his eyes was that sparkle and mischief. He was determined to go to the Partizan show in September and Dave Imrie had suggested we help him in his game.
I knew that this would be his last show and Lee wanted to go to see old friends and say his farewells, to those people who spoke with him and and had a laugh with us I thank you all.
My deepest sympathies and thoughts go to his wife Amanda and his children Tom and Anna.
Will miss you mate and whatever you do dont take charge of the cavalry!

Monday, 14 October 2013

New Reiver Pictures

I realised that the pictures I posted were a bit hurried and too top down here's some better ones.






Sunday, 13 October 2013

The Border Reivers Return.

Whilst this is primarily associated with CrannTara I wanted to inform people that together with Alan from Hoka Hey wargames we have purchased The Border Reiver range sculpted by the late Jim Bowen and once sold by Monolith under their Graven Images label.

Over the coming weeks I will be listing the figures on the Crann Tara shop, what is a surprisr is that there are many figures that have never been released (almost 100) and Jim was obviously extending this into the Elizabethan Wars in Ireland of which there are also a  lot of figures.

We are in talks with a sculptor who we feel complements Jims style with a view to extending the Reiver range and completing the Irish.

Ive also started work on some skirmish rules.

In the mean time here's some pics-

IRISH PIKE
GARRISON MEN WITH BOW

GARRISON MEN WITH LEVEL PIKE

GARRISON PIKE MARCHING

IRISH COMMAND

THE REIVERS

IRISH KERN JAVELIN

IRISH KERN ARQUEBUS
 All the figures were painted by Jim Bowen, what a talent to have lost so young.
But these figures will be available at Smoggycon in November.


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

A Military Gentleman part deux!

Well as suggested, last night I settled down in the arm chair with a large glass of malt and started to have a more detailed look at the book.
Have my initial thoughts been dampened? Not likely they have been reinforced.
In preparing this book John has pulled together a team of professionals;-
Bob Marrion who has provided a significant number of illustrations.
Brian Rigelsford  who has illustrated large portions of the book with his wonderful ink drawings.
Tim Hall who wrote up the memoirs.
To name but three.
The book is essentially a telling of the story of Nicolas Welch and is based upon his memoirs the finding of which is a tale in itself.
Of course to follow this interesting tale the book is profusely illustrated with photos from Johns collection and what a collection (sigh).

Hope John doesn't mind but here's two pics to whet your appetite.
My 18th. Century bug is well and truly bitten.
So tonight guess what I will be doing? The malt is ready....

 Now I can say no more except I dont care what Santa brings me now, if anything - nothing can better this.

Time for a sip!

Monday, 30 September 2013

Christmas comes early.

See what the postie brought today----
This book is absolutely worth every single penny, quality, production is first class and the contents, what you want to see? Well you can't at least not just yet.
This is truly a labour of love, crammed full of content and pictures of John's excellent collection this is a book that warrants sitting down in a quiet corner with a large malt whiskey and savoring both the contents of glass and book simultaneously.

When I've had a good look I will post a little more, in the mean time if John has nay left (limited run of 500) I suggest you find a way to treat yourself.

Head over to
 http://amilitarygentleman.blogspot.co.uk/
and order one.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Highland Command and Lowlanders Painted. Secret Project ongoing!!!

If you go to my Crann Tara blog you can see the painted masters I have got finished whilst awaiting stock,
just a couple of pics to wet your appetite

Also I am currently in negotiation to purchase a range of figures, the figures haven't been available for a while and are in a new period for me. They were and still are excellent sculpts and many of the figures were never made available so it could be exciting times. More news to follow!!!!

Friday, 13 September 2013

Royal Ecossais

Just for those that may not be following the Crann Tara blog I've posted some pics of the painted figures of the above whilst I'm waiting for production moulds and stock to come
This just shows one each of the range some individual shots are on the other blog.
Can't wait to get a full unit painted to take the field in Albion!

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Don Featherstone

TMP is carrying a report that Don Featherstone has passed away.  Like many Don was an inspiration to me and I still have many of his books on my shelves .
I had the pleasure of playing Talavera with him some years ago with Duncan MacFarlane, Danny Boreham and others using the Eagle Bearer computer rules.
A true gentleman who was extremely entertaining. He will be greatly missed.

Monday, 5 August 2013

New Greens are on the way!!

Richard contacted me yesterday to say the new figures are all done and on their way!!
These are the new highlanders but check out the Crann Tara blog for pics of the rest.
Web shop etc will be updated over the next few weeks whilst the moulds are made and figures cast stocked etc.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Return from Hols and the Wargames Bucket List

Well having returned from a most enjoyable holiday in Crete pleased to find all my Mags waiting for me on my return.
I'm picking up a growing theme amongst us slighter older gamers, whilst our enthusiasm remains undiminished perhaps reality of our mortality is setting in and whilst we all have too much stuff perhaps we haven't really done much about it. Henry Hyde has a piece in his new mag.

I had started the process before my break and got rid of an awful lot of stuff, more worrying is it didn't seem to create much space!!!
Anyway whilst away i got to thinking and came up with two strands of thought, the first was what periods did I really enjoy playing regardless and that over the years have given me the most enjoyment.
1. Ancients (Rome, Greece, and their enemies)
2. 18th Century (AWI and SYW)
3. Napoleonic
4.WWII
5. Warhammer fantasy (v.old armies in possession)
6. Sci Fi skirmish
and that was about it. All the rest have been fads picked up along the way which effectively stop me playing my favourite periods.

The decision is all the rest will go, some quicker than others and some may be retained because there's not a lot of them e.g. VBCW and AK47

I actually feel better for going through the process, some of the periods eg Napoleonic will be multi scale because of what I want to do eg 6mm Peninsular but 28mm DBN for the rest.

The second part was my 'Bucket List' of games I would like to play before I depart.
1. Waterloo
2.Gettysburg
3.1066 Hastings campaign
4.Alexander The Greats Battles
5.Battles of the 2nd Punic War
6 Arnhem Campaign
7. Blenheim ( already played this with the League of Augsberg chaps some years ago and what a great time I had)

In terms of Gettysburg I dont want to start collecting an painting new armies so I may resort to using paper armies!
I haven't thought about 1066 but 6mm may be a solution?
The rest as the say will hopefully be history one day.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Musket and Tomahawks Day - 'The Return'

The 6th July saw a second Musket and Tomahawks day take place at the gaming centre with a few more erstwhile chaps attending, including the Galloping Major himself, Lance.
The format was the same as previous with three linked scenarios on the morning followed by one large game on the afternoon.
Both Lance and I forgot to take our cameras and therefore I resorted to using my ipod hence not many.
Guy and his son Alasdair did save the day and I have some of their photos to upload later. Alasdair also made some seriously tasty shortbread biscuits - thankyou.
The theme carried on from where we left off last time and the Background and scenarios are all below;-




'1756 Fort William Henry is complete and garrisoned by men of the 44th foot under the command of Lieutenant Col William Eyre.
Following the British advance along Lake George and despite French interference the British had still managed to establish a small outpost at Forest Bay. However this was not without loss, the battery has not been established and Captain Cawkwell captured by the French forces
Following on from the previous encounters General Dieskau was disappointed that he had only delayed the building of the outpost and artillery emplacement at Forest Bay however he was also pleased that because of the actions of Colonel Depardieu the British had sent additional troops from Oswego to bolster their advance along Lake George.
General Dieskau had therefor decided to encourage the Colonel to continue his attacks in the hope more British would be withdrawn from Oswego, at the same time he would advance with the main force and launch the assault hopefully wrong footing the British and seizing their stronghold.'






Scenario 1 – Out Post.
Background
The outpost at Forest Bay has been left seriously under strength after most of the garrison has been sent on a wild goose chase by their inexperienced commanding officer. Now is the perfect time to launch an assault and wipe out the remains of the garrison and capture the Outpost.
Table set up
The Outpost is placed in the centre of the table with no other terrain piece within 10" (this represents the "kill zone" created when the outpost was first built by an experienced officer).  The rest of the terrain is mainly woodland with the odd cabin in the vicinity.
Defenders forces
Standard force plus 8 Regulars and 1 Regular Officer.
Defenders deployment
Defender Deploys first, inside the Outpost is an 8 man garrison of Regulars led by a Regular Officer with the Authoritarian Trait (can only be used by the garrison force) and no other traits can be assigned to him.
This unit and officer are in addition to the defenders standard force.
The garrison are under strict orders not to leave the outpost so may not move or assault out of it (unless routed).
Any reaction roll of a Flight by the small garrison is downgraded to Shaken (must spend its next activation recovering and can do nothing). Routed units in the outpost jump over the walls and are destroyed.
The rest of the defenders force are held in reserve and become available after a successful D6 roll as per the Reserves rule in the Defence mission.
The defenders reserves arrive from a random table edge once the first unit becomes available and all subsequent reserves also arrive at this table edge. Table edges are labelled 1 -4. Roll a D6 for each and the reserves arrive at the corresponding edge. On a roll of a 5 or 6 the defender can choose the table edge for all his reserves.
Attacker’s deployment
The table is split into 4 quarters and each quarter is numbered 1-4. Each attacking unit rolls a D6 prior to deployment and on a roll of 1-4 is placed in the corresponding quarter  no closer than 18" to the Outpost and maybe deployed using Hidden set up.  On a roll of a 5 or 6 the attacker may chose which quarter to deploy them in.  Each unit must be placed on the table before rolling for the next unit.
Outpost rules
The gates of the Outpost are barred and therefore attacking units can only get into it by climbing over its walls.  Crossing the wall takes an entire action and the model must start its turn in base contact with the wall and ends its turn in base contact on the other side.
The gates can be opened by the inside only but a single model must spend its entire activation adjacent to the gate and obviously already inside the outpost.
Outposts are classed as Heavy cover (for shooting purposes only, not for spotting distance (Light cover). "There's no good hiding we know you in there!!")  and therefore units inside are at -2 "to hit" and -1 "to kill" rolls.
Units in the outpost being shot from enemy units in the outpost are classed as in the open unless in a building.
Fighting over the walls - a defender on the ramparts in the Outpost may only be attacked by a maximum of 2 models on the other side of the wall.
In combat each of the Regulars inside the Outpost are classed as a unit on their own for reaction tests.
The defender has the option to bolt the door of the blockhouse. This takes 1 action and can only be done from the inside by a model adjacent to the door.  If the door is bolted it takes the attacker 4 actions to break the door in.
2 models may shoot/fight through inner door and only 1 model may attack/defend through the loft hatch (this may not be bolted).
Victory conditions
The defender wins if at the end of the game the outpost is still in their possession.
The attacker wins as soon as there are just friendly units in the outpost.
If at the end of the game the outpost is empty then it's a draw.
Side plots are in operation.
 The small garrison of British troops awaiting the onslaught.
 The first reinforcements arrive 'Rangers running the gauntlet' one made it and managed to gain entry to the post. Although the French gained entry to the outpost the failed to remove sufficient British to seize control, attrition forced the French to withdraw and the British to remain in control.
Scenario 2 Rescue.
Following on from the first assault at Forrest Bay Captain Cawkwell was unfortunately captured by the French Huron allies.
Two French Officers and a small group of Canadian Militia have arrived at the Huron camp to ensure no harm comes to the British Officer and to escort him to Colonel Depardieau on the morrow.
A fast moving force of Rangers and Mohawk allies have been sent in pursuit and they have arrived on the outskirts of the Huron camp shortly before sunrise, their mission is to locate and rescue the Captain and to cause as much damage as possible.
The camp consists of five wooden buildings deployed near centre of the table each building being within 6” of another building. The French player must secretly identify which building the Captain is held in. This cannot be the same building as the French Officers and Militia. Each other unit must then be located in one of the Indian buildings. Guards are placed within 12” of a building.
For the first two bounds night rules are in play. The attackers will arrive from a randomly determined board edge.
There is a small river which runs across the table this is crossable only at the ford but counts as difficult terrain.
The French win by escorting the Captain off the Northern board edge, the British win by rescuing the Captain and escorting him off any board edge.
Objectives
This scenario is Raid and the British forces must seek to rescue the Captain and destroy the buildings within the camp. All the attacking force is considered to be equipped with burning torches.
The game ends when the British have been driven off or either player has escorted Captain Cawkwell off the board.
Sub plots for one officer per side are in play.

Leigh made this superb Huron Village for the game and it saw some ferocious action.
 Mowhawks creep up in the first couple of bounds whilst the Rangers assault from the river.

 Quietly the Mowhawks creep into the village
 The alarm having being raised the French officers emerge from one of the longhouses with their Canadian militia
 The mowhawks have managed to fire half the village, -the Rangers, bottom left, have secured the Captain and will make a successful escape from the board





Scenario 3 – Ambush
Background
The French have received information regarding the movement of a British column en route from Oswego to Forrest Bay to reinforce the garrison and have decided to ambush it at a perfect location.
Table set up
A single road runs along the centre of the table from short edge to the opposite short edge.  Tall grass runs along the length of the road on either side. This provides light cover and is difficult terrain.
The attacker then sets up the rest of the terrain (No buildings are to be used in this mission). This represents the perfect location for an ambush.
Defenders Forces
In addition to the British standard force they also receive an additional unit made up of 2 unarmed women (the Generals Daughters) and 3 Indians. The Indians are armed with Muskets and throwing weapons and uses the stats for Indians. The women also use the Indian stats but carry no shooting weapons.
The women are classed as leaders of the unit and should be the last models removed.
The whole unit are Type Indians with a Morale of Regulars (they are a well-disciplined unit).
Defenders deployment
The Generals Daughters unit is deployed first in the centre of the table on the road. All remaining units must be deployed on the road and within 12"of this unit.
All defenders units are to be deployed in column formation (2 abreast) and all must face the towards the same short board edge.
 Any unit forced to Recoil or Flight when the ambush is sprung will do so towards the nearest short board edge. But not closer to enemy units. After that they will follow the normal rules for fleeing.
Attacker’s deployment
The attacker’s forces maybe placed anywhere on the board but not within 12" of an enemy unit.  Hidden set up maybe used.
The attacking player may choose 4 cards from his force allocation and hold them in his hand at the start of the game. This represents the ambush.   The Defender then chooses any 2 cards to hold in his hand at the start of the game. This represents the defenders initial reaction after the ambush has been sprung. 
However, the defender has a chance to spot the ambush before the attacker has chance to spring it.
After both sides have deployed, Side Plots rolled for and the attacker and defender have chosen their cards, the defender rolls a D6 on a roll of a 6 the ambush has been spotted and the first card is drawn from the deck.  The cards that had been drawn after deployment are then discarded until the cards are reshuffled.  If the ambush is successful either player may use the cards in any order they wish before the top card of the deck is turned. The Generals daughters unit may not be targeted for shooting in the opening ambush (the 4 cards).Sub plots are in play.
Objectives
The British win by escorting the Generals daughters from the board or by driving the ambushers off the table.
The French win by capturing the Generals daughters and escorting them from the table.



 Sorry didn't get many shots of this one, but the game ended with the capture of the Generals daughters just as they were about to exit the board!!!!





 Scenario 4 Oswego.
Background
General Dieskau with a strong contingent of Regular infantry and Militia has launched his surprise attack at Oswego, his intention to destroy the Oswego Blockhouse in the centre of the camp and inflict heavy casualties on the British force.
Table set up
A Blockhouse is placed in the centre of the table with a snake fence surrounding it.  The British camp is no closer than 8” to the blockhouse...
British Forces
In addition to the standard force he also has an additional 10% to spend on Civilians (these represent craftsmen and settlers). These must be deployed inside the camp.
Defenders deployment
The defender then deploys using the DEFENCE mission rules (at least 1/3 of your units are in Reserve and arrive as per the mission rule) with the following changes:
1 unit from his standard force which is deployed on table must be deployed in the blockhouse (represents a small garrison). Only this unit may occupy the Blockhouse.  And the unit ignores Recoil results and Flight results are downgraded to Shaken*. Units routed are destroyed as normal.
The rest of the forces deployed on table maybe deployed within 4" of the Blockhouse.
The Blockhouse is a Size 2 building.
French deployment
The attacker then deploys using the RAID mission rules and all units are equipped with burning torches.
General Dieskau is expecting reinforcements from his Huron allies
Victory conditions
The defender wins if the Blockhouse is still standing at the end of the game and at least 1/2 of the Civilians are still alive.
The attacker wins if the Blockhouse has been destroyed and the Local Civilians wiped out.
Side plots are in operation.
* - SHAKEN - The unit must spend its next activation recovering and may do nothing.
Scenario 1 –
If the British win this scenario then there is no longer a requirement for the reinforcements from Oswego and the troops are sent back add an additional 8 Regulars and 1 Regular Officer to the British reinforcement pool for Scenario 4.
Scenario 2-
If the French win this scenario then d3 x 6 Indians join General Dieskau in the final game and will arrive as reinforcements. They will have their own Leader and will enter from a random point on the board.
If the English win the scenario then Captain Cawkwell and 8 Rangers and 6 Mohawks will arrive as reinforcements in scenario 4.
Scenario 3-
If the French win this scenario then they may deploy a 6pounder with d6 rounds of ammunition at the start of the game. In addition provided if it appears that the French may not be able to win the game General Dieskau, if he is alive, may call for terms, he will offer to exchange the Generals daughters for the Blockhouse. The success of this or otherwise will be determined randomly taking into account casualties suffered etc.
If the Daughters are captured then one British officer will have the side plot ‘Payback’ on General Dieskau.
If the British win this scenario then throw a d6 each bound, if this is equal to or less than the bound number then British reinforcements enter from the Southern board edge. Two units of Provincials and two units of Mohawk warriors.

British Reinforcements arrive - as the British had won two of the three scenarios they would end the game with significantly more troops than the French however they were much needed as the French dice rolls in the early part of the game were outstanding.
 The blockhouse, British Regulars inside and two units of Provincials outside, the unit at the bottom of the picture died to a man in one go due to some superb musketry from the French Regulars.

 Much later in the game Captain Cawkwell arrives having being rescued earlier with his Mowhawk allies and Rangers.




 More pictures of the day will follow and in all in all a thoroughly enjoyable day, the French were despite a good fight repulsed  with heavy casualties and General Diesku survived unlike in real life!.

I think its fair to say everyone is looking forward to the next one.

It would be remiss of me if I didn't thank Gavin for writing the three scenarios, Ambush, outpost and Oswego.
My view is these games play far better with good scenarios and if possibly a linked theme.





Thursday, 4 July 2013

A long awaited return to war

It has been a long time since the forces of Albion and the Duchy of Comyn did battle, however my close friend and gaming colleague Lee had asked for a game using the Charles Grant rules so how could I refuse.
It was an opportunity to give each side a regiment of Cavalry and in order to speed play along I randomly diced for deployment of forces after I had set the table.
The result was that Albion had deployed the 25th Foot, artillery and Gysburgh Hussars on the right flank and the Talisker foot with the Royal Albion lights on the left, a bold and dangerous tactic by Sir Harry Douglas.
The Duchy troops had the Regiment Grancy and the artillery on their left flank and the Regiment Nuilley, the Lapins light infantry and the Dukes Gendarmes in the centre leaving their right flank open.
The Albion troops on the right advance, artillery deployed to offer support.
 On the Albion left the Duchy troops hold a refused flank, The Royal Albions advance through the woods to seek out their enemy Les Lapins
 Sir Harry calls on his men to stand true as the Gysburgh Hussars cross their front to engage the enemy
 The Duchy Gendarmes are ordered to move to left flank in order to negate the Albion cavalry.

 The Albion troops advance on their right flank whilst the Duchy troops deploy artillery fire from both sides is ineffective
 Having emerged from the woods the Gendarmes and Hussars charge each other, like a knife through butter the Gendarmes cut the hussars to pieces, the hussars fail to inflict a single casualty and are broken. The Gendarmes rein in and rally and prepare to charge the Albion foot who are prpeared and waiting.
 The Gendarmes charge the Albion line fires, the smoke clears and not on casualty was caused on the charging horse!!! (highest dice score was a three!!!!!) The result was all too clear the line was ridden down and Sir Harry thought it wise to show his troops where to go!!!
 On the other flank the Albion troops pressed on Les Lapin got the worse of the engagement with the Albion foot at which point their officer spotted the Grancy Regiment marching towards them and saw Gendarmes forming on the road tho other side of the woods where the Albion artillery had now fallen silent.!!!
 A major defeat for the Albion forces and scouts are out looking for Sir Harry and his companion who's whereabouts are unknown. King George wants some answers!!!!

A cracking game despite the extremely poor dice throwing by me for the Albion forces.