Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Battle of Tewkesbury - Lion Rampant Set-up

Since the table was already set-up, went ahead and configured the terrain for a Battle of Tewkesbury scenario using Lion Rampant. I took some liberties with the terrain. The units are placed a bit closer - for the photo op; but there is still 12" on either side of the long ends of the table, so they can easily be moved further apart (min. 3" between units rule). Plan to run this game at next year's Enfilade on Saturday ( morning & afternoon periods). It's a ways out, I know, but I like to have things ready early on, then just have to refresh myself with the scenario and rules as the actual date gets closer.
Note the mounted spearmen emerging out of the woods - these will be the troops Edward IV stationed there. In actual game play, they will be able to enter on either side of the short ends of table, about midway - just to give an element of surprise.
I've given up on trying to stay strictly historical with the use of standards and banners. For instance, those of the Earl of Warwick are present at this battle, although he had been killed not long before at Barnet. There were just too many deaths of the nobility between battles, not to mention the switching of sides. That said, I do try to use them with the sides they were, or might've been, on during the battle. Maybe Edward could've used Warwick's standard as he pleased since the earl was dead and his estate was now his.
The Lancastrians from their left. Note the mounted men at arms in the rear as reserve - sporting the Tudor colors - although not present at the battle. Margaret wanted to link up with them before meeting Edward though.
The Lancastrian host from the rear - again from their left flank.

The Yorkists - note the mercenary crossbowmen (in 6-man units) and pikemen on the right flank.

The Yorkists as seen from their left flank. Flemish handgunners (again in 6-man units) on the left flank. The Yorkists have 3 cannon and the Lancastrians only 1 - which they should be happy to have as the Yorkists had captured a lot of their artillery prior to the battle.
So much for now, as I don't plan on a play test for this scenario anytime soon. I just wanted to see how the units fit on the rather small 5X6' table. I wanted to be able to use the same mat for this game as the First Battle of St Albans game. Thanks for dropping by!

40 comments:

  1. Replies
    1. Thank you very much, Kirill! Like I mentioned on your blog - your recent Burgundian Wars Lion Rampant game motivated/inspired me to set this game table up. Warmest regards, Dean

      Delete
  2. Replies
    1. Thank you kindly, Rodger! Best regards, Dean

      Delete
  3. Great looking game, difficult to keep up with who's on which side, you can tell WOTRs was an inspiration for game of Thrones!
    Best Iain

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Iain. Interestingly I've never seen Game of Thrones - although I know a lot of folks (grown men included?!) who like the show. Warmest regards, Dean

      Delete
  4. wow - what a great looking set up

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you kindly, Miles - nothing as elaborate or well-made as your terrain/tables, but it is very convention friendly (i.e. transport & setup). Best regards, Dean

      Delete
  5. Replies
    1. Thanks, Jonathan. It's nice to re-use the same terrain (or parts thereof) and game cloth for different games. Warm Regards, Dean

      Delete
  6. Splendid array of forces, they look great!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you very much, Chris. It's nice knowing we share the same interest in the period too. Best regards, Dean

      Delete
  7. Fab looking game. Great to see you playing WoTR again.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you very kindly, Scrivs. The era reminds me a bit of the intrigues and changing alliances during the Sengoku period. Maybe something to do with islanders. :) Kind regards, Dean

      Delete
  8. Replies
    1. Thanks, Michael. I am very pleased to be able to run various scenarios with the same figures and terrain (in different configurations). Warm regards, Dean

      Delete
  9. The table looks great. I am waiting for the battle report, it promises to be spectacular

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the kind words and interest. Warm regards, Dean

      Delete
  10. Very impressive. Let me know if/when you plan to run a test game before Enfilade.

    I've had an interest in the Battle of Tewkesbury ever since I read Churchill's account of it in The History of the English Speaking Peoples. His recounting how Clifford(?) bashed out Lord Wentlock's brains after accusing him of treason adds that compelling color to the story.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, David! As may recall, you had originally suggested Tewkesbury to me at Fix Bayonets. At the time I was overly concerned of banners and standards of who would be present at the battle or not. Thankfully I've come to realize that an interesting scenario trumps all of that. And it doesn't get much better than Tewkesbury. I will definitely let you know if/when I host a playtest. Warm regards, Dean

      Delete
  11. On another note, Warwick's successor was actually "false, fleeting, perjured" Clarence's son Edward (whose mother was Warwick's eldest daughter Isabel, through whom he inherited the title). Poor Edward was imprisoned in the Tower in 1485 after Henry Tudor usurped the crown and after 14 years in prison executed after an escape attempt. (Being a pretender to the crown back then really sucked.)

    After Edward's death, the title became extinct until Henry VIII recreated it.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Replies
    1. Thank you very kindly, Christopher! I am glad it turned out looking nicely - good enough for a 6-player game in the not too distant future. Warmest regards, Dean

      Delete
  13. Great looking set up for Tewksbury Dean!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Mike. A skirmish version of the battle. Best, Dean

      Delete
  14. Replies
    1. Thank you very much, Aaron! Best regards, Dean

      Delete
  15. Hat’s it, I am flying out to test this one out with you. I get to be Prince Rupert and hold that poodle in one hand and throw dice with the other....

    Oh wait wrong Civil War:(

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ha! Stupid spell check turned “That’s” into “Hat’s”, bloody awful spell ckeck program... now where did I leave my glasses;)

      Delete
    2. Lol! No worries, Kevin. I appreciate your visit and kind words. That all said I've yet to transition into Pike and Shot. Something about the big thigh pants throws me off :) Warm regards, Dean

      Delete
    3. That is a poodle in your last picture right? Not a stuffed animal;)

      Delete
    4. Lol! Yes, it's my wife's toy poodle... :)

      Delete
  16. Replies
    1. Thanks, Gabe! I plan on running this at next Enfilade - Saturday a.m. and afternoon periods. Hope to see you there, if not sooner. Warm regards, Dean

      Delete
  17. Hooboy, I feel another bout of shinyitis coming on again - Wars of the Roses stuff looking really good there...

    What a magnificent setup, with armies to match - a proper show table! One of my fave periods for study too.
    : )

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you very much, Ev! Yes, this is a grand period...I would have to say I prefer it over HYW. Warm regards, Dean

      Delete
  18. What a wonderful and most impressive set up Dean, splendid troops and terrain, and nice mat!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Phil. Your games provide a lot of inspiration for me. Warmest regards, Dean

      Delete