|Spot the deliberate mistake.|
The last time we'd had a game from this period was about 15 years ago and we used WRG DBRv1.1 whilst working our way through the smaller scenarios from the De Bellis Civile books (published by The Keep). However, for this game we didn't use any particular scenario but decided, just like in the old days, to generate the terrain using the rules, line up opposite each other and see how we got on. Anyway, the set-up turned out like this, with Parliament (blue) defending.
|All terrain made by me, including houses from polystyrene offcuts & cardboard|
1 CinC Pi(S) 1 Sub Gen Pi(I)
1 Pistols Pi(S) 10 Pistols Pi(I)
16 Shot Sh(O) 3 Dragoons Dg(S)
8 Pike Pk(O) 1 Galloper Art(F)
2 Sakers Art(O)
1 CinC Pi(S) 1 Sub Gen Pi(F)
12 Shot Sh(O) 12 Horse Pi(F)
6 Pike Pk(O) 2 Dragoons Dg(O)
2 Sakers Art(O) 1 Galloper Art(F)
Rules used were actually DBRv2.0 which, we discovered, had some subtle but significant differences when compared with DBRv1.1.
Anyway, my plan (i.e. the Parliamentarian plan) was to hold the left secured against the hill, whilst trying to sweep around the right with my Pistols Pi(I), i.e. the Roundhead cavalry, pivoting on the village which would be occupied by one regiment of foot and some dragoons. The left wing comprising mainly foot was supposed to stay where it was and be stiffened by the sakers positioned above them on the hill.
|View of Parliamentarian lines from the Royalist left.|
|View of Parliamentarian left, with sakers on the hill|
|Parliamentarian foot in the BUA, dragoons to the fore|
|Familiar foot advance|
|Ebb and flow on the left as shot exchange fire|
|Roundhead Pi(I) advance on the right|
|Roundhead cavalry push up to the hill|
|Stalemate on the left, but the cavaliers are coming...|
|Cavaliers about to sweep away my galloper|
|View from behind Royalist lines|
Further, placing my sakers on the hill made them less effective and my dragoons (Dg(S)) were not used properly to hold the BUA and woods. Next time I think I will keep the Pi(I) in reserve behind the foot and make the enemy come to us!