As promised, then, time to go back to the first week of August and a meeting with Stuart to give his new ECW armies a run out. The usual visual treat was in place when I arrived, with a fine selection of colourful units laid out on Stuart's 6' x 3' dining room wargames table. The figures were all 30mm Edward Suren sculpts, still available from Tradition of London.
|Royalists to the right, Parliament to the left.|
In the foreground, Prince Rupert's Regiment of Foot leads out the Cirencester Trained Bands.
Stuart had a selected a suitably old school set of rules to play with - the English Civil War rules by Bayonet Publications (author Mike Wall) from the early 1970s:
We did have some issues during play - for example, the rules used infantry units of around 40 figures, whilst Stuart had created units of 12 figures plus 2 officers and a standard bearer. But as usual, a few changes invented 'on the hoof' between wargamers of good will can quickly improve things.
I don't think there's any need to trouble the reader with a blow by blow account - we set to with the armies as deployed by Stuart and played through some moves seeing how the rules worked and admiring the figures in action. Therefore I will leave the reader with some photos, the quality of which does not do the figures justice, I'm afraid.
|Parliamentary cavalry in the foreground (4 figure regiments). Right to left, The Lord General's regt., Sir James Ramsey's regt., and I believe Lord Fielding's regt. The blue coated figures of Prince Rupert's regt. lead the Royalist counter-charge.|
|Overview of the action|
|Close up of Prince Rupert's Regiment of Foot.|
|The Queen's Lifeguard of Foot in red, supported by Sir Thomas Tyldesley's Regiment to their right.|
Royalists to a man.
|Parliamentary infantry - John Hampden's Regiment of Foot.|
|The infantry from the two previous photos get to grips.|
|The home team - Cirencester Trained Bands.|
|Colonel John Talbot's Regiment of foot, on the Royalist right flank.|
This was a distinctly non-competitive game, with the emphasis very much on enjoying the classic figures which Stuart had brought so successfully to life, and adapting the rules as needed. So no need for any discussion of winners and losers. I think, in fact, we were both winners, having enjoyed a peaceful and contemplative afternoon away from the pressures of everyday life.
I look forward to seeing these fellows on the table again, and getting the rules sorted to our satisfaction.
See you again soon!