Amidst the odd snowflake, some mulled wine and around a picturesque table, we refought 2nd Newbury with the boardgame This Accursed Civil War from GMT's Musket and Pike series.
I took the side of Parliament and deployed on both flanks, as if to trap the king in a vise. I outnumbered him and was under charge orders. What could possibly go wrong?
|King Charles awaits.|
Well, as has been telegraphed, quite a lot. Firstly,
|Bungle bungle bungle...|
But Balfour's and Cromwell's cavalry wings would surely do their best and save the day.
Cromwell's wing then also got into prancing difficulties. Hedge crossings disrupted their formation and unimpressive thinking condemned them to the indignity of being reaction-charged in a constricted space. Consequently, they were unable to bring any force to bear against the brave (and superbly led!) Royalist horse. Touche, Patrick!
|OLIVER! WHAT HAVE YOU GONE AND DONE?|
Skippen's foot eventually got back into the action and pushed the Royalists from their position at Speen.
|Looking a little more promising as we punish Maurice with musketry.|
But what of the other flank, you may ask?
There too it was a sorry sight. We got across the river but disordered ourselves so terribly we failed to get any momentum against the stalwart men of the king.
With night (and snow) falling, it was time for Waller to
Despite the awfulness of the defeat, it was an excellent game to play. A real tactical puzzle, and it was a thrill to re-learn this solid system. It can get a bit fiddly for fat-fingered Kiwis with all the markers about, but it has a lot of to-and-fro action that makes for a great day's gaming and provides some moments of high drama.
As an added bonus, I won a copy of the game on the Japanese version of ebay the other night, so I can study my many mistakes in the comfort of my own private dungeon!
Many thanks to Pat for a most enjoyable day and some most palatable beverages.