I am still working on how I am going to display the movements of the campaign: the board from the game itself isn't really suitable, and there is no vassal module. I found this nice map:
But I haven't worked out yet how to display the forces and movements prettily and clearly. So until I manage it, I will just give text updates of the dispositions and movements.
I will use the Polemos ECW rules published by Baccus 6mm for the tactical actions.
One point to bear in mind is that I am very much expecting there to be ling periods of hiatus in this campaign. This is partly because real-life will intervene this year but also because, although I have fair-sized ECW armies, I don't think they will cope with the really big clashes of Newbury / Marston Moor size. However, I am putting off buying new figures until Baccus release their new ECW sculpts.
THE STARTING POSITION:
The King's Army:
Newcastle: 2000 Foot
York: 750 Horse
Newark: 1000 Foot
Nottingham: King Charles I with 2250 Horse, 4000 Foot
Oxford: Byron with 750 Horse
Portsmouth: Goring with a small garrison
Bridgewater: Hopton with 750 Horse, 2000 Foot
Shrewsbury: 1500 Horse, 5000 Foot
Prseton: Derby with 1000 Foot
Hull: 1000 Foot
Airedale: Fernando Fairfax with 750 Horse, 1000 Foot
Northampton: Essex with 3750 Horse, 10000 Foot
London: 1000 Foot
Portsmouth: Waller with 750 Horse, 2000 Foot (besieging Porsmouth)
Wells: Bedford with 750 Horse, 4000 Foot
Bristol: 1000 Foot
n.b. I haven't included subordinate commanders, for the sake of clarity.
King Charles moved from Nottingham to Shrewsbury, detaching Prince Maurice to head North and seize Selby and Prince Rupert to seize Nantwich. Hopton concentrated on training his force. Fairfax seized Airedale, whilst Essex and Bedford concentrated on training their recruits. Waller made good progress in the siege of Portsmouth.