Heretical Gaming is my blog about my gaming life; currently concentrating on a re-fight of the entire English Civil War, but with numerous discursions into battles from many different periods. The focus is on battle reports using a wide variety of rules, with the occasional rules review, book review and odd musing about the gaming and history. Most of the battles use 6mm-sized figures and vehicles, but occasionally 15mm and 28mm figures appear too.

Friday, 23 March 2018

ECW Campaign: November 1642

The English Civil War: November 1642


Manchester and Norfolk sent messages stressing their continued support for the cause of Parliament against privilege and popery.

Waller took Winchester and then moved to Salisbury to reinforce Bedford against Hopton.  Hopton, in his turn, turned back and began to besiege Lyme.  Newcastle moved his raw Northern army to Hexham, to threaten the Fairfaxes in Carlisle.  The Fairfaxes, leaving a garrison in Carlisle, moved southwards and took Appleby.   Foppington, fresh from his capture of Oxford, moved to Gloucester to begin besieging that place.  Prince Maurice moved fresh levies from Shropshire and Wales to support the King in Worcester, where the King, Prince Rupert and Astley were hastily training their troops - as were Essex and Skippon - but Byron was sent to Basing to try and revive the Royalist cause in the South after the recent set-backs.  Ballard moved from London to begin besieging Reading.  Derby took Blackburn.    Meldrum moved from Grantham to King's Lynn to begin recruiting.  Vasey left the King's army to go to Newark for the same purpose.


  
Royalists:

Newcastle at Hexham with 7000
Forth at York with 1000
Derby at Blackburn with 1000
1000 at Preston


Parliamentarians:
1000 at Carlisle
1000 at Hull
The Fairfaxes with 5000 at Appleby
1000 at Manchester






Royalists:
Vasey at Newark with 1000
1000 at Shrewsbury
Charles at Worcester with 16000
1000 at Gloucester

Parliamentarians:
Foppington at Gloucester with 4000
Essex at Warwick with 12000
Meldrum at King's Lynn with 3000
3000 besieging Reading (Ballard being replaced)
4000 at London


Royalists:
1000 at Chichester
1000 at Guildford
Byron with 1000 at Basing
Hopton with 7000 at Lyme

Parliamentarians:
Bedford with 6000 at Salisbury

Notes: The quick reinforcement of the King has stabilized the situation in the main theatre of war but Foppington and Ballad have begun the reduction of further Royalist strongholds.  Things are beginning to warm up in the North too, as Newcastle has begun to fence with the Fairfaxes.  So far however, both parties are more inclined to threaten than risk all on a general action. 

It appears to me that the Royalists are still looking quite strong, especially in the South and South Midlands and they may be inclined to resume offensive operations soon.

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