Prince Maurice and his Royalist Force are advancing towards Tewkesbury and Waller's Parliamentarians are trying to stop him, or at least delay him.
C-in-C: Prince Maurice
1 x Subordinate Leader (Lord Grandison - Average)
16 (12) bases of Trained Horse (Swe)
2 bases of Trained Foot (Shot)
1 x Subordinate Leader (Hazelrigg - Average)
4 (3) bases of Veteran Horse (Dutch)
4 (3) bases of Raw Horse (Dutch)
1 base of Trained Foot (Shot)
1 base of Raw Foot (Shot)
2 (1) bases of Trained Dragoons
1 base of Artillery
The Raw Foot come on as reinforcements on the first turn that Waller throws a '6' for Tempo.
I went for a slightly enlarged scenario easily converted from the original; I think that using an order of battle closer to the historical numbers would lead to using the numbers in brackets instead.
The ploughed fields have no effect in this battle. The wheat fields with hedges (DV2) around them are counted as enclosures with DV1. The slopes of the hills are gentle. Ripple village is DV2.
|The initial position: only Parliamentary forces start on the table, with the Veteran Horse guarding the hill in the near ground, the centre has the Foot and the Guns, the right (top) has the Dragoons. The Raw Horse is in reserve (centre-right).|
|Another view of the Veteran Horse|
|And the Foot, Guns and Dragoons in the centre and on the right (left)|
|And the regiment of Horse in reserve|
|The first attack of the battle is a bold attempt to hit the Parliamentary flank by the Royalist Horse: it is a gamble, but Dragoons are not strong in Polemos so maybe worth a try...|
|And it works spectacularly well! The Dragoons are routed|
|The Royalist Horse pursue into the enclosures, becoming heavily disordered (centre-left), whilst the Dragoons run off (right); Parliamentary Horse look on to try and stop the rot (top-right, bottom-right)|
|The Parliamentary reserves trot forward into combat against the disordered Royalists in and around the enclosure, pistols blazing...|
|Pushing back the disordered Royalist troopers|
|Which is quickly followed by their rout!|
|Crawford attacks the Parliamentary Horse|
|But the remainder are firmly back in possession of the disputed enclosure|
|The Foot and Guns are in a lively exchange of fire in the centre|
|Crawford gains the victory over a troop of Parliamentary Horse, who gallop to the rear...|
|But the Parliamentary Horse has routed another troop of Royalist Horse around the enclosure (centre-left)|
|The Royalist musketeers attempt to capture Waller's guns...|
|...whilst more Royalist Horse comes up to dispute the enclosure again (top-left)|
|The Parliamentary gunners prove surprisingly bold, pushing the Royalist Foot back down the slopes|
|The second Royalist Foot unit arrives and takes station in the village of Ripple|
|The Parliamentary Horse rout more of the Royalists near the enclosure!|
|But a nifty turn sees them hit in the flank...|
|With predictable results. With nowhere to escape to, they surrender|
|Feeling that bold measures are needed to regain the day, Hazelrigg orders his regiment to charge!|
|Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Foot are giving no ground to their opponents in the centre|
|Hazelrigg's attack is largely successful, causing heavy casualties and disorder amongst the Cavaliers...and Maurice is wounded and out of the battle!!|
|Having caused some execution amongst the Parliamentary Horse by their fire, the Royalist musketeers advance into the enclosure|
|The leading Royalist regiment on the Right is almost completely routed by the Parliamentary Horse!|
|Musket fire and musket butts have secured the enclosure for the Royalist - the Parliamentary right flank is turned!|
|However, the Royalist Horse again manages to put in a quick flank attack...|
|Which routs a couple of troops of Hazelrigg's Horse... (centre)|
|And the Parliamentary Army's morale collapses, leaving the field to the wounded Maurice and his somewhat battered force!|
Anyway, thanks to Kaptain Kobold for providing the insipiration to do this one! I believe he is using a mod of Bob Cordery's The Portable Wargame for the War of the Three Kingdoms, which may be published commercially at some point.
Figures by Baccus 6mm, the buildings mainly by Timecast I think.
And that clears the backlog of AARs, with the exception of a few Air Portable Wargame reports which I will do in a big batch once I have played a few more.