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Preparing for Song of Drums and Shakos large battles   Leave a comment

Time to dust off a set of rules I bought in 2014 and never played.

These rules use the same system as all the songs of rules which hopefully should give a fun game . It turns out I have enough Austrians now to create an army for a quick battle . Most though are based for Shako as I bought these from an open day whilst my Bavarians and my other Austrians are on wider bases. Nevertheless it should work with 120mm unit frontages . I have plenty enough Bavarians to create an Army to oppose them . For this I will use the French army list as the Bavarians fought using the French doctrine.

So will set up some terrain using my 15mm Napoleonic buildings and test them out . Took a look at Shako but it’s just not inspiring somehow. I also have black powder and Blucher I could try out . Maybe Grand Armee would be fun but I would need to buy that and probably it needs more Austrians.

An example list for Song of Drums:

C in C: Marshall Francois Joseph Lefebvre      
Mixed  Brigade (Crown Prince Ludwig)      
Light Infantry Green Coats2442Light, Elan 
Veteran Line Infantry Blue Coats3351Determined 
Line Infantry (Lippe White)1441  
Light Horse Chasseurs144   
Medium Foot Artillery14    
Mixed  Brigade (Prince von Wrede)      
Light Infantry Green Coats 2442Light, Elan 
Veteran Line Infantry Blue Coats3351Determined 
Line Infantry (Anhalt Green)1441  
Hussars144 Opportunistic 
Medium Foot Artillery14    
Line infantry Brigade (General von Deroy)      
Veteran Line Infantry Blue Coats5351Determined 
Line Infantry (Dark Blue Wurttemberg)2441  
Reserve (Lefebvre)      
Cuirassiers137 Cuirass 
Lancers Uhlans144 Lance 
Light Horse Chasseurs144   
Grenadiers (Dark Blue Wurttemberg)1352Elan, Elite, Determined
Light Horse Artillery13    
Unit TypeNumberQCSK 
C in C: FM Johann von Hiller     
Line Infantry Brigade (FML Kottulinsky)     
Line Infantry Fusiliers 120mm wide (4×30-3×40)5460Green
Landwehr (4×30) Brown Coats/ Green Coats2530Militia
Medium Foot Artillery14   
Avant Garde Brigade (FML von Schustek-Heve)     
Jagers (4×30) Grey Coats2441Light
Grenzer (Brown Coat, Shako)1441Light, Elan
Light Cavalry Hussars145  
Light Horse Artillery13   
Grenadiers Brigade (GM d’Aspre)     
Grenadiers 2350Strong
Line Infantry Fusiliers 120mm wide (4×30-3×40)5460Green
Medium Foot Artillery14   
Reserve (von Hiller)     
Cuirassiers237 Cuirass

Posted April 27, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Dunsmore Heath   Leave a comment

The two Mike’s played the Royalists against Darryl and Phil’s Parliamentarians.

The forces deployed with the 20cm boxes for FKaP.

To start Parliament kept a reserve of cavalry off table and the Royalists two units of Dragoons, intending to bring those over the hedge eventually.

The Parliament left flank began with an artillery barrage that was ineffectual and moved its infantry and cavalry forward. The right flank simply chose to move everything forward and save the artillery gunpowder for any breakthroughs that might occur later in the battle.

On each flank the Roundhead horse fared badly against the superior Cavaliers. Fiennes on the left initially held well and disordered Legge’s cavalry. Seeing them in disarray he ignored the wisdom of Lord Brooke and ordered a charge. Unfortunately the cavaliers countercharged and not only did they inflict more casualties they wounded Fiennes.

On the right flank Lord Grey’s horse were put to flight and Godwin’s reserve had to be deployed to support.

However Parliament’s strength was its foot. To the right Ballard was able to steady his troops and rally when hit. He also held off the cavaliers. In the centre his brave regiments pushed close to the enemy along the road.

Facing pursuing cavalry to each flank and ahead to infantry on each side of the Roundhead army formed hedgehog. Fiennes was killed and his cavalry routed on the hill to their left but their commander kept them holding firm. This unit fired about twenty times against the cavaliers and never hit once.

To the right Goodwin just about managed to hold against the Earl of Northampton’s horse and the infantry second line turned to face.

One unit to the left faced off against the cavaliers who charged but were disordered by defensive musket fire and the infantry regiment just about managed to hold.

To the centre the infantry reserve were brought forward against the Warwickshire trained bands and eventually put them to flight with a glorious charge.

Lord Compton found himself holding the road with just his still mounted Dragoons and outflanked and outnumbered. So victory was awarded to Parliament, who had successfully managed to force the Royalists to withdraw their remaining cavalry and Dragoons where they could. Thus the Roundheads were able to march on and relieve Coventry.

An interesting scenario with the royalists outnumbered facing a stronger force especially outnumbered in terms of infantry but with better troops generally. In the end the Roundhead infantry were able to hold together with the support of their commanders and clear the way to Coventry before the cavaliers could outflank them.

Posted April 24, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Preparing for Dunsmore Heath, English Civil War; For King and Parliament   Leave a comment

For King and Parliament are the TTS version for ECW.

Using a scenario book have prepared forces for Dunsmore Heath. A stronger Parliamentarian force must drive off the Royalists who are attempting to block their way to Coventry at Dunsmore Heath.

The Battlefield set out in 20cm squares for FKaP
The Royalists

Spencer Compton, 2nd Earl of Northampton

An incredibly wealthy Royalist, with land in eleven counties and a close friend and advisor of King Charles.  On the outbreak of the English Civil War, Northampton as Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire and Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire was entrusted with the execution of the Commission of Array in Warwickshire.

You are leading a strong force of cavalry supported by your own Regiment of Foot.  Unfortunately, you lost your artillery in an earlier skirmish as your outnumbered infantry fled the field dropping many of their muskets in their haste.  Nevertheless, your Cavaliers are made of sterner stuff and once again you have deployed your forces across the road at Dunsmore Heath near Rugby.   Your aim is to block your local Rival, Lord Brook – that detestable base born religious fanatic and affront to the King in the House of Lords for many years past.   Your small army numbers about 700 foot and 1000 horse and dragoons. 

Your orders are to prevent the Parliamentarians from crossing the field of battle to march on Coventry.  If you can do this whilst sustaining only half their casualties (VP coins), then that would be a Major victory for the cause.  However, if your force is losing the day then if you could safely withdraw 75% of your cavalry that would deny Parliament a Major Victory.  Your cavalry force is actually most of the Cavalry available to the King at this time, early in the war.


Robert Greville, 2nd Baron Brooke

A radical Puritan activist and leading member of the opposition to Charles I of England prior to the outbreak of the First English Civil War in August 1642. Appointed Parliamentarian commander in Staffordshire and Warwickshire.

You have been readying for this war for some time, purchasing and storing weapons at Warwick Castle.  You have recruited many good men of similar mind to your regiment, for example the Leveller, Freeborn John Lilburne (whose writings are said to have later inspired the US Constitution).   Your soldiers are full of righteous passion for the cause and well equipped but lack even basic training as yet.   Strong in infantry and with artillery captured from the Royalists at an earlier skirmish your army is numbering about 3500.   

Your orders are to link up with and relieve the Parliamentarian forces besieged at Coventry.   You find the road blocked by the forces of the Earl of Northampton, your rival in Warwickshire at Dunsmore Heath near Rugby. 

In order to do so you must rout the Royalists whilst sustaining only half as many casualties (VP coins).  Parliament will require your forces for later battles especially once they have had time to learn some drill. 

Posted April 20, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Miniatures

Kadesh AAR   Leave a comment

The battle of Kadesh in 15mm using the TTS rules.

We join the action after the destruction of the Ptah division. The Pharoah has driven his chariot from his camp to meet the opposing Hittites as they cross the Orontes.

The forces deployed. Egypt the the left and Hittites to the right.
Muwatalli advances. The Egyptian Prince’s division opposite.

To the Hittite left the forces clash. The heavy chariots prove too strong for the Egyptian right wing.
The Hittite left wing push forward whilst the right and centre are held back by the Egyptians. The Hittite centre chariots evade back after their initial charges as the Egyptian infantry push forward.
Finally the Hittite left wing drives back the remaining lights whilst the heavy chariots turn and strike the centre division to the flank. The Egyptian forces fail to inflict enough casualties themselves and are soon out of victory medals.

Victory to the Hittites.

Posted April 18, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Kadesh the field of battle   Leave a comment

Posted April 15, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Scouring of the Shire Part One (b)   Leave a comment

After time for some of Farmer Maggot’s best sausages we were ready to continue.

First up was the fight at the Old Mill. Ted Sandyman and the Ruffians had to smash or open the doors. Ted tried to sneak round to the right. However in sight of the doors and with two Ruffians to aid him he had a sudden rush of blood to the head and raced into a fight! The outnumbered militiaman struck him unconscious! However without any heroes to aid them this scenario soon went to the Evil side.

Next up was the arrest of Mayor Whitfoot.

This was an ambush!

Whitfoot and the Hobbits rushed forward trying to protect Will as he made his escape. Unfortunately Sid and his Ruffians blocked the road and made short work of the Hobbits. Another quick victory for Evil.

So the Next scenario will be the Death of Lotho which looks to be a good one.

So far in terms of campaign bonuses:

Evil 3 additional ruffians in Bywater. Ted Sandyman will return at Bywater. Folco may move on the first turn in the arrest scenario.

Posted April 9, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Scouring of the Shire Part One (a)   Leave a comment

The Skirmish at Bree

Bruce took the part of Good and the Hobbits whilst I played the Ruffians. The First Scenario ended with the villagers being beaten into submission but Bill failed to take two casualties. He was fought back by Fatty who rolled a six in the final round. So a draw.

The Brandywine bridge.

In the second scenario the Ruffians wanted to capture the two Shirriff leaders. The Hobbits were able to throw stones at the careless Ruffian archers who stood out in the open at close range. However on the bridge the battle went way of the Ruffians who smashed through the Shirriffs defending. They caught the two leaders and put them in chains. However the tricksy Hobbits kept escaping. This meant it was impossible to capture them and drag them away in the twelve turns so it was a victory for Good.

Both leaders in chains.

Next was Farmer Maggot’s fields.

The hounds began quite active and bounded towards the woods in search of the Ruffians. However they sensibly chose to avoid them and moved to the other side and crossed over the dry stone wall/ hedge. This clearly confused te hounds who then failed to do anything whilst the first few Ruffians escaped. They did finally raise the alarm and one hound harried the last few even taking one down. However Farmer Maggot had clearly been at his cups and refused to stir despite the howls and growls. So the last few escaped too with a victory for Evil this time.

Posted April 9, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Scouring of the Shire   Leave a comment

Beginning with the skirmish at Bree the evil Ruffians plan to scour the shire and enslave the hobbits.

Posted April 8, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Battle for the Eastern Gate   Leave a comment

In our scenario Balin has led a small force through the gate and encounters a small scouting patrol of goblins.

Bruce managed to get one of them into the mines to raise the alarm. However the patrol tried to hold back the powerful dwarven attack and was massacred. Yet Balin was badly wounded in the melee.

When the goblin captain leading the reinforcements failed his courage test and fled the field the other cowardly goblins ran away. This allowed Balin and his guards to pass through deeper into the mines.

Next we played two battles between Gandalf and the Balrog. This ended honours even. Finally we played through two games of the Treachery of Sméagol and Sam was victorious twice!

So in the end a great day of Moria themed strategy battle gaming. Well done to Bruce and his goblins who smashed the hapless foolish dwarves in the main battle of the day!

Posted April 7, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

The Darrowdelf   Leave a comment

So we started with the Darrowdelf scenario.

Bruce formed his goblins up behind the Troll heading towards the bridge whilst the dwarves split into three groups, with Balin and Floi leading the main force towards the bridge.

The dwarven archers picked off their opponent’s archers and this kept the goblins in cover for the most part. Nevertheless as the dwarves advanced they also lost some casualties to arrows from the dark and of course that hurt more as a guard is more expensive than a lowly goblin.

The iron guard held up the Troll and then dispatched it. Balin moved up behind them waiting for a gap whilst across the bridge The goblins and their king kept in cover and waited.

The dwarves bravely kept across the chasm thinking to close with goblins and move in and help Balin cross the bridge. However so many rolled a one and fell to their doom that they fell prey to the goblins on the opposite side. Having armour six or seven is not so good when losing a fight when outnumbered let alone surrounded.

With their numbers dwindled even though they had succeeded in forcing the path across the bridge the dwarves chose to withdraw. Victory to Bruce and his evil goblins.

Posted April 7, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

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