|My Knights- Heavy Metal!|
Deployment could have been a problem if our forces had mirrored each other- well they kind of did- long bow in the middle- backed up by billmen and/or men at arms, both armies had cavalry on their LEFT flanks, and a couple of bow and infantry units on their right. So much for originality!! I couldn't even think of anything more to say before we started other than:
"Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious by this sun of York, and all the clouds...."
I was shouted down and told to shut the f**k up and roll the dice to see who would move first.
Thanks guys- again my acting genius goes unnoticed.....again.
Anyway this was going to be a bloody one as the longbow opened up on both sides, blocking out the sun ( where have I heard that before?) and more of Paul's arrows found their mark than mine did.
Turn two: More arrows.
Turn three: Even more arrows.
Turn four- I hate these goddamn f**king arrows.
Turn five: My pin cushions got into contact.
Turn six. Paul's pin cushions got into contact,
Turn seven: All those in contact either won or lost. The survivors got shot by more arrows.
Turn eight: Paul shot the last of my men. My army broke. I didn't have much to pack up as they were all pin cushions.
A very interesting game- I had thought that all those longbow would neutralise each other- they did. And every one else too.
What I did learn- and it should be obvious to anyone who knows anything about military history- was that concentration of firepower is very important! Paul did that with his Longbow- keeping them together and concentrating his fire- I had mine spread out across the battlefield in groups of two or three. A lesson for next time!
|Paul's Lancastrians- Bowmen out in front, Billmen and dismounted MAA in support.|
|My Heavy Metal rumbling forward|
|Paul's longbow and dismounted MAA|
|My commander rallying the troops- or maybe warding off more f**king arrows.|
|Billmen behind the longbow|
|The King! Yes, believe it or not- he got shot with arrows.|
|Men at arms. I would be lying if I said some got shot with arrows. In fact ALL of them got shot with arrows.|
|My Knights hit Paul's billmen. When the melee was over ( I killed his billmen) the archers behind them shot me to bits.|
|My Knights riding merrily across the field of battle. Just to the top is a row of longbow men. My knight didn't get far. They got shot.|
|Longbowmen doing what they do best- shooting.|
|One of the rare moments in the game- my dismounted Men at arms managed to contact Paul's longbowmen and wreak some revenge for all those damned arrows. After I killed them- his archers shot my unit with the commander attached.|
|Did I forget to mention that we had a cannon each? They both failed to hit anything- and then got shot by arrows.|
|The melee towards the end of the game- with the archers waiting to shoot anything that survived.|
|AFTER the melee- and the shooting.|
|My Heavies get in...and died.|