(Click on "Jacobite Rebellion of the '19" down the right side! )
Now all these Highlanders could also be put to use from just about any period from the 1600's to 1746, so I started ticking off in my mind what I could use them for- and had an idea after reading Trevor Royle's book: Civil War, The Wars of the Three Kingdoms and decided on one word- Montrose!!
So- dragging out some old figures, buying some more- adding in cavalry- I started collating forces for Montrose's battles:
Tippermuir, (or Tibbermore)
Which one to do? - well at least to start with, I settled on Inverlochy, 2nd FEB 1645, so that I could have three units of Irish and MacColla's bodyguard.
I took the Order of Battle from 'English Civil War Gaming Scenarios" Vol 4 by Robert Giglio- a very handy little book.
Starting with the Government forces, I need some Covenanters- infantry first up- Check!!
2 Units of Covenanter types and three units of highlander types.
Some guns- Check!
Now Montrose's army- The infantry:
Gotta start with three Irish regiments- only two so far, need one more. And I will need to create a unit to represent MacColla's guard- small but very effective!
The Highlanders: 2 units representing Camerons, Sterwarts of Appin and Athall, and the Macdonalds
Sir Thomas Ogilvy's regiment of Horse- Check!
Rules??? Well this was a tough one- I was thinking of using Baroque, but then stumbled on the expansion pack for Liber Militum Tercios, which covers the ECW. My only concern was that I felt that they didn't cover the Highlanders adequately so I made my own stats for them.
Now to finish off the Irish and have a game!