Our first attempt at using Sword & Spear rules. Bought after hearing the rave review on Meeples & Miniatures podcast.
Here are the stats for the various forces available for the period
Two sides of the same strength on a plain battlefield, to test the mechanisms.
Each side had a unit of heavy cavalry
and a unit of mounted Men at Arms
Like facing like.
My troops getting the first dice advantage send their spearmen and hand gunners & crossbowmen forwards
Our gun prepares to fire
Our Men at Arms charge the enemy counterpart
The enemy crossbowmen are the first to break with excess casualties
after an onslaught by our crossbows
The cavalry battle continues
Over on my left, our knights charge the enemy knights with bowmen advancing in support
The enemy gunners start to take casualties
The enemy knights are beaten
and next our knights destroy the enemy bowmen
Eventually, the enemy Men at Arms break too
Our spearmen advance on the enemy
Whilst our hand gunners and crossbowmen head for the enemy gun and footmen
Our spearmen break the enemy spears
Our Commander urges on the attack knowing the enemy are crumbling fast
With more than half of their force strength dissipated, the enemy call it a day.
All troops used are from Steve Clarke's collection.
What do we think ? A slick, clever, simple game mechanism which we picked up quickly. Enjoyable enough to want to play again soon - can see why it has made such a splash on the war-game scene. Recommended.