Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Wars of the Roses, Sword & the Spear style

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.

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