Steve C, Allan, Ian and I set up a random game at the club today, just because we could !
An excuse to get out our long neglected ECW armies really (well Allan and mine to be precise).
Here we are setting up, Steve and I on the right
Allan and Ian t'other side (busy chatting with Les)
Allan's foot (commanded by Ian)
their guns being watched by their commander
Our cavalry on the right flank (commanded by Steve)
our cavalry on the left (under my command)
our centre (with guns too)
we get off to a rip roaring start and my cavalry fly across the board to charge Allan's
with some success
Ian has advanced his cavalry to take the side of the village
my cavalry have forced their way past the woods and are still on the offensive
Steve and Ian's cavalry melee
The infantry can't keep up with all this cavalry action !
Steve sends his Green Coats to support the cavalry on the right
What a fine body of men !
My cavalry pile on the pressure and keep the momentum going
a steady if ponderous advance in the centre by our infantry
Steve's Blue Coats have to negotiate the hedges to enter the fields
Slowly, Steve's cavalry get the upper hand in the cavalry melee
Ian's infantry & guns keep their lines moving forward
Both sides have disorders units (indicated by the smoke)
My cavalry are getting the better of Allan's
and the same can be said for Steve's
We gain control of both flanks
Here two of Allan's cavalry units are disordered
My men press home their advantage
Our infantry now get to the right of the woods
The Green Coats add their weight to Steve's combats
And the Blue Coats get across the fields
Now my Cuirassiers can see the enemy infantry as the cavalry have dispersed
We have three regiments of cavalry marauding on the left now
Allan orders his infantry to form "hedgehog"
to counter the threat of cavalry
Our infantry have charged forwards and been met by the enemy infantry
The Red Coats are forced back to reform
Our cavalry keep the enemy infantry pinned in "hedgehog" whilst the infantry come on again
Here's a close up of Allan's command group
and one of his guns - all of the guns were pretty ineffectual
Steve has forced back the remaining enemy cavalry unit over on his side of the battlefield
Our light guns try to have an effect on the battle
but with one hedgehog routed, nearly all their cavalry gone
and all our units intact
Allan's army admits defeat
All good fun at Essex Warriors !