Allan dreamed up this clash - Mike, Allan and I brought along a mixture of troops to fight a fictional battle, Allan supplied the church and farm to add some extra features to fight over.
Allan had on his "French" side Martin and Richard whereas Mike, Ian, Wes and I had a German Mercenary army.
Purpose of the day - well, to beat the enemy of course !
On the left, the Mercenaries ...
... and t'other side of the board, the French
I had the Mercenary right wing
Facing Richard's French wing
Here's Martin on the French right wondering what the heck to do (watched by Allan)
The rather impressive French artillery battery
and some nasty looking pike blocks
French command base
Richard's men begin a rapid advance towards my command
Martin's men advance with a gun alongside
and this is the French centre
Colourful French Gendarmes
We seem to have a few onlookers !
Here's Wes, Mike and Ian busy moving our troops
While Richard and Martin ponder
Richard's pike blocks and crossbowmen are now level with the church and the farm
a menacing looking attack
some skirmishers have occupied the churchyard
Mike and Ian advance our troops in the centre
an oasis of calm - but not for much longer !
The French guns were effective throughout the game, even at long range
Mike's men get around the churchyard
Wes has to deal with this lot !
and his men scramble forwards
Fench commanders urge their men towards the church
Prepare to fire !
Mike's men occupy the churchyard in force
Cavalry and pike move up together
Richard's pikemen force our hand gunners to retire
but the pikemen surge forwards to take on the enemy pikes
The Mercenaries get one unit on the enemy flank
Whilst this is all going on, Martin has coaxed his troops in the centre forward
He needs to get his Halbediers to attack the churchyard as the light troops in front do not have enough "punch"
My pikemen throw back one enemy unit as the others are locked in even combat
Ian's boys have defeated the pikes opposite them
and now for the funniest moment (for me !) My gunners have inflicted serious damage on the enemy crossbowmen to their front - and the enemy overall commander, no less than the King of France is attached. Result ? Bowmen and King disappear from the field !!!
Bye bye Your Majesty !
Richard removes the last of his pike blocks - the enemy left wing has been beaten.
Lots of empty space in front of our right position now.
Still plenty of enemy in the middle though and Wes has had to fight long and hard here against Martin's men.
This has ebbed and flowed but the Mercenaries seem to be getting the upper hand.
Fresh impetus from Martin - attack the churchyard !
Our light cavalry appear to be parading in front of our guns as if the battle is already won.
Its all hinging on the outcome of the centre
The troops hear their leader and the halbediers are to go ahead
The enemy high water mark - halbediers battle for the churchyard
as Gendarmes make one more charge
but the French right wing is under pressure
Ferocious fighting at the churchyard wall
Ian's troops move to add their weight to the right of the churchyard
These French Gendarmes have been sent to keep my cavalry away from the French guns which were looking quite exposed
Can the German Mercenaries hold the churchyard ?
all eyes are on this tussle
Nervous French commanders look at each other
The Oriflamme is waved to encourage them
Wes's men attack again on our left just as the cry goes up "the French Halbediers have broken off from their attack" The churchyard has been held.
This was enough for the French to admit defeat - they will withdraw behind a cavalry screen and leave the field of battle to the Mercenaries.
Another enjoyable game of Pike & Shotte.
Next up, a Napoleonic game round at Mike's on Wednesday - living the dream at the moment !