The Battle of Shield-field 4th Feb 1644
It was only Phil and Ozzy and myself available for a game last Thursday so I thought I would put on a game at my place and introduce Ozzy to Pow.
Ozzy took the Scots Covenanters, keen to take Newcastle for Parliament. Phil commanded the Royalists who intended to hold the river line as long as possible whilst awaiting reinforcements. The loss of the half built sconce at the river would be a draw whilst a Royalist loss of the field fortifications would be a defeat. If the Scots storm the city gates, then this would be an outstanding Covenantor victory.
|Phil had to roll a three D6 and get less than the number of turns before his reinforcements turned up. Unsurprisingly, he rolled very high until turn 9! Above, dragoons and cuirassiers hurry to save the Royalist cause.|
Ozzy picked the rules up quite quickly, but a deliberate approach robbed him of the time needed to organise a coordinated attack on the main field fortifications. Nevertheless, the Royalists on the river line were overwhelmed and the Scots infantry were still relatively fresh, having used their superior firepower and frame guns to inflict heavy casualties. The Scots horse, however, had struggled against the Royalist infantry and their aggressive commander, and there weren't many of them left for the follow on attack.
|At the close of the game, initial Scots attacks had been held by the garrison but plenty more Covenanter infantry were massing for a final push. On the far left Phil has strung his cavalry out in support, ready to attack any shaken Scots units.|
A great little game well played by both sides. Phil's defence was tenacious but Ozzy's attack was relentless. The final result of a draw seemed fair as both sides still had plenty of fight left. Definitely worth putting this one on again.