After a major slow down (having children) I am aiming to "getback" into wargaming with a vengeance. The arrival of affordable plastic 28mm figs has spurred me on. Don't know if I will get to update this too often - but will try and it may encourage me to do more painting and - hopefully - gaming.
I play my games in my converted garage. Hence the title.
Nobles for Wars of the Roses
Here are some pictures of nobles for WOTR. All Perry; mostly from the plastic Men at Arms box with some metals. These are the guys with coats of arms on their surcoats (were they called that in the 15th century?).
Designs are hand painted for viewing at wargame distances.
Cortenay - Earl of Devon Devon
Henry Percy - Earl of Northumberland
John De Vere - Earl of Oxford
Stafford - Earl of Buckingham
James Butler - Earl of Whiltshire
Lord Grey of Ruthin
Richard Neville - Earl of Salisbury
Not sure I have all of those 100% accurate but it gives me some guys to hang my bills and bows around.
It is all the fault of those Perry twins! I keep on seeing blog
posts, forum entries and magazine articles about their plastic Wars of
the Roses figures and I want them.
So before buying any I thought that I had better start to understand these "wars".
what books do I have. Well I hoard books so I already had some. But of
course why read those when I could buy new books. So I bought two books
on the military history of the wars. First John Sadler's "The Red Rose and the White". Then Philip Haigh's "The Military Campaigns of the Wars of The Roses".
Read them in double time. Both very good, Haigh has the edge in writing
style and detail but Sadler tries to bring in more of the first hand
experiences of the politics and the fighting.
pulled out the Terry Wise men at arms book, the WRG Armies of-the middle
ages book, the army lists (WRG, FOG, Impetus). More army and troop type
We have been playing L'art de la Guerre for a few months now. Having played a dozen or more 200 point “line em up and bash hell out of each other” games me and my mate Stuart had a go at a scenario last night. I found a Warmaster Ancients scenario for Dorylaeum (1097) in Battlegames Issue 32 (by Daniel Johnson) and adapted it to the figures that I had. Game was in 28mm Seljuks Vs Crusaders on 8X5 table. The Crusader Vanguard is attacked by a Seljuk horde. The foot are making a camp and then defending it. Other Crusaders are straggling into line. More Crusaders are making their way through difficult terrain (The Turks beleive it impassable). They will appear on the Turkish flank. End result; Phyrric victroy for the Crusaders. (In real battle they won but sustained more casulaties than the Turks). So, pretty close to historical. Highlights: Count Baldwin (Commanding the Stragglers) mowing down hordes of Turks in multiple impetuous charges. Bohemond being destroyed by the Turk Vanguard gen…
A week ago I bought a copy of "Soldiers of God" by Warwick Kinrade. This is my first solo game with the rules.
I selected two 150 point armies. The Crusaders had:
One 3 stand unit of holy order Knights
Two 2 stand units of Knights
Two 3 stand units of crossbows (2 units is not strictly legal but I don't have crusader archers yet)
Two 4 stand units of men at arms (foot)
One 2 stand unit of Turcopoles
The rules put these into 3 "battles"
The Saracens had:
Four 3 stand units of horse archers
Two 3 stand units of Ghulums
Two 4 stand units of Adath (militia spears)
Two 4 stand units of archers
One 2 stand unit of Arab Tribal Cavalry
Two mounted commanders and one on foot
Again in three "battles"
This was the deployment:
Note the cards, these drive the game.
Three cards are allocated to each side to denote their battle plan. These are allocated one per battle and they stay with that battle for the game.
As I was playing solo I selected the bat…