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Field of Glory: Wars of the Roses battle

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2018 by Sean

Today I got to have a ‘proud papa’ moment. The two Wars of the Roses English armies I finished recently faced off for the first time in a real battle.

I served as the ref to help the players get the rules down, plus gave tactical advice to both sides to best use their units.

The Yorkists (on the right in the first pic) met the Lancastrians (on the left). Edward IV faced off against the Duke of Somerset in some good fighting.

I set up the terrain in the interest of saving time, with a couple forests (green blobs), a small gentle hill (the brown blob), an open field (dark brown), and an enclosed field (tan). These were done in an impartial ‘typical’ set-up. The Yorkists had the initiative.

The game was a learning game. This resulted in a few bad placements and risky moves, but they seemed to have fun. The Yorkists decided to advance with everything, trying to bridge the gap as soon as they could. The Lancastrians were content to wait for them; forward movement was to the top of the hill and the edge of the forest on their side of the table. Once on the hill the Archers placed their stakes- no one was going to dislodge them.

As the Yorkists got into range, fire and arrows darkened the sky. Yorkist Pike came under several turns of arrow fire from the Archers on the hill, losing half their bases from murderous fire over 3 turns (at effective range the Archers were throwing 9 dice). On the other flank, arrow and crossbow crossfire took out a Knight as they closed with their Lancastrian counterparts. In the Knights melee, the Yorkists came out on top, until the Archers took a cue from Agincourt and charged out of the woods into their flank.

In the center, things got serious. A poor placement meant the center Yorkist Archers got charged from 2 Footmen groups. Both sides’ generals joined the fray. The Archers lost the impact phase but held on, and avoided losing any bases. In subsequent combats the Archers actually rolled out of danger, beating both Footmen units, disordering one and fragmenting the other! On right flank the intervention of the Archers tipped the fight to Lancaster, breaking the Yorkist Knights, who ran off.

After that we ran out of time. Technically a Lancastrian sort-of win, with 1 broken enemy BG. The Lancastrian center was in the potential of collapsing, and the left flank still had plenty of fighting to do, so hard to say how it would have ended if we had more time. The players enjoyed the game, and recognized mistakes they made in placement. Looking forward to next time.

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Wars of the Roses: House of York

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2018 by Sean

 

The army of the House of York is complete. This marks the end of both of the Wars of the Roses armies for Field of Glory.

These three pics are the army commanders. First is Edward IV, king of England (Long Live the King!). This is Edward at the time of the Battle of Tewkesbury (1471), where the Yorkists crushed the Lancastrian forces. It was this battle that snuffed the Prince of Wales and set up Edward as king unopposed until his death in 1483. Here Edward wears his golden plate armor, astride an armored steed. Alongside him is his banner bearer and herald.

Next is Richard, Duke of Gloucester, brother to Edward and future Richard III. At Tewkesbury he served under his brother. I gave him some retainers on foot to distinguish his stand from Edward’s.

Last is Lord William Hastings, loyal supporter to Edward. He was a powerful and rich man, which did little to save him from Richard’s axe in 1483. Poor Hastings. Here he is from better days, alive and leading part of Edward’s army. Like for the Lancastrian army, I had the stand of the third in command with only 2 models.

The banners for the commanders are way too big really, since in reality such flags would drag the ground. However, I wanted the commanders to be easily spotted on the table.

These battlegroups are the mounted Men-at-Arms contingent of the army. First up are the general retainers, sergeants, and knights of the various lords. I painted them just like the knights for the Lancastrians; considering the dubious loyalties of the Wars of the Roses, some might have fought on both sides. The surplus of Freezywater Flags allowed the unit to carry 2 banners.

Second are the Royal Guard, the elite retainers of the king. The small unit of only 2 stands got 2 banners for each stand- Edward, Edward the king, the flag of England, and St. George. The flag with the cross was sculpted, otherwise the rest are Freezywater. Another way to make the unit stand out was a blue wash and pure silver highlights for their armor and horse harnesses.

Here are some pics of the whole army arranged for presentation.

The list for the army is:

Commander-in-Chief: Edward IV

Sub-commander: Richard, Duke of Gloucester

Sub-commander: Lord Hastings

2 Archer groups x8 (in liveries of Hastings and Buckingham, and Richard and Neville)

Dismounted Footmen/Men-at-Arms x6 (in liveries of Edward, Clarence, and Buckingham)

Mounted Men-at-Arms x4

Royal Guard Men-at-Arms x2

Mercenary Pike x8

Mercenary Handgunners x4

Mercenary Handgunners x4

 

Field of Glory: Wars of the Roses Batrep

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2018 by Sean

I finally got a demo game of Field of Glory for the client I painted the Lancastrian army for. This was his first game, so we went slow and I pointed out pitfalls and avoided the sneaky tactics (or as sneaky as the English can get with their rather limited unit choices).

I used my Hundred Years War army, standing in as Yorkists, while he played his Lancastrians. To keep it simple, we played a mirror battle, so we both had the same units.

C-in-C Field Commander, 2x Troop Commanders, 3×6 Longbow, 3×4 Footmen/Dismounted Men-at-Arms, 1×4 Knights, and 1×6 Crossbow. The Crossbows were the only difference, as I didn’t field any for my army, giving him a numbers advantage.

 

We played out 600 points (starter armies, more or less) with a simple terrain setup. The large green patches are some open fields, the small green patch is a forest, and the large beige patch in the rear is an enclosed field. So the table was fairly open, with some good places to hide archers and channel heavy foot and knights.

The battle went slow at first, as expected with FoG. The English army of this era is fairly defensive, especially compared to Continental forces like the French and Germans. However, since we both had the same forces, I decided to be more aggressive; I also wanted to showcase the rules, so I went for a strong plan of attack.

 

The lines both went forward, eventually meeting in bow range on the flanks. A long exchange led to some damage, with the Yorkists coming out on top dice-wise. The Swiss merc Crossbow got worn down to Fragmented, but then doggedly held on for the rest of the game. Archers on both sides got cut down. By the end the Yorkists had lost a few stands, while the Lancastrians’ left flank crumbled with 2 archers groups breaking.

The Men-at-Arms scrum in the center was a long affair, with the flower of English manhood being cut down in droves on both sides. The Lancastrian knights charged into some Yorkist Footmen, but quickly got overwhelmed, running away. They never had the chance to rally before running off the table. On the other side, a serious run of dice fatigue led to the Yorkists Footmen groups losing several stands, one eventually breaking from stand loss, the other hanging on by the skin of its teeth. The center saw the Yorkist Knights crushing Lancastrian Footmen, cementing their win.

We called the game, but it was pretty close 7-2 Yorkist win (1 destroyed group, 3 broken versus 1 destroyed group).

 

My opponent loved the rules, so we shall be getting more games in. It was a funny model match-up, with my HYW English (Crecy, 1346) versus the WotR Lancastrians (Wakefield, 1460). My poor troops looked pretty antique compared to the sleek Lancastrians…

Hopefully we shall be able to get the Lancastrian and Yorkist armies I’ve painted on a table together. I love when a battle involves armies I’ve painted.

 

Field of Glory: House of York

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , on May 1, 2018 by Sean

More soldiers of the House of York from the Wars of the Roses! The army I’m building for Field of Glory is roughly half-way done. I’ve finished all the infantry, leaving the commanders and mounted knights.

The first pic is the dismounted Men-at-Arms and assorted Footmen, built as a 6-stand battlegroup. This unit will be more resilient than the 4-stand Lancaster units I built, at the cost of maneuverability. They predominately wear the livery of Edward IV, king of England at the time of the Battle of Tewkesbury. The scheme is similar to the livery of Lord Hastings (shown earlier) but reverses the colors and uses a darker red for the most part. Other colors include Neville and Buckingham, as well as Dacre, Scott, and Kent. As in other groups I varied the colors to make the unit look more interesting.

Since the unit was so important, I had the unit include a command stand, with a unit leader, drummer, and standard bearer with Edward’s standard. To bolster the look, the second rank also has a banner, this time a St. George’s cross.

The second pic is the second Longbowsmen battlegroup, this time bearing the livery and banner of Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Gloucester’s livery is the same as his brother Edward, but I didn’t add the yellow edging and extra decoration seen in some of the Footmen. The second rank is made up of archers under service of Buckingham. I posted the Buckingham Longbowsmen earlier.

 

 

Alongside the loyal retainers of the crown, we have more mercenaries. These are Pikemen, hailing from the Low Countries (Flanders and the like). The unit is an 8-stand block, fighting in 4 ranks in 2 columns. The unit’s color scheme is much more of a motley compared to the rest of the army, reflecting the mixed nature of the Continental mercenaries. I avoided any real overall scheme. I did favor an orange/white color scheme a little to avoid the unit being too busy.

Taking advantage of the long pikes I had the unit carrying 4 separate banners for decoration. I nicely decorated pike block looks great on a table. The army’s banners are from Freezywaters Flags, rather than the banners of the Lancastrian army I did by hand.

A note on miniatures: The pike models are one-piece casts. The pikes are attached of course, but have the problem of being long soft metal. I had to straighten and uncurl every one, and as seen in the pics I wasn’t able to get them all sorted right. The mass of pikes looks better in column, which helps hide the odd pike shaft. Other manufacturers, like Old Glory 15’s, use brass wire instead. This has its own problems (attachment and ease of damage) but they don’t get bent easily.

On to the mounted troops!

Wars of the Roses: Storm of Arrows

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , on April 20, 2018 by Sean

 

The House of York grows…Finishing out a few battlegroups for the Yorkist army for Field of Glory.

I completed the Longbow unit wearing Lord Hastings’ livery, with the rear rank wearing the livery for Lord Fauconburg, William Neville. The 8-stand units will hopefully be able to lay down a serious amount of arrows on the table, compared to the smaller 6-stand units I did for the Lancastrian army. I decided to split the larger units into 4’s to allow for some variety of colors. This will also allow them to expand into their own units later.

The second pic shows the rear ranks of the Longbow units. The top is Neville’s blue/white, and the bottom is the red/black of the Duke of Buckingham. Buckingham’s archers will back up the rear rank of Gloucester’s archers (next in the queue). The detail pick shows the yellow knot symbol of Buckingham.

Last is a unit of skirmishing Handgunners. These are done as Burgundians, hired/on loan from Burgundy to help against the Lancastrian forces. I’ve seen some opinion that they might not have worn their own colors for mercenary campaigns in England, but I wanted them to be distinctive with their light blue/white and red St. Andrew’s crosses sewn onto their jacks.

Next are the Gloucester archers and the dismounted Men-at-Arms.

Wars of the Roses: York

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , on April 12, 2018 by Sean

I’ve begun work on the Yorkist army from the Wars of The Roses for Field of Glory. This will be the opponent force for the Lancastrian army I’ve recently completed. The minies are the ‘starter’ force from Essex Miniatures, so like the Lancastrians the units are restricted to the models in the starter.

The army is based off the forces at the Battle of Tewkesbury, when Edward IV cemented his crown against the Lancastrians. He was supported by his brother, Richard Duke of Gloucester (the future Richard III) and Lord Hastings. The planned force is ~600 points like the other force I painted.

C-in-C- Edward IV

Sub-commander- Richard, Duke of Gloucester

Sub-commander- Lord William Hastings

Longbow x8

Longbow x8

Dismounted Men-at-Arms/Footmen x6

Mounted Men-at-Arms x4

Royal Guard Men-at-Arms x2

Mercenary Pikemen x8

Mercenary Handgunners x8 (potentially deployed in groups of 4 instead)

Here are the first few stands of the Yorkist army. These are Longbowmen of a couple different battlegroups, testing out some color schemes.

The ranked group are wearing the livery of Hastings, and carry his banner. I have a treasure trove of Freezywater Flags, so will try to use as many as I can. I might go back and add more banners to the Lancastrian force eventually.

The York army will have less variety of color schemes with its battlegroups. Instead of a bunch of disparate lords and dukes, the army is led by three lords with similar colors (red or murry and blue for Edward, Richard, and Hastings). A few other liveries will be mixed into the units to break them up. The single stands here are wearing the liveries of Buckingham (left) and Neville (right). My current plan is to have each 8-stand Longbow unit broken into 4-stand color groups, with a single banner for one of the senior lords. This will also allow them to break up into their own battlegroups if the armies expand to beyond 600 points.

More to come.

Wars of the Roses: The House of Lancaster

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , on April 1, 2018 by Sean

 

The Lancaster army for the Wars of the Roses is done. Except for the camp, all battlegroups are finished. On to the Yorkists!

This is the full 600 point army-

Commander-in-Chief: Duke of Somerset

Sub-commander: Duke of Exeter

Sub-commander: Earl of Northumberland

3 Longbow Archers groups (in Somerset, Northumberland, and Trollope liveries) w/ stakes

3 Dismounted Men-at-Arms and Footmen groups (in Somerset, Roos, and Clifford liveries)

Mounted Men-at-Arms group (no particular favored livery)

Mercenary Crossbow group (being mercs, they have no unified livery)

 

In designing the army, I picked colors based off the real commands of the Battle of Wakefield. Then I picked good color combinations based on what looked good together. I didn’t want too much unity for the army, as the Wars of the Roses favored units owing fealty to their own leaders rather than a the king himself (part of the whole problem that led to the war!).

Detailed pics of each battlegroup can be seen in previous posts.

The Yorkists army I have planned on the other hand will be more unified, as it will follow Edward IV, his brother Richard, Duke of Gloucester (the future Richard III) and Lord Hastings, who all have very similar livery colors of red/blue or murry/blue. A few lesser nobles will bring some color variation though, such as Neville’s blue/white and Buckingham’s red/black.