We used my 15mm vintage English Civil War armies augmented by a few additional leaders from Lord Sterling's equally vintage forces.
The rules are very similar in structure to Simon's "To the Strongest!" rules but do have new and interesting close combat sequence.
The scenario pitted a small Royalist force (5 foot regiments, 4 horse regiments, and 1 dragoon regiment, with no artillery) against a smaller Parliamentary force (3 foot regiments and 3 horse regiments, with no artillery, but a reinforcement of two horse regiments on or after turn 2). This scenario was taken from Bob Giglio's English Civil War Wargaming Scenarios, Volume 2.
I was the game master and my other three Thursday lunch and game buddies played the Parliament and Royalist forces. We had a good time learning the basic rules and actually playing the game. Each side had 9 victory medals. The Parliamentary forces won the game 9 to 0, destroying three Royalist horse regiments and a foot regiment, while loosing none of their own.
Here are a few pictures of the game:
|Simon's picture of the scenario set-up. The battlefield is 12 blocks wide and 8 deep.|
|During the first turn the Royalists advanced, forcing the left wing Parliamentary horse regiment to fall back (foreground) while attacking the left wing Parliamentary horse with their two first rank horse regiments (background).|
|The action on the Parliamentary left/Royalist right as both sides horse collide. The off-board Parliamentary horse represent a foraging command that can't return until starting on Turn 2 and only if a D6 roll is less than the current turn number.|
We'll try to do another play test, maybe next Thursday, before Simon comes out with his second edition of the play test rules. Stay tuned!