Sunday, October 15, 2017

Lessie's Moor: Battle of the Three Ninnies, Act 2


Welcome back, dear readers, as the curtain rises on Act II of our narrative. We trust you enjoyed your ale! In case you missed them, you may wish to  peruse the Background and Act I   prior to proceeding.


Well, the action re-commenced with a dramatic moment indeed, as the pistol packing Cavaliers of  The Honorable Frederick's regiment of Horse, with the gallant Colonel Josh Archer at their side,  trampled under the purple coats of Alderman Grundy's own Foote. It seems the finery of their raiment was not matched my their fighting spirit! Seeing their collapse, the nearby Parliamnetarian units shrugged off their concerns and were unaffected. 


Colonel Archer's entreaties notwithstanding, the men of Frederick's of Horseywood pursued the shattered remnants of Grundy's Foote, only to run into the solid but raw and untried ranks of the Borchester City Auxiliaries, some of whom wielded rusty Bills from another century! 


On the far Royalist Left, the commanded shot under Captain Heathcliffe moved into position to fire on to the flank of sir Robin Fairbrother's Horse. The men were well supplied with ammunition for this task.


Off on the Royalist Right, Sir Nigel belatedly recalled the heretofore neglected men of Colonel Perk's regiment of Foote. Of course, he had partly *tried* to forget them, the men being composed of the dregs of Borsetshire society... untried,  ill trained and worse armed, and with few muskets among them. Leaving the comparative safety of their hedgerow position, the men grudgingly moved forward to keep the Roundhead cavalry honest.


Back over on the Roundhead Right, the demise of D'Arcy's doomed Dragoons was soon  accomplished. Their collapse unmasked the flank of  the redcoated Lord Stoke's commanded shot. With Colonel Rex not even trying to restrain them, the pursuing Horse of his brother Toby's regiment slammed into the hapless shotte. "We'll *enjoy* this!", exclaimed the riders, as they scatted the shotte in red ruin. Well, alright, they were already wearing red, but allow for some poetic license, eh Guv?


Frederick's bull headed pursuit into the Borchester City Auxiliaries was beaten off, somewhat to the surprise of their captain, the Right Hon. Tomdick Harry. In the farground, it can be seen that the battle of attrition between the Foote in the center is gradually going the royalist way, the ranks of the  Roundheads falling into ever increasing Disorder!


Captain General Grundy managed to maneuver his Cavalry to shore up his vulnerable left flank.
Two regiments of indifferent "Dutch" style "trotters" opposed to  two regiments of well trained "Swedish" "gallopers"and one hot headed (and hot blooded) Prince?  What could go wrong? 


In the Roundhead center, another performance of the "Shuffle off to Borchester" brought the Borsetshire Trained Bands (who were, amazing enough, in fact actually *trained*) in to a most satisfying position on the flank of the Penny Hassett (un)Trained Bands sheltering in the Elves' Copse. 


Situation on the Roundhead right, near Loxley-Barret manor. 


Prince Phillip, in a moment of military genius (at least for an arrogant 16 year old!) dashed forward Prince Edward's Horse to stabilize his own flank.


Overview of the rest of the battlefield; Sir Nigel's small troop of Cuirassiers pulled back to provide some obstacle to the rampaging Parliamentarian horse. 


Over by Loxley-Barrett Manor, Sir Barrymore Heathcliffe ordered volley after volley of long distance fire into the exposed flank of Sir Robins, Horse! Sir Barrymore swore as his men ran very low on ammunition, and the cursed Roundheads seemed little worse for the wear!


In the Centre, Colonel Sterling, himself hardly a Ninny, pulled back his battered and and outflanked regiment. This unmasked the Parliamentary guns, such as they were. To everyone's surprise, not the least surprised being the gunners, the whitecoats of Colonel Aldrige's regiment had enough for this day, and break! In the process, the brigade's commander, Colonel David Archer was hit! Barclay, his trusted servant, was quick to inspect the injury "It's just a Flesh Wound, Milord!"


The cavalry melee swirls, as Grundy used his superior numbers to get in a flank attack on Prince Edward's Horse. 


More of the "Borchester Shuffle" stabilized the Roundhead Center... for the moment, at least.


The badly battered Roundhead center attempted to rally under the shelter of the gunnes, but the men were too weary to have much luck restoring order to their ranks 


Situation in the Centre from the Royalist vantage point; the repeated charges by Frederick's Horse have ground them down, with surprisingly little impact on the Borchester City Auxiliaries.  


Of on the Royalist right, Prince Phillip at last ordered the charge! His gorge having risen (along with certain royal nether parts at the thought of enjoying some post-victory vixens after the battle, although the gentlemen readers will perhaps recall how little it takes for those parts to rise at age 16 anyway), he and his men plowed right through Bellamy's regiment of Horse!


Titchner's Dragoon's, hit in the flank, were the next to be swept away by the hard-charging Prince and his Lifeguard!


Continuing across the fields of Borsetshire, the Prince and company reach the flank of the Borchester City regiment, their horses well and truly blown!


    On that thrilling note, dear readers, we must once again leave affairs in Borsetshire lay for a bit. Let me entreat you to take advantage of the services of another of our sponsors, Grundy and Company, Esquires, "Barristers to the Bors". Remember their slogan "Where there's a Will, there's inveigh!"

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Lessie's Moor: Battle of the Three Ninnies, Act 1

The early morning mist that had hovered over Lessie's Moor dispersed, and much like a curtain rising, revealed the troops and battlefield that would be the the players and stage for the drama that would unfold near Loxley-Barrett Manor. Captain General Grundy, the leader of the forces loyal to Parliament, who fancied himself to have military talent that everyone else was sure he did not in fact possess, had taken up station on the low rise overlooking the Moor. He took a moment to enjoy the spectacle that lay before him."Looks pretty just now, but in a few hours all those expensive outfits I paid for last month will be stained with mud, powder, and blood, and worse!" The reality of War was not nearly so grand as the romantic writings of the chroniclers were wont to portray it! Such were the musings of Ninny #1.


On the far right of the Royalist host, Ninny # 2,  young Prince Phillip, un-affectionately referred to by his men as  The Prick Royal, had no such misgivings. His flying column had arrived from London the evening before. He retained under his personal command   his own Lifeguard along with Prince Edward and Prince Gustavus' regiments of horse, all fine, experienced troopers trained in the latest "Swedish" tactics. Prince Phillip opened the action by having his trumpeter sound the advance. "View Halloo!" he shouted, his 16 year old voice cracking in the process, as he rode forward at the head of his Lifeguard!


In the Center of the Royalist army (they having won the toss at the start of the day), Ninny #3, Nigel Lord Pargetter directed the large Foot Brigade of the Borsetshire Association forward under the direction of Colonel David Archer. Colonel David had previously trotted well to the left of the starting position assigned to him by Lord Pargetter, which had cleverly left almost half of the brigade out of effective command. "Milord's head is just about as blank as his white banner!" grumbled Archer under his breath.  When his troops balked at any further forward motion, the Horse Brigade of the Association under his brother, Colonel Josh Archer, decided to maintain their positions, thus protecting the flank of the Infantry.  Ah, brotherly love... though there had been malicious rumors of buggery heard in the county for some time!


Thus it was that the initiative passed to Captain General Grundy and the men of Parliament. Even with his meager military acumen, Grundy recognized that he had a problem. His large  2nd Brigade of Horse, stationed at the Left of the army, was commanded by a drunkard who could barely stay upright in the saddle while he shielded his eyes from the sun... and any view of the actions of the Enemy. Thus Grundry felt there was little choice but for him to take command here in person. Fortunately, Colonel Sterling was perhaps the best officer on the field, and could be safely left in command of his brigade. The three regiments of Foote of the Borsetshire brigade were thus also without effective command, but at least they were stationed in a reserve position. Grundy rode off and joined Horrobion's regiment of Horse, a raw unit like most of his Cavalry. From there, he directed the Brigade to respond to the threat to their flank posed by the advance of the Horse of Prince Phillip. 


In the Centre, Colonel Sterling urged his men forward, closing to within a short distance of the enemy Foote. Seen here stationed with the men of his own regiment of Redcoats, the Rundheads drew first blood, a devastating first volley throwing the opposing Greencoats of Kenton Archer's regioment into Disorder! 

Kenton's men promptly returned their fire, and although his men were well trained, the chaos inflicted by the muskets of their foe lead their fire to be erratic and ineffectual. 


With action in the Centre stalled, Colonel Sir Rex Fairbrother led his Brigade of Horse forward to keep pace with them. Certainly a prudent maneuver, if perhaps somewhat unimaginative!


With the initiave passing back to the supporters of the King, Prince Phillip dashed forwards with his Lifeguard, trying tio turn the flank of the Parliamentary Horse. He seemingly gave little thought to the risk of tiring out his horses, or leaving the rest of his men without Leadership. His hormone filled teenage brain thought only of glory... and the attention it might win him form the more comely lasses of Borsetshire!


In the Rotyalisy Centre, Colonel David Archer brought forward two trailing regiments of Foote, the raw and untrained "Trained bands" of Ambridge (blackcoats) and Penny Hassett (yellowcoats). Both regiments had rather a deficit of muskets and a surfeit of pikes. This didn't stop the men of Ambrdge form taking aim at the Roundhead Dragoons of McCreary, sheltering in amongst the hedgerows. Mc Creary's men, raw, untrained, and ill motivated (and also shaking off the raw Scotch of their enlistment "bonus"), promptly broke and ran, never to be heard from again! First point to the King...


In the Royalist Centre, Colonel Snell's well trained but shotte short regiment of Redcoats decided that their fortunes were better tried with pike than with powder, and charged the opposing untied Browncoats of Toby Fairbrother;s regiment. Raw and untried, the mere sight of the palisade of pikes approaching them was enough to throw them into Disorder, a state which the ensuing clash only worsened. 


Meanwhile the greencoated Kenton Archer Regiment fired upon Sterling's redcoats, this time throwing them into disorder into return. 


Overview of the Battlefield...


Meanwhile, D'Arcy's Royalist dragoons took a long range pot shot at the Parliamentarian Horse opposite them . Doubtless fatigued by their forced march from London town, their fire had no discernible effect. 


View of the Parliamentary Left, as Captain General Grundy moves more of his cavalry to meet the threat posed by Prince Phillip and his Lifeguard.


With the action passing back to Parliament, Nicholas Carter's bluecoats fire at the white coated regimemnt of Colonel Aldridge which of course returned he favor. Both regiments held firm despite the whizzing of musket balls fired at close range. 


Sir Rex Fairbrother's yellow coated cavalry charged the raw, untried Horse regiment of Treorran's redcoats, but came of the worse for their trouble. 


Meanwhile the Borsetshire brigade did the "Shuffle off to Borchester" ("It's just a step to the Left..."), the Royalist threat on that flank seeming greater than that of the Parliamentary right. 


Prince Phillips command continued to head forward pell mell, tiring its horses in his eagerness to close with the enemy  and earn his sperm... er, uh *spurs*. 


In an ominous development, the yellow coated Pennty Hasset Trained Bands have seized control of the Elves' Copse, supported by the Ambridge black coats. 


Whilst the opposing Foote regiments glared at each other at close range to little effect, Sir Robin Fairbrother's Horse moved to turn the flank of D'Arcy's Dragoons. 


In the twinkling of a comely lass's eye, the unfortunate Dragoons found them selves in a most compromised position!


In the Parliamentary rear, two of the three Borchester city regiments continued their shift to the Left, trying to counter the threat posed by the Ambridge and Penny Hassett men.   


    And with that, dear readers, we must allow the curtain to fall on Act 1 of "The Three Ninnies". Be assured that Act 2 will soon be forthcoming from my pen, and may be read in the next issue of The Borsetshire Bull. Meanwhile, might I suggest you patronize our sponsor, Boar's Shed Brewing. Remember their slogan, "Tis better to be known as a Boor than a Bore; Get sow-sed on Boar's Shed, and plant your arse on the Floor!" Kindly pay no heed to the vile rumors spread by the competition regarding the alleged porcine origin of the product.

- Reginald Soggybottom, Esq. 


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Three Armies 25/28mm Spanish Napoleonic Infantry figures - price increase October 14



Three Armies figures, gorgeously painted by an expert painter (Francesco), from the Three Armies Facebook page and website. I have no delusions the ones I paint are going to come out looking anywhere near this good, but one can dream!

Three Armies is a relatively new entry into the ranks of 25/28mm manufacturers. I have had my eye on their Spanish infantry since plans for them were first announced last year. They have special discounts for 24 figure (25 in the case of the Spanish Line) Battalion packs. There will be a price increase and an end to introductory free shipping in a few days:

It is with regret that we have to announce the introductory offer on our packs will end and our prices will rise on 14th October 2017. Basic 6 figure. packs will go from £6 to £7. Command Packs from £4 to £5 and Battalion packs will rise from £20 to £25. Our free postage offer will also end on this date. You still have plenty of time. Better still you can come and see the ranges at Derby Wargames show We will be with Emperor Toad stand.

That announcement prompted me to finally place an order on October 1st; it was dispatched from the UK on 10/3, and arrived here in the Eastern US on 10/6. Wow!

Each of the Spanish "2nd Battalion" Battalion Packs contains 25 figures; 2 standard bearers, 1 one officer, 1 drummer, and 22 fusiliers, in about 5 different pose variations. Since I use 18 figure units, I ordered 3 Battalion packs plus one set of three command figures, enough to form 4 units with some figures left over. . All told that came to 64 pounds, which is a mere $89 in the post Brexit era. As the order was over 50 pounds, the shipping was free. Hooray! That comes to less than $1.15 per figure - a great price for these very handsome figures by a veteran sculptor.


Drummer, Standard bearer (wire poles supplied), and Officer. These are very, very nicely sculpted figures, seen as they came out of the bag - no flash removed, no bayonets straightened etc. 


Some Fusiliers. One very minor criticism I would have is that the bases are very small and thin; they will need a bit of special attention when gluing them to my painting sticks and bases in order to stay upright while the white glue dries. 


Some different poses for the Fusiliers

Some free samples of the Spanish Grenadiers in their magnificent bearskins were also included. 


The clamshell packaging was easy to open... may be too easy!  Two of the packs had opened in transit across the Atlantic, and spilled into the padded mailer bag, which also had a good sized hole in it from rough handling. I was afraid that some of the figures might have gone AWOL, but they were all present and accounted for.. Sir! I'd suggest maybe some tape reinforcement of the packaging and maybe an internal layer of bubble wrap or even plain plastic wrap to prevent deserters!



Conclusion: Highly recommended; if you are thinking of ordering some Three Armies Figures, why not do it in the next 2 days and save?!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Battle of Lessie's Moor - King and Parliament Playtest Scenario

Barry, John, and I got together today for a game using the semi-final draft of For King and Parliament, the forthcoming rules for the English Civil War by Simon Miller and Andrew Brentnall, based upon Simon's excellent Ancient Rules, To the Strongest! This (fictional) playtest scenario was devised by Andrew. I understand that the characters are based upon an extraordinarily long running BBC radio soap opera, "The Archers", which unfortunately means little to us Yanks. Even without that cultural background, they are an interesting lot!


The Battle of Lessie’s Moor – 1643

As spring turned into the first summer of the Civil War, the thoughts of the young men of Borsetshire turned from love to war.  The long winter had been spent in muttering over ale pots, and many had determined to take to the field in support of one or other of the great families who intended to raise an army for King or Parliament.  For the Crown, Nigel, Lord Pargetter, had turned Lower Locksley Hall into an arsenal, and called both his friends and tenants to a muster on May 1st. Nigel was not the brightest of his breed, but he was stolid and loyal.  Depressed by the complexity of events brought about by this “Warre without a freynde” as he called it (spelling was never his strong suit – that was usually spades, curiously), he approached the war with little enthusiasm, but an endearing desire to “do his bit.”   Prominent among those who answered his summons were the Archers and Aldridges, good yeoman gentry, and Sir Sidney Perks, a recently knighted merchant who specialised in brewing. They had gathered together a sizeable force, some 3,000 foot and 1,000 horse, and were ready to take the field. Their only lack was artillery, as the arsenal of Borchester had fallen into the hands of their arch enemy, Alderman Joseph Grundy, an octogenarian curmudgeon, and his dissipated cronies, Sir Rex and Sir Toby Fairbrother.

Although Grundy was a cunning son of the sod, and a natural pot-stirrer, the brothers were both natural cavaliers, but had fallen in with Grundy in the hope of enriching themselves at the expense of the Archers. Oliver Sterling, their only professional soldier, was just back from the wars on the continent, where he had learned to fight, and had, after a life-threatening experience, converted to one of the more extreme forms of Calvinism. Faced with the beautiful interior of Ambridge parish Church, St Stephens, he fell down in a faint. Once revived with a good brandy, he made straight for Borchester to offer his services to the armies of Parliament. Here, the town poor combined with the ignorant ploughmen, and a selection of ne’er-do-well younger sons, to form the nucleus of the Eastern South West Association army, Parliament’s premier force in the region.  As April turned to May, they numbered some 3,500 foot and 2,000 horse, well equipped if indifferently trained.  Alderman Grundy bemoaned the cost of equipping and maintaining such a host, and urged his headstrong son, Edward (who, if truth be told, needed but little urging) to take the field as early as possible and bring the enemy to battle.

Nagged by his father, his wife, and two sons, Edward concurred, and the army lurched out of Borchester. Initially marching eastwards towards Felpersham, Edward shifted south once past Lower Locksley and headed to cut the Royalists off from their supplies by marching on Darrington.  As he approached the town, he saw Pargetter’s host already drawn up on the slowly rising ground in front of him – Lessie’s Moor.  He deployed for battle, and Oliver Sterling led the army in prayer.  The fate of Borsetshire would be decided this day.

Meanwhile, back in Oxford, developments in Borsetshire were being viewed with some concern. To add to the worries involved in leaving responsibility in the hands of an inexperienced idiot like Pargetter, Prince Rupert was also troubled by the arrival of a parcel of his younger brothers from France, led by the precocious and obnoxious Prince Philip Frederick.  Rupert’s fertile brain concocted a solution to both his problems.  Philip Frederick, a right royal 16 year old pain in the neck, was appointed commander of a ‘Flying Column’ to relieve Lord Nigel of both his worries and his command. Consisting of Horse, Dragoons and Musketeers it could be ill spared, but needs must when the indigent relatives come calling!

The later named “Battle of the Three Ninnies” was about to begin. As tradition dictated, each general carried his personal cornet, dripping with symbolism, at his side.  Lord Nigel’s banner was of plain white damask, his closest sycophants said to reflect the honesty, openness and purity of his character. His true friends, and many of his enemies, opined that it reflected the emptiness of his head!

Prince Philip Frederick flaunted his brother’s cornet, blazoned with the arms of the Palatinate. Rupert would be furious when he found it was missing!

Captain General Grundy, wise to all the secrets of heraldry, carried an azure banner, betokening loyalty, chastity, truth, strength and faith. Not that he possessed any of these qualities, but one could always dream, and it was a snip at only 9 pence 3 farthings the yard.


Royalist Army
Ammo
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Melee to Hit Cards
Medals
BORSETSHIRE ASSOCIATION






NIgel, Lord Pargetter, C-in-C
-
-
-
2+
-
4







Foot Brigade






Colonel David Archer - gallant
-
-
-
2+
-
1
Ambridge Trained Band
Pike heavy, traw, untried
0
-
3
8+
2
3
Penny Hassett Trained Band
Raw, untried
2
-
3
8+
2
3
Colonel Aldrige’s Regiment
Trained, gallant gentleman
3
-
3
7+
2
3
Colonel Kenton Archer’s Regiment
Trained
3
-
3
7+
2
3
Colonel Snell’s Regiment
Pike heavy, Trained, gallant gent
1
-
3
7+
2
3
Colonel Perk’s Regiment
Pike Heavy, Raw, untried
0
-
3
8+
2
3







Horse Brigade






Colonel Josh Archer - gallant
-
-
-
2+

1
Lord Pargetter’s Lifeguard
Dutch Cuirassier, trained, small
1 P
3
1
6+ *
2
1
The Hon Frederick’s Regt
Dutch Horse, raw
2 P
3
3
8+
2
3
Tregorran’s Regiment
Dutch Horse, raw, untried
2 P
3
3
8+
2
3







OXFORD FLYING COLUMN
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Prince Philip Frederick gallant CinC
-
-
-
3+
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4







Horse Brigade






Prince Philip’s Lifeguard
Swedish Horse, trained
1 P
3
2
7+
2
2
Prince Edward’s Regiment
Swedish Horse, trained
1 P
3
2
7+
2
2
Prince Gustavus’s Regiment
Swedish Horse, trained
1 P
3
2
7+
2
2







Foot and Dragoons Brigade






D’Arcy’s Dragoons
Dragoons, trained, untried
2
2

7+
1
1
Heathcliffe’s
Commamnded Shot, terained
3
-
2
8+
2
2
Lord Stokes’
Commanded Shot, trained
3
-
2
8+
2
2
Victory medals to lose:




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Parliamentarian Army
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Eastern Southwest Association






Edward Grundy, Captain General
-
-
-
2+
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5







Borsetshire Brigade






Borsetshire Trained Bands
Trained
3
-
3
7+
2
3
Borchester City Regiment
Trained - gallant gent
3
-
3
7+
2
3
Borchester City Auxiliaries Regt
Raw, Untried
2
-
3
8+
2
3







Oliver Sterling’s Brigade






Colonel Oliver Sterling - gallant
-
-
-
2+
-
1
Alderman Grundy’s Regiment
Trained
3
-
3
7+
2
3
Sterling’s Regiment
Trained
3
-
3
7+
2
3
Toby Fairbrother’s Regiment
Raw, Untried
2
-
3
8+
2
3
Nicholas Carter’s Regiment
Raw - gallant gent
2
-
3
8+
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3








Fairbrother’s Brigade






Colonel Sir Rex Fairbrother
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-
-
2+
-
1
Sir Rex Fairbrother’s Regiment
Dutch Horse, Trained
2 P
3
3
7+
2
3
Toby Fairbrother’s Regiment
Dutch BHorse, Raw, untried
2 P
3
3
8+
2
3
Sir Robin Fairbrother’s Regiment
Dutch Horse, raw
2 P
3
3
8+
2
3







2nd Brigade of Horse






Elliot’s Regiment
Dutch Horse, Raw
2 P
3
3
7+
2
3
Bellamy’s Regiment
Dutch Horse, Trained
2 P
3
3
8+
2
3
Horrobion’s Regiment
Dutch Horse, raw
2 P
3
3
8+
2
3
Grundy’s Regiment
Dutch Horse, raw
2 P
3
3
8+
2
3
Battery of Field Guns
Trained
6 A
-
1
7+
1
1
Mc Creary’s Dragoons
Dragoons, raw, untried
1
2
1
8+
1
1
Titchner’s Dragoons
Raw
1
2
1
8+
1
1







Victory Medals to lose:




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The field of Lessie's Moor; the Loxley Barrett Manor House is in the foreground. I chose to have it occupy 2 boxes for a better scenic effect.


The wooded box is the "Elves Copse", the scenario didn't specify it as impassable, so we treated it as just difficult terrain. Note, as usual, how the grid is barely detectable. 

I didn't have nearly enough hedgerows for this battle, so I substituted fences around Loxley Manor. fences  A low rise can be seen in the distance.


Overvew of the Moor, with the armies about to close. The rocks mark the boundaries of the scenario map, but I added extra space around it for a more fluid game. 

The forces of the King to the Right, and those of Parliament to the Left... of course!


View from Captain General Gundy's side of the field.


View from the far side; I left this un-cropped to show that we don't play in a pristine room, but rather my unfinished (and cluttered!) basement. On the other hand, the shelves holding (most) of my collection in the background are impressive. Indeed, all but these English Civil War figures ordinarily reside there. 


Some close up shots, starting with the parliamentarian Left:
Titchner's Dragoons (raw) line the near hedges, with Elliot's Horse (raw), Bellamy's Horse (trained), Horrobion's Horse (raw), and Grundy's Horse (raw) near to far. Barely visible in the foremost hedges are McCreary's Dragoons. Made up of tavern dregs lead by a disreputable Scotsman, they are both raw and untried, and thus liable to break and run at the first sign of trouble! This large brigade of Horse and Dragoons lacks an effective leader, which will make ordering them difficult.


The front line, is made up of Oliver Sterling's Brigade.  Left to right are:
Nicholas Carter's Regiment (raw, with an accompanying Gallant Gentleman) - Bluecoats,
Toby Fairbrother's Regiment (raw, untried country bumpkins)- Browncoats,
Sterling's Regiment, accompanied by the Colonel himself (trained) -Redcoats,
 and Alderman Grundy's Regiment (trained) - Purplecoats.
Behind them are the few field guns known to have been present at the battle. 
In the Right rear is the Borsetshire Brigade of Foote, also lacking effective leadership. It's units:
Borsetshire Trained Bands (rear, near - trained) - Orangecoats
Borchester City Auxilliaries Regiment (raw. untried, far rear) - Greencoats (some of the men carrying ancient bills from the city armoury pressed into to service in a different century!)
and the Borchester City Regiment (trained, w/ a gallant gentleman) - Orange Coats.


Finally there is Colonel Sir Rex Fairbrother's Brigade of Horse, near to far:
Sir Rex Fairbrother's Regiment (trained) - Yellowcoats,
Toby Fairbrother's Regiment (raw, untried) - Greycoats, accompanied by Sir Rex,
and Sir Robin Fairbrother's Regiment (raw) - Yellowcoats.
Of note, all of the Parliamentary Horse are fighting in the  deep, Dutch style (aka "trotters"), take 3 hits, and are depicted using at least 3 stands. 


Mustering out for the King are:
The Foote and Dragoon's Brigade of Prince Philip Frederick's Column (no Colonel):
D'Arcy's Dragoons (trained but untried) - whitecoats, 
Lord Stokes' Commanded Shotte (trained) - redcoats
Heathcliffe's Commanded Shot (trained) - bluecoats
and the gallant Colonel Josh Archer's Horse Brigade;
Tregorran's Regiment (Dutch, raw, untried) - redcoats
The Hon Fredericks Regiment (DUutch, raw) - redcoats, accompanied by Col. Archer,
and off in the distance can be seen the small troop of Lord Pargetter's Lifeguard (Dutch, Cuirassiers, trained, small). 


Lord Pargetter is seen near but not with his Lifeguard rear center.
Next is Colonel David Archer's Brigade of Foote:
Kenton Archer's Regiment (trained) - greencoats,
Snell's Regiment (pike heavy, trained, w/ gallant gent) - redcoats,
Aldridge's Regiment (trained, w/ gallant gent) - whitecoats...



and the Penny Hassett Trained Bands (raw, untried) - yellow coats, with bills in place of pikes,
Ambridge Trained Bands (pike heavy, raw, untried) - blackcoats,
and in the distance Perk's Regiment (pike heavy, raw, untried)  - bluecoats.
Pike heavy units are at an advantage in melee with other foot, but are disadvantaged in shooting. 


Finally we have the Horse Brigade, lead by the gallant Prince Philip Frederick:
Prince Gustavus' Regiment (Swedish, trained) - bluecoats,
Prince Edward's Regiment (Swedish, trained) - buffcoats (near, w/ flag),
and Prince Philip's Lifeguard (Swedish, trained) - buffcoats (far), accompanied by the obnoxious young Prince himself. 
Swedish Horse (aka "gallopers") have only 2 hits, but gain extra hit cards in one charge when discharging their pistols at the last moment. 


Close up of McCreary's Dragoons. They feel rather vulnerable in their exposed position. "Ach, I jus' signed up for the sodding drink, mates! I nae hae a good feeling 'bout this, I don't!"

And with that, we shall have to leave the affairs in Borsetshire for the time being. Never fear, our faithful correspondents, reporting for the Borsetshire Bull, will be reporting in regarding he action afore long...