Most of the folks that visit this blog are other wargamers. They come by search engines, links from other wargaming sites and blogs and from wargame forums. A few are simply faithful friends, who are not gamers at all, but come by simply to offer encouragement. Supporting the home team so to speak. I am grateful for this. They don’t see the rest of the wargaming community that is out there so I wanted do a post to give an idea of how the other half lives.
One of the larger wargaming shows in the UK, Colours, was held over the past weekend and one of the demonstration games presented was Andrew Brentnall’s Lessie’s Moor, the same scenario I am currently working on using Andrew and Simon Miller’s soon to be released rules, For King & Parliament. Andrew and Simon were both on hand and used part of Andrew’s 10mm ECW armies to stage the battle. With permission I have a couple of pictures below provided by the Wargaming Addict who has a report on Colours and more photos of Lessie’s Moor at his blog.
If I recall right Andrew uses a 15cm grid (to my 10cm) but then doubles the boxes to give a grid that has roughly 1′ squares. That would make the playing area in the above picture 8′ x 12′ which is pretty impressive.
After seeing the pictures from Colours, I realized that what I had interpreted as the manor house, Lower Loxley Hall, is actually the village of Loxley Barrett and it occupies two boxes not one. I have now made that change (above) on my board. Further study now shows I may need to make some small adjustments in the hedge lines as well. As previously mentioned, I have substituted wall for some of the hedges since from a rules standpoint there is no difference.
Incidentally, Andrew has since reported that The Royalists won both of the games at Colours, the norm being a Parliamentarian victory (as was the result in my first outing with the scenario).
When looking at my units I think of the scene in the movie, “Gladiator” where Maximus’ small, ragged group is huddled in the center of the vast Coliseum and being introduced as “The barbarian horde!” 😀 Still I’ve always been assured that size doesn’t matter.
The other thing I note is Andrew’s table looks more like moorland and the hedging is probably more correct for the period. Hedges, incidentally, are a fascinating subject and one that I have spent more time on than any normal person would. The whole subject of enclosures has at least a five hundred year history in the British Isles and was the trigger event for more than one popular uprising (another subject I am rather keen on). In the movie, “Cromwell”, there is even a brief vignette about breaking down an enclosure among the several used to signal the many complex grievances of the time.
Sometimes you need to just go with the look you like!