My wife and I have had several complications in recent months revolving around several health issues which have caused some rearrangement of priorities. I have had little time to work on hobby activities but have tried to paint for about fifteen or twenty minutes most days.
Using this procedure I have slowly completed the Earl of Mar’s forces and based them in The DBX style used by Allen Campbell in his Vows of Iron rules (more about the rules below).
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A good portion of what we know about Harlaw comes to us from mythic poems and folktales (mythic in style but not necessarily anti-historical). According to John Sadler (arguably the most complete modern historian of the battle), the first poem was likely contemporary with the battle, composed by a Gaelic bard and had the Lord of the Isles as the clear winner. The Scots English version, perhaps a hundred and fifty years later, reverses the outcome in favor of Mar.
By the 18th century the well-known song (below) used elements of the later poem but with substantial alteration, placing all the emphasis on Lord Forbes (who was not yet a lord at the battle) and prominently featuring the name of Graham (likely thanks to the exploits of both Montrose and Claverhouse In the previous century) so well-known to an 18th C. audience. This song doesn’t even mention the Earl of Mar (probably so as not to invoke the name of Stewart)!
Vows of Iron is a very period specific rules set that covers medieval battles quite well. It uses a very elegant combat/morale system that is easy to manage as a solo system and plays quickly. I love the For King and Parliament rules for my 17th C. gaming but found that when I used To The Strongest! for medieval, I would often confuse the subtle differences. My increasingly ancient mind does better using completely different systems for each period. I am, however, looking forward to the coming Renaissance extensions to TtS! which (I think) will use the FK&P command structures.
A fair overview of the events of 1411 and the Battle of Harlaw can be found at Battlefields of Britain.
I am slowly working on the army for the Lord of the Isles and also now have in hand Peter Page’s very well thought-out scenario for the Battle of Alford (1645). I hope to do Alford soon but will need to work on some table space issues we are currently having.