The header photo shows the climax of the fighting on the braes above the River Tilt
Inchbrackie’s Scots force has no particular reason to come off the high ground thus ceding the initiative to MacColla. While his prowess as a warrior is universally acclaimed, his tactical abilities as a soldier are often maligned. I think this is largely due to the situations in which he finds himself (often not of his own making) where speed and aggression, rather than subtlety, are the clear tactical choice.
MacColla needs to end this encounter quickly and decisively. He clearly out-guns his opponent and his troops are better disciplined so the initial choice is to get into musket range as quickly as possible.
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This game could, I think, be played using standard FK&P rules but using my more granular tactical rules seemed to accomplish my goals of adding a near skirmish feel to the many small battles on the Celtic Fringe.
I believe I’ll move on and play out the Battle of Alford (1645) next to see how larger forces (with cavalry included) work. First, I need to rebase the necessary units.