The background for Cropredy Bridge was presented in the previous post (see: On The Table Today Is). Now, time to present the action, itself.
Four players took up the challenge in a remote game with Chris and Richard taking command of the Parliamentarian Army while Steve and Tony took command of the Royalist Army. While Richard had played the rules, A Reign Cut Short, one time, perhaps a year ago, the others received their baptism of fire. The rules are my own work with original inspiration coming from Howard Whitehouse's Ironsides.Without further ado, on to battle!
(Arrows: White=move; Yellow=retreat; Red=melee).
|Armies drawn up for battle.|
|Middleton rushes over Cropredy Bridge|
with infantry following.
|With Royalist horse arrayed upon the heights, |
Astley's infantry march toward Hays Bridge.
|Astley on the march.|
|Coming down from the heights,|
Wilmot's horse deploys.
|Middleton and Wilmot eye each other nervously.|
|Who will flinch first?|
|View from behind the Royalist position.|
Northampton on the left (foreground).
Waller on the left (background).
|Astley's foote regiments swing into line facing the enemy.|
Wilmot and Cleveland charge toward Middleton's horse.
A swirling melee erupts in charges and countercharges.
|When the dust settles, each command loses |
two horse regiments with one more wavering.
Vandruske brings up his foote.
|With cavalry in tatters to his left, Vandruske advances|
his infantry toward the Royalist positions.
|As Waller's dragoons mount up,|
Waller prepares to attack Northampton.
|Taking fire from Vandruske, Wilmot is forced to retire.|
Waller advances on the right
while Northampton moves up.
|Stuck between a rock and a hard place,|
Northampton forms his brigade into a wedge.
|Waller closes in on Northampton from all sides.|
|Dragoons guarding Hays Bridge.|
|Waller attacks and Northampton is destroyed!|
The dragoons guarding Hays Bridge,
safely behind the barricades, come forward.
|With the right secure, |
Vandruske presses on against the Royalist center.
|Middleton attacks the bold dragoons near Hays Bridge.|
|The dragoons are put to flight |
as they scurry back across the bridge.
|The dragoons rout!|
|While Vandruske's left regiment of foote |
suffers a setback in melee,
the other scatters Astley's yellow coats
as they dissolve under fire.
|As Vandruske's bluecoats crest the hill, |
Wilmot realizes it is time to disengage.
with his path to Hays Bridge cut off, the battle is over.