Stop the presses, hold the ketchup, and pass the parcel, because an honest to gum, real-life, against a human with miniatures, HISTORICAL game just went down in Monkeyland.
|Early stages. Royalists attempt to seize the bridge.|
Jura (with whom I've been playing C&C online, among other things) came over and we played a 20-point game of Pikeman's Lament. It was particularly fitting, in that the bulk of the ECW stuff I have (all the Scots, and about half the Royalists) came from him in The Big Trade last fall (? I'm losing track of time . . . ). Having spent the winter beavering away, and finally finding a day that was both conducive and sunny, we set to in the back yard. He took the perfidious Royalists, whilst I took the staunch defenders of Kirk and Covenant, i.e., the Scots.
|Another angle of the early stages. That one unit dragging behind just would not move.|
|While the Cavaliers are facing a fair whack of angry Scots.|
We played the river crossing scenario, which I tweaked a little by adding a second crossing to our river (more of a creek, really), so we ended up with both a bridge and a ford. Hills and forests made up the rest of the terrain, and I appropriated the Cub's house for the look of the thing.
|Their first time on the table painted, however, so you can't blame them for being eager.|
|A certain amount of back and forthing left both units of horse somewhat battered.|
|The Scottish right pushes on to seize the ford.|
|On the other side, the Royalist foot pushes to the creek.|