Sir Vernon Cottar, flushed with victory at the Battle of Dundoon and reinforced by more regular forces, has pressed south beyond Hadrian's Wall to reinforce Scotland's petitions that Charles is King of Scotland as well as England and to remind those po-faced Puritans that a glass or two of whisky never did anyone any harm.
Scenario 7 - Flank Attack (2)
The initial set up for the battle is shown below. I decided that the Scots, as the victors in the previous battle, should have the choice of which side to take. The wily Cottar chose Blue (what else?) and set up a force to the front of the Parliamentarians while moving his main force onto the English left flank. The Parliamentarian Lord Lieutenant of the Northern Marches, Lord Thomas, had placed his strengthened forces on the large central hill, confident of blocking the Scottish advance south but unaware of the army massing on his left flank.
|The Parliamentarian Army ensconced on the hill, facing the smaller Scottish force to its front, unaware of the Scottish threat on the left|
|The English react, trying to manoeuvre to engage the enemy while maintaining their advantage on the hill|
As the game progressed the Scots continued to wear down the English through their firepower until the ammunition began to run out (clearly supply chain issues back to Edinburgh!). The English cavalry on the right wing charged off the hill to engage the Scottish reiters in the rear, beating them off over a couple of turns.
|The Scots close in on the Parliamentarian position|
In the end it came down to the last Scottish infantry regiment squaring up to the last English regiment of reiters, facing down the inevitable barrage of carbine and pistol fire and knocking the English horse off the hill.
This is another OHW scenario which went right down to the wire. In this case I thought the Scots had it won but the better English position on the hill meant it was finely balanced. If the Scots had run out of shot and powder earlier things would have been much tougher before they had closed on the hill. I'm not entirely convinced these rules are particularly historically accurate but they do result in a quick, close and enjoyable game.
Next time: Static Defence