Despite being offered few units of the New Model Army by way of reinforcement, Smythe was charged with blocking the Scots' march south at Warchester, either at the main road through the town or by holding the high ground to the west. If he could hold Cottar there long enough (ie to the end of the 15th turn) then much of the New Model Army itself would be able to march north and block the way south. (This is Scenario 14 - Static Defence).
|View of the battlefield from the west during turn 1 - the key hill is in the left lower corner, Warchester is top centre. The battlefield is divided by the central woodland. The scenery is somewhat rudimentary!|
|The position after Turn 2|
|The Scots close in on Warchester|
The battle proceeded to its inevitable conclusion. With the English having to leave two units to hold the hill, they could only look on as the Scots slowly encircled Warchester's plucky defenders and moved into the town. But could the English hold on just long enough to be relieved by the New Model Army? The answer was not quite. By the end of the 13th turn, the Scottish infantry were just able to surround the last English regiment and winkle them out.
For his victory, Cottar was ennobled and became Lord Cottar of Hawburgh. But his work was not yet done and he pressed on south looking for fresh victories.
This was another finely balanced scenario from One Hour Wargames, although this one was as much a battle against the clock (the 15 turn limit) as it was against the English.
Next up: Scenario 20 - Fighting Retreat