The mutineers on the opposite flank fared little better. Three separate attacks on Hindu Rao's House melted away before the fire of the defenders and a flanking attack by the cavalry was severely hampered by the close terrain.
Two photos of the Mutineer defences
The Company cavalry holding off the Mutineers
The Prince supports his troops
Mutineer cavalry trying to work round the beseigers' flank
The battle for the vital village
The mutineers' attack in the centre was rather slow in forming up (stories later circulated that the Prince was not aware there were two gates he could use to move troops out of the city, "I have a man to look after such things" he is reported to have said.) Anyway, by the time everything was ready,the flank attacks were petering out and when a loud cheer was heard from the seige lines signifying that the supply column had begun to arrive the Prince ordered that all forces return to the city.
This was an enjoyable game and although the rules have some shortcomings when you fight a large action with plenty of troops the minor details are not as significant.
It was an early start on the Sunday morning as the detatchment of Gentlemen Pensioners, having obtained their visas, set off over the Pennines to Yorkshire. The Vapnartak show has become increasingly popular over the last few years and this trend continued. We were helping out on the Lance and Longbow stand at the show and putting on Grandson as a demonstration game. Little progress was made in the morning as most of the time we were talking to visitors about the game, which of course is what we were there for in the end.
The Seige of Newcastle
There were several large games on show,among which were the Wargames Holiday Centre with a demo game of the Indian Mutiny in 25mm and York Wargames Club with the Seige of Newcastle. They also provided two participation games Attack on the Death Star and Pegasus Bridge. The Ilkley Lads had an 'Old School' game using the Maurice rules, a welcome alternative to games with scenery which 'overpowers' the game.
As usual there was a strong trade presence and although I restricted myself to one pot of paint and a 25mm bridge there were plenty of customers stocking up for the coming year.
Our game was adjudged a Burgundian victory although two of the Swiss pike blocks had smashed through the Burgundian infantry. The Burgundian gendarmes were still a potent force and threatened the flanks of the Swiss units.
As usual a very enjoyable 'Pensioners' weekend, thanks are due to Steve and Gwen for their hospitality, Roy (Indian Mutiny) and Bob (Grandson) for organising the games. Here's to the Pensioners AGM in June!