Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Post Gloucester part II
As the game resumed I enjoyed two quite sizeable chunks of luck. Firstly, my dragoons not only managed to survive the first charge of the Parliamentary horse but then, against the odds held their position and then began to push their opponents back. When the Parliamentary cavalry routed, my raw dragoons predictably followed them, but in the nick of time (ie the table edge), managed to cease pursuit and rally. With no immediate threat in the area, they then began to move towards the Royalist centre to offer support where necessary.
The second stroke of luck was that the charge by the remaining Parliamentary cavalry against the right of my line was defeated. The infantry stood their ground and fired a volley at short range, then won the resulting melee. As the cavalry fell back they were treated to another volley which finished them as a fighting force.
With the Royalist right secure, Rupert led his cavalry reserve up onto the ridge to seek out an opportunity for a battle-winning charge. He espied a unit of green-coated infantry which was operating as the rearguard, blocking the road. If that unit could be defeated, the whole Parliamentary line would be at his mercy. Giving the matter no further thought, he led the charge. As the cavalry galloped forward the infanrty stood firm and levelled their weapons. A close range volley emptied a good number of saddles and as blows were exchanged Rupert's horse stumbled and fell. Without their leader the cavalry wavered. More men fell and the Royalists routed; sent on their way with another volley.
In desperation Wilmot scraped together the remaining remnants of the Royalist cavalry which had made the initial attack. (We have a house rule which allows below strength units to amalgamate at a penalty of reducing their morale level eg standard becomes raw.) These were sent forward to take on the Parliamentary guns which were doing a great deal of damage. This attack was made just in time as the first unit of Parliamentary infantry had reached the security of the enclosures and another was on its way.