The exact location of the battle is open to discussion with historians putting forward diffierent theories. To try and create a more balanced game, and give the Lancastrians a slim chance, Steve and I chose the option where Somerset has had sufficient time to organise his forces on a spur of land overlooking the route the Yorkists would take to reach Hexham. Perhaps he was hoping to ambush them, using surprise to offset his inferiority in numbers. The Lancastrians gained a melee advantage from the hill, which in practice did offset the better armour of the Yorkists.
|View of the table with the Lancastrians on the hill.|
Impetus gave the advantage to the Lancastrians in that the Yorkists had to advance into range, but the freedom of movement made it easier for the Yorkists to outflank the outnumbered Lancastrians.
Next to our game was the Mailed Fist group with their impressive 'Marston Moor' game which was also at Phalanx .