Information on the battle can be found on:-
the Battlefields Trust website
On my 6'x 4' table I arranged the terrain with the flanking features of Slash Hollow and Snipe Dales along the long edges. A couple of barns were also included, though I suspect that they were not there in 1643. Each army had 6 units of horse and one of dismounted dragoons. One of the accounts says that the dragoons were deployed as a Forlorn Hope to cover the deployment of the horse. Therefore we decided that there would be 3 rounds of musket exchanges prior to the battle starting. (In our post action chat we decided that it would have been interesting to dice to see if individual units were able to form up during this initial skirmishing)
The Pike and Shotte rules rate the early Parliamentarian horse as 'caracole' , but as Cromwell's Eastern Association horse were present his command were rated the same as the Royalists. The Parliamentarians thus had two brigades, Cromwell's and Manchester's. Opposing them were Widdrington's and Saville's brigades
|Widdrington's men take on Shuttleworth's|
|Nutter's driven from the field.|
|The Parliamentary dragoons stand against the Royalist attack|
Two enjoyable games with fortunes swinging back and forth. The rules do make cavalry melees very fluid affairs, with opportunities to recover from setbacks. It also drives home the need to retain a reserve.