Commander - Sir John Meldrum
3 units of foot; Brereton, Booth and Mainwaring
3 units of horse; Fairfax, Lancashire Horse (Shuttleworth) and Myddleton
The Parliamentary army was deployed with it's back to the river Camlad, which is fordable, but with difficulty. There is a bridge on their right and beyond that an area of boggy ground. Meldrum has deployed with the regiments of Fairfax and Shuttleworth (Fairfax being the brigade commander), on his left, the infantry, commanded by Lothian in the centre and Brereton on his right.
Commander - Sir John Byron
4 units of foot: Broughton, Erneley, Woodhouse, Ellis
1 unit of dismounted dragoons
3 units of horse: Trevor, Vaughan, Tyldsley
|General view of the battlefield|
To balance the scenario, two of the Parliamentarian foot regiments are rated as veteran and all have a 2:1 ratio of muskets to pikes, whilst the Royalists are mostly trained and have a proportion of 3:2 musket to pike. All Royalist cavalry are rated as trained and are gallopers. The Parliamentarian cavalry units are smaller, but better quality and are horse.
|The Royalist army on the ridge|
The first couple of moves went according to plan, with a co-ordinated general advance, the problems started when Trevor's leading regiment charged home against Fairfax's regiment. Despite the impetus advantage and support, Vaughan,s were soundly beaten and when they fell back they disorderd Tyldsley's who were in support. This was the first of three unsuccessful charges against Fairfax's regiment, which took casualties, but always seemed to do just enough to hold their ground. When Fairfax's were eventually forced to fall back by Trevor's own regiment, their 'sweeping advance' attacking the Lancashire Horse was rebuffed, leaving all the cavalry shaken and requiring time to recover.
|Fairfax stands firm|
On the Royalist left, Byron personally led forward Ellis's regiment and the dragoons. The two became separated and Myddleton seized the opportunity to charge the dragoons, sensing an easy victory. He was to be disappointed. A volley from the dragoons was sufficient to stop the horse and then Ellis arrived in the nick of time to fire a volley into the enemy's flank, routing them. The main Royalist infantry line was now safe from a flank attack, but it had other problems.
|The Lancashire Horse triumph|
Although the report may make the game sound one-sided, Steve (as Parliamentary commander), assured me that there were points at which he felt that the Royalists may win. This was proved when we played the scenario again. Although Trevor once again failed to drive off Fairfax, Lothian's infantry proved unable to stop Erneley's advance and were driven back into the Camlad in disorder and routed. Myddleton's horse again being unable to aid their infantry as they were driven off by the fire of Ellis and the dragoons. In a third game, the Royalist foot managed to drive off one Parliamentary regiment, but two of their own were routed by musketry fire, leaving the two wings of the Royalist army separated. The return of the foraging cavalry again swung the balance in favour of the Parliamentarians and the Royalists had to retreat.
The second and third games were played two weeks later and I hosted them, so I adjusted unit sizes to accommodate the smaller table. Here are some photos from the games (under different lighting conditions).
|Fairfax's brigade await the assault|
|Meldrum with Myddleton's Horse|
|Mainwaring's repel Vaughan's Horse|
|Brereton's Foot, with their backs to the Camlad|
|Ellis's stand firm against Myddleton's Horse|