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Saturday 14 April For King and Parliament   Leave a comment

Mike and Alex played as Waller and his Roundheads besieging Basing House in our made up scenario in the post below. Phil played as Prince Maurice and the Royalists attempting to relieve the defenders.



Prince Rupert’s Bluecoats prepare for battle.  The King’s Lifeguard of Foot to their right.  Aspley’s in Reserve.


Waller’s Horse on the Parliamentarian left flank


Earl of Northampton’s horse and dragoons.


The London Trained Band Regiment’s of Foot


Jehovah Provideth, a veteran unit of Tower Hamlet’s Trained Band


Prince Maurice’s Horse, all Well Mounted on the Finest steeds as befits Proud Gentlemen Cavaliers.

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Maurice’s Horse having driven Waller’s from the field in a single charge pursue towards the table edge.  One Troop attempts to drive off the Tower Hamlet’s Trained Band but finds them too hard a nut to crack even before they form Hedgehog.

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Waller’s Horse on the left flank beside the Basing House dovecote (exact replica).

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Prince Maurice drives the Foot mercilessly towards the artillery despite falling into disorder.

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Northampton’s Horse prepare to charge the opposition.  Will they have as much success as Maurice’s Troopers?

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View from the Parliamentarian right flank and the Trained Bands holding back the Horse.

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Maurice’s Horse sweep past the Trained Band but little did they count on Captain Oakey’s Mounted Dragoons!

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Waller’s Horse pursue Northampton’s Horse past the Dragoons but one Troop and the wounded commander remain in the fight. They retire, rally and charge in a single bound to hold back the Parliamentarian left flank slightly.

Captain Oakey’s Dragoon’s manage to hold back a Troop Of Maurice’s Horse for the entire game.  Maurice’s Horse and Brigade commander pursue off table but return and charge into the rear of the Trained Band.  Despite double disorder and attacks from front, rank and rear they shrug this off and form hedgehog becoming nigh indestructible.

In the centre Maurice drives his disordered foot to take the guns but they are then routed by Haselrig’s Horse who have turned to face and charge.  Despite facing multiple turns of double firing from two Companies of the king’s Lifeguard of Foote they never have to test to save once before charging and putting the foot to flight before.  They turn to face Aspley’s held in reserve.  The Parliamentarian Foot and Horse gradually apply the pressure but everywhere the Roundheads refuse to give up despite losing Essex’s commanded shot and the Greycoats.

Finally as night falls the medals are counted.  A narrow victory for the Royalists mainly due to the amazing success on their left flank with Maurice’s Horse and their opening charge.  Though they were able to lift the siege and saving Basing House for now they were unable to seize the Siege Artillery and the Roundheads retire in good order back to their base to plot their next move.  Waller will be back!

Posted April 15, 2018 by wargamesdiary in Miniatures

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Friday 10 November, To the Strongest   Leave a comment

We played the big battle of Edessa as mentioned in the earlier blog post below. Here is how it went.  Click on the gallery to read the captions and the battle report.



So in the end things turned round for the Romans after Valerians’s capture and the loss of the centre general.  Darryl’s cautious preservation of the Praetorian Legion and its commander Successianus plus the heroic left flank Roman cavalry managed to turn things round and seize an unlikely but close victory.

Perhaps Succesianus was able to sack Edessa and negotiate the release of Valerian? Or maybe simply being able to retreat back into Roman territory was enough now for the Romans,  leaving their hapless Emperor in the Persian clutches for ever more?

Was certainly a fun battle.  The new rout rules prevented the Roman guard cavalry from becoming demoralised and the new no rally in zone of control had an effect too.  It stops the romans using detached generals to continuously rally in the face of the enemy but it also meant that disordered forces fought on for ages  with very little effect on each other.


A good game and thanks to Mike and Alex with their Persians and to Darryl for stabilising the Romans for Phil when all seemed lost.


Posted November 16, 2017 by wargamesdiary in Miniatures, Uncategorized

Monday 6th November: Preparing for To the Strongest: Imperial Romans versus Sassanid Persia   Leave a comment



By User:Fabienkhan – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5,

Battle of Edessa 260 AD


Table is all set up ready for the arrival of Shapur and his Persians (Mike and Alex) to take on Emperor Valerian  (Phil and Darryl) and the Romans.  This was ultimately an ill fated campaign for the Romans historically but perhaps our representation of the first few days of the campaigning around Edessa might yield a different result.

Two sides of 250 points each.

Romans and Persia.

Our scenario represents the first day’s engagement.  The Romans have deployed for battle outside their camp whilst an advance force of Persians have arrived at the outskirts of Edessa ready to fight and block the Roman advance.  If the romans can defeat the Persians on this day then they will be able to resupply from the city but if they cannot then they will soon be out of water and fodder and the Emperor will be forced to negotiate terms when the bulk of Persian Army arrives over the next few days.  During the negotiations the Romans will be betrayed and Valerian will be captured, leading to the eventual surrender of the Roman Army trapped in the camp thus suffering the worst defeat in Roman history. So our scenario is the only hope the Romans have to avoid the terrible true historical outcome.



Posted November 6, 2017 by wargamesdiary in Miniatures

Painting up Gundabad Orc Berserkers   Leave a comment

Using my new super glue instant hardener have fixed together these newly released figures from Forgeworld.  They are quite fiddly but I suppose that does give more options for different poses and weapon configurations.  Have also put together some Iron Hill Dwarven Command figures.


Posted January 15, 2017 by wargamesdiary in Miniatures

Painting update: Iron Hills Dwarves Ballista and Crew   Leave a comment

The Ballista kit was quite tricky to fix together being resin.  The rope snapped in one place whilst I was struggling to get it all into position.  I have bought some new instant hardener for super glue which would have helped.  Overall though it is quite evocative of the movies and the captain pose is quite good too.

Posted January 15, 2017 by wargamesdiary in Miniatures

The Battle of Ctesiphon: 3rd December 2016; To the Strongest   1 comment

Mike, Michael and Phil refought our what if version of the famous Battle.  It is 363 AD and Julian and the Romans have crossed the Tigris and are attacking the forces arrayed before Ctesiphon.  However in our version the Persians have support from the advance cavalry guard of the Royal Army.



As night falls the position perhaps is looking a little better for the Romans after rescuing the situation on the right flank.  However the elephants remain undaunted and the VP total of 12 vs 8 counts against them.  So a narrow victory is awarded to the Persians.  They have stalled the Roman advance and will retire now to the City Walls.  For Julian with the Persian Royal army rapidly advancing and no siege equipment of his own to match the high walls he will now have to retire away from the City  in search of his Armenian re-enforcements.

Posted December 6, 2016 by wargamesdiary in Miniatures

Painting update: Knights   Leave a comment

Still slowly working Knights.

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Posted December 6, 2016 by wargamesdiary in Miniatures


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