Cropredy Bridge, 1644   2 comments

“Smart Battaile”; The Battle of Cropredy Bridge, 29th June 1644 AD.

Based upon the scenario from the excellent new Pike and Shotte (Black Powder) Rules from Warlord Games.

The Battle

Battlefields Trust 

Cropredy

The Parliamentarians have attacked the rear of the Royalist Army as it marches towards the crossing of the River Cherwell at Hay’s Bridge.  Ordering Middleton to drive the Dragoons away from Cropredy Bridge Waller has led his own Cavalry across the ford at Slat’s Mill.  The Royalists have been caught unawares and are strung out in column of march along the road near  Williamscote and the Wardington Ash.

Scenario Rules

On the first turn the Parliamentarians go first but cannot declare charge moves as the Royalists are too far away.   The Royalists are in semi-disorder.  A Battalia order can be issued to re-order only on this turn.  Elite units can roll to recover and then move normally and Drilled Units will automatically re-order.   The Dragoons can move normally having already mounted and retired from Cropredy Bridge after an unexpected skirmish.

Waller’s troops can move in march column through the boggy ground near Slat’s Mill normally but can only move once per turn in battle formation otherwise.  Ascending the steep hill costs 2″ for each 1″ moved but descent is at normal pace.  The Buildings at Williamscote can contain 2 units of infantry (shot or dragoons) and artillery.  Pike can march in column along the road through the hamlet if desired.   They cannot be occupied by Parliament until the third turn due to the presence of Royalist sympathisers.  The enclosed fields are lined with hedges or walls counting as obstacles.  The river Cherwell is impassable and the bridge closed (by the Royalist baggage train and musketeers).  Otherwise the open fields, scattered trees or rocks are all open ground.  Troops retiring to the table edges can halt for 1 turn.

The Outcome can be read here

The Royalist Army of Oxford

Name Size M HtH Shoot Morale Sta Weapon Special Points

3rd Earl of Northampton

Royalist First Division

Earl of Cleveland’s Regt. Of Horse Std 9 8 1 4 3 Sword, Pistols Brave, Gallopers, Marauders, Stubborn, Superbly Drilled, Tough 61

Lord Wentworth’s Regt. of Horse Std 9 8 1 4 3 Sword, Pistols Brave, Gallopers, Marauders, Stubborn, Superbly Drilled, Tough 61

Earl of Northampton’s Regt.Dragoons Std 9 3 2 5 3 Firelocks Marauder, Evade 35

Royalist Second Division

Prince Rupert’s Regiment Pike std 6 6 0 4 4 Pike Elite, Superbly Drilled, Tough, HH 46

Prince Rupert’s Regiment Shot std 6 3 2 5 3 Matchlock Mus. Elite, Superbly Drilled, Tough, FF 40

Prince Rupert’s Regiment Shot std 6 3 2 5 3 Matchlock Mus. Elite, Superbly Drilled, Tough, FF 40

Sir Allen Aspley’s Regt. Pike sml 6 6 0 4 4 Pike Brave, Stubborn, Superbly Drilled, Tough, HH 44

Sir Allen Aspley’s Regt. Shot sml 6 3 2 5 3 Matchlock Mus. Brave, Stubborn, Superbly Drilled, Tough, FF 36

Sir Allen Aspley’s Regt. Shot sml 6 3 2 5 3 Matchlock Mus. Brave, Stubborn, Superbly Drilled, Tough, FF 36

Earl of Northampton’s Pike std 6 6 0 4 4 Pike Untested 34

Earl of Northampton’s Shot std 6 3 2 5 3 Matchlock Mus. Untested, First Fire 28

Earl of Northampton’s Shot std 6 3 2 5 3 Matchlock Mus. Untested, First Fire 28

Duke of York’s Regt. Pike std 6 6 0 4 4 Pike Brave, Stubborn, Superbly Drilled, Tough, HH 50

Duke of York’s Regt. Shot std 6 3 2 5 3 Matchlock Mus. Brave, Stubborn, Superbly Drilled, Tough, FF 44

Duke of York’s Regt. Shot std 6 3 2 5 3 Matchlock Mus. Brave, Stubborn, Superbly Drilled, Tough, FF 44

King’s Lifeguard Pike std 6 6 0 4 4 Pike Elite, Superbly Drilled, Tough, HH 46

King’s Lifeguard Shot std 6 3 2 5 3 Matchlock Mus. Elite, Superbly Drilled, Tough, FF 40

King’s Lifeguard Shot std 6 3 2 5 3 Matchlock Mus. Elite, Superbly Drilled, Tough, FF 40

Royalist 3rd Division

Earl of Northampton’s Regt. of Horse Std 9 8 1 4 3 Sword, Pistols Brave, Gallopers, Marauders, Stubborn, Superbly Drilled, Tough 61

Lord Wilmot’s Regt. of Horse Std 9 8 1 4 3 Sword, Pistols Brave, Gallopers, Marauders, Stubborn, Superbly Drilled, Tough 61

Commanders Rating Division

Earl of Cleveland SUB 8 1st

James Compton, Earl of Northampton SUB 8 3rd

Sir Jacob Astley, Maj. Gen of Foot CinC 9 Army (2nd)

Sir Bernard Astley, Adj. Commander SUB 8 2nd

Points 875

The Parliamentarian Army of the Southern Association

Sir William Waller

Name Size M HtH Shoot Morale Sta Weapon Special Points Notes

First Division

Sir William Waller’s Regt of Horse Std 9 8 1 4 3 Sword, Pistols Brave, Marauders, Stubborn, Superbly Drilled, Tough 63

Sir William Waller’s Regt of Horse Std 9 8 1 4 3 Sword, Pistols Brave, Marauders, Stubborn, Superbly Drilled, Tough 63

Sir William Balfour’s and Sir William Waller’s Lifeguards (Cuirassiers) Std 9 8 1 3 4 Sword, Pistols Brave, Elite, Marauder, Stubborn, Superbly Drilled, Tough, Caracole, Heavy Cavalry 81

Second Division

Tower Hamlets Trained Band Pike std 6 6 0 4 4 Pike Brave, Stubborn, Superbly Drilled, Tough, HH 50

Tower Hamlets Trained Band Shot std 6 3 2 5 3 Matchlock Mus. Brave, Stubborn, Superbly Drilled, Tough, FF 44

Tower Hamlets Trained Band Shot std 6 3 2 5 3 Matchlock Mus. Brave, Stubborn, Superbly Drilled, Tough, FF 44

Colonel Edward Aldriche’s Pike sml 6 6 0 4 4 Pike Brave, Stubborn, Superbly Drilled, Tough, HH 44

Colonel Edward Aldriche’s Shot sml 6 3 2 5 3 Matchlock Mus. Brave, Stubborn, Superbly Drilled, Tough, FF 36

Colonel Edward Aldriche’s Shot sml 6 3 2 5 3 Matchlock Mus. Brave, Stubborn, Superbly Drilled, Tough, FF 36

Earl of Essex’s Commanded Shot Large 6 4 3 5 4 Matchlock Mus. First Fire 42

Third Division

Medium gun Std 1 3;2;1 5 2 21

Light gun Std 1 3;2;1 5 2 17

Light gun Std 1 3;2;1 5 2 17

Very Light Gun Std 1 3;0;0 5 2 Wood Blinds 15

Sir Michael Livesey’s Dragoons Std 6 3 2 5 3 Firelocks Evade, Marauder 35

Fourth Division

Sir Arthur Haselrigge’s Regt of Horse Std 9 8 1 4 3 Sword, Pistols Brave, Marauders, Stubborn, Superbly Drilled, Tough 63

Sir Michael Livesey’s Kentish Horse Std 9 8 1 4 3 Sword, Pistols, Carbines Caracole, Brave, Marauder 52

Sir Arthur Haselrigge’s Regt of Horse Std 9 8 1 4 3 Sword, Pistols Brave, Marauders, Stubborn, Superbly Drilled, Tough 63

Commanders Rating Division

Sir William Waller SUB 8 Army (1st)

Sir William Balfour SUB 8 1st

Col. James Wemyss CinC 9 3rd

Capt. John Butler SUB 8 4th

Maj. Gen. Sir James Harrington SUB 7 2nd

Points 786

Posted April 26, 2012 by wargamesdiary

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