Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Battle of Calais: Englands Last Stand

Henry the Fifths army had suffered two routs to the mighty French knights. The French knights had pushed the English all the way back to their base in Calais. Henry has one more chance to defend his rights to the French throne. Another loss means he will be able to save only a fraction of his army retreating across the channel, and possibly leaving England open to invasion. A victory puts his plans for French domination back on track.

The Armies

Henry V and the Earl of Oxford
Two units of 23 archers each, both with stakes.
Eleven dismounted knights, all with two handed weapons

997 points, 59 figures

The English Army

Waleran de Raineval, Count de Faquemberges
Robert, Count of Marle
Twelve knights
Two units of crossbowmen, 17 men each
1000 pts, 48 figures

The French army, as seen from the English lines

Turn 1
The English archers killed two French knights. The French knights then advanced.
Turn 2
Archers killed seven knights, but then the knights charged into the English lines. The archers stakes blunted but did not defeat the French charge. The French crossbowmen advanced.

The French knights charge across the battlefield.
Turn 3
The English dismounted knights and French knights fought a bloody melee, including a challenge between Waleran and Henry. In the end the English won by one point, and the French failed to hold their nerve, they broke, and were run down!

The battle after the French knights were run down.

Turn 4
French crossbowmen and English archers exchanged shots, causing minor causalties.
Turn 5 - Last turn
The English archers concentrated all their shots on one crossbow unit, causing it to panic and flee. The remaining crossbowmen shot at the English knights killing quite a few, but they didn't quite wipe out the unit, and it passed its panic check.

In the end: big win for England! Turns out the best strategy for England is historical: Archers with stakes flanking knights.

King Henry started plotting more invasions into what he viewed as his French inheritance.