Monday, April 28, 2014

The Battle of St. Gaston

Where the Gaston river is crossed by the Gaston Bridge, where St. Gaston was eaten by rabid squirrels, is the village of St. Gaston. And two very angry armies ready to throw down!

The English
Henry V
Earl of Oxford
16 Dismounted knights
24 Archers with stakes
23 Archers with stakes
996 pts

The French
Count Waleran
Count Robert
7 Knights
7 Knights
Three units of 10 crossbowmen each
7 crossbowmen
995pts

View from the English left flank.

From the English right flank

French knights struggle to force their mounts through the river,
under a hail of arrows.

Different French knights form three wide to make a fast march
across the bridge. Many causalties taken from English archery.

French knights crash into English archers.

More knights vs. Archers.

French crossbowmen sneak along away from the action,
hoping to eventually claim a table quarter.

Both units of archers are broken and run down, leaving only the English
knights in the center.

Turning left, the english charge the French who just returned from
pursuing off table - they flee rather than get charged in the flank, and
easily rally next turn.

The other French knights charge the English in the rear, breaking, pursuing
and trampling them into the dirt. Game over turn 5, huge French victory.

2 comments:

  1. Very cool, friendlyfungus! I really like the look of the battlefield too! Hey, I was wondering if you have ever tried the Donald Featherstone rules for Ancient Gaming? I know you enjoy using various sets, especially the great old school ones, but in the Featherstone one really sees the influence it gave to WAB and Warhammer Fantasy. I'm hoping to get a game in sometime this week.

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    1. Thanks Private W. I've played two versions of the Tony Bath ancients rules, but nothing specifically written by Featherstone. Tony Baths rules are fun, complete with warhammer style armour saves, and very characterful rules for elephants.

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