So I pulled out the rule-book about 30 minutes before he would arrive and rolled up the two forces, we then diced using the tabletop generation system from SHAKO for the European continent.
This set up a few woods, hills and a towne to conflict for and about.
As this was a pickup game and a first for my opponent, I let him choose the side he wanted and took on the other, as it turns out I ended up commanding Royalists.
|battlefield layout, Royalists to the left and Parliament to the right|
|Royalists at the ready (yes I know most of my troops are actually Parliamentary save for the Welsh at the moment)|
So we had at it.
I learned that dragoons well situated in a collection of buildings are very nearly impregnable as only another troop of dragoons are the only ones that could really break them up.
In the early going the Parliament sought to run a column of pike and shotte into the town, which were promptly cut to ribbons.
|Lines in turn 2|
|sakers were loud on both sides|
|though mostly they were much ado about nothing|
|by turn 4 there was a horse tangle-brawl brewing|
|while in the town the dragoons were hard at it|
|the Royalist foote were holding, waiting for the right moment to move forward|
|the horse were bouncing each other back and forth ...|
|My opponent needed to depart on a work call so the game had to be called.|