Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Hundred Years War scenario using Lion Rampant. It is 26th October, 1415. Yesterday the English army defeated the French on the field of Azincourt. A small English force has split off from the main army to forage for food in a small manor house and the surrounding area. A retreating French detachment has smelt the chance for revenge against the Bowmen who cut down their assault yesterday. The English force sets up first within the confines of the Manor, and may place 24 stakes anywhere on the table. These block movement for cavalry and count as obstacles - and can be defended as such. The French then set up within 12" of their table edge. Up to two units may be deployed up to 12" from the opposite table edge. ENGLISH FORCE 2x Foot Men-At-Arms* @ 12pts 2x Expert Archers @ 12pts 24pts FRENCH FORCE 1x Mounted Men-At-Arms* @ 6pts 1x Mounted Serjeants @ 4pts 2x Foot Serjeants @ 8pts 1x Fierce Foot @ 4pts 1x Crossbowmen @ 4pts 26pts I took the French in the first game. The initial set up, with Crossbowmen, Serjeants and Mounted Men-At-Arms this side, and Mounted Serjeants and Fierce Foot on the other side of the Manor. The English defenses, with one unit of bowmen garrisoning the building. The French move cautiously forward, while the second unit of English Foot Men-At-Arms moves to the other side to face off the flanking force. The Mounted Serjeants and Fierce Foot move up... ...as both the Crossbowmen and Serjeants take hits from the English Bowmen. An ill-advised charge leads to the Mounted Serjeants being beaten back by the English Men-At-Arms. Switching targets, the Bowmen in the Manor house fire on the Fierce Foot, breaking them before they get to enter the fight. The French start moving around towards the Chapel to avoid being shot at. The French commander and his Men-At-Arms moves up. The English commander realigns his defense to the threat of the French forces moving round. As the French reach the barricades their crossbows begin to bite... ...but the Serjeants are forced back by bow fire. Effective crossbow fire (finally) whittles down the Bow unit and what's left of them break. The French Serjeants clash with the English Men-At-Arms but are annihilated and flee. The remaining Serjeants form a Shiltron, but with only them and the crossbowmen - and the leader's unit shaken by bow fire on the other side of town, I concede. Round one to the English. We then swapped sides to play again. I set up the English tight on one side of the road, again with a unit of bowmen in the Manor. The French set all of their infantry up on one side, and the cavalry on the other. The English Men-At-Arms man the barricades... ...as the cavalry pound towards them. One unit of French Serjeants evaporates in bow fire, and again their Fierce Foot are driven off before reaching combat. The French Mounted Serjeants move out the way to let the Mounted Men-At-Arms charge the English, but they are pushed back. Seeing that the Foot Men-At-Arms are better in attack than defense I charge them over the barricade and attack the French. The first round of combat was a win for the English, but the second time they are not so lucky and only the commander remains. With nowhere to go, he surrenders - and again I concede.