Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Sir Jacob Astley


Sir Jacob Astley, Sergeant-Major-General of the Royalist foot, is one of my favourite characters of the Civil War. 

He neatly book-ending the war with two fabulous quotations. At Edgehill, the first major battle of the Civil War, there was his famous battle prayer:
"O Lord, Thou knowest how busy I must be this day. If I forget Thee, do not thou forget me." He followed this promptly with the order "March on, boys!"
At the last pitched battle of the first Civil War, Stow-on-the-Wold, he surrendered to the Parliamentarians with the words:
"Well, boys, you have done your work, now you may go and play - if you don't fall out among yourselves."
What a man!

The model is a lovely Bicorne. I think I bought him on eBay; his drummer and fifer were painted by Chris Meacham. The base is one of my circular command bases with a scalloped edge.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Edgehill Scenario and Unit Cards published!

I've just published two exciting new downloads for use with the For King and Parliament ECW rules.


The first download is our Edgehill 1642 scenario. Edgehill 1642 was the first major battle of the English Civil War, and amongst the largest. The 18 page PDF includes a brief account of the campaign and the battle, reconstructed orders of battle for both sides, deployment diagrams and photos of beautifully painted wargames figures. It can be viewed on a tablet, or printed out and bound. The scenario, designed for the TtS! For King and Parliament English Civil War rules but could be adapted to work with other rule systems, too. It is a large and well-tested scenario that will suit two to six players.



The second download, below, is a 17 page digital file of unit cards, which can be printed, cut out and used to re-fight Edgehill, in conjunction with the scenario and the For King and Parliament rules (although the cards could be used to fight the battle with other rule systems, too).




There are cards representing all the general officers, some colonels and all the units that we have been able to identify as present at the battle. They are additional cards for Parliamentarian reinforcements that might have influenced the battle, had they arrived in time. There are also cards permitting an alternative deployment of the Royalist foot in a Thirty Years War "Swedish" style, which may have been used in the battle. There are card overlays that will indicate whether your horse is pursuing, or your foot formed up in hedgehog. Lastly, there's an explanatory booklet which explains how to prepare and use the cards.


The cards were designed by chum Ian Notter, based on the Naseby Streeter engraving, and the detail is stunning. They can be printed and cut out either for use with a 10cm grid (9' x 4' playing surface) or a 7.5cm grid (6' x 3' playing surface). They can also be used in conjunction with miniatures, taping each card under a unit's base, so that only the tag with the unit's name and details upon it, protrudes. A really useful way of showing which unit is in which brigade!

You can buy the Edgehill scenario and/or the Edgehill unit cards here. 

Monday, 4 November 2019

Edgehill - Unit cards - Sneak peek!

Here are a couple of images from the Edgehill Unit Cards pack that will be published, shortly. The cards are designed by my chum Ian Notter, based loosely on the images in the Streeter Naseby engraving. Here is a page from the introductory pack that accompanies the cards, and, below it, an image of a sheet of the unit cards, themselves.



These are some of the Parliamentarian Edgehill foot; large units, eight  ranks deep, so with an extra (fourth) hit. We have added uniform colours, where known (not often!), sometimes we have guessed. The flags indicate who the officer for the brigades is, and his superior general. All the information needed for play with For King and Parliament is on the card tab (save, ammo, battalion guns and so forth). If you laminate the cards, then you could use them with a whiteboard pen.

The whole Edgehill OOB, with lots of "what if" units, will be included in the download. Hopefully I'll have it in the shop on Wednesday or Thursday. If it proves popular, we will give the same treatment to some of the other battles of the ECW; perhaps we could also produce a set of generic unit cards for use with the game.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Edgehill Scenario- sneak peeks

Here are a few sample pages from the imminent Edgehill scenario booklet- due out later this week.  :) 



Friday, 1 November 2019

Edgehill Scenario and Unit Cards coming soon....

Very shortly I will have two new For King and Parliament products coming out- a PDF scenario booklet, based on Andrew Brentnall's excellent and well-tested game, and a pack of stunning unit cards designed by Ian Notter, which can be printed out and used to re-fight the battle (if you don't have three or four thousand suitable minis ready to go, that is ;-) ). Here are the covers, I'll post some images from inside, in the next day or so!



Watch this space! :-)

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Prince Rupert and Boye


Here is Prince Rupert and Boye the war poodle at Marston Moor. I love the animated Warlord poodle model. Prince Rupert was painted by Shaun Watson.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Marston Moor preview


Here are some shots of Andrew Brentnall's stunning 12mm Marston Moor scenario for For King and Parliament. The table is 15' wide, with over 3,000 miniatures We hope to have this at Partizan and perhaps some other shows, this year as a participation game. The (clickable) photos and italicised text are by Tim Thompson, thanks Tim!


"Last Wednesday I took part in a fabulous refight of Marston Moor put on by Andrew Brentnall using his 10mm troops that many will have seen in pics or at shows. There were (IIRC) some 3,000 figures involved and, very roughly, an absolute ton of units. It was very much what Andrew had in mind doing when he co-wrote "For King And Parliament" with Simon.

Six of us played the game with me being the experienced one and most of the others either having played only a game or two or none at all. Andrew umpired/taught the rules. Once again we could see just how effective the rules are that you can fight such an enormous game with novices and still get to a conclusion in a reasonable amount of time.

I commanded the infantry of the forces of Good which were a mixture of Scots and English with commands scattered all over the table. Andrew assures me this is historical but I suspect he was seeing what he could do to wind me up.   😀  To be fair, the Royalist infantry seemed to be similarly mixed up.

Andrew had set the Royalist breakpoint at 40% as standard but decreased the Good guys to 35% (but did not tell us until after it was all over). As is usual in a big game, I can tell you roughly what transpired in my sector but have only the vaguest idea of what happened on the flanks. Suffice to say that the infantry lines ground each other down but at the end of the day I still had a good solid line. The cavalry on my left had gained the upper hand but had taken heavy casualties whilst the cavalry on my left were all but gone. I felt that we were overall getting the advantage when suddenly we ran out of victory medals! Oh no! The Baddies had won. What sort of message was the Lord sending to his faithful servants who had been singing psalms most of the day?

So, a really good game, played in the best of spirits with a lovely lunch supplied.

Many thanks, Andrew, here's to the next one!"  Tim Thompson


Note how Andrew has delineated the Moor in the green, with the cultivated fields in ochre.