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AndrewL

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Another medieval battle
« on: April 25, 2010, 07:35:13 pm »
Dear All,

I just finished fighting another battle with my medieval troops, and I would like to share some of the pictures from it. As I did in my previous thread covering a battle, I'll give a blow-by-blow account to explain the action.

I used rules I made up for myself (and yes, I will post them, eventually!), and quite a lot of the situations, and indeed the overall outcome, depended on chance (roll of the dice). I didn't plan this -- it just happened this way!

Anyway, to give some background... This is a made-up battle, not an attempted recreation of a real one. The story: Duke Waltheof has been aggressively taking over more and more land, through means legal (purchase), semi-legal ('persuasion' of the previous landholders) and illegal (outright seizure). Waltheof hopes to re-establish control over the wide ranges of territories his ancestors were originally granted by the Emperor Karl long ago. He has been joined by a number of his vassals, as well as Odo, marshal of the Knights Templar, who is something of religious zealot.

A trio of lords in neighbouring counties (Earl Aubrey, Earl Wulfmaer, and Count Remigius) have decided enough is enough, and have defied Duke Waltheof's demands that they recognise his lordship. Waltheof has decided to invade their territory. Odo has spread false rumours that Aubrey, Wulfmaer and Remigius are somewhat less than orthodox in their religion, and this has convinced a number of other lords to join with Waltheof.

The first photo shows the battlefield with the opposing armies deployed: Waltheof's troops are toward the bottom left, the trio's men toward the top right. The site is a relatively narrow one: toward the top of the picture, a fence demarcates one edge, while on the right hand side, sheer cliffs mark the other edge of the field. In the middle is the land and farmstead of Paarchman, on whose land the battle will be fought.

Aubrey, Wulfmaer and Remigius know they have to hold the line here: if Waltheof breaks through, he will be able to advance into their lands, and his campaign to take over the whole region will succeed...

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Re: Another medieval battle
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2010, 07:37:30 pm »
Here are a couple of pictures of Waltheof's army: Waltheof himself bears the emblem of the yellow & black castle on green. [I'll point out the various other lords, their names and emblems as we go along.]

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Re: Another medieval battle
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2010, 07:40:15 pm »
And here are the forces of Earl Aubrey (yellow wyvern on purple), Earl Wulfmaer (the red dragon knights), and Count Remigius (the black lion rampant on red). They have managed to recruit some mercenary troops as well -- you can see the green and white striped billmen and halberdiers under their captain Eadric in the first picture.

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Re: Another medieval battle
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2010, 07:42:55 pm »
These pictures show Aubrey and Wulfmaer's men advancing: longbowmen and crossbowmen in front, other infantry in the middle, and cavalry in the rear, ready to pounce should any of Waltheof's men break through the line.

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Re: Another medieval battle
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2010, 07:45:19 pm »
Now, on the right of Waltheof's line, Marshal Odo's Templars charge forward towards Count Remigius's men. Odo hopes to be able to punch through quickly. If he can't there will be little room to maneuver between the cliff edge and Paarchman's farm.

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Re: Another medieval battle
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2010, 07:56:22 pm »
Waltheof has brought along what he hopes will be a devastating (if not exactly secret) weapon: cannon.

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Re: Another medieval battle
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2010, 07:58:31 pm »
The farmer Paarchman is terrified and appalled that the battle will be fought out on his land. He's just grateful, though, that most of his livestock are in pastures well away from the conflict.

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Re: Another medieval battle
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2010, 08:00:19 pm »
Duke Waltheof's cannon, along with the whole of his army, advance...

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Re: Another medieval battle
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2010, 08:02:43 pm »
Holding the far left of their line, Count Remigius's pikemen face the charge of the Templars. Their best hope is to plug the gap between the cliff face and the farm gardens.

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Re: Another medieval battle
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2010, 08:04:05 pm »
The charge of Odo's Templars goes in...

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« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2010, 08:05:51 pm »
And the Templars run into a thicket of spearpoints. Odo's hope of a quick smash through the opposing wing looks in danger...

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Re: Another medieval battle
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2010, 08:08:24 pm »
On the left of Duke Waltheof's line, his vassals advance: cavalry of the baron Adhemar (the silver labrys on black) on the far left, and billmen and halberdiers under lord Urse (alternating red and white stripes) in the centre-left.

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Re: Another medieval battle
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2010, 08:13:47 pm »
On the centre-right of Waltheof's line are the troops of Count Ansculf and his fraternal twin brother Giles (black eagle with black and yellow stripes). Ansculf is on the left of the close-up photo with the red beard, Giles on the far right with the blnde beard [and if you're wondering, Ansculf inherited the title because he was born first!].

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Re: Another medieval battle
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2010, 08:16:01 pm »
As the opposing army advances, Earl Aubrey's longbowmen and Earl Wulfmaer's crossbowmen prepare to shoot...

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Re: Another medieval battle
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2010, 08:17:38 pm »
As Adhemar's cavalry thunder forward, a volley of arrows from the purple-clad longbowmen wreak havoc with men and horses.