February 2013 Game: Field of Glory: Renaissance: First Newbury (English Civil War)

March 9, 2013

Last month (yes I’m a bit behind in posting), Mark and I played a Field of Glory: Renaissance game. The battle we played was 1st Newbury from the English Civil War. I think this was the first time I have ever played a game from the English Civil War despite focusing on that period of English History in my masters’ degree. The rules used were Field of Glory: Renaissance, and we were able to play a complete game in a few hours of actual playing time.  Mark provided the figures were are 10mm (mostly Pendraken and Old Glory if I remember correctly). He based them on 30mm wide bases instead of the normal 40mm wide bases. The depths of the bases were also reduced to 75% of the normal size. He used rulers that had been scaled down to 75% as well. That allowed the entire game to be played on a 3′ by 3′ table, which was very nice; sort of a gentlemanly sit down affair.

I played the Royalists and Mark ran the Parliamentarian forces. I’ve included the orders of battle that we used below as well as a map of the historical battle. As a game, the rules worked very well this time and felt less “mechanical”. I think that was due to playing a more manageable size game for two players, especially since I’ve only played these rules once before. My observations are that cavalry are pretty important and the cavalry battle can determine the battle, like many of the War of Spanish Succession games I have played (with Ian of Warflag). The nuances of the period were well reflected in the rules and it moved along fairly rapidly. I think having a smaller table worked well as we didn’t have tons of turns devoted to moving into combat, but we did have enough table space for some maneuvering before contact. It’s been a month since we played but I believe the Royalists won, but like most of our games it was a fairly equal fight. I’ll let the pictures do the talking as my brain is a bit fried from too many work issues. All in all, we both enjoyed the game, both rules and scenario

Mark provided the scenario, figures, table and lunch. Happily, I’ll be able to provide everything for our March game in my new game room.

Royalist OB:

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Parliamentarin OB:

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Historical Set Up Map:

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And now the photos of the game in chronological order (click on the picture for a larger image), Royalists forces on the right and Parliamentarians on the left side of the table/images:

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January 2013 Game: Field of Glory: Renaissance

February 10, 2013

Last month, Mark and I played my first game of Field of Glory Renaissance. Mark set up the Battle of Fleurus (1622). I am not a real expert on the Thirty Years’ War, so this was a fairly new period for me. In the past, Mark and I played a couple of Thirty Years’ War games with Piquet Field of Battle, but since then Mark has rebased his figures for Field of Glory Renaissance. I wanted to try out the rules as the ancient and medieval version of the rules worked well when we played them a year or two ago (how time flys!).

I don’t have much of a battle narrative as in January I was teaching an intensive four week long course in the History of Ireland and all I can remember from January is Irish History. I do remember that the game was probably too big for a learning game for me. By the end I felt a bit overwhelmed. Also the rules felt a bit mechanical at times, lacking in drama, but every part of the rules worked well, which is rare in rules these days. The Field of Glory Renaissance rules did a good job in producing a reasonable outcome for this period. I liked the rules enough to ask for another game, so we played a smaller and more interesting English Civil War game in February (write up of that to come).

Here are the orders of battle Mark came up with for the game:

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 And here are some pictures of the game. The figures are 10mm and all expertly painted by Mark. As I recall the figures are a mix of Old Glory and Pendraken. Mark provided the entire game and lunch (thanks always for that).

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