After the success of the first big ECW game at the war Room we decided to have another big ECW game using our home made rules which were tweaked following the first game. Nearly all of my figures were deployed reinforced by an Infantry brigade for each side using Noel's figures. There were 4 cavalry brigades of 4-5 units per side and 5 infantry brigades of 3-5 units in strength. Both forces had Dragoon regiments, artillery and independent shoot and pike formations. The Terrain was very similar to the last big game with both sides deployed on a ridge facing a valley running from left to right. There was a town, enclosed fields and several woods to break up the terrain and one of the short table edges was lined with a hedge. The game was again set in 1643 with the Royalist having superior cavalry with the Parliamentarians having better quality infantry.
Action was started on the cavalry flanks with the Parliamentarian left wing advancing first and the Royalist left wing doing likewise. On The Royalist left wing their Dragoon and commanded shot formations advanced along the table edge to gain possession of the hedge line. These were countered by Parliamentarian Dragoon troops. The Royalist Right wing in response to the advancing cavalry opposite were ordered forward to meet them. The infantry in the middle waited for the results on each flank. Both Cavalry wings were engaged. The Royalist on the left wing held back a brigade of cavalry containing some of their best units to wait events.
On the royalist right wing some lucky dice rolls saw the parliamentarian advance checked and on the left wing their cavalry was causing havoc with their opposition despite being out numbered. The hedge battle was being swung in favour of the Royalists largely down to superior numbers. After several turns the Royalist were getting the upper hand on both flanks. The parliamentarian commanders decide to push forward their infantry before the cavalry battle was concluded to see they could punch a hole in the Royalist centre.
Royalist cavalry success was achieved on both flanks however most of the Royalist cavalry left the field in pursuit of the defeated foe. This left only a single unit of cavalry left on their right wing but they had several units on the left wing – largely down to holding back a brigade at the start of the battle. The Parliamentarian cavalry reserve was ordered to deal with the last unit of Royalist cavalry from their right wing. In the centre more infantry units were committed to into battle. Both sides sharing some success. Time however elapsed before the infantry battle could be declared but at the end with the last parliamentarian cavalry unit routed the fate of the parliamentarian infantry looked pretty grim with Royalist cavalry on both flanks and being countered attached by the Royalist infantry.