We played another ECW game yesterday, this time with the Pike and Shotte rules form Warlord Games at the Sybil Sheppard Cottage. Back ground and info for the game:

The Battle of Denbigh Green


By November 1 1645 the Royalist city of Chester was under siege for a second time in 10 months. Having been relieved once by Prince Maurice, a Royalist army under Sir William Vaughan was charged with relieving the siege a second time. The Parliamentarians of the area were required to cobble together an army of detached forces, drawing off some from the siege to meet and intercept the relief force.

Vaughan was made aware of the Parliamentarians advance on his army the previous day and posted the regiments to various locations about Denbigh, focusing the majority of the foot at the intersection of the road from Ruthin and the road to Denbigh at Whitechurch. Musketeers and Dragoons in the hedges lining the lanes delayed the advance of the relief force long enough for the Royalist horse to form up on Denbigh green as the bulk of the Parliamentarian army arrived, led by it’s cavalry.

Royalist Deployment
Royalist horse are deployed as on map, on Denbigh green, the furthest forward regiment no more than 24” onto the table. Up to 2 Foot units may be secretly deployed amongst the hedges lining the roads. They are detected either when they shoot, or an enemy unit moves into the same field. Royalist reserves come on in the following order, location of arrival randomly determined.
Beginning on turn 1, a roll equaling or less than the turn number on 1D6 will bring on Byron’s horse.
On the turn following the arrival of Byron’s horse Whitely’s horse will arrive on a roll equaling or less than the current turn on 2D6.
On the turn following the arrival of Whitely’s horse, prince Maurice’s horse will arrive on roll equaling or less than the current turn on 3D6.
On the turn following the arrival of Prince Maurice’s horse, the Chirk, Bridgenorth and Ercall horse will arrive on roll equaling or less than the current turn on 4D6.

Roll a D6 to see where reinforcements arrive:
1= in column, on the road from the town of Denbigh
2-3= in column, on the road from Denbigh castle
4-6= in line from the western table edge
When units arrive, a command roll is made on Vaughan’s rating. If the roll is successful the unit moves on from the table edge as per normal movement rules. If the roll fails, the unit remains at the table edge and Vaughan’s Command ends as normal.

Parliamentarian Deployment
Parliament starts with it’s horse deployed no farther than 12” in from the eastern table edge. Of the Foot battalia only the Forlorn Hope are deployed as shown on the map, behind the hedge 12” in from the table edge. The rest of the foot battalia is in reserve but moves onto the table with a successful command roll from the first turn on wards. The first regiment is in column on the road to Ruthin but the remaining two may come in column via the road or onto Denbigh green in line.

Victory Conditions
Either force can be victorious if they break both the Battalias of their enemy. If both forces achieve this the same turn then the battle is a draw. Alternatively if the Parliamentarians surround the Royalists in Whitechurch and they themselves are not broken it is also a Major victory.

The Royalist deploy their infantry around Whitechurch:


The Royalist cavalry are on Denbigh green opposite their Parliamentarian counterparts:


Things go well at first for the Royalists as they route the prized regiment of Parliament's Horse creating a gap in the middle:
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Alas, it was not to last. As the Royalist Horse consisted mostly of small regiments when things stagnated they could not maintain order and were easily Shaken and forced to retire:


On the right flank, large Parliamentarian Foot regiments marched down the road from Ruthin:

Thinking they could carry out an ambush, a small regiment of musketeers is discovered and pushed back.

With a second regiment of musketeers similarly dispersed the rising Parliamentarian Foot regiments swamp the defenders who promptly flee:


With that the Parliament carries on with the siege of Chester having dispersed the relieving force.