the Battle of Hopetoun: an ECW game

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the Battle of Hopetoun: an ECW game

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The 'Battle of Hopetoun' is a fictional ECW battle, based on a scenario from the internet. It was devised to allow a smaller Montrose army to effectively fight a larger English Royalist army.

Rules used were 'Victory Without Quarter'which provided an enjoyable, fairly simple yet historical game.

The English Royalist army was surprised by the sudden rising of the Hope River, leaving most of the infantry & artillery centred on Hopetoun:
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Most of the cavalry was on the "wrong" side of the now unfordable river, with only 3 distant bridges allowing a crossing.
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Rupert's crack Horse were off marauding but were expected back at any time.

Meanwhile, Montrose's army had stolen a march & were determined to destroy King Charles' army in detail.
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An Irish Pike & shot regiment, lost, found it's way to add woe to the English by turning up to harass the mostly mounted, river bound force.
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The English pike & Shot infantry, under Astely, Derby & Carey waited for the onslaught of their Celtic foes.
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Meanwhile, Rupert finally turned up too late to influence the fighting.
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The battle played out to the push of pike & the English were routed of the battlefield whilst their Horse, unable to force acrossing, looked on.

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Marston Moor anyone?

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Good write up!
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Fantastic looking game and excellent AAR.


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That looks great - you do seem to have a lot of good games
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valleyboy wrote: Sat Mar 09, 2024 7:41 pm That looks great - you do seem to have a lot of good games
Not as many as I'd like. As you'd know, there is a fair amount of effort in hosting a game. Time is a constant factor.
And it is impossible to assemble the crew on short notice, particularly as some of them lead even busier lives than mine.
There's a reason you spend more time in painting than gaming.

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ochoin wrote: Sat Mar 09, 2024 7:51 pm
valleyboy wrote: Sat Mar 09, 2024 7:41 pm That looks great - you do seem to have a lot of good games
Not as many as I'd like. As you'd know, there is a fair amount of effort in hosting a game. Time is a constant factor.
And it is impossible to assemble the crew on short notice, particularly as some of them lead even busier lives than mine.
There's a reason you spend more time in painting than gaming.

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valleyboy wrote: Mon Mar 11, 2024 5:52 pm
The reason I spend more time painting than gaming is that I enjoy it more!
My reply was that I gamed better than I painted but on reflection, I'm pretty bad at both.
Nonetheless, I do enjoy both hobby aspects.

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That's a good looking game and table, Donald.
If "The System" is the answer, who asked such a bloody stupid question?
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