A rare meeting between two old adversaries, and sometime allies; Lord Flasheart & Earl Michael de Blondeville. Sir Brian Cromwell was expected as well, but he was stuck waiting for traffic to clear on the M56, a long wait when the motorways a few hundred years off being actually built.
In a not particularly revolutionary line of thought we tried out using the Hail Caesar rules for this ECW match-up, with the pike and shotte regiments turning into heavy infantry units (with an additional shooting value of 3 and the Pike rule), and the horse turning into heavy cavalry and the artillery appearing in various categories; light, medium and heavy. Rather than worry about a scenario as well it was simply a fight until one side quit the battlefield. Foot regiments numbered 16 men (an 8 and 8 pike/shot split) while horse regiments numbered 4 men.
Having divided up the available models Earl Michael’s forces tended towards the infantry, while Lord Flashearts (mine) had a large cavalry wing. No big awe inspiring report, just some notes and a few pictures here.
Post Battle Analysis:
With both sides divided into three brigades a series of 1 on 1 clashes looked likely, with Sir Hugh’s Royalist foot getting the better of the Parlimentarian left. While Wolfes big horse wing did very little due to the limited space to get round the side of the pikes. In the centre Flashearts troops, with some assistance for Sir Hugh easily crushed Earl Michael’s own brigade, while we worked out how combat worked, and then turned on the outnumbered Parliamentarian right.
In terms of game mechanics I was worried that the break test for being hit by a ranged attack on a 6 would prove too powerful given the musketery on show, but this was groundless. Only a couple of blunders appeared and it ran much the same as Blackpowder except in the combat stage. This was simple enough, but the proximity rule bit might prove a bit harder to nail down.
Overall I thought Hail Caesar might be more of an ECW experience than Blackpowder, focusing as it does on close combat rather than shooting. However, perhaps because we were using an un-adapted set of rules, it still doesn’t have the period taste, and possibly even less than Blackpowder.