Saturday, 21 February 2015

Royalist column Intercepted at Ludgershall ....

The Royalist raiding column is on their way back home, as they near Ludgershall they see Parliamentarian horse on the edge of the town.....
 Sir Warwick Hunt leads the parliamentarian horse out of Ludgershall ...
 and deploys them across the road blocking the royalist column....
 The royalist horse form up and their dragoons head to positions on the flanks
 Sir Warwick Hunt leads the parliamentarian horse forwards ...
The royalist dragoons are in position and the horse are ready for action ...
 The parliamentarians charge home, losing a few men to fire from the royalist dragoons ....

 The royalist are hit hard but their reserve troops pile into the melee....
 The royalists hold the situation and the fighting is hard .....
The parliamentarians are pushed back .... 
 and finally break and rout, Sir Warwick Hunt makes a last stand with whats left of his men ...
 and pushes back the royalists ...
 but the royalists are slowly gaining the upper hand, their dragoons have mounted up ...
 the remaining parliamentarians can hold no longer and rout ......
What's left of the royalist column reforms and move forwards back on its route home .....
On the road east to Tidworth, Sir Warwick Hunt tries to rally his men but to no avail.....

a Victory for ye Kinge ....

Sunday, 15 February 2015

The Royalist raiders move south-west

The Royalists had turned east after their attack on Amesbury then doubled back slightly as if returning northwards but then veered south-west and swooped on Stockbridge...

The Parliamentarian garrision of a company of foot took refuge in the church, contained there by the dragoons....
 While the horse set about their work, burning supplies and firing houses ....
 The commander of the raid orders the trumpeter to sound assembly its time to move off -
  to return north to Royalist territory, they plan to go north via Ludgershall and thence to the either Pewsey or Marlborough.

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Meanwhile the Parliamentarian commander in Sarisbury had issued orders for his horse regiments to assemble, he marched north to Amesbury, not finding the Royalists there they headed eastwards in the hope of intercepting them in case they had been further south ....

---oXo---

A map of the raid, Royalist movements in red, with their route home 'dotted'; Parliamentarian movements in blue, with the next move east after Amesbury 'dashed'

Sunday, 8 February 2015

The Royalists make their move ......

The Royalist raiding column had reached Pewsey without incident; they rested over for a day but there departure was delayed by 2 days of heavy rain. After the ground had dried out sufficiently they set off and reached their first target a few miles away at Collingbourne Ducis - beating up the quarters of the Parliamentarian dragoon outpost ...

 They then formed up and headed south ...
They hit Amesbury next - a small of detachment of Parliamentarian horse gave them no trouble and they rode off in great haste. In Amesbury the Royalists piled up supplies and burnt them, setting fire to some of the houses too.
The Royalists left moving south as if going to Sarisbury, but after a couple of miles turned east towards Idmiston.....
---oXo---

The detachment of Parliamentarian horse having left Amesbury in a hurry ride hard to Sarisbury ...
Later at Sarisbury, one of the detachment finds Sir Warwick Hunt, the Parliamentarian commander, in the cathedral close and tell him of the news of the Royalist cavalry raid ...

Sir, a large force of about 500 or more Royalist horse have attacked Amesbury...

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Parliament Organises; the Royalists prepare for action ..

At Sarisbury in the south of Wiltshire Sir Warwick Hunt was in discussion with his officers. 
They were satisfied they had achieved their initial objectives to keep the route south-west to the coast open; with their main garrisons in Winchester, Stockbridge, Sarisbury and Romsey.  In addition Blandford, Dorchester and most of Dorset including the coastal ports was held for Parliament

Now they needed to take the fight to Royalist in the north of the county, they were short of troops. They decided to raise two more regiments of foot from the local area to release the better quality troops currently in use as garrisons for field duty.

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 Meanwhile on the outskirts of Wallingborough in the north of Wiltshire, the royalists have mustered two regiments of horse and one of dragoons.  Sir William de Willoughby has one final chat with his brother who will lead the troops.
They will head south to Pewsey where they will rest up for a day and then proceed south to raid into parliamentarian territory to beat up the quarters of outposts and destroy supplies.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

The garrison at Pokesay ....

The King's army has been ordered to muster at Marlborough, this has meant that two regiments of foot quartered in his area have left leaving a hole in his chain of key garrisons.

After moving a few companies of foot about he has just enough to make do. Now he has returned to Pokesay near Wallingborough to check on garrison there.
 [new items: a couple of extra pikemen, musketeers, plus command - drummer, officer and ensign]

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Wiltshire clubmen ....

In the small town of Amesbury north of Sarisbury, locals are meeting to discuss forming opposition to marauding troops from either side - to protect their crops and livestock.

 [The clubmen are done for now, may add a few more. I've tried to make them as generic as possible so they could be re-used for vignettes in story lines or as part of raw or militia units

The ground surface for the 'market place' is a sandstone effect acrylic floor tile from Homebase].

Sunday, 9 November 2014

return via Collingbourne .....

A small body of royalist horse and dragoons had been sent out to scout out potential routes to attempt to get relief to the besieged at Basing House.

On their way back they had blundered into a body of parliamentarian horse, although the royalists had seen them off they had lost some men and worse half of their horses. They made their back skirting to the north of Ludegershall, then across country. On their last leg back to safety they would have work their way round a parliamentarian outpost at Collingbourne Ducis and then over the downs to the royalist garrison of Pewsey; they had been riding double but are now dismounted leading the tired horses ....
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At Collingbourne a parliamentarian officer is out trying to bag some fowl ...
Meanwhile at Fulcher's farm, on the main road south-west, a small picket guarded the road.
The royalists cross the fields ...
then make a dash across the road ....
they are spotted by a sentry who calls out the garrison at the outpost ....
As the royalists cross the heathland they capture the parliamentarian officer ...
As they approach the road by Fulcher's farm, the parliamentarians are closing in .....
close pistol and musket fire ensues ....
some of the men dash across the road ...
they try to get the horses across, losing some ....
a small group of royalists managed to get round the back of farm and force out the parliamentarian picket...
as the main group of royalists dash towards the downs (still with the captured officer), the parliamentarians fire a couple of parting shots; the other royalists get a spare horse from the farm....
then head for the woods and up on the downs. The royalists meet at the top of the hill and make their way to Pewsey without further loss.