Saturday 17 October 2015

An End ... and a Beginning

An End

The fictional Wiltshire/Hampshire ECW campaign now comes to a close. The battle of Tufton in effect was a deciding engagement.

After 8 years of this blog focusing on the ECW I've decided it is time for a change. I've found the campaign to be most enjoyable and have re-fought two historical battles and associated actions,
  • 1643 - Roundway
  • 1644 - Cheriton
plus all the local back and forwards between to the two sides. The final phase of the fictional campaign events dovetail into the historical timeline for October 1644 rather nicely - historical events in italics:

October 14th: Battle of Tufton
October 15th: The Kings Army arrive at Salisbury (aka Sarisbury), returning from the campaign in the west country.
October 16th: Sir Warwick Hunt having withdrawn to Stockbridge to reform after Tufton, hears of the approach of the Kings Army - he sends his brother Herrick Hunt with a regiment of horse to join Waller's army and takes what is left of his command south-west to Romsey.
October 17th: Hurstbourne Manor capitulates to the royalists after the gatehouse is mostly destroyed by artillerie fire. The manor house is slighted - the curtain walls being blown up.
October 18th: The King's Army reaches Andover,  where a skirmish occurs with Waller's rearguard.
October 19th: The King's Army reaches Whitchurch
October 20th: Sir William de Willoughby and his troops join the Kings Army
October 21st: The King's Army reaches Kingsclere
October 27th: The Battle of Newbury

So goodbye to the ECW for now .....

A Beginning
The Battle of the White Mountain - 1620

The blog will continue with Pike & Shotte but in a different setting.  The ECW collection will be re-used and re-purposed for a contest between two Imagi-Nations set somewhere in central Europe just after the thirty years war - sometime about 1650.

An opportunity for some swashbuckling - somewhat like the four musketeers. Maybe something a little different as well - a Polish army with winged hussars ?

So I'll be tinkering with the blog layout/look slightly and will post a starter for the post-TYW in due course.


Springinsfeld said...

Thanks for the inspirational ECW events you've been presenting over the last few years....truly inspirational. Really looking forward to the TYW stuff.

The Good Soldier Svjek said...

This new project sounds interesting ! , Tony

d_guy said...

Have very much enjoyed following your ECW story lines and look forward to your new endeavor. Enjoy buckling the swashes!

tradgardmastare said...

Your ecw games/modelling was great and I can't wait to see the the!

tradgardmastare said...

Your ecw games/modelling was great and I can't wait to see the the!