English Civil War Gaming Scenarios: Volume 4

The fourth volume in the series and also written by Robert Giglio this is the final volume in the series I have purchased to date. It maintains the same format with around 60 pages.

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The battles coverd are Aylesbury 1642; Bradford 1642; Highnam House 1643; Gainsborough 1643; Shieldfield 1644; Inverlochy 1645; Sherburn-in-Elmet 1645; Ballaghkillgevill and Benburb 1646; Y Dalar Hir 1648; St Quen’s Bay 1651 and the Rising of John Lambert 1660.

Looking at some of the scenarios a couple of points are worth noting. Both Y Dalar Hir, in Northern Wales, and Lambert’s Rising are very small actions and may need to be scaled up to provide interesting games, especially so if you are using DBR.

Bradford, with around with 1000 Roundheads and 1500 Royalists while small, should provide an interesting normal sized game while the relief of Highnam House looks a fascinating scenario and very different from typical equal points games.

For those with a Scots Royalist army, Inverlochy will be a challenge for the Marquis. Being outnumbered almost 2:1 it illustrates the need for more poorly trained Scots Covenanters in armies in Scotland, something that is missing in the DBR Scots list.

Benburb, set in Ireland, is a scenario that I find particularly interesting having read Clive Hollick’s excellent book on the campaign and battle. It will be interesting to compare the scenario with Hollick’s order of battle when time permits. This scenario should make an excellent open battle.

St. Ouen’s Bay is perhaps the most unusual scenario dealing as it does with the Parliamentarian landings on Jersey in 1651. Outnumbered the veteran Parliamentarians will have a hard time undertaking an amphibious landing, but given their is little historic detail on the engagement this scenario can, and possibly should, be modified to increase playability. Indeed, this is worthwhile remembering with many of these scenarios as sources are often limited and while the scenarios are well presented, most if not all, could be interpreted very differently.

In some respects I consider this to be the weakest volume in the series, yet it still combines some useful and interesting scenarios. Inverlochy and Benburb are two outstanding scenarios of interesting battles. All volumes are available from Caliver Books.

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