April 1644, Ayrshire - Royalist Victory
The ScenarioThe scenario generator produced a pitched battle in the rain for this first encounter. So a head-on clash with both sides trying to rout 50% of their opponents from the field. Due to the rain the most powerful Covenanter strategic advantage (free volleys) was largely useless. Perhaps the poor weather would be to the Highlanders advantage?
For Montrose the forces available were:
- Irish Brigade (3 * Vet Regiments)
- Gordon Foot (1*Trained, 1*Raw Regiments)
- Gordon Horse (4*Trained Squadrons)
- Highlanders (3*Trained Regiments)
- Medium gun
- Light gun
- Forlorn Hope
For the Covenanters the forces available were:
- Foot Brigade (4*Trained, 1*Raw Regiments)
- Foot Brigade (3*Trained, 1*Vet Regiments)
- Horse (4*Trained Squadrons)
- 2*Medium guns
The BattleDeployment for this game was done behind screens, and both sides chose to mass their cavalry on their left flanks. So this meant that both would be facing off against enemy infantry. The Royalist concentrated their Highlanders in the centre. Montrose was lucky to have a Forlorn Hope which can deploy upto half-way across the table - this was position ready to snatch the farm-house just inside the Covenanter's half.
|View from the Royalist right flank|
|View from the Royalist left flank|
|Covenanter horse advance - figures are "classic" Warrior Miniatures|
|Highlanders attack the centre|
|Montrose Horse attacks - so exciting it went out of focus!|
Campaign SituationFirst blood to Montrose who now controls three territories - giving some addito0nal reinforcements and a strategic effect for the next battle.