For this year's all-day game we opted for a game set during the period of the Nine-Years War in the late 1600's using Barry Hilton's Beneath the Lilly Banners. The scenario was one of the authors so I'll quote him.
"This scenario is based on the presumption that Bonnie Dundee not only won at Killiecrankie, July 27 th 1689(which he did) but that he lived to tell the tale (which he didn’t). He drives the remnants of Mackay’s army out of Scotland and crushes Williamite resistance amongst the population of the cities. During a period of consolidation a sizeable force of Irish Jacobites is landed on the west coast of Scotland under Patrick Sarsfield and a French fleet runs the blockade to deposit a small but well trained brigade of infantry at Leith. Rebellion which is of course contagious, breaks out all over England and King William enters a crisis period in which his largely continental army comes to be viewed more as foreign invaders than as liberators from absolutism.
As the English Jacobites begin to emerge, many volunteer units and loyal regiments flock to the Stuart standard. These enthusiastic but untrained bodies form the bulk of the English contingent. Dundee marches south into England with his Highland army and on the way gathers many of these new volunteers as well as linking up with Sarsfield’s Irish and the French brigade.
In the early autumn they besiege the town of Nantwich in Cheshire. German mercenaries loyal to William garrison the town. The wily old Marshal, Schomberg is detached from firefighting local insurrection in the Home Counties to deal with the Jacobite army and destroy the challenge to King William’s power. He marches north at the head of a well trained and balanced but numerically inferior Williamite army, to destroy the Jacobite rabble and raise the siege of Nantwich."
|Williamite horse awaiting reinforcements
|Williamite west flank
|The plucky highlanders
|The French foot
|More Jacobite horse, here supporting the French
The action began with a series of cavalry attacks in the east - the outcome was pretty even but the threat of Williamite reinforcements remained. In the west it turned-out the French commander had overdone things the night before and so no orders to attack were given, leaving just the Jacobite horse to harass the enemy for the first 5 turns of the game.
|Jocks on the move
|The French, still not moving
As for Will-I-am, he was gutted at the loss...