Sunday 1 May 2016

ECW AAR: Second Battle of Curmudgeon Moor

Today I had a couple of fellow Aussie bloggers visit Chez Millsy (Paul of The Man Cave and Alan of Dux Homunculorum). Between us we managed to have a cracking time using a fair proportion of my 28mm English Civil War collection to re-fight a battle I played last year - Curmudgeon Moor.

The scenario requires a Parliamentarian force to break through a blocking Royalist force. Paul played the Royalists and Alan took command of the Parliament forces. The sharp eyed amongst you will notice both sides flying Royalist colours... I simply won't have any rebels living in the house!

We used Clarence Harrison's (Quindia Studios) wonderful and FREE Victory Without Quarter rules and as they have before they produced a fast paced, entertaining game without sacrificing any period feel.

I won't go into great detail but I will highlight a few of the main talking points...

The Royalist gallopers made a strong showing in the face of enemy foot before refusing to charge home and eventually fled the field in disarray after some lethal volleys of musket fire. The shame!

The Royalist culverin did sterling work in seeing of a unit of veteran gallopers and then assisting in seeing off a second unit of the same with assistance from a unit of pike and shotte.

The Parliament dragoons made good use of their horses to flank the Royalists before being held up by a stoic defence by a unit of clubmen - the clientèle of Ye Three Leggged Duck Publick House.

Despite Paul fielding a unit of freshly painted Scots commanded shotte he was able to hold up the Parliament right flank and defend the church of Our Lady of Negotiable Virtue before retiring in good order. Who says fresh paint always means a sound thrashing for a unit???

The battle finished a draw as night closed in. Alan's Parliament forces were slowly getting the upper hand but Paul and the Royalists still held the road and were not in any mood to surrender of break off.

Here's the rest of the photos I took. I'm sure the Paul and Alan will have some more to share too.

Great company and and a load of colourful lead on the table. What's not to like?



  1. Sounds like a great way to spend an sfternoon. No Rebels in the house? A man after my own heart.

  2. Looks fantastic Michael!

  3. A brilliant day out Millsy and an honour to command such finely painted men loyal to His Majesty! It's really did come down to the wire which speaks volumes for a well balanced scenario.

    I think the good fortune of the newly painted Commanded Shotte reflected the multiple donations to the devotees of Her Lady of Negotiable Virtue in the prelude to the battle!

    Thanks for putting on a great day mate :-)

  4. Brilliant looking game and an inspiration for me to get back into ECW gaming. Good to see there are no rebel flags in the house too!!

  5. Wonderful looking tabletop Michael. Not a period I look at these days, but I can certainly see its appeal when playing on such a terrific-looking table.

  6. Superbly painted troops and battlefield!

  7. What's not to like, you've said it! Love these wonderful looking armies...

  8. Well that certainly works for me, great show Sir.

  9. I still haven't forgiven the Royalists for Bolton, so I was hoping for a rather more emphatic result...

    I am concerned at the lack of Parliamentarian forces in your house. How can you play 'A House Divided' without both sides under the one roof? Shall I send some Lobsters your way?
    ; )

  10. Nice pics of nice figures and a great write-up - cheers Millsy! :)

  11. Looks and sounds like a good game and some excellent hours with friends.

  12. Thanks for all the positive comments folks!

  13. That looks like it was a load of fun! A great bit of hosting Millsy!


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