James writes: I have set up this fictional Italian Wars battle to test some rules in 'open field' situations. Consequently, the terrain has been set up aesthetically and to form an amphitheatre in which the main action will take place.
The battle features armies with an identical (unless my mathematics are wrong) unit integrity point total. I have not tried to balance quality, but I don't think that the sides are too far from par.
It will be interesting to see how the rules work and there is nothing like a reasonably large battle on open ground to do just that. Here are a few shots of the set up.
Spanish (left) and French (right) showing, in the foreground, the open flank beyond the ridge:
Spanish right. Light and heavy cavalry supported by two colonelas:
Spanish centre and left. Artillery, two colonelas, two 72 figure Landsknecht pike squares, plus a light sprinkling of cavalry:
French right and centre. French infantry (Gascons and Picard pike) and Gendarmes d'Ordnance supported by artillery:
French left. Swiss infantry (two blocks of 54 pike) supported by mixed light horse:
Spanish right: colonela and light cavalry:
Spanish left. Massed pike:
French left. Swiss pike units 'coming up':
French centre. Gendarmes:
French right. Gascons and Picard pike: