Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Novara 6th June 1513: A Scenario

This will not be the first time we have re-fought this battle. Indeed, it's not even the first time will have re-fought it using our house rules Hell Broke Loose. However, the set up is different, especially with regards to the placement of the Landsknechts.

The game also has a few more troops in use than before. To enhance the visual spectacle without increasing the number of units I'm using 50% more stands per unit (e.g. a four stand unit is six stands strong). I have chosen a figure scale of 1:40 and a dollop of fudge.

The historical background is a cut and paste job from the original scenario. The order of battle and scenario notes are fresh, and I've put them together with notes about why I have chosen to do the set up the way I have and what fudges I've chosen to use.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Ravenna At Fiasco 2018: Fought To A Conclusion

As the clocks changed from BST on Saturday, most of us got an extra hour in bed so the early start, for a Sunday, didn't feel quite so harsh. The day was bright, cold but rain-free, which is always a bonus when you are loading open topped boxes of soldiers in and out of cars.

Furthermore, although the Ravenna game employed 999 toy soldiers (exactly) it is relatively 'terrain-less' so it all fitted into six large tomato boxes and a carrier bag (plus cloths) - small in comparison to some games, where a removals van would be handier than a car.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Ravenna 1512: Scenario And OOB

Here are the scenario notes for the Ilkley Lads demonstration game at Fiasco, Royal Armouries, Leeds, 28th October 2018. We will not be giving away a hand out flyer as there is too much information to include. We will give out address slips instead.

A contemporary print of the Battle of Ravenna showing the brutal nature of the contest.

As my previous post indicated, I have used various sources to develop this scenario, most of which are contradictory to some degree. Initially I went with Taylor's deployment but now I think this is fundamentally wrong.

I've mostly followed Oman instead but, I've still chosen to use Taylor's generous numbers. The background was taken from Mallet & Shaw's book because it is the easiest to understand (the style is 'modern'), and it had one or two other tit bits too. I always use Peter Sides' scenario booklet as a first look guide, because his numbers and deployment maps are laid out 'war game style'.
  • Charles Oman - A History of the Art of War in the Sixteenth Century [ISBN 0-947898-69-7]
  • Frederick Taylor - The Art of War in Italy 1494 - 1529 [ISBN 1-85818-002-3]
  • Michael Mallet and Christine Shaw - The Italian Wars 1494 1559. [ISBN 978-0-582-057758-6]
  • Peter Sides - Renaissance Battles 1494 - 1700 Volume 1. [Gosling Press]
  • Other books.
Images for the command labels were found on the net, some are guesswork.