Tuesday, 16 October 2018

When Sources Disagree Is It A Good Thing?

This year Fiasco will be held on Sunday 28th October at The Royal Armouries in Leeds. In memory of Brian Hicks, who died in February, a long standing member of, and benefactor to, Leeds Wargames Club, entry will be free this year. Instead of entry fee, voluntary donations to charity are the order of the day - charity buckets at the door (?).

This year The Ilkley Lads are going to do a demo-game of Ravenna 1512. We will use our home grown rules, Hell Broke Loose, to re-fight the battle.

At the moment I'm not going to do the potted history or a full OOB for this demo-game but, I will do so before Fiasco.

As per usual, we will not be giving out information flyers (a waste of ink and paper); we will have a stack of blog address slips at table side so that people can find the information on line if they want it.

I've used the usual contradictory sources for this battle and chosen the most useful bits from each. To my mind, contradictory sources are very useful. They allow us to tailor things to suit our ends without trampling over concrete fact.

My sources for Ravenna differ greatly, both in troop numbers (for example, the Landsknechts number from 5,000 to 9,500) and their general deployment. I've used Taylor, Oman, Sides and Arnold - none of whom are in total agreement with one another.

Until my full post comes out, probably this post edited, here is a taster.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Cerignola 1503 - Derby Worlds Report

I counted them all out, and I counted them all back. All of the Italian Wars figures and terrain pieces are back in their cabinets and I'm glad to report that they all made the trip to Derby Worlds and back safely.

I'd just like to say thank you, on behalf of the Ilkley Lads, to everyone who stopped by the Cerignola game. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time at the show; despite the somewhat cramped conditions imposed by the smaller new venue.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Cerignola 1503 - Derby Worlds Demo

This weekend The Ilkley Lads and Steve R. (League of Gentlemen Wargamers) will present Cerignola 1503 as a demonstration game. On the Derby Worlds site it says that this will be a participation game but, this is a misprint, it's a demo game. However, if one or two people want to pitch in for a few moves to try the rules, or simply to roll a dice or two, we are normally happy to oblige - with one caveat, due to the nature of the game and the figure collection is not really suitable for children.

The battlefield set up on an 8' x 6' table with a 2' dogleg for deploying d'Alegre's column marching up into position:

As with all games put on by The Ilkley Lads, we will not have handouts. We will have an account of the battle and the OOB that can be read at table-side and blog address slips to find the relevant material published here. We have put on a Cerignola game at a show before and much of the material that follows is a rehash of previous posts. However, this time we will use Pike and Shotte rules by Warlord to re-fight the battle. Consequently, the order of battle has been tailored to suit P&S and new figures have allowed more and bigger units to be used.

Background - Before The Battle

In 1500 Louis XII determined that he would re-conquer the Kingdom of Naples for France. In June 1501 his army, under the command of Louis d’Armagnac Duc de Nemours, began to mass in Rome in readiness for the invasion. King Federigo of Naples anxiously watched the French preparations and frantically tried to raise an army of defence; his one consolation was that several thousand Spanish troops under the command of his friend Gonsalvo de Cordoba had crossed the Straits of Messina to land in the south of his Kingdom. It seemed as though Federigo’s uncle, King Ferdinand of Spain, was coming to his rescue.