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.

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.