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.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

The Garigliano 1503 - Battle Report II

James writes: this week we finished off the Battle of Garigliano. Peter swapped sides and took over from Don as Gonsalvo de Coroba. Graham took sole command of the now depleted French. I persisted in taking the Spanish at the French bridge because I was determined to get over it and barge my way into Formia.

At the French Bridge: The Italians stormed over the bridge and crossed pikes with the French.