Wednesday, September 4, 2013

In the Shadows of History: Battle of Newtown, 31st July 1689: Part Eight

Beneath the Lily Banners Special Rules Recommendations
BLB has several additional rules which can be used to give this action some further depth and flavour. I recommend the following are used:
Capturing colours and standards p26
Melee modifiers for Jacobite Horse p32
Melee modifiers for Jacobite/Williamite foot p32
 If you do not have BLB I suggest that you make the Jacobite Horse superior in melee combat to the Williamites. I also recommend that you give an extra ‘religious antipathy’ melee bonus when the foot of each side charge into combat.

Modifying the Scenario for Other Periods.
This scenario could easily transpose into other periods with little or no adjustments. I suggest the following would be easy to do
  • An AWI early period encounter with locally recruited Loyalists and American volunteers clashing on the march.
  •  ECW early to mid war encounter anywhere in the country with the retinues of important local men meeting as they march towards each other.
  • An early war ACW clash between large but inexperienced regiments of volunteers perhaps even from the same State.
Results
There is enough variation in the scenario options to fight four different games. The sides although not equal are close enough to give each force a chance of winning without being sterile and even on the points or army list principle. I have enjoyed the challenge of this game on several occasions and am certain some of you will too.

References
Books
‘A Jacobite narrative of the war in Ireland’ (a project from the history department of University College, Cork)
‘The popular history of England’ (Charles Knight, 1859),
‘The Battle of the Boyne’ Campaign title 160 (Michael McNally) Osprey Publishing
 ‘William III at war in Scotland & Ireland’ (Alan Sapherson) Raider Books
‘The Succession of Colonels of the British Army from 1660 to the present day’ (NB Leslie, Society for Army Historical Research, Special publication No11, 1974)
 ‘The Boyne & Aughrim, The War of the two Kings’(John Kinross), The Windrush Press
‘Irish Battles A military History of Ireland’ G.A.Hayes-McCoy (Appletree Press)
‘1644’  ECW Rules (Rick Priestley) Wargames Foundry
‘Beneath the Lily Banners’ Fast play wargames 1660-1720 (Barry Hilton 2008) WordTwister Publishing
Beneath the Lily Banners 2nd edition 1660-1720 (Barry Hilton 2011)
And of course the Battle of Newtownbutler book found on the reading list post!

3 comments:

  1. Hi Barry
    Thanks for reviving this series of articles - this is the same as your magazine article on the battle from a few years ago? I have been unable to find my copy for a while. Couple of small points.
    The red coats for 2 companies of the Enniskillen troops came from a raid on Belturbet in June of that year.
    The Enniskillen regiments while given charter to be raised only a week before Newtownbutler had been raiding and fighting almost continually since December 1689. The majority of the men while not 'trained' had 'seen the elephant' to steal a term from another war. Mountcashels men were newly raised and march from Dublin using a Jacobite supply train, never a source of a full belly. When I gamed this fight I made 2 of the Enniskillen regiments Trained rather than raw.
    Terrain. I have traveled this ground many times. The many low wooded hills and rises make guarding your flank difficult. Equally the flat low ground is boggy and cut with ditches and hedges/bushes. No where is there good cavalry ground for formed charges (as compared to the Boyne).
    My impression of the fight is more of a running skirmish with small groups pushing forward and the space for large bodies of troops constricted. In that light the capture of the guns opening the causeway is understandable were in a game it is hard to pull off.
    I really must fight this battle again.
    Many thanks
    Kevin

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  2. Hello Kevin, thanks for that. The article only ever appeared in Wargamers Journal which was an online mag running for a while. I chose to review and refresh the original text as I was unsure how much of an airing it actually got in the first place. Comment on the Enniskillen men noted and logical. Any further info you have or even photos of the ground would be helpful. We'd publish those on the blog!

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  3. I've really enjoyed reading this article Barry and look forward to gaming this with you soonish.

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