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Re: The Great Confinement... An ECW battle played via WhatsApp
« Reply #60 on: March 31, 2020, 11:16:31 AM »
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Re: The Great Confinement... An ECW battle played via WhatsApp
« Reply #61 on: March 31, 2020, 11:49:29 AM »
You said Hopton is a fully functional unit, but of course being less than half strength he has a permanent disorder and can only use half dice, yes? (Or am I mixing up different Osprey rulesets here, I have played a lot of Rebels and Patriots since my last TPL game)

Thanks VF. Yes, he’s down to 6 dice instead of 12, but I don’t think permanent disorder is a feature in this particular Mersey rule set. Haven’t played Rebels and Patriots, but I guess that’s a thing in that particular set?

I wonder if at some point there will be a second edition of the entire Rampant oeuvre, in which all the incremental developments are consolidated...

The Thomas Sheffield horse are a most handsome unit  8)

Indeed, painted for me some time ago by the brilliant Redzed. He’s doing a few more units for me at present  :)

Who cares that is a fun and memorable wargame unit Lovely stuff Richard

Cheers Colin.

If I can summon up the strength to run another one over the period of lockdown, I shall extend an invitation to your goodself   ;)

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Re: The Great Confinement... An ECW battle played via WhatsApp
« Reply #62 on: March 31, 2020, 11:50:18 AM »
Thanks for including us in this game with your action reports and comments.
The table and minis looks magnificients

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Re: The Great Confinement... An ECW battle played via WhatsApp
« Reply #63 on: March 31, 2020, 11:52:04 AM »
Merci beaucoup  :) Bon chances.

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Re: The Great Confinement... An ECW battle played via WhatsApp
« Reply #64 on: March 31, 2020, 03:21:21 PM »
This is truly inspirational. A marvellous idea and top-notch terrain and figures. It's so inspired me that I've ordered some more Bicorne cavalry to see what I can do with them.

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Re: The Great Confinement... An ECW battle played via WhatsApp
« Reply #65 on: March 31, 2020, 03:54:33 PM »
Really enjoying the game report, turn by turn. Whilst the figures are out, is there any chance of a separate thread with some close-up photos of your beautifully painted ECW units? Would love to see them in detail. 


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Re: The Great Confinement... An ECW battle played via WhatsApp
« Reply #66 on: March 31, 2020, 04:02:02 PM »
Excellent stuff Richard.  :-* 8)  Always good to see any of your beautiful collection. 

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Re: The Great Confinement... An ECW battle played via WhatsApp
« Reply #67 on: March 31, 2020, 09:02:21 PM »
Thanks Paul :)

Whilst the figures are out, is there any chance of a separate thread with some close-up photos of your beautifully painted ECW units? Would love to see them in detail. 

I'll see what I can do over the next few days M'Lud... :)

It's so inspired me that I've ordered some more Bicorne cavalry to see what I can do with them.

lol I'm glad to hear that Paul (By the way, I'm now halfway through painting that unit of musketeers I showed you... )

Anyway, back to the game - Parliamentarian turn 6…

Sir Melville Gibson’s veteran commanded shot successfully activate to fire on Hopton’s blew dragoons, and manage to get enough hits to take off one casualty. The dragoons’ morale holds however.



Okey’s dragoons jump the hedge from the lane and canter through the gorse, whilst Lilburne’s veteran Folorn Hope jump the hedge into the mown hayfield…



Dragoons in the gorse…



It’s now almost starting to look like a proper battle! ;)



Remembering their objective, Dr De’ath orders Nathaniel Crowe’s company of commanded shot to pull back and secure the barn and grain store – not sure they realise there’s another door though! lol



Sheffield’s Horse move up to the hedge, and Gibson’s raw shot unit crosses into the lane behind the gun.



Crowe’s regt. of shot have already rolled to successfully rally at the start of the Parliamentarian turn.
Lilburne’s regt. of shot now tries to activate to fire on Sir Ralph Hopton – and fails. FRICTION! Neither they nor the frame gun get to fire.



That’s turn six over. Dice for initiative for turn seven: Parliamentarian initiative, so the Roundheads go again…


Turn 7

Silent Invader now orders something resembling a tactical withdrawal, suddenly pulling his dragoons and Folorn Hope back to create a defensive line in front of the barn, in the farmhouse garden.

Gibson’s commanded shot now fire on Spoons’ Greencoats behind the farmhouse, taking off another casualty. (That commanded shot unit, has cumulatively done a LOT of damage, despite having lost two casualties themselves early on in the game… )



Nathaniel Crowe’s commanded shot now come over the farmyard wall (or through the barn) into the farmyard, where they are joined by Lilburne’s regt. of shot, advancing at last. They roll a double 6 for their move activation, and then a 4 on the effects table – giving them the right to take another activation this turn.



Sheffield’s Horse and the frame gun move up again, with Gibson’s raw shot bringing up the rear.



Looks like a heroic showdown is on the cards for Fondling’s Folorn Hope!



Finally, Crowe’s regt. of shot unleash another salvo on Sir Ralph Hopton, and finally he is finished off.



Lilburne’s shot now take their second bonus activation and advance again. Things are not looking too promising for the Royalists on this flank.



In fact things are not looking too promising for the Royalists, period.
They've lost two entire units either routed or destroyed, and the Parliamentarians have control of both sets of doors to the barn and grain store, and all their units more or less intact.

The King’s army needs to pull a rabbit out of the hat pretty fast if they're going to save the day…

Royalist orders for turn 7, yet to be received…

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Re: The Great Confinement... An ECW battle played via WhatsApp
« Reply #68 on: March 31, 2020, 10:20:34 PM »
Brilliant stuff  :-*
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Re: The Great Confinement... An ECW battle played via WhatsApp
« Reply #69 on: March 31, 2020, 10:46:21 PM »
Still looking good :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

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Re: The Great Confinement... An ECW battle played via WhatsApp
« Reply #70 on: March 31, 2020, 11:07:08 PM »
A POX ON PARLIAMENT!

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Re: The Great Confinement... An ECW battle played via WhatsApp
« Reply #71 on: March 31, 2020, 11:22:59 PM »
Beautiful figures and terrain Captain!
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Re: The Great Confinement... An ECW battle played via WhatsApp
« Reply #72 on: April 01, 2020, 07:03:00 AM »
Getting very exciting.

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Re: The Great Confinement... An ECW battle played via WhatsApp
« Reply #73 on: April 01, 2020, 07:28:11 AM »
One wish, moi capitan: One picture at the start of the game of the whole table to keep the overview. Sometimes it is hard to follow the game and it is very exciting to see this. (BTW you made so many walls and hedges, was it a hard year only doing this walls and hedges for the table????  ;) ) The figues from bicorn seems to be very good. Do they fit with the empress stuff???
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Re: The Great Confinement... An ECW battle played via WhatsApp
« Reply #74 on: April 01, 2020, 08:14:28 AM »
One wish, moi capitan: One picture at the start of the game of the whole table to keep the overview. Sometimes it is hard to follow the game and it is very exciting to see this. (BTW you made so many walls and hedges, was it a hard year only doing this walls and hedges for the table????  ;) ) The figues from bicorn seems to be very good. Do they fit with the empress stuff???

I will try to keep posting pictures of the overall battlefield from time to time, Dirk  :)

The walls and hedges are all bought, so no hard work required. I did spend some time improving the walls though, with some washes of colour and the addition of tufts, flock, flowers etc.

I love the Bicorne and Renegade ECW figures by Nick Collier. No, they don’t really fit with the Empress ECW figures, which have a very distinctive look and feel, quite unlike anything else. I bought a few of the Empress packs, but just couldn’t get on with them. Surface detail too shallow. Very unenjoyable and difficult to paint. Wonderful detail in the costuming, but rather stiff in the posing. All in all, just not my cup of tea  :?