Sunday, 10 March 2013

Cerignola 1503 at 1:20

As regulars will know, this battle has become almost habitual on this blog. I am currently working towards putting on Cerignola 1503, as a demo-game, at Sheffield Triples on 18th / 19th May 2013. Peter and I will be running the game using our house rules, Hell Broke Loose. Because it is going 'out and about', I have decided to make it more of a spectacle by increasing the number of figures involved. It is now scaled at 1 figure to 20 men.

The figures are nearly finished. I have three more units of Foundry men-at-arms to paint (these will replace the units in Gonsalvo's command - currently they are represented by two units of WoR knights and a unit of archer cavalry). When these figures are finished I will have to do 5 cavalry standards - mainly Italian; the 3/32 'flag pole' tubing has been ordered!

Other jobs, still pending, are to finish the two buildings and make a 12" section of earthworks ( I'll probably make several sections with the gabions purchased at Vapnartak) and match it to the existing ones. I also have to lighten the shade of the baize cloth with yellow and caramel spray paint. Yellow is the prime colour for this; two more cans of yellow paint have been ordered!

The main change to the scenario is that D'Alegre, commanding the French rearguard, will start off-table, kinda. Initially, I thought of having him arrive on the second or third turn in a typical 'wargame scenario' way. Then, thinking about the variable move distances in Hell Broke Loose, I decided to have him visibly march to the battlefield; he must physically march across one end of the table before arriving. The white arrows on the deployment map show the exit and entrance points. I like this idea because it should build in more tension, and stuff will not just appear on the table from out of a box.

French Order of Battle
The French [blue] battle line; Louis d'Armagnac, Duke of Nemours, commanding [A].
Louis d'Ars [B]: 3 units of 8 gendarmes, 2 units of mounted crossbows.
Tambien Chandieu [C]: 1 unit of 180 Swiss pike.
Gespard de Coligny [D]: 6 units of 12 French crossbow, 2 units of 36 French pike.

Yves d'Alegre [E]: 4 units of 8 gendarmes, 4 units of 8 Stradiots, 4 batteries of 1 gun.

All in column and marching to the battlefield.

Spanish Order of Battle
The Spanish battle line: Gonsalvo de Cordoba [A] commanding.
Gonsalvo de Cordoba [A]: 3 units of 8 Spanish men-at-arms. (These are the troops that need replacing).

Fabricio Colonna [B]: 3 units of 8 Italian condottiere men-at-arms.
Diego de Paredes [C]: 2 units of 36 Spanish infantry in colonela, 2 units of 16 Italian arquebusier.
Fabricio Zamudio [D]: 1 unit of 90 Landsknecht pike, 1 unit of 12 Landsknecht arquebusier.
Pizarro de Paredes [E]: 2 units of 36 Spanish infantry in colonela, 2 units of 8 Spanish genitors, 1 unit of Italian mounted crossbow.
Pedro Navarro [F]: 2 batteries of 1 gun.


TamsinP said...

Those 180 Swiss pike look pretty darned lethal.

This looks like a great set-up. Will you be taking the game to any of the shows darn 'ere in the sarrff?



we only go as far south as Sheffield - it's the language barrier thing. Peter is a born and bred Yorkshireman; he thinks cockneys are a kind of southern whelk.

BTW, all, we are short of players for this game, so if you want to play for a few hours, a day, both days, drop me an email.

Gunny Highway said...

Like the idea of marching on to table reinforcements... Kind of adds tension into the game. Like it alot.

BigRedBat said...

Looks great! The hilltop village is looking very spectacular. Simon

Phil said...

Fantastic! Love the minis, the terrain, great village too, and a very nice map!

pancerni said...

This is looking very neat! The extra figures will certainly add to the spectacle.

Hendrid said...

Looking absolutely great so far.

Tarty said...

Yep those deep pike blocks look the business, very very nicely done.

Sean said...

Very nice. The larger units are quite impressive. I'm also going to have to work on my own sabot flags. A brilliant idea.