|Campaign map showing the planned Parliamentarian advance on teh South Coastal region.|
Royalist forces will also receive an additional unit during 1644 as the Queen had been successful at raising funds abroad, but they too have to ignore a card.
Parliament was unable to recruit a large marching force, and was very grateful for the additional Scottish unit. While the Royalist cause was well supported and news of earlier victories having swelled their numbers. The orders of battle are...
- 4 Foot
- 1 Commanded Shot
- 4 Horse
- 5 Foot
- 1 Commanded Shot
- 2 Dragoon
- 3 Horse
- 2 Guns
Terrain cards were drawn and Parliament, being the smaller force, selected their side first. The only change was made by the Royalist side to rotate a card to place a wood further forward to provide cover.
|Terrain cards are dealt.|
|Parliament selects a side first as the smaller force. While Royalists make a minor change on their left flank.|
On to the game...
Units were deployed. The Parliamentarian commander set his centre between to the woods and buildings. On his left flank commanded shot held the woods and on the right flank all Parliament's horse units were combined. His hope was to charge around the woods and attack the Royalist rear.
Recognising the cavalry risk the Royalist commander duly held a large group of foot units in reserve. Other than that his deployment was fairly standard with horse units on each flank supported by dragoons.
|Units are deployed.|
|The Battle of Fernhurst - September 1644|
The battle began with Parliament pushing forward their centre and attacking on the right flank with all their horse units. Royalist horse and dragoons were soon engaged on the flank.
|Expecting to lose the cavalry engagement, Royalist reserves position themselves to counter a cavalry attack.|
|Royalist horse charge Parliament's centre.|
|Royalist reserve units block the path of the victorious cavalry.|
|Both forces regroup and the battle concludes in a draw.|