I've always had a leaning towards either the early part of the civil wars or the latter. With the free figure from Partizan being the notorious Martin Schwartz and that we live not too far from Stoke Field it seems obvious to do the latter period. To that end I raised a new company of mercenaries to add to the artillery previously painted. New flags from (the excellent) Donnington Miniatures - they advertise them as 15mm but will create larger sizes on request - and we are set to go.
The game was fairly intense. Neither side seemed to be able to gain the upper hand. My Irish swept away the opposition facing them but couldn't force the flank as the mercenaries crumpled allowing the enemy to hold their own on the left. In the center it came down to force of arms and after a prolonged melee across almost the entire front line, the companion knights surrounding John de la Pole Earl of Lincoln prevailed (actually it came down to me rolling a 2 but Mark only rolling 1 - how the fates of men are decided!).
|The newly raised company of Martin Shwartz. Pikes, a couple of handguns, one crossbow and two pieces of artillery complete the mercenaries.|
|German mercenaries from the front. Flags are from Donnington miniatures.|
|The completed Irish of Gerald FitzGerald 8th Earl of Kildare. eight units of Kerns with a company of Gallowglass.|
|The Yorkist archers advance and loose.|
|Irish sweeping down on the luckless enemy flank.|
|The melee. In the end it all comes down to skill at arms (or in my case a lucky dice roll!)|