Way overdue in posting this, but a few mates and I got together on the 600th anniversary of Agincourt to eat food, drink beer, smack talk and play a game of Sword and Spear.
I have a shitload of piccies here.
To set the scene, here's the hilarious email invite my mate sent out prior to the day.
Gentlemen. And Frenchmen.
This Sunday is Agincourt Day. When we few, we happy few, we band of nerds, shall converge upon my games room and enter into furious melee with man dollies and bucketloads of dice.
At stake is the reputation of two great Kingdoms. Can the English go 2-0 up and wipe the French from the boggy fields of Agincourt again? Or will the French finally have the opportunity to wipe clean the stain they earned with such infamy exactly six centuries ago? And in the process make up for their disastrous showings at Blenheim. And Moscow. And Waterloo. And all through 1870. And most of WW1. And the brief bit of WW2 before they gave up and became Nazis. And Vietnam. And Tunisia. And on the weekend against the All Blacks?
Only time will tell.
And after the Army Break point has been reached and the dice have fallen silent those lucky few who were witness to history will be able to look back and say 'I was there on St Crispin's Day in the Year of Our Lord 2015. I was part of history.'
So, come ye for an afternoon of feasting and fighting. Proceedings will commence at noon with lunch of some sort or another. Probably comprising roast animal. And then the fighting shall commence.
The scenario rules are simple.
The field consists of two sets of woods, one on each flank, which gradually constrict the field into a fairly narrow pass. In the middle of that pass are areas of ploughed ground represented by sections of field terrain.
The woods are classed as difficult ground
The ploughed fields have a few special rules:
every time a heavy infantry or cavalry unit moves or fights in a section of ploughed field, roll 1d6. On a 6, that section becomes difficult ground for HI or cavalry only for the remainder of that game TURN. The section remains rough ground for everyone else.
They are classed as rough ground BUT If a unit straddles more than one field section, test for the one the unit occupies most.
This represents the bogging down of the heavy unit, but the possibility of finding better ground later or another unit finding a different path through.
The armies will deploy roughly in their historical positions. The English in a concave V, the French in 3 successive 'battles'. There will be a couple of rules on unit placement, described on the day.
The first to break their opponent wins.