Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Salute 2015 By Increments I


I thought I'd wait a week or so for all the other pictures of Salute to appear on the net before embarking on a brief of what i thought to be the most interesting games.

If any of you know me personally it will come as no surprise that I chose Simon Chick's Battle of Agincourt game as my favourite of the show so it would make sense to start with that game. For anyone who doesn't know Simon from his Harness and Array and Je Lay Emprins will know that Simon shares my fascination with Late Medieval history. The game at Salute was heavily based on Professor Anne Curry's latest research and reflected the fact that in all likelihood the French  were not present at the battle in the numbers many military historians usually prescribe. Rather there was significantly less of the French Nobility and their retinues present at the time of the struggle. Still, they were present in numbers enough to foul up the carefully laid plans of Boucicault and D'Albret and the flank attacks simply didn't take place. It's impossible to surmise what might have happened had these two cavalry attacks taken place but it is probable that the battle would have turned out very differently.

Simon et al were using Hail Ceasar for the game. I'm not sure if there were any amendments to the rules.

Bye for now.


  1. Darrell, greatest of photos, do you know which company makes the castle?

  2. Castle is a modified Hudson & Allen

    Darrell, I posted the rules mods I used over on facebook, but here's a copy.

    Longbow and Crossbow ranges extended to 24" from 18"
    Longbows were allowed to fire two ranks deep
    The muddy area effected movement via disorganisation, light troops (Crossbowmen) were disorganised on a d6 roll of 1; heavier infantry on 1 or 2 and cavalry (not used) on 1-3. Disorganisation mean the troops lost their next move
    The effects of the stakes was to remove any charge bonus from the attacker and additionally for the cavalry to disorganise them.
    Most units were represented by four bases of figures, the only exceptions were the English cavalry as a small unit of two bases and two units of English Men at Arms with six bases who were treated as large units. giving them extra resilience

    1. Thanks Will.I did the Battle of Verneuil game with Simon at Salute 2011- I don't know if you were there?

      Thanks for going to the trouble of adding the rules mods :>)


  3. Some very fine photos there. I thought I would have seen more photos of this game from others who blogged Salute which is curious - I guess there were shinier shinies to attract people. I found your reference to Dr. Curry's work to be quite interesting. I wasn't aware of it but it sounds like a very different battle from the one made famous by Shakespeare.

    1. Michael, yeah I agree, it was very curious that there were not more pics on the net of this beautiful game.

      Three Curry book is definitely worth a good read. She's often accused on the usual 'revisionist' historian blurb but I happen to think that she used evidence very well and comes up with very plausible ideas that she backs up well with said evidence.

      I ***much*** prefer her to Pat Barker who seems to idealise the Medieval period IMHO.