Monday, March 27, 2017

TYW 1626, The Pikeman´s Lament AAR



Here are some pictures and a short AAR from a playtest game of The Pikeman´s Lament. Jesper comanded his Danes and my son David commanded my Spanish and of 32 points each.
The minis are all multibased at 28mm FoGr bases, i.e 60mm width.

OOB Danes
1 Pike @ 4 points
2 Shot @ 4 Points each
2 Elite Trotters @ 6 points each
2 Trotters @ 4 points each

OOB Spanish
2 Veteran Pike @ 6 Points each
4 Shot @ 4 points each
1 Field gun @ 6 points

The Spanish deployed all their troops on a line with the Field guns in the center covering the bridge. The Danes was advansing in along the two roads to the bridge...



Danish Pike ans Shot...

...decide to leave the road and advance forward the stream to cross it in the the field on the opposite side...

The best of the best in the Danish company, Elite Trotters...

...already taking heavy fire from the Spanish Field Gun...

The Spanish Infantry makes a general advance...

The Danish Trotters advance behind the Elite Trotters and they all seems to awoid the bridge... 

The Spaniards contiue their advance and on their right flank they reach a good defensive possition at a fence... just to let the Danes advance in to the killing ground...

...might there be a Spanish field gun intimidating them...

The Danish Pike and Shot crossing the stream

The Danish Elite Trotters at last manage to cross the stream... 

...despite facing the Spanish field gun the Danish Trotters decide to take the quick rout across the bridge...

...overfald drenge! dræbe onde katolikker...

some how the Spanish commander decided it was a really good idee to leave the defencive possition at the fence and advance in to the open field...

...at least they got the chance to fire of their first salvo at long range...

...not even a hit in the Danish banner...

...better luck for the Spanish Shot by the bridge that manage to decimate one of the Danish with 50% ...

...so they started to run back to the bridge..."mom redde mig!"

a solid Spanish Defence...

...The Spaniards in teh field seems to have made the right decission as due to their long range fire they have stalled the Danish advance across the stream...

...the Spanish shot even manage to get a few hits...

On the Spanish left flank the Pike form close order as the Danish Elite Trotters are caracoling at the Spanish shot...that had advanced a bit to much to be propperly protected by the pikes...

...unfortunate for the Danes their pistol powder seems to have been wet when crossing the stream...

The Danish Pikes form Close Order and plan to attack one of the Spanish shot units that are shooting at the Spanish Trotters by the bridge...

...of course the Danish plan are detected by the Spanish Pikes...

Both of the Danish Trotters are on the run, the Elite Trotters are depleated and the Spaniards havent taken much casualties at all...

The Danish Pikes decide that it is a good ideea to charge the Veteran Spanish Pikes in Close Order...

The Spanish Veteran Pike manage to do as much more damage to the Danish Pikes that they start to flee... with 12 points of the Danish Company out of the battle the danes decided to retreat to save their remaining troops...

This was a very entertaining game, both commanders made some mistakes but non of them had yet played to many games of The Pikeman´s Lament at the time.

Happy gaming !




15 comments:

  1. Very interesting report and good looking game. Our ECW heat is once again building up, thank's to Warlord and we will run some smaller battles using PML rules. Now once I finally got the rules.

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  2. Thanks Juha!

    Glad that you finaly got a copy of TPL:)

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  3. Great report! Nice to see that it works well with just about any type of basing. /Mattias

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  4. Great looking game and report.
    Alan

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  5. Nice report and wonderful pictures!

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  6. "mom redde mig!" haha, is that "save me mom!" ? I'm a South African and I am very interested in the similarities of the different Germanic languages... "red" is save in Afrikaans and mig sounds like the old Swedish word me? Like in the song Herr Mannelig? haha, sorry for the essay... I couldn't help it :D

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  7. Indeed it is :) but it is Danish as well as one more of my pictures texts "...overfald drenge! dræbe onde katolikker..." in english "...attack boys ! Kill the evil Catholics..." andy Danes have to excesser my Danish...as I´m a Swedes im not really in the the Danish language.

    I reccon Afrikaans have its Rooth in Dutch? And duch and Swedish/Danish have some similarities, even if I never understand someone speaking Dutch, but reading I might get a few words in. "Redde" is Save, the swedish word would be "Rädda" and "Mig" both in swedish and Danish is indeed "Me"

    Have a greate day

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    1. Thanks, I have a Swedish friend with whom ive discussed language similarities quite a lot... Lots of similarities between Swedish and Afrikaans, for although its mainly dutch, it has elements of german in as well... Great BatRep by the way, thoroughly enjoyed it! XD

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  8. Great report and photos Michael!

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  9. Great work, battle scenes and images

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  10. Sounds like a fun game. Very nice figures and terrain. I'm getting eager to play again, but it might be a while.

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  11. Very nice looking table and soldiers. Can't wait to try PmL

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