By smacdowall, Aug 23 2021 04:16PM
Five of us joined the Covid postponed Society of Ancients Battle Day on 15 August to fight out Bosworth on a 10’ x 5’ table using my Tree of Battles rules and 28mm collection of (mostly Perry) figures.
The new setting at Newbury was a great improvement over the previous Bletchley venue and there were a fabulous array of games on offer all re-fighting Bosworth with various rules in all scales from 6mm to 54mm.
Our game began with both Northumberland and Chandée initially off table. Northumberland and the Stanleys were designated as ‘potentially treacherous’ which meant that they might not cooperate if ordered to do anything other than hold their position.
King Richard had a superiority in both archers and guns. When both first lines advanced into bowshot the Yorkists had the better of the archery duel, inflicting severe casualties on the Tudors and decimating Sir John Savage’s contingent on the Tudor right.
It was beginning to look shaky for Henry Tudor as the battle lines began to close. After several failed attempts he managed to get the Stanleys to join in the fight. The timely arrival of William Stanley on the Tudor left shored up the line and Stanley’s archers delivered a devastating arrow storm against Sir Robert Brackenbury’s advancing billmen.
Meanwhile Thomas Stanley advanced on the far right of the Tudor line towards Richard’s camp.
The arrival of Chandée’s French and Scots threatened to turn the Yorkist right. Richard sent out a screen of Burgundian handgunners to slow their advance and he managed to persuade Northumberland to join the fight and move on the French.
When Oxford and Norfolk’s lines clashed in the centre, Norfolk’s men had the best of the engagement but the Tudor line held.
William Stanley’s intervention began to turn things around for the Tudors. Seeing off Brackenbury, Stanley’s men began to close in on Norfolk’s flank.
Then Chandée’s French and Scots closed with Northumberland’s northerners and made short work of them. It looked like a Tudor victory was imminent.
Seeing that the battle was at a critical point, King Richard led his Knights of the Body in a charge against Henry Tudor and his smaller bodyguard. Against the odds Henry’s countercharge succeeded in knocking back Richard’s knights.
Richard’s dismounted retainers moved in on Henry’s flank. A ferocious combat ensured in which Henry Tudor was wounded and captured. A swift battlefield execution snuffed out the Tudor dynasty before it had a chance to take hold. Richard III remains king of England!
As ever, the Society of Ancients Battle Day was a fantastic event. Next year Adrianople.