Back in early September my letterbox rattled and a thud was heard on the doormat. Thirty seconds later I had my grubby mitts on my first 'real' exploration into Pendraken's range of 10mm loveliness. Over the past couple of months two 100YW armies have emerged and I have posted a running commentary of my painting progress at http://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/
Initially scheduled for a December battle, I managed to churn these forces out in two and half months which is pretty rapid for me.
They are based specifically for FoG but those base sizes largely complement WMM. Other Medieval reinforcements are on the painting table - in the shape of Wars of the Roses, alongside other medieval armies including the Scots & the Welsh.
To debut both armies I chose a WMM 1000 points a side game. Random terrain generation provided almost ideal defensive positions for the English, a large wood protecting the right flank and a gentle hill from which to protect the right flank. The English started the alternate deployment and about ten minutes later deployment was complete. The British in one contiguous line from the hill to the wood with Welsh Spear and Gascon Crossbowmen in reserve. The French deployed 90% of their force to their left flank placing one Knight and one Retainer unit way out on the extreme right flank.
Turn 2 saw a continued laid back approach by the English, particularly the left flank Sub Commander who failed his command roll for the second subsequent turn. The CinC managed to urge the centre forward, issue a command to the sub commander to take up defensive positions on the hill with the English Gentry and a further single command to the bill and bow unit on the extreme left flank - little did this unit know that it was to play the key role in the outcome of the battle.
The French mounted command on the extreme right flank emboldened by the apparent lack of haste on the part of the English closed down upon the suddenly exposed right flank getting in three successive orders - 90cm of movement! The French centre advanced methodically but still well out of bow range and the French CinC cunningly redeployed his remaining knights switching them from the French Left flank to the centre of the table.
In the centre the French infantry continued their methodical approach toward the English lines. The CinC continued his redeployment of the remaining Knights and Retainers placing them under the command of his subordinate. The Engish left flank - key to the whole defensive position began to look very vulnerable. Very vulnerable indeed.
This allowed the Gascon Crossbowmen to reform to face the onslaught as opposed to being caught in the flank - not that it did them much good once the French Knights charged in smashing their ranks into oblivion exposing the rear of the English defensive line which was now pinned bwteen the French Infantry and the Knights! Whilst the English Gentry held their own on the hill, the French infantry adavnce began to break up in a withering hail of fire from the English Longbowmen. A solitary charge on the Englsih line by a French Men at Arms unit was rebuked with horrific casualties.