Wednesday, 14 March 2012
The Battle of Ceresole 1544
Every now again we like to run a larger than normal game on a Sunday at the Polish Club in Maryhill where we meet. This game actually took place about three years ago. We decided to put on a Renaissance game and I foolishly volunteered to design the scenario. Fortunately I had a copy of Battlefields magazine Vol 1 Issue 1 which contained a scenario for the Battle of Ceresole in 1544, one of the later and less well known battles of the Italian Wars. I used this as inspiration for our game. The original scenario and it's accompanying article were written by Roger Williams, to whom we owe our thanks for a most enjoyable game. If you don't own or have access to the particular issue of Battlefields then I refer you to the Wikipedia article on the battle for more details. The battle involves two more or less evenly matched armies both keen to fight. The battlefield was fairly featureless. Historically it breaks down into three almost separate battles between the respective centres and wings. We had six players on the day, enough for a C-in-C and two wing commanders for each side. We used 15mm figures and the original Armati rules with their Renaissance supplement. The OOBs were adapted from the magazine article to match the miniatures we had available. These came from the collections of Craig and Mark. To make things a bit more interesting, I gave each player a card detailing the general he was playing, including some personal objectives, details of their troops and a few other surprises. More of these later.