Friday, March 19, 2010

The Battle of Marston Moor, July 1644

Another favorite recurring Wargames Illustrated contributor, Jim Graham, authored the "The Battle of Marston Moor" in the magazine's big ECW issue.

We get a detailed look at this major engagement, with a special focus on the cavalry flank action between Prince Rupert and Cromwell. Even though cavalry steal the show, there's still plenty of pics of beautiful regiments of infantry with muskets, pikes, and flags. We also get a nice Osprey campaign map. The game scenario only covers the cavalry action noted above, which is good for a couple of reasons: you don't need a ton of figures to get to play and yet it still brings the character of the battle and the period to the fore.

Sidebars: Oliver Cromwell short bio and ECW Uniforms, which goes a ways towards dispelling myths about the "standard" appearance of Royalist and Parliamentary cavalrymen.

The picture to the right is some box cover art from Warlord Games' ECW cavalry and dragoons range. The article featured a number of lavish photographs of their figures on the tabletop along with others from Trent, Renegade, and Foundry

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