My friends Tim Couper and David Knight came to Historicon from the UK. For Tim, it was one of a great many times here, but it was the first trip to the show for David. We kept expenses reasonable although staying on site, by sharing a room at the Marriott (convention hotel). Tim and David showcased their new rules for the Wars of the Roses, Test of Resolve, by running five games over the course of 4 days. The troops for one side (as well as any terrain) were provided by yours truly, while long time wargames freind Ken Baggaley provided the troops for the other side.
Mortimer’s Cross (February 2, 1461) – Thursday, 2 PM
Edward of March had gathered troops in Wales and moved towards London. On learning of a Lancastrian army (a mixture of the Welsh followers of Pembroke and a largely mercenary force of Bretons, French and Irish) moving south towards Hereford, March moved to confront them at Mortimers Cross. Test of Resolve: fast play, innovative wargaming rules, designed to fight all the major battles of the Wars of the Roses (see testofresolve.com & Facebook).
Tim explains the rules to long time Historicon/Piquet/FoB etc freind Freddie Avner.
Towton (March 29 1461) – Friday 11 AM
The Lancastrians had been victorious at St Albans but eventually returned to York, leaving the Yorkist Edward free to enter London to be crowned King on Mar 4. A week later he marched north to Yorkshire where, on a wintry day, he engaged with the Lancastrian forces.
|Miles and Anthony, standing by Tim, with Eric, a real WotR aficionado, moving his Battle.|
|I love Miles’ shirt: “WARNING: May start talking about history!”|
Stoke Field (June 16 1487) – Friday 7 PM
Lambert Simnell was crowned as King Edward VI to provide a figurehead for the Yorkist cause. Mercenary troops, Anglo-Irish and Gaelic, were raised in Ireland, and sailed across to northwest England. Moving south they met with the the Lancastrian forces of Henry VII in the Midlands, where the final battle in the Wars of the Roses was to be fought.
Mark in gold and Joe in black, and our GM and rules co-author Tim Couper, dispensing his usual bad puns and worse advice!
Hexham (May 10 1464) – Saturday 11 AM
The recently defeated Lancastrian forces decided that their only chance of survival was to have another attempt to defeat Montagu before the reinforcements being raised by Edward IV could arrive to crush the rebellion in the North. So the Lancastrian survivors of Hedgeley Moor advanced south to just outside Hexham. Montagu, confident in his ability to defeat them without Edward’s support, moved out from Newcastle to force battle.
I didn’t manage to get any shots of this one, but I understand the game played well, was fun, and as usual was completed in under 2 hours!
Empingham (March 12 1470) – Sunday, 9 AM
A rebellion led by Sir Robert Welles in Lincolnshire gave an opportunity for Warwick to begin an armed uprising. Welles raised a large body of men with few experienced fighting troops. He headed towards Warwick at Leicester. Edward marched to intercept Welles with a smaller army, but consisting of higher quality troops with artillery support. He informed Welles that if he did not disband his forces his father, Lord Welles, would be executed, which he was immediately prior to the battle.