Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Tercios and Old Habits

I know it has been an age since my last post and I have quite a backlog of items to post but when they say "old habits die hard" I'm not sure what they mean...  I've found getting back into the old habit of actually blogging regularly has been pretty hard!  I suspect part of it is the desktop being a bit less easily accessible and my experimentation with blogging from an iPad less than successful.  But I now have a new option and so I'm going to see if that can get me back into posting regularly (no promises though!)

In any case, back to the original purpose of this post.  Last weekend I met up with some old friends and we sat down to a decent sized pike and shot game using the Tercios rules.  The game was Nieuport 1600 with the Anglo Dutch facing off against the Spanish with both sides having a liberal sprinkling of mercenaries.

I managed to bag the English and Frisian troops under Sir Richard Vere on our left flank.  I was a little cautious given I didn't know the rules but got the hang of them pretty quickly.  My left flank was anchored by the sea and my wing was pike & shot with a battery of artillery with my right flank supporting the Dutch centre.


Opposite me was a mixed group of cavalry and infantry. We were deployed with an estuary at our backs and so retreat was simply not an option - something the Spanish decided to use against us with an aggressive advance.


My artillery followed by my musketeers, as the range closed, managed to cause some serious damage to their advancing cavalry.  But their second rank of cavalry overran my guns but we repulsed by my second line.  Then followed their infantry but with some spectacularly poor luck with the dice I had soon put paid to them and their entire flank collapsed!

Unfortunately our centre was hard pressed and the main cavalry battle on the right wing was as usual a exercise of them chasing each other around the table.

I turned my troops and began to threaten the Spanish centre's now exposed flank.  Their Tercios were pretty hard but had taken some hits from our centre before it crumbled and so with a concerted assault and a heroic charge by Sir Richard combined with our cavalry coming back after seeing their's off, we managed to take the day.

All in all it was a fun game and great to catch up with the old crowd.  Just a shame that I don't really have any thirty years war figures - although I'm sure the rules could be used for other similar things.  Of course it has got me interested in planning our a game with my Tudor Irish...

6 comments:

  1. Great to hear from you Al, I was starting to worry! This all looks like splendid fun and perhaps just the sort of impetus to get you back at the keyboard?

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    1. Thanks Michael - nice to know someone had noticed! It was a lot of fun particularly as a big part of gaming for me is the social aspect and catching up with old friends always add something to game. I'm hoping it will springboard me back into more regular posting (and commenting!)

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  2. Heard of these rules and its cool to see some games.

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    1. Thanks Adam, there is a free "lite" version available which gives an insight into the majority of the rules.

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  3. Excellent report, on a set of rules I've been eyeing up for a while. Thanks so much!

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    1. Thanks Sid. I enjoyed the game but I have a rather narrow interest in the pike & shot era and so am not well read enough (particularly on 30YW) to properly assess them other than as a game. I thought they had some interesting mechanisms which provide some interesting decisions. You should try the free "lite" set.

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