|Warton Post Office on a Saturday morning.|
|Deployment for first battle.|
We set up for the first battle on an open plain with a wood on one flank reducing slightly the area to fight in. I was outnumbered by one battle formation but as it was cavalry and it was placed behind two other cavalry units I was happy, Stewart was keeping it back as a reserve. We faced off unit for unit along the line, I advanced my infantry as did the Franks but I kept my cavalry back as I wanted my archers to kill off the enemy skirmishers to their front and then weaken the cavalry behind them. This plan didn't really work as the Franks crashed home and the archers ran, but only one enemy unit had charged the other deciding the time wasn't right, I managed to get the initiative when I wanted it and my infantry line locked shields and presented a shieldwall to the Franks.
|The Romano-British line.|
|The lines close.|
|The British centre wobbles.|
As we neared the last turn the Franks still had three battle formatons on the table, however his cavalry would have to fight two of mine, my Dux only had Stipendari in front of him who were outclassed and outnumbered by his Milites. This left the victorious Frank Milites hanging in the air with Brits behind them and the routing Brits with a good chance of rallying. The pendulum of victory had swung back in my favour. This was a good battle, the armoured, elite cavalry of both sides had taken a long time to decide the winners and due to excellent morale throws and a slight edge in numbers my men won through while Stewart's were frustrated at every turn.
|The second battle.|
For the second game I swapped my cavalry to my left flank and my overall plan was again to hold back the cavalry while advancing my infantry but I had to hold one infantry unit back to defend my right from flanking cavalry and some infantry to their front. Stewart had also swapped his cavalry around but this time the extra unit was going to be used for a wide flanking movement against my right. Again the cavalry opened the combat, and again the struggle would in one case go on for most of the battle, the other however saw my cavalry rout the extreme right flank Frankish troopers and get behind his line.
|The Frankish line.|
|Stewart's favourites about to be ridden down.|
All of a sudden my cavalry won their melee, Stewart's heroes were hit in the rear by cavalry and once again my infantry against all odds held, his men died to the last man, no quarter. Again, nearing the last move I had four battle formations against three, we had one each badly mauled but the only other Frankish infantry were the unreliable Stipendari, we shook hands and that was the end.
Another good fight and if my right flank unit had passed its morale check and flung itself at the Stipandari the result would have been overwhelming or possibly overwhelming if they could beat them before the cavalry hit them in the rear. Stewart's foot Milites were definitely the men of both matches despite being cut down in the second, I shall have to be careful of them in the future.