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We've been working with the Battlefield's Trust to put together some new ECW army packs!
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« on: 06 December 2018, 10:19:14 PM »



After they were launched at the Battleground show a fortnight ago, we've now added these ECW battle packs to the website as well.  Covering the 3 ECW battles that took place here in the north-east of England, each pack contains a representation of the forces present at each engagement, at a ratio of roughly 1:10.

In August 1642, King Charles I declared war against his Parliament.  The North, led by William Cavendish, Earl of Newcastle, generally supported the King.  Cavendish’s 6-8,000 strong Royalist northern army marched south from Newcastle to relieve the Parliamentarian threat to Royalist York.  En route it defeated a small Parliamentarian force at Piercebridge and then went on to challenge Parliamentarian forces led by the Fairfaxes in the west (Leeds/Bradford area) and the Hothams (Hull) and Cholmleys (Scarborough) in the East.  The struggle for control of the bridge crossings of the River Tees, in order to move Royalist supplies of munitions from the Continent down to York and beyond, led to the engagements at Guisborough and Yarm.

Packs cover:-
The Battle of Piercebridge (1 December 1642)
The Battle of Guisborough (16 January 1643)
The Battle of Yarm (1 February 1643)

These packs are all available on our website now: https://pendraken.co.uk/battlefield-trust/

More info on the Battlefields Trust can be found here: http://www.battlefieldstrust.com/
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« Reply #1 on: 06 December 2018, 11:22:25 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: 06 December 2018, 11:36:25 PM »

Sounds like an attractive starter package.
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« Reply #3 on: 07 December 2018, 08:37:19 AM »

What an excellent idea. I find preparing figures for a particular game really motivates the painting process and also defines an end point to a project.
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« Reply #4 on: 07 December 2018, 09:07:11 AM »

Brilliant idea Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: 07 December 2018, 11:52:09 AM »

Excellent idea

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« Reply #6 on: 07 December 2018, 01:11:15 PM »

Offering packs on a specific battle sounds like a great idea. Are the dragoons mounted or on foot? Anyway, by my reckoning,
  • you can fight the smallest(?) battle, Guisborough, for as little as £22 (incl.VAT) which would be a great introduction to the range and hopefully will generate further purchases OR
  • you could fight all three battles as a mini-campaign for £57 (incl.VAT) (perhaps less if you augment one of the packs with a standard pack?). To have more than enough figures, all you need are 3 packs out of the six - the Royalist Piercebridge and Parliament Guisborough and Yarm packs.

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« Reply #7 on: 07 December 2018, 01:27:31 PM »

We're aiming them at people who might be new to wargaming or have an interest in military history instead.  The small buy-in cost should be enough to tempt people in and then they might go on to look at other ranges/periods in the future.

Offering packs on a specific battle sounds like a great idea. Are the dragoons mounted or on foot?

The Dragoons are mounted in these packs.
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« Reply #8 on: 07 December 2018, 01:37:40 PM »

These are rather a good wheeze!

Fortunately, I am immune to the ECW.

Mostly.
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« Reply #9 on: 07 December 2018, 05:16:19 PM »

Hey

Congrats on the new release …
I personally love the idea

However what wargaiming system are you basing it on ?
you say a 1:10 ratio ...so is it basically finding a rules system that fits in ?

Also could you maybe take more marketing images of the figure so we
can whats in the package ?

Great stuff

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« Reply #10 on: 07 December 2018, 05:51:39 PM »

Nap4 - that’s a new one on me. Welcome to the forum.
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« Reply #11 on: 07 December 2018, 10:20:53 PM »

Splendid idea! Starter packs like these could be a great jump in point!


We're aiming them at people who might be new to wargaming or have an interest in military history instead.  The small buy-in cost should be enough to tempt people in and then they might go on to look at other ranges/periods in the future.


That could also read, "the small buy-in cosyt makes it ideal for a side project for people who have too many main projects already!"
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« Reply #12 on: 08 December 2018, 01:26:15 AM »

The number of side projects I've watched expand to table-covering hordes....
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« Reply #13 on: 08 December 2018, 01:54:36 AM »

However what wargaiming system are you basing it on ?
you say a 1:10 ratio ...so is it basically finding a rules system that fits in ?

They're not based on any system at the moment, it's just a representation of the forces that were present at each engagement.  The guys at the Battlefields Trust have been looking at various rulesets to find something which is quite simple and easy to use, almost more like a boardgame than a set of wargames rules.  There are only 4 troop types present in the packs (Foot/Horse/Dragoon/Artillery) so a basic set of rules would be enough.  The last time I spoke with the BT guys, I think they were looking at Kriegsspiel.

I guess that any existing ruleset could be used though, the forces are correct so as long as you setup the game using the info and map inside the pack, then you should be able to game that battle easy enough.

Also could you maybe take more marketing images of the figure so we
can whats in the package ?

I'm going to be getting some better pictures of the ECW range added to the website, but there's some basic images there currently: https://pendraken.co.uk/renaissance/english-civil-war/  The foot figures are from EC1/2/3/14, the horse are from EC9/10/11, dragoons from EC12 and guns from EC6.

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« Reply #14 on: 08 December 2018, 09:31:25 AM »

One hour wargames by Neil Thomas?
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