More from the Naseby Project

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In January the Naseby Project were invited by Historic Royal Palaces to showcase Phil’s wargame model of the battle at a games event they were hosting at the Banqueting House in Whitehall.

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The Banqueting House was, of course, the site of King Charles I’s execution in Jan 1649 (so a 369th) and this connection to the decisive battle where Charles lost his struggle against Parliament was uppermost in HRP‘s thinking.

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We set up an eclectic variety of games beneath one of London’s most spectacular ceilings (though one perhaps ‘off message’ as far as the battle might be concerned!) …

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It was not going to be possible to play the Armati game of the complete battle, so in the first session I ran sample episodes from the historic event … the gunfire at Sulby, Cromwell’s attack, the assault on the New Model infantry etc.

But I wanted to play through a complete battle, so for the second gaming session, I found some willing recruits to take on the roles for a Matrix game/free kriegspiel.

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They adapted very well and explored the historical narrative.  Two aspects that were particuloarly resonnant … Charles chose to ignore Carnwath’s advise and a led a charge of the reserves to intercept Cromwell’s attempted encirclement.  It faltered and Cromwell successfully argued the king’s capture.

N at BH 2018 07(Naseby kriegspiel at the Banqueting House … King Charles is captured)

Following the king’s misfortune, the Parliamentarians successfully argued that Col Okey could remount his dragoons and join in the encirclement of the army.  This is, of course, exactly what Okey said he did at the battle and presented a rare opportunity to replace the foot figures with the mounted ones that go on every outing but are generally not needed for the game.   A special moment.

As another interesting take, the King’s courtiers successfully spirited away his cabinet and papers so the details of the end of the Civil War would remain uncertain at the end of the battle.

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(the timeline of Naseby: how it all ended for King Charles outside the Banqueting House)

A special outing for the Naseby Project.

WMMS

Back in a more familiar venue, we braved the snow and ice and took the game to WMMS in association with The Society of Ancients and Northampton Battlefields Society.

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Following the recent discussions on the SK Winter Tour of the battlefield, we paid some special attention to the action around the hedge and Sulby closes.

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Okey had something like 700 men at Naseby … dismounted with 1 in 10, we are told, holding the horses … (and if Okey’s account is correct, and Streeter’s interpretation is followed) all the horses were corralled up behind the 600 or so lining the hedging …

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It’s a lot of men and horses in ‘ambush’.  How was it achieved?  Is it plausible?  Should Maurice’s cavalry flushed out the enclosures before they took up their positions on Dust Hill?

Discuss.

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