Pike & Shot Volume 1

PRINCE RUPERT: THE DEVIL ON HORSEBACK
We kick off this month’s theme content with a look at the character who threads the whole thing together; Prince Rupert of the Palatinate. We follow his introduction with a painting guide giving directions on what paint to put where on your Rupert figure.

THE SKIRMISH AT POWICK BRIDGE
The first action of the English Civil War sees our hero (or villain!) engaged in some 28mm skirmish action in an attempt to drive the Parliamentarians back the way they came; over the bridge with their tails between their legs.

THE BATTLE OF EDGEHILL, 1642
Our ECW attention turns to the first large scale battle of the war, notorious for Prince Rupert’s devastating cavalry charge.

THE BATTLE OF TURNHAM GREEN, 1642
The English Civil War battle that never was, but so easily could have been….

THE BATTLE OF BIRMINGHAM, 1643
Prince Rupert’s forces descend on the  Parliamentarian stronghold of Birmingham. We examine the truth and myths behind the attack and present a tactical wargame using the 1644 ruleset.

THE BATTLE OF MARSTON MOOR, 1644
Princes Rupert’s luck ran out at the Battle of Marston Moor; the beginning of the end for his command in the Royalist army. You will find all the background and a scenario for re-fighting this seminal ECW battle.

THE COVENANTERS
It could be argued that the first English Civil War was decided by this force of Scots, whose fighting prowess tipped the balance of the conflict in favour of Parliament. In this article we present an introduction to the Covenanters and a scenario for gaming a clash with the forces of Prince Rupert.

THE BATTLE OF NASEBY, 1645
Steve Danes, enthusiastic wargamer, rules writer and ECW buff, recently ran a games for his mates at one of our favorite wargaming locales – Ugley Hougoumont. Here’s the tale of the battle they fought.

AN ARMY IN SPRAY
Three hundred English Civil War figures from bare plastic to fully painted in ten evenings! Is it possible? Find out here….