This week’s game was the first tabletop outing for my lockdown project, the Italian Wars. I used modified Pike and Shotte rules (with most of the stats and some of the house rules kindly shared by James Roach) and the break tests from Hail Caesar (so a 6 didn’t cause disorder but did cause a break test using the HC results).
The game was a simple scenario whereby the French had to attack the combined Spanish/Papal/Venetian alliance, the League of Lambrate Ghisa, and capture control of the road, the village and the bridge. I showed some restraint in not using all of my collection, only about 95% of it. Capturing the camp would give the French an immediate victory as it contained not only the war chest but also certain famous personages from the telly.
As is now 'normal', the game was played remotely using Skype and YouTube, with a couple of players actually present to help me move the troops around, because as one might imagine doing it for both sides myself is knackering, and provide the eyes and ears on the ground for their respective sides. Also, it is a bit of company and the chance for a proper chat. Neil, aided by Richard were French, while Paul and Nigel, assisted by Conrad were their opponents.
I would (in time honoured fashion) have let the photos tell the story, but I seem to have misfiled some taken by Richard and the ones I do have have deliberately put themselves in a totally random order which I may not have fully rectified.