We fought a VBCW battle using Bolt Action rules, my first proper game with them and it was great fun. This is my version of the battle and hopefully Matt will publish his side of the battle.
"Captain, there is a large force of Scots trying to retreat back to Scotland over the river at Gilsland 1/2 a mile ahead".
Captain Smith looked at the scout and then round at his column. He had been tasked by Lord Percy to secure the road east of Carlisle and Gilsland was about 8 miles away, a little far but the opportunity to crush the Scots would please Lord Percy. "Gentlemen, there are Scots ahead and we shall have them this day. Advance"
The fascists arrived on the left and found the Scots split on either side of the bridge. Overhead each side had aerial support with the fascists having a machine gun armed biplane and the Scots one armed with 2lb bombs. I immediately swoop in a rake the biplane with lead but it passes harmlessly through the canvas.
The Rangers in the Police station come under fire from some Scottish Militia but a deadly response cuts them down.
As the Rangers in the police station have wiped out the militia facing them they advance down the High Street but the Scots advance out of the house and destroy the Rangers section.
Captain Smith watches as the town is cleared of Scots. He surveys the remains of his force. It is time to send for the engineers to fortify Gilsland. a couple of miles away is Spadeadam airfield. The 2 main roads across country are nearby. Gilsland will do as a stronghold. Will his Lordship be pleased though.
I messed this up in the following ways
1. I was obsessed with the single Scots AT gun, It left the field across the river at the end of the battle.
2. I gave up the crossroads and ended up splitting my force in 2
3. My tank went walkabout at the crucial time
4. Mortars is rubbish, but are much better that ATRs
I had a brilliant day and would have published this sooner but my computer decided to update and I lost the 1st draft.
Hopefully I will get to go back to the dungeon soon. in the mean time it's the Border Reiver show on 3rd Sept and I need proper artillery and AT guns.
Depending on the weather tomorrow I may fight the 2nd battle of Belford or do gardening, hope it rains