I've had a busy teaching week and the weather has be weird. Bright sunshine punctuated by very heavy hail showers and far too cold for May. So I unpacked my painting head and knuckled down
Monday, 10 May 2021
Tuesday, 4 May 2021
By the end of the Challenge I'd levelled my lead mountain. So I've been shopping and bought stuff to start to stock it up.
Obviously I immediately started to paint them
Sunday, 25 April 2021
As you left us last time Milan had stormed Bologna but the Milanese army was trapped in the city by the Bolognese relief army that arrived just too late.
Meanwhile the Genoese had advanced to the outskirts of Milan and faced a much smaller Milanese army. If Milan lose to Genoa their armies will be trapped in 2 cities and doomed to lose the war. But if they can beat Genoa decisively then they can relieve the trapped army in Bologna and win the war. They need to be quick the Pope is from Bologna and war with his home city will get Milan excommunicated.
All is set for a decisive battle.
Wednesday, 21 April 2021
This will be the 1st of 2 posts on the pivotal turn of my 1st Italian Wars campaign. When you left us last time Milan was besieging Bologna whilst trying to keep Genoa away from Milan. To be successful Milan must storm Bologna this turn and fight Genoa, so they must split their available mercenary pool.
THe 1st battle is the attempted storming of Bologna. Bologna is defended by its home army of a pike block, 2 aquebusier troops, 2 regiments of knights and a cannon. Milan needed cannons to blow the walls down. Mercenary selection is randomised by troop class - Cavalry, infantry and missle troops. Cannon are readily available so they started with missile troops and 1 troop of crosbowmen, 2 troops of aquebusiers and an organ gun later they finally got a cannon, giving them 2. But now over 1/2 the army was missile troops, not great for storming a town.
Monday, 19 April 2021
The start of the 2nd turn sees Milan now at war with Bologna and Genoa, whilst Venice has allied with Milan and declared war on Genoa. However they aren't at war with Bologna yet so can't attack Bologna.
Genoa has advanced to the walls of Milan and Milan has taken to the field to face them.