Wars of the Roses Campaign

Wars of the Roses Campaign

We will be using the Sword and Spear rules to fight the main battles of the Wars of the Roses.
These will be fought in the spirit of the battles rather than a complete historical re-enactment.
Rather than go for a straight fight between Lancastrian and Yorkist factions we thought it would add more flavour if we chose individual leaders from the period. Stephen chose the Duke of Somerset while Jeremey went for the Earl of Salisbury. Guest commanders will no doubt make appearances in the battles of the campaign.

Each battle will be 700 points per side.

First Battle of St Albans – 22 May 1455 – Lancastrian (Duke of Somerset) Victory
Scenario Type: Prepared Defence
Defender: Lancastrian (Duke of Somerset)
Attacker: Yorkist (Earl of Salisbury)

Yorkist Loses
6 Units of Longbows (18 points)
1 Unit of Crossbows (3 points)
1 Unit of Welsh Spearmen (3 points)
1 Unit of Billmen (3 points)
Total loses 30 points (Army morale 30 points)

Lancastrian Loses
6 Units of Longbows (18 points)
2 Units of Northern Boarder House (6 points)
1 Unit of Scottish Pikemen (6 points)
Total loses 30 points (Army morale 37 points)

Battle of Blore Heath – 23 September 1459
Scenario Type: Prepared Defence
Defender: Lancastrian (Duke of Somerset)
Attacker: Yorkist (Earl of Salisbury)
Special Conditions: Lancastrian (Duke of Somerset) must have at least 4 mounted units.

Battle of Northampton – 10 July 1460
Scenario Type: Prepared Defence
Defender: Lancastrian (Duke of Somerset)
Attacker: Yorkist (Earl of Salisbury)
Special Conditions: Lancastrian (Duke of Somerset) must have an Artillery unit.

Battle of Wakefield – 30 December 1460
Scenario Type: Ambush
Defender: Yorkist (Earl of Salisbury)
Attacker: Lancastrian (Duke of Somerset)
Special Conditions: Both sides must have at least 4 mounted units.

Battle of Mortimer’s Cross – 2 February 1461
Scenario Type: Standard
Special Conditions: Lancastrian (Duke of Somerset) must have a Mercenary unit

Second Battle of St Albans – 17 February 1461
Scenario Type: Prepared Defence
Defender: Yorkist (Earl of Salisbury)
Attacker: Lancastrian (Duke of Somerset)

Battle of Towton – 29 March 1461
Scenario Type: Standard
Special Conditions: Neither side is allowed Artillery
Lancastrian (Duke of Somerset) must have at least 2 Men at Arms units.
Wind, roll 1d4 at start of battle to indicate direction of wind (from one side of the battlefield to the other). all ranges firing into the wind reduced by two range units, firing with the wind all ranges increased by two range units.

Battle of Hedgeley Moor – 25 April 1464
Scenario Type:
Standard
Special Conditions: None

Battle of Hexham – 15 May 1464
Scenario Type: Standard
Special Conditions: Must have River, Lancastrian (Duke of Somerset) must deploy within 2 DU of the River

Battle of Barnet – 14 April 1471
Scenario Type: Standard
Special Conditions: Fog, roll 1D3 at start of battle, all ranges reduced by dice roll for the battle

Battle of Tewkesbury – 4 May 1471
Scenario Type: Standard
Special Conditions: Lancastrian (Duke of Somerset) player places all terrain

Battle of Bosworth  – 22 August 1485
Scenario Type: Standard
Special Conditions: Both sides must have must have at least 4 mounted units and at least one Artilery unit.

Battle of Stoke – 16 June 1487 – Tie Break Battle if 6-6
Scenario Type: Standard
Special Conditions: Yorkist (Earl of Salisbury) player must have a Mercenary unit