Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Order Of Battle - Royalist

"We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us" Henry V by William Shakespeare

Battle of Inverlochy, from the Royalist lines.
In this post I will describe how I interpreted the army described in the All The King's Men post as a wargames force on the table.

Wargames Rules

The rules you use will often affect the precise make up your wargames units.  However, I expect this example order of battle could be used as a guide for many sets.  I currently use Warlord Games' Pike and Shotte rules.  I have been a fan of the original Black Powder system, also from Warlord, since it was released.  I was in the process of trying to convert Black Powder myself for the English Civil War when Warlord released Pike and Shotte.  The great strength for me is how easy it is to tailor the quality of troops; very important for Montrose's battles were the abilities and qualities of troops vary wildly.

Order Of Battle

Commander-in-Chief command base: Lieutenant General James Graham, the Marquis of Montrose.

Right Wing

Command base: Major Alasdair MacColla
Major Thomas Laghtman's Regiment: 18 figure pike unit, 2 x 12 figure shot units


Command base: Patrick Graham of Inchbrakie
The MacDonalds of Glencoe and the the men of Lochaber, including the Camerons: 24 figure Highlander unit
The Captain of Clanranald, MacDonalds of Glengarry and Keppoch, the MacLeans of Duart, Coll, Kinlochaline, Treshnish and Ardgour: 24 figure Highlander unit

Left Wing

Command base: Colonel Manus O'Cahan
Colonel Manus O'Cahan's Regiment: 18 figure pike unit, 2 x 12 figure shot units


(assumed to be under Montrose's direct command)
Colonel James McDonnell's Regiment: 18 figure pike unit, 2 x 12 figure shot units
Sir Thomas Ogilvy's Troop of Horse: 8 figure cavalry unit

This comes out as a roughly 1:10 figure to actual men ratio for the battle.  


How are the units classified for the battle?  Well, I have developed a handy A4 description of the army, or roster.  
Here is a link to a PDF Pike and Shotte roster for the Inverlochy Royalist army. 

N.B. The 'Salvo' special rule used by the Irish regiments is from Warlord's "To Kill A King" Pike and Shotte supplement.

See you next time!