Two posts in two days!!! Things are looking up on the computer availability front!
Pretty much as many pics as I took of the Wyrley Retinue game at the WMMS show last weekend. In between talking, playing, shopping, eating. drinking and generally having a great day out, I probably missed loads of cool picture opportunities, but here i what I do have, warts, dodgy photography and all!!!
We hope to be at Phalanx at St Helen in June if they will have us. Come and say "Hello!" if you can.
|McDonald held the Scots centre and Carrick the left. Robert Bruce shadows his brother's command on the rise at the back.|
|Hereford' command had furthest to go to reach the Scots, so their command rolls were crucial. They never made it into combat........|
|Pembroke's advance across the far loop of the Kirk Burn went well initially, but then those command rolls came into play again...|
|Angus Og McDonald's hairies, with Highlanders backed by Islesmen and flanked by rabble archers, the man himself at the back. These fellows played to form and went hell for leather at Pembroke's command.|
|The Scots left shakes out into line to face Gloucester and Hereford.|
|The Gascon crossbowmen did a sterling job of holding the Scottish spears at bay whilst Percy's retinue lined up for a charge and the rest of the command took on McDonald.|
|Keith and Douglas were keen to enter the fray, but had to wait their chance as the Scottish foot slogged it out.|
|The Scottish left in place quietly waiting for the onslaught of Gloucester and Hereford.|
|The Scots had flank charged Pembroke's archers, who gamely held, but their own flank was too tempting for Percy, who promptly smashed it and them! Even Edward wanted a go!!! The battle on this wing was very finely balanced.|
|Gloucester's cavalry is finally ready to get stuck in.|
|Cressingham gets there first though, but is beaten by the Scottish peasant unit standing uphill to receive their charge across the small stream. Even Gloucester could not sway this fight towards the English.|
|Just a quick shot of the hall as we went up to eat.|
|Double prizes!!! As you can probably see, we came away with 3rd Place Display Game and Best Painted Army trophies!!!|
|Ross and Caithness advance into the ebb and flow of battle with Pembroke' command.|
Thanks to all of you who took the time to come and say "Hello!" It was great to meet Ubique Matt and others who have shown interest in what we are trying to do. Thanks for all the kind comments and feedback.
For those who did not figure it out, the name "Kirkburn Bridge simply derives from the tail elements of Falkirk, Bannockburn and Stirling Bridge. We tried to include elements of each battle, as well as of the wider flavour of Anglo-Scots warfare at this time.