Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Hedged In

One of the aspects of the hobby I really enjoy is researching and reading about the periods I am gaming.  I enjoy reading about the conflicts, researching flags and uniforms and trying to understand the major themes and personalities.  So it is not surprising that I am brushing up on my knowledge of the English Civil War.  I recently downloaded on my Nook Stuart Reid's All the King's Armies:  A Military History of the English Civil War 1642-1651

I've been a fan of Stuart Reid's books for years; well researched, concisely written and for gamers his books are great resources for scenarios, uniforms and loads of fun.  All the King's Armies is no exception.  In fact, in reading the superb descriptions of ECW skirmishes and battles it suddenly dawned on me after reading 144 pages of the 321:  I'm going to need a whole bunch more hedges on the tabletop.  In fact, I'm starting to think that the number one piece of influential terrain during many if not most of these battles is the hedge.  Here is a small sample after doing a word search on my Nook for hedges:

 . . . while the Royalist front line was in the distant hedgerow.  p. 8

 . . . battle began as a firefight along the line of hedge and ditch separating the Marquis of Newcastle's Royalists . . . p. 24

The hedges lining the lane were consequently stuffed full of Royalist dragoons . . . p. 35

Washington and Grey were to be employed in clearing the hedges to their immediate front . . . p. 38

 . . . 200 from Ballard's own regiment -  to line the hedges on the left . . .  p. 43

And on and on and on.  The above is only a small sample and I have checked some other references.  I'm going to need some more hedges.  

 In the background are the 3 hedges I own from Games Workshop
A couple days after I came to this revelation, I was surfing the blogs I follow and came upon a post from Lonely Gamers:  A Wednesday Night - English Civil War.  This is what it should look like - look at those hedges!   And the figures are pretty darn good too!

Time to build or buy hedges before I finish and deploy my troops on the tabletop.


  1. It's all about ridges as well.

    The best analyses of the military side of the ECW is in the books by Matcolm Wanklyn (Decisve Battles of the English Civil War" and so on. Reid is very good, - but Wanklyn is better.

    1. Thanks for the recommandation Trebian. Looks like another book purchase to me!