At Model Expo Italy, a convention held annually in Verona, Luca and I had a demonstrative game of Lion Rampant.
Northern Italy, 15th century.
A Venetian castle is about to be encircled by a Milanese force. The stronghold commander decide to lead a sortie to prevent Visconti's army to mount a proper siege.
Thus said, it's a classical Bloodbath scenario from Lion Rampant rulebook, with an asymmetrical deployment (Venetian retinue must first exit through the main castle door).
Walls do no provide any help, since all the garrison is rushed against the enemy.
|The crowd gathers to cheer its heroes|
|Some food is also provided to the Men at Arms|
|Forward! Stradiotti led the sortie!|
|Milanese forces approaching the castle|
Stradiotti are quickly routed by a terrible crossbows shooting, leaving the Venetian force without light cavalry. Luckily enough, Venetian archers soon do the same to Milanese mounted crossbowmen.
|Battered mounted crossbowmen on the right|
|Mounted Men at Arms clashes but the Venetian leader is forced to retreat|
The Venetian leader demonstrates that courage isn't enough. "Maybe a sortie wasn't a good idea", he thought, while his unit is decimated.
|Visconti are now charging against Venice infantry, which resists|
|Ineffective, the most I can say of these arquebusier (bidowers)|
Some modern firearms aren't enough to stop foot knight advance and the poor skirmishers are forced to make way.
|Venetian Fanti da Mar tries to arrest Milanese foot knight|
Fanti da Mar (Marine Infantry), were a Venetian troop usually embarked on the galleys of Serenissima. They often were dismounted in raids or used (in the Colonies) as garrison troops. Usually they were partly armoured and armed with a warhammer of other short weapons (better suited to naval combat). In this game, I tried to represent them as Foot Men at arms, but I feel that Foot Sergeants with switched values of attack and defense (as suggested here), could be a better representation, after all.