Games by Historical Period → Renaissance (1300-1714) → Musket & Pike Dual Pack
Civil War and Sweden Fights On are being offered on P500 as a two-pack. Eleven,
yes ELEVEN battles in one box! The award-winning Musket & Pike Battle Series
was launched in 2002 with This Accursed Civil War and followed with Sweden
Fights On within a year. Both have been out of print for over a decade. The
series has marched on with four more installments and has attracted many new
players. So now we are making the first two games available again in a new, updated dual package. In one box, you will get the first two volumes of the MPBS including:
- Two additional
battles for “This Accursed Civil War:” Cheriton 1644 and Cropredy Bridge 1644.
Both battles were in Ben's original Desk Top Published version, with Cheriton
1644 appearing later in C3i. The Edgehill 1642
variant from Gustav Adolf the Great will be included as well.
- For all battles,
infantry and cavalry units will not be shared between battles for ease of setup
- The battle
specific cards introduced in Saints in Armor with be provided with Turn Track,
Victory Conditions, Dead and Pursuit boxes to improve their utility (5 back
- The This
Accursed Civil War Playbook will be brought up to the current series standard
for ease of use.
- Orders of battle
and maps will be updated to reflect the latest scholarship.
- Last but not least: the counters will
feature formation icons requested by so many players over the years!
The Battles are:
- Edgehill 1642: Is
the King beholden to Parliament or is he truly sovereign? King Charles and his
army, their way to London barred by the army of Parliament, have drawn up to
give battle. Edgehill was the first major battle of the war. Robert Devereax,
Earl of Essex, commands the army of Parliament sent to prevent the King's army
from reaching London. The fighting is indecisive as the bloodied Royalist foot
fall back, but Essex conceded the field despite receiving reinforcements. A
major victory for either side could have ended the war here.
- First Newbury 1643: Outmaneuvered,
Essex, with the Royalists under King Charles between his army and London, is
forced to fight. Essex spies a hill southwest of Newbury and in the early
morning occupies it. Hedges line the area and help minimize the King's
advantage in Cavalry. Essex’s stand on Round Hill stopped the Royalist and
saved the rebellion.
- Cheriton 1644: Sir
William Waller’s Southern and Western Association Armies with the help of the
London Trained Bands defeated Hopton’s Royalists in the rolling hills and
hedges. The first in a series of victories in early to mid-1644 the signaled a
turning tide in the war.
- Cropredy Bridge 1644: Confident
from his victory at Cheriton, Sir William Waller seeks to exploit a gap in the
Royalist Main Army on the march. Waller divided his forces and attempted to
trap part of the Royalist Army, but difficult terrain and quick reaction by the
Royalists turned the tables and left much of Waller’s army trapped and he was
given a stinging rebuke.
- Marston Moor 1644: The
largest battle of the war. It decided the fate of Northern England. An allied
army of Scots under the Earl of Leven, the Northern Association under
Ferdinando Fairfax, and the Eastern Association under the Earl of Manchester
laid siege to the King's Northern Army under the Marquis of Newcastle at York,
the key to the North. King Charles dispatched his nephew, the talented Prince
Rupert, to affect a relief. The defeat was complete; the Royalist army was
utterly destroyed and the North lost to Parliament. A new hero arose: Cromwell,
a name inextricably linked with the English Civil War and the key player in the
following two civil wars.
- Second Newbury 1644: The
disaster that precipitated the forming of the New Model Army. Three
Parliamentary armies come together and catch the King by surprise just north of
Newbury. The most unconventional of all the battles; the superior Parliamentary
force attacks from either end, but is short on time. Various options on gaining
more time by shortening the flank march give this action high replay value.
- Naseby 1645: The
debut of the New Model Army and the battle that broke the back of the King's
army. The New Model Army was created by combining the elements of the major
armies in the field. While this worked well for the cavalry, there were serious
problems in the infantry ranks. The King's army was outnumbered, but it
retained its corps of veteran infantry. The final result was a decisive defeat
for the King and the end of his military fortunes. Though fighting would last
another year, the King would never field a potent army again.
- Nördlingen 1634: Though
the Swedes struggled with command after the death of King Gustav II Adolf, they
continued to exploit the momentum he had generated. A strong Swedish force
pushed into Bavaria under the joint command of Duke Bernhard and Field Marshal
Horn. The Habsburgs effected a union of forces with their Spanish cousins at
Nördlingen, besieging the Protestant stronghold. The Swedes were drawn into a
- Wittstock 1636: The
Cannae of the Thirty Years War. Field Marshal Banér had his lines of
communication cut by an Imperial-Saxon army under General Hatzfeld. In a daring
plan, Banér divided his numerically inferior force and launched a double
envelopment. In a desperate struggle for Vineyard Hill, General Torstensson's
cavalry held the line just long enough for General King's cavalry to make the
march around the Imperial right flank.
- Second Breitenfeld 1642: Field
Marshal Torstensson caps a brilliant campaign with a siege of the Imperial
fortress of Leipzig. Archduke Leopold commanding a larger Imperial army rushes
to engage the Swedes. Within sight of the same ground of Gustav Adolf's
greatest victory from eleven years past, the armies met. The Imperials had
hopes for another Nördlingen, yet they got another Breitenfeld.
- Jankau 1645: Field Marshal Torstensson launches a surprise
winter campaign against the unprepared Imperial forces in Bohemia, catching the
Emperor himself virtually unguarded at Prague. With all haste, General Hatzfeld
is recalled and an army cobbled together to stop the Swedes. The armies came
together in the wooded hill country southeast of Prague.
- Musket & Pike Battle Series Rulebook
- “This Accursed Civil War” Playbook
- “Sweden Fights On” Playbook
- 5 Counter Sheets
- 1 Series Marker Sheet
- 4.5 Back Printed Map Sheets (For 11 Battles)
- 6 Two-Sided Battle Specific Player Aid Cards
- 2 11x17 Folded Player Aid Cards
- 1 Orders Summary Card
Designer: Ben Hull
Developer: Dick Vohlers