The Random Ramblings Of A Wargamer And Painter (OHQ Painting Service) Of Associated Miniatures

Monday, 15 June 2015

La Battalla Del Valle Rawnla, Being An Action In The First Carlist War

Dave popped over to OHQ for a First Carlist War game, we used Neil Thomas's Napoleonic Rules, we usually use his 19th century rules for this war, but I wanted to see if these were better suited. On reflection an amalgam of the two may be in order, we shall see. One thing that I will probably change when using either is the morale failure result, in Neil's rules if you fail a test you lose a base which is quite extreme. Next game we will try the following, if you fail you lose additional casualties equal to the difference in the score, so if you require a 4+ to pass and roll a 2 you take an additional 2 casualties rather than a base which equals 4. I doubt it would have reversed my miserable defeat today if we had adopted it though.
Here is a photo montage of the action
Both Sides Advance

Carlist Columns Supported By Skirmishers

The Isabelino Forces Deploy To Meet The Advancing Carlists

Carlist Artillery And Cavalry Lend Support To The Advance

Isabelino Forces Deploy Into Line

Isabelino Skimishers Cover The Left Flank

Carlist Skimishers Deploy To Counter Their Opposite Number

Impetuous Carlist Cavalry Attempt A Reckless Charge To Break The Isabelino Line

A Carlist Column Advances Under Withering Fire

Isabelino Cavalry In Reserve To Follow up The Carnage Wrought By Their Comrades Musket Fire
 The Carlist forces never really got into action, taking an immense of fire they failed their morale checks time and time again, their gamble of sending in the cavalry also failed miserably. In a little under two hours they had only two units remaining so quit the field to the triumphant Isabelinos. Don Byklos Carlos rides again!

Off to Cornwall for a break so no game next week, next up the week after will be a late Roman civil war bash pitting the pretender Baldinus against Pompous Maximus Imp.



  1. Beautiful looking stuff. Have a great time in Cornwall, I tend to get quite a bit of painting done there when Victoria and I have a cottage for a week.

    1. Thank you Paul. Not taking any painting away this time, hope to catch up on a bit of reading, my paper mountain is getting bigger than my lead one :-)

  2. Grand game and fine photos of the action! Enjoy your hols!

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, look forward to the next one. Have a good trip too.

  3. Wonderful pictures of this lesser known conflict. And a really nice collection.

  4. Thank you Stefan, I think of it as Napoleonics on a budget :-)

  5. Wow, splendid minis, love the Carlist Skimishers especially...great photos!

  6. Thanks Phil, appreciate the comments