Skirmish at Longe’s Farm
It has been some time since we visited the Shire and the fictional conflict between the Tawny and Reds during the era of the English Civil Wars.
While the major battles raged to the south and east, the small internal conflict had taken a lengthy hiatus after the destruction of the “Sister Margaret” cannon. [link to previous post]
Successful in staving off a full siege, the Earl of Rockforth was restricted by a somewhat effective cordon of Tawny troops. The Earl's food was not plentiful and certainly not tasty. It was thus that Primrose, one of Rockforth’s commanders had it in his mind to have some bacon and so conceived a raid upon Longe’s Farm renown in the Shire for its quality of pork.
|Longe's Musketeers waiting in ambush along the rock fence (centre) looking from the southwest.|
Robarte’s Shotte, tasked with creating the diversion, moved forward only to receive a casualty from the fire of Browne’s dragoons hidden along the fencing near the bridge. Urry, upon hearing the fusilade, and thinking the only possible defence was thus occupied, calmly charged toward the pig sty. With Urry’s horse now in range, Longe’s musketeers were not ordered to fire. (failed activation) Did Longe mean to withhold fire until point blank range? But this would make little difference [the rules do not account for such details! ;-} ]
|clash at the sty|
On the other side of the farm and across the stream, Robarte’s Shotte, rather than await events, took the bold move to advance toward the bridge and the Longe Farm….but though better of it after another volley from Browne’s dragoons.
|Robarte's Shotte crossing the wood bridge unopposed late in the engagement.|
|Primrose leading the "charge" on the pigs.....|
|...but the pigs seem rather unconcerned. The sty is scratch built...and doesn't it look it! But I wanted a rather ramshackle abode.|
|The pigs abandoned by Urry's retreating horse now had their home occupied by the dragoons.|
By now, Browne’s dragoons had reinforced Longe’s musketeers who took a rather long time reloading their weapons….
With indecision abound, Primrose deciding that his bacon breakfast must yet wait, the skirmish was concluded and he broke off the action.