EXCERPT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Siege of St Lambert: Crowning the Covered Way

After the fury of the melee, both sides took a day to assess the situation while the bombardment continued. On the 7th day the remaining engineer led the sappers forward onto the glacis while the defenders crammed into the covered way. A furious storm of grape and musketry failed to stop the progress.

Sensing that an assault on the covered way was imminent, the defenders stripped the walls, and formed a reserve in the place d'armes, militia, volunteers, regulars, all mixed together. Through the night, volunteers from the Irish company sapped left and right along the crown of the glacis, mere yards from the defenders. At dawn, a fierce struggle between the Irish and the Queen's men broke out as MacDuff's Grenadiers and the remnants of the King's company leapt over the parapet and stormed forward.

The fighting was fierce and bloody but neither the attackers nor the defenders would give way until finally, numbers told. (3 drawn rounds of melee). The defenders used up their reserve and gaps began to appear in their line to be exploited by fur capped grenadiers.  At last, the casualties were too many and the remaining defenders fell back to the redoubt. For a moment it looked like the grenadiers might try to storm the ravelin but they were sternly called back to the trenches.
Over night gabions were dragged forward and a battery position dug in to the glacis to allow a breaching battery to open fire. At long last though the defender's mortar had the range and combined  with the fire of the last gun and the muskets of the ravelin's defenders, the last engineer and all but one of the digging party were struck down with the battery unfinished. There would be no breach, but the defenders had been bled dry and no help was coming.

After surveying  the bloody ground and contemplating the losses to his people on both sides of the trenches and the losses to come if the bombardment was to continue until there was no one left to resist an escalade. The King decided to offer generous terms to the Queen Regent, seeking to heal the rift rather than crush the opposition. After pondering the odds (1,2,3 yes, 4,5,6 be damned) she decided to accept.

The Siege of St. Lambert was over.

Thoughts on the game and rules to follow another day.


  1. A fine and civilised end to a rivetting series of posts.

  2. It reads like this was actually an enjoyable solo undertaking.

    Also please allow me to again point out that I prefer these several smaller posts to one very large account.

    Further let me stress that I always find your "thoughts" after a battle to be of interest . . . so I will be looking forward to them.

    -- Jeff

  3. Super stuff, great siege game

    -- Allan

  4. Excellent! Thanks for sharing.


  5. Always inspiring. I wish I had the room to leave something set-up without worrying if it was in my room-mate's way, or more importantly the cat's.

  6. Thank you gentlemen.

    Rob, Do your cats not like playing with toys?

  7. Fantastic pictures of a heatedly battle. I like your details very much. Have to build such ramparts too!