[I assume it's OK to post this here, but let me know if not]
The Society of Ancients battle day was held at Bletchley last weekend with the encounter in question being Montaperti. Montaperti is not as well known as some other recent battle day subjects (Chalons, Zama, Cynoscephalae etc) but Richard Lockwood put together an excellent package on the background, dramatis personae and main events, and this can be read online here: http://soa.org.uk/battleday/styled-2/
Montaperti saw the Florentine-Guelf army defeated by the Sienese-Ghibelline army in a long to-and-fro battle involving a river crossing, flank attacks and turncoats. The challenge of the battle day was to recreate it using seven different tables and seven different sets of miniatures rules.
( All images from Phil Steele's Ancients on the Move blog, which can be found here: http://soawargamesteam.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/29th-march-ble... )
The other rules represented were DBA and Saga.
Comments from participants indicate that the day was a success. Full write ups and reports will be published in Slingshot in due course, but in the mean time here are some views from the SoA forum.
Richard Lockwood, the organiser:
Well that was another Battle Day. I think it was a good day's gaming, we had seven games going, so a little down on previous years but that is probably down to my choice of a (to UK gamers at least) "non-mainstream" battle. So a little self-indulgence on my part this year!
I got the sense that all the games were enjoyed by the players. That may sound a bit of an obvious thing to say, but what I am trying to say is the games seemed absorbing and challenging. So I take from this that the choice of battle was a decent one despite it not being well known.
Many richly-deserved prizes were won - among which Best Terrain was a hard-fought duel between Pete Kershaw's DBMM terrain and Mark Craddock's Armati terrain. This year the prize went to Pete Kershaw's DBMM terrain. Overall Best Game went to Phil Steele's set up, using Impetus rules, beautifully-painted 15mm figures with hand-painted banners, and effective terrain.
I am hoping we get good write-ups for Slingshot - I think the way people approached this battle will be very interesting.
Duncan Head, historian and author:
The smaller number of games didn't, to my mind, detract from the experience - and at least there was a bit more room to move around between the tables! Peter's prize for the terrain was well deserved: I loved the detail he'd put into it.
Just a quick note to thank all and sundry for making it such an enjoyable day.... It was all jolly good fun which, I suppose, is why we bother! I'd like to echo the previous comments about the terrain on show, top form all round. It really adds to the immersion of the experience when the board looks good.
Thanks to Richard and co. for the day. I think it was a good choice. One of our players said it was nice to come to a big battle and not know about it - it gave more surprises. I think it also fitted the whole point of the Battleday - an encounter where there are good but often conflicting sources, with issues of how to deal with various events under different rules. Thumbs up from me
Next year's battle day will focus on Alexander and Porus at the Hydaspes.