The English Civil War (1642-1651) started when Charles I raised his royal standard in Nottingham. The split between Charles and Parliament was such that neither side was willing to back down over the principles that they held and war was inevitable as a way in which all problems could be solved. The country split into those who supported the King and those who supported Parliament – the classic ingredients for a civil war. This blog will record my wargaming journey through the English Civil War using 28mm miniatures.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

The Battle for Abergavenny "The Gateway to Wales"

Abergavenny is located just over the Welsh border in the County of Monmouthshire and is known as "The Gateway to Wales". This location was chosen for a fictional battle where following the Royalist defeat in Devon, they attempted to retreat into Wales with the goal of mustering Welsh recruits. Unfortunately for the King's men, their path was blocked by a Parliamentarian force at the little market town of Abergavenny. 

To the left and the right of Abergaveny, 
stood the Blorenge and Deri Mountains.
 St Mary's Church sits in the heart of the town. 
The town is surrounded by prime farming land. 
 Parliamentarian dragoons observed the approach 
of the King's men and sounded the alarm. 
 A strong Parliamentarian cavalry tercero was situated on 
the lower slope of the Deri on the far left. 
 Another cavalry regiment occupied the main road 
passing through the town. 
 A strong defense position was set-up in the 
town as the Royalist Army approached.  
Hungerford and Hazelreg's cavalry regiments 
surge forward at the sight of the enemy. 
Parliamentarian cannon begin their bombardment, 
in an attempt to slow the advance. 
Waller commands from the centre. 
Royalist cavalry on their left, 
drive hard towards town. 
Parliamentarian dragoons do an excellent job 
of peppering the oncoming infantry.
The Parliamentarian infantry in the centre 
successfully repulse all of the Royalist attacks.  
While a single Royalist cavalry regiment was able to enter the town, 
they were isolated and unable to secure a foothold. 
Although it was not a decisive victory for the Parliamentarians, they were able to prevent the Royalist Army taking the town and subsequently pushing into the rest of Wales unchecked. 


  1. Terrific looking layout you have! Who is the source of your buildings and gabions?

  2. Lovely set-up. All that work you've been doing has really come together beautifully.

  3. Wonderful looking game. Figures and terrain are both stunning!

  4. One of the best looking ECW/BCW games I've seen. Great layout and figures.

  5. Looks absolutely stunning! Jealous, I am. :-) The flags we discussed look incredible.

  6. What a wonderful looking game, terrain and figures are stunning!

  7. Beautiful figures and terrain. The game sounds like a lot of fun.

    1. It was, can't wait for the next one.