First of all I must offer thanks to Pyotr and Martin, who emailed me pictures of what a proper head of sap looked like. If I can identify some suitable figures in small 20mm, I could make up a couple of little set pieces. I could convert a couple of the Les Higgins ECW gunners, though they are a bit upright. I've had a look at various plastic sailors and pirates and so on - nothing obvious - I'll keep it in mind. Anyway, thanks very much - here's what yesterday's picture should have looked like.
|Cross section view of a head of sap - notice how the follow-up men cut it deeper|
The Test Siege of Middlehampton resumed with a few tactical turns initiated by the Scottish attackers; they quickly eliminated the cannon in the defenders' external earthwork, and drove the trained band musketeers away - the militia status of the trained band men requires them to take triple retreats, which simply eliminated them, since they had nowhere to go - presumably the survivors just ran away into the countryside.
Back to strategic turns - the big Scots siege cannons opened fire at close range on the old curtain wall, they soon started to cause damage, but in fact it took 3 days of steady fire before the wall collapsed.
|The militia have mostly scarpered, and the damage chips are beginning to|
accumulate against the wall
|Eventually, the wall falls, and Heriot's RoF storm the breach|
|Spale's Foot attempt to stop them...|
|...but the Scots break into the Market Ground and drive off all attempts at resistance|
|With all his Foot troops eliminated, Lord Bloat surrenders to General Baillie|
|And the Covenanters march in - a total of 22 days from arriving on the table|
|The garrison lost about 3200 men, including 1700 prisoners; the besiegers|
around 500; the townspeople suffered about 200 casualties
|Middlehampton is now for Parliament, gentlemen - better get that wall fixed|