Monday 4 July 2022

The Battle of Roundway Down at "Joy of Six"

Yesterday we ran the Battle of Roundway Down demonstration game at the "Joy of Six" show.

I had originally booked in to the show 2020 to run my Blücher Vyazma game, but since Covid happened that was cancelled. With my 1812 armies re-organised for my 1813 campaign, a different game would be needed, so I've been spending the last couple of months preparing my first English Civil War game, with Roundway Down, 13th July 1643 as the chosen battle and Liber Militum : Tercios as the rules being used.

I'll not go into the detail of what happened at the real battle, the British Battles website gives an excellent description of that, but suffice to say, that yesterday the Royalist Troops did not have the massive success they had in 1643, but instead suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the Roundheads. This was blamed on bad dice rolling, of course, but also a bit of unfortunate general-ship that lead to the death of the Royalist commander.

Anyway, we had a lot of interest from the public at the show and had a great day.

The terrain was based off the real-life contours as found on modern Ordnance Survey maps of the area, blown up to the right scale.

Hills were cut out from these following the contour lines;

MDF shapes cut-out and the edges bevelled;

and contours applied with 5mm thick expanded polystyrene floor insulation, before being covered with Sculptamold, plaster, paint and static grass.


  1. Looks fabulous! I have some ECW in 6mm but dont play with them nearly enough. What rules do you use?

    1. ...and I just re-read the post and saw the answer. Apologies!

      I'd be interested to hear about the terrain printing options - I have a resin printer but am finding period STLs hard to find

    2. About the only ones I could find are the ones in the first pack here:

      Since then I bought more total battle miniatures ones so have enough.

  2. Oh Tercios on 6mm very cool :) We creat a forum for tercios and webside it's not official just the work of the "french community"

    1. Hi, yes I've seen your site and have used the content you've produced.
      For some reason Tercious hasn't really caught on in the UK. A shame as I think it's really good.