Horse Raiders

Extensions

 

The Extension

HORSE RAIDERS (or CHEVAUCHEES in French) will be a campaign rule to fill the gap between the strategic rules of CROISADES and the tactical rules. In my honest opinion, the scale of the strategic game is way too big for a skirmish game like Cry Havoc. A campaign for HORSE RAIDERS will take place on a 20 x 20 kilometers (12 x 12 miles) map only, and will see limited sets of troops fighting between a few castles and villages. The rule has been thought as a tactical scenario generator, which results will influence the reach of a campaign goal.

HORSE RAIDERS should be ready ... one of these days! The tactical maps of the Fortified Village and the Fort of Mont-Briton, the counters and the rules are already available.

 

Note : The drawing of the box (which is only a virtual rendering as its production would not be cost effective) was made by Florent Vincent . It is extracted from the book Le Grésivaudan au Moyen-Age.

The Counters

The first campaign for HORSE RAIDERS will simulate the fierce fights between Dauphinois and Savoyards in the first half of the 14th century. I therefore asked Florent Vincent to design original counters for this period. These new characters will of course be useable for scenarios set during the first half of the Hundred Years War (Sluys, Crecy, Poitiers/ Maupertuis, etc.). Florent tried and find original poses not yet seen in the printed boxes.
 


> Barons

> 3 counters
 
> GIF - 175 Ko


> Knights

> 3 counters
 
> GIF - 156 Ko


> Sergeants

> 3 counters
 
> GIF - 35 Ko


> Armored
   Billmen

> 3 counters
 
> GIF - 53 Ko


> Billmen

> 3 counters
 
> GIF - 73 Ko


> Pikemen

> 4 counters
 
> GIF - 45 Ko


> Pavese
   Crossbowmen

> 6 counters
 
> GIF - 92 Ko


> Axemen

> 6 counters
 
> GIF - 80 Ko

 

The Markers

The counter sheets for this extension include all 3 markers created for the WELSH CASTLE (Gate, Portcullis & Winch). I have also created 2 new markers for a bascule gate (called Tornefol in the Middle Ages) and a bridge to be used with the new map "The Fort of Mont-Briton", a "Mantlet" and a "Footbridge" markers to be used with the Fortified Village double map; and a Burnt Fence marker that can be used with both maps, as well as the map of ORLEANS.


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Bascule Bridge

> 3 counters
 
> GIF - 37 Kb


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Burnt Bridge

> 3 counters
 
> GIF - 37 Kb


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Mantlet

> 10 counters
 
> GIF - 37 Kb


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Footbridge

> 3 counters
 
> GIF - 37 Kb


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Burnt Fence

> 6 counters
 
> GIF - 37 Kb
 

The Maps

Set of 2 maps using the standard format displaying a village protected by a wooden palisade, with a round castle. It is loosely based on the actual medieval village of Avalon (Isère, France), between Grenoble and Chambéry in the Alps. The version 2 of this map set uses a regular hex grid for total compatibility with all the other maps of the series.


>
The Fortified Village v2

Guided Tour

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> A2 (60 x 40cm) - 2 maps
> Map 1 : GIF -  2.4 Mb
> Map 2 : GIF -  2.3 Mb

Standard size map showing a fort protected by 2 sets of wooden stockades and moats. It is loosely based on the actual Fort of Mont-Briton, built in 1312 by the Count of Savoy to watch after the castle of Avalon in Dauphiné.


> The Fort of Mont-Briton

> A2 (60 x 40)
> GIF -  5.4 Mb

 

 

   
Standard size maps. The Sheephold displays a pass between 2 hills with a nearby building. The Wood can be used as a substitute for The Forest map which is now sold out.


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The Sheephold

> A2 (60 x 40)

 


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The Woods

> A2 (60 x 40)

 

 

Standard size maps. The River can be used to replace The Ford map. The Hamlet can be used to replace The Village map.


>
The Hamlet

> A2 (60 x 40)

 


> The River

> A2 (60 x 40)

 

Standard size maps. The Crusader Trail can be used as a substitute to the Crossroads map (note that the name of the new map is a nice play on word in French, but it doesn't work so well in English...). The Meadow is a substitute to the Open Field map. The Knoll displays a hill surrounded by small ones.


>
The Crusader Trail

> A2
   (60cm x 40cm)

 


>
The Meadow

> A2
   (60cm x 40cm)

 

 


>
The Knoll

> A2
   (60cm x 40cm)

 

   
2 overlays to provide variety to the various terrain maps.


>
Arbres & Abattis

> A4 (21 x 29.7)

 

 


>
Maisons & Terrains

> A4 (21 x 29.7)

 

 

Tactical Rules

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Rules focus on the various wooden defenses, the tactical use of gardens and other vineyards, as well as the Pavese shield of the Genoese crossbowmen. 
The Siege Record Sheets use the same format as the Fortified Medieval Town.
PDF (zip)
    >  Historical Background & Rules
        v2.3
        (A4 - 1.9 Mo) - 01/29/2010
    >  Siege Record Sheets v1.0
        (A4 - 1.6 Mb) - 04/21/2010

Tactical Scenarios

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Dolphin & Cross : These scenarios take place in the first half of the 14th century and feature skirmishes between the rival principalties of Savoy and Dauphiné in the French Alps.
Sc1 - The Mines of Allevard : 1322 - The bailiff of Savoy leads a raiding party to seize the rich iron ore that peasants extract from the neighboring mines. eScDC1 - PDF - 389 Ko
    v2.0 - 01/03/2009
Sc2 - The Sack of Avalon (1/2) : January 1313 - The village of Avalon is poorly defended. It is too nice of an opportunity for the feudal lord of Pont de Beauvoisin eScDC2 - PDF - 172 Ko
    v2.0 - 01/03/2009
Sc3 - The Sack of Avalon (2/2) : Once the village is sacked, seizing the castle seems easy. Internal spies should help the Savoyards immensely. eScDC3 - PDF - 187 Ko
    v2.0 - 01/03/2009
Sc4 - The Bâtie of Mont Briton : May 1313 - The men from Dauphiné strive to prevent the building of yet another fort by the Savoyards. eScDC4 - PDF - 209 Ko
   v2.0 - 01/03/2009
Sc5 - As a Thorn in the Foot: The Dauphin can no longer stand the existence of this fort. He orders Guers of Beaumont to destroy it. Guers is waiting for the night to come. eScDC5 - PDF - 156 Ko
    v1.0 - 12/13/2009
Edward's Raids: These scenarios take place in the first decades of the Hundred Years War. They illustrate the showdown between Pavese crossbowmen and longbowmen.
Sc1 - The Ford of Blanche-Taque : 1346 - Edward's army must cross a ford on the river Somme, but the crossing is heavily defended by a strong French troop.  eScER1 - PDF - 162 Ko
    v1.0 - 12/12/2009
Sc2 - Wenlock Priory : 1338 - Edward has ordered to seize the belongings of French monasteries in England. French spies are resting in a priory while Sir Clarence and his troops are closing by. eScER2 - PDF - 243 Ko
    v1.0 - 04/20/2010

Campaign Rules

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Finding simple rules, yet with an historical background, is the challenge. The first concepts have been discussed on the French forum already.

Campaigns

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Dolphin & Cross: This first campaign for HORSE RAIDERS will take place during the 70 years of fights between the rival states of Dauphiné and Savoy, in the French Alps. Apart from 2 field battles, the entire war was just a series of raids to destroy watermills, capture cattle, burn crops and villages, or take castles by surprise. This restricted area and type of warfare is ideally suited to the Cry Havoc skirmish game play.