... and Ancients in transition.
This is very much a summary (well, it's that time of year) of a season with no dominant themes. We've not been on the road much - but we've not been stuck at home. There have been events, though not as many as would be usual coming into the Autumn. The DBA season is up and running, but some of the established events (such as the 'season finale', the English Open) remain cancelled.
And my own Ancients has been a mix of Zoom and Face-to-Face. A mix of figure wargames and other formats.
We got in one of our regular get-togethers in August including playing a spirited game of Dux Bellorum - an interesting and worthy game if not one of my all-time favourites. It's all about timing and tempo, I think ...
In reality, the rear ranks - by the Wars of the Roses, anyway - would likely be quite loosely arrayed. They were armed with pole weapons, rather than a single-handed weapon + shield. So they need a little bit of space to maximise the full potential of their weapons ... and needed a dodge or parry as their defence. Their loose formation, and the offset spacing amongst the longbows, would make it easy enough for the archers to filter to the rear as the better armoured men steadied for contact.