Last week I was lucky enough to play a game with my friend Anthony's 54mm ECW armies. His figures are from 'A Call to Arms' and look really impressive. The rules we used were 'About Cromwell'. These are a Belgian set of rules which owe a lot to Command and Colours. The card element has been removed though and orders are given by the overall CinC and subordinate commanders using dice...rolling an I allows you to activate an Infantry unit, a C, cavalry etc. The CinC can also transfer an order that he has rolled to a subordinate if it is needed and he is within command range. The rules were really easy to pick up and the game flowed really well.
I commanded the Royalists and had more early success in getting my forces moving. My Cuirassiers tried a speculative charge against the Parliamentarian Commanded Shot (I didn't fancy mixing it with the pikemen) but I discovered that musket range is quite long and took casualties getting into charge range and eventually lost the combat. I had more success in the left as I advanced my Pike and Shot unit and this time it was my musket fire that proved very effective in causing casualties and driving back the enemy.
The Royalists begin to advance...
...cheered on by the Commanded Shot skulking behind a hedge
King Charles views the battlefield
Boo...the evil Parliamentarians...
Despite my success in driving back Anthony's units on my right the casualties were mounting and, having lost my cavalry command completely, I couldn't afford too many more. Inevitably the weight of musket fire and a well timed Parliamentary cavalry charge proved too much and the Royalists were broken.
An excellent set of rules if you like the Command & Colours style of game. Apparently there is also a Napoleonic version called, not surprisingly 'About Bonaparte' which featured in Miniature Wargames last November, and an Ancients version called...'About Caesar'.