The Austrian plan was simple and reflected their tactical thinking of the day, i.e. we were to launch all 14 battalions at the Prussians in the hope that numbers would prevail. It all went horribly wrong from turn 1. My brigade failed to arrive on the table and Nigels only made a single move onto the battlefield. One Austrian brigade managed three moves and raced 36" across the battlefield, while the final brigade made reasonable progress compared to me and Nigel. The Austrian reserve artillery did manage to get to a prominent hill in the centre but the cavalry didn't make an appearance either! Firing was ineffective. The much vaunted Austrian artillery had been allowed to re roll one miss per gun but even then still failed to score a single hit!
(Above: Prussian firing line. Below: Austrians surge forward on the left flank)
(Austrian columns smash into the Prussians)
(Austrians blundering off the table)On my flank the Austrians were able to destroy a Prussian jäger battalion in the melee and held on for two rounds of combat with another unit before the brigade became shaken and had to try and extricate itself as 50 % was shaken or destroyed. On the Austrian left the same was true as Conrad's troops were in the middle of the Prussians, being shot at from several sides and charged by cavalry in the flank.
I had to leave at that point so have no idea how the game panned out. It looked like at least two Austrian brigades were out of action or were about to be, leaving the Prussians, now reinforced, to deal with the two remaining brigades.
The game certainly had the feel, based on what I have read on the subject, of what I would have expected an 1866 battle to look like. The Austrians were able to get very close to the Prussians or were even able to close to melee, but they had no answer to the Needle gun and suffered some quite heavy losses as a result. In addition, the Austrian plan went to pieces from the outset. It was a good plan and had it been executed as intended the Prussians would have struggled to hold on. As for the Austrian artillery...........?
Nice troops, enjoyable game even though we still have some trouble with the rules, and I wonder what happened at the end of the evening? I am tempted to push my unpainted Austro-Prussian figures to somewhere a bit nearer the frot of the painting queue. I forgot my camera so only had my phone to take pictures with.