We had agreed to field equally pointed-up armies :-( based on the values outlined in army lists in the 'Pike and Shotte' rules which are our favoured set. I'm not a big fan of army lists, especially ones that are too generic, cover too wide a timespan, or just inaccurate or just designed around a particular set of rules, but at least we got a 'balanced' game.
The Polish army was made up of three divisions. The left and right divisions were each made up of 2 Winged Hussar units, 2 Pancerni units and 3 Cossack light cavalry. The centre was made up the same, but with one less Cossack unit but instead had 4 units of Polish infantry and a medium gun. My commander in chief was rated 8 and the other commanders were all rated 9.
The Turks field a veritable sea of men and horses; lots of light cavalry and levy infantry, some fanatic swordsmen, several units of decent musket men, two solid blocks of Spahi (about 8 units in total I think) and 5 or 6 units of Janissaries. Oh, and lots of guns, all heavy or medium beasts. Sadly the Turkish commanders were not so brilliant as although the commander in chief managed a randomly-generated rating of 9, the others were all rated 7.
I got to move first and both my flanks advanced (too) slowly towards the Turks. My centre failed their command roll so stayed put. The Turk's first move was pretty bad as most of the units failed their command rolls as well.
Thats the end of the photos as I got so engrossed in the game that I completely forgot to carry on. In the centre I tried to close with Robbie's grand battery and supporting infantry but failed, and while my Cossacks soaked up most of the bullets, cannon balls and arrows heading our way the Hussars did take some damage, and at times were halted through disorder when, being elite, I failed to recover them at the start of my turn. Robbie tried to hit one of Hussar units in the flank with his Delhi fanatic horsemen but I was able to turn to face and drive him off.
By the time we had to stop it was utter confusion in the centre as although I had been successful in destroying loads of Robbie's lower class infantry and cavalry I'd not yet closed with the Janissaries or the Spahis of the Porte who were hiding in the rear. I had only lost one unit if Cossacks in the centre and most of the Hussar and Pancerni were relatively unscathed so who knows what might have transpired if we'd had the time for more moves. I do suspect that I might have died gloriously on the spears or under the swords of the Janissaries, as there we're more of them than us! My left flank had, for the loss of a unit of Hussars, destroyed or driven off the entire Turkish right hand division but it would take time for me to bring them over to support the centre, especially as several units were shaken and would need time to recover.
The Turks conceded defeat after what was a thoroughly enjoyable and frustrating game. The Winged Hussars did what they do best and overall I made some well-timed saving throws, which was just as well considering the amount of lead and cannon balls they seemed to attract, while the Turks' movement was hindered by poor commanders which left them dangerously close to the baseline when it came to hand to hand combat.