Dutch horse charge the French but fail to do any significant damage and were beaten off.
And that was when we called it a day. With the loss of their cavalry the Dutch conceded defeat. My infantry had crossed the river. John's elite foot would probably tip the balance and I still had most of my cavalry intact so that was probably a fair outcome.
It went very quickly! Having played nothing but Honours of War since they came out last year it felt very different. There were elements of the version of the game played last week with Paul that I much preferred; slower, more stately, the artillery felt more realistic in every respect, command and control. However, I do like Pike and Shotte and always will, certainly for the Thirty Years War. Whether I would use them again for the late 17thC is in the balance without considering a few period-specific amendments. Anyway, it was actually a really really fun and tough game. Robbie proved yet again that he is the master of throwing the wrong scores on his dice at critical moments of battle and though I say so myself, the figures look stunning. We got some bits of the rules wrong as it was so long since we'd used them but that didn't distract much from the enjoyability of the game and the outcome. In my view anyway.
I have a game planned for this coming Saturday when I shall be trying out another scenario using Pike and Shotte. Next week I am going to try the new Impetus Baroque rules if John R is free to guide me through them. After that I may even try Beneath the Lily Banners and give them a chance.