We diced for sides, with the highest being rewarded with the command of the Austrians. That dubious honour fell to me. My plan was simple. Launch both cavalry wings at the Prussian flanks in order to drive off their numerically inferior horse, hopefully leaving enough of each command in good enough order to turn on the flanks of the Prussian infantry in the centre. My poor bloody infantry would just have to hang on in there in the centre long enough for the cavalry to do its work, hopefully reinforced by my heavy artillery which was off table at the start and would only arrive after a successful but heavily adjusted command roll from the Austrian Commander in Chief. My plan would rely on speed and decisive and successful command rolls to work. With all movement at half rate due to the deep snow I wouldn’t be racing across the battlefield especially fast but the snow would also work to my advantage as well of course.
I didn't take many photos as I was a little distracted by the game but here they are.
|The battle at the start of turn 1.|
|The Austrian defenders waiting for the inevitable Prussian attack. The poor unfortunate hussars were feeling very exposed.|
|The Prussians only advanced into musket range and then let rip a series of deadly volleys, which even at long range threw the Austrian front line into disarray. The exposed hussars were driven off shaken.|
|The Prussian front rank closed the gap with the Austrians but their supports were very slow in coming up thanks to some poor command rolls and a blunder which sent them backwards a move at a time when they really could have done with going forward!|
|The detritus of war. Clearly the Austrians' choice of beer was better than the Prussians'.|