I organised two sides, roughly the same in size and quality, 'ish; more horse and artillery on the Allied side, more and slightly better foot on the French. Paul was here to keep us on the right track, ‘us’ being yours truly and Conrad. I took the French and Conrad the combined Dutch/Spanish/Imperial force.
The game started with us each deploying a brigade at a time. After this there was a 'fun' phase where it was possible to disrupt the opponent's deployment i.e. actually move enemy units out of formation. This had the effect of the original nice orderly lines being somewhat fragmented. The Allies suffered the worst of this with their cavalry formations on both flanks jostled around a fair bit with units being moved out of position. There were four objective markers on the table, which we took turns to place, in the shape of two roadside shrines, a big cross and a group of civilians in the church.
|The deployment from the other end of the table, showing the Imperial cuirassiers on the Allied left.|
|The French left wing. Six squadrons of the Maison du Roi backed up by three of the Cuirassiers du Roi.|
|Facing the French horse were three squadrons of Dutch Horseguards and Lifeguards and four squadrons of Dutch horse.|
|The church as seen from the French right.|
|The Gendarmes de France (front left) charged the Dutch Horseguards and drove the first and second squadrons back.|
|The victorious Gendarmes were in turn pushed back by the Dutch Lifguards.|
|In the centre the Fusiliers du Roi launched three attacks on the Spanish holding this hamlet. Despite heavy losses they finally prevailed and forced the defenders out.|
|Way over on the right wing the Imperial cuirassiers were slowly circumnavigating the wood while being peppered with musketry from my dragoons lurking in the woods.|
|Back in the centre my attack continued. Dumbarton's Regiment charged a battalion of German infantry, who broke and fled, taking with them another battalion to their rear.|
|The Dutch Horseguards reforming to face another onslaught by the French.|
|In the centre the German and Spanish brigades were starting to crumble.|
|Dumbarton's Regiment in hot pursuit.|
|Meanwhile my sneaky dragoons had mounted up and emerged from the wood behind the Imperial cuirassiers. (wicked laugh! hehehehe!)|
I warmed to the rules quickly. The set up stage was maybe a bit unnecessary and time consuming but it actually worked rather well I think. The rules appear, from this game at least, to favour an aggressive player, which suits me, and we were able to make the oddities/characteristics of 1670's armies fit in with the rules quite well. More tinkering required re troop types I think, and I shall do this before the next game.
A very enjoyable game and I look forward to another one soon.
Next Game is Monday 4 June. What could be the climax of my French Revolution mini campaign.