The French had a brigade of cavalry, a brigade of six battalions of average line infantry and a brigade with an elite legere demi-brigade, a battalion of the Volunteers du Midi and a battalion of National Guard. The cavalry had a 4pdr horse battery attached, and the whole army was supported by a battery of 12pdrs. I made the French commander excellent, giving the army an extra ADC.
The Prussians also had a brigade of cavalry (two large regiments), two brigades of line infantry and a brigade of fusiliers, supported by a battery of 6pdrs. The Prussian commander was classed as rubbish, so I lost an ADC.
The French were tasked with destroying this Prussian force which was covering the flank of the main army that was in the process of invading France. The Prussians had to hold the French and keep them from exiting the table on their base line.
Here are some photos of the action. I was so engrossed in the game I didn't take that many.
|The Prussian right wing. In turn 1 none of my ADCs were available and two of my brigades were hesitant. A good start!|
|The Prussian left flank. A little 'up in the air'.|
|Seen from the French left wing, the French advance on the right in the distance contrasts starkly with their immobility on the left.|
|My cavalry - a regiment each of dragoons and cuirassiers (both large) and a unit of Towarczy Uhlans.|
|The Prussian infantry managed to fail all its orders for a number of turns and become/stay hesitant and my few ADCs were busy elsewhere. The French had the same problem with hesitant brigades but had four ADCs to play with to my three.|
|The French horse artillery galloped forward and unlimbered on the Prussian flank. They began pounding my left hand battalions mercilessly.|
|The Prussian left hand battalions being pounded mercilessly!|
|The French cavalry approached. The 8th regiment just behind the windmill were lining themselves up for a charge while the 23rd regiment (aka the damned pinko Parisien ladyboys) worked around my flank.|
|The French were in the process of overwhelming my feeble skirmish screen, which was eventually driven off. John's cavalry then charged my wavering line and routed one battalion, forcing the others in the brigade to withdraw.|
As for the rules, I actually am quite taken to them. I had thought on reading them that they'd be very complicated but thats not the case and apart from a few occasions when we had to study the rules to find out what happened next we got into the swing of the game and the mechanics of the rules easily. A certain amount of very careful planning was required when allocating ADCs to ensure 'the master plan' would work which was great and will no doubt become easier when we know the ADC tastings off by heart. I for one am looking forward to trying them again, maybe on a larger scale, although I'm not too sure how they'll work with multi-player games. I guess I shall have to find out.