The Swedes moved first, or at least would have but for a fair few failed command roles. They kind of edged forward a bit here and there. The Poles advanced along the whole line but I didn't want to risk a fast advance at this early stage of the game due to close nature of the terrain and the Swedish superiority in firepower.
(The Yellow regiment advancing)
For clarity I'll cover the action for each sector of the battle, so on the Polish left the Cossacks closed with the Finnish and Swedish facing them and true to my impetuous nature attempted to charge. Only one unit made it but was beaten conclusively in the melee and withdrew. The Swedish commanded shot made quite a contribution and began causing some casualties on the Cossacks. For the rest of the game the Swedes/Finns and Cossack battled it out. One Swedish unit of horse was shaken and withdrew, as did another towards the end of the battle. However, the Cossacks were ground down and pushed back until over half of their squadrons were broken or shaken, at which point the brigade was spent.
In the left of centre part of the table the German mercenary regiments advanced towards the toll house, taking fire from the dragoons John had raced forward to hold it and the Swedish Yellow regiment. The German advance was stalled as John kept disordering one or more units each turn. The dragoons were eventually driven out of the house, but replaced by a musketeers from the Yellow regiment. A pike assault on the house was repulsed and both sides spent most of the game taking pot shots at each other. I tried to charge my other pike block at a shaken musket unit but failed to make contact. I had numerical superiority but the Germans were not quite as good as the Swedes when it came to shooting, morale and stamina so we hung on until the end of the game arrived.
Skipping the right centre for now, on the extreme right both sides moved slowly towards each other. I declared a charge with my hussars but despite getting three moves fell short by an inch!!!!!! My supporting units of Pancerni and Cossacks failed their command roles or couldn't get close enough so there I was with two squadrons of Poland's finest exposed in front of the entire Swedish left flank! John charged one unit in the front and flank and took pot shots at the other as his unit facing them was disordered and couldn't declare a charge. In the melee the Poles proved to be very tough and drove off the horse facing their front in the first round and then beat off the flanking unit in the second. This left the Swedes with some very scattered units of horse and dangerously exposed commanded shot. The next turn I declared a charge with the Hussars in what should have been a battle-winning move. Should have was the operative word as the general threw an double 6 and blundered. The entire command was now unable to move. Bugger I thought! We will return to this flank shortly.
Meanwhile in the right/centre sector the Krackow militia advanced against the graveyard and traded fire with the Swedish Blue regiment. Despite some losses they soon took the upper hand and drove off one of the musket units and occupied the graveyard. Job done.
FYI both armies were pointed up using the P&S lists and came out at 1488 and 1486 points. I really do need some more Poles though!
Damn cool looking game.ReplyDelete
Nice battle report!ReplyDelete