Yesterday (Friday) was supposed to see us finish this game. Sadly we were having trouble with live-streaming the event due to some internet problems so it had to be cancelled.
Undeterred I decided to play it to a conclusion solo as I had a very good idea of each side’s plans.
If you remember (if you can’t click here) the French were being hard pressed in the centre and on the left wing but the Swiss on their right were advancing (ok, slowly and very non-Swisslike), cowing the Papal troops facing them into staying on their side of the river with the exception of some skirmishers. We’d left the game at the end of the French movement phase with a couple of charges to work out. The Landsnecht swordsmen had charged the multi-barrelled cannon that’d been shooting at the Landsnecht pike block. The closing fire was ineffective and the guns were overrun. The French gendarmes on the left had charged two units of Spanish Genites. One successfully evaded but the other failed their fire and evade test so were hit by the gendarmes, but got off lightly insofar that they threw high on their break test so only retreated in disorder, and shaken. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Here’s how the game played out.
|Closing fire was hopeless and failed to stop the Landsnechts, and no surprise when the guns were overrun.|
|The French gendarmes on the left had driven off the covering Spanish Jinettes and were putting some pressure on the Florentines. |
|In the next League turn the Florentine Condottieri gendarmes charge the French through the vineyards.|
|Meanwhile in the centre the two left hand Spanish Colonela we’re starting to take casualties off the French crossbowmen and artillery.|
|Perhaps foolishly the Florentine militia heavy infantry charged the two handed swordsmen. They lost the melee but passed their break test. They didn't in the next round of combat and were broken.|
|The Florentines are about to find out how good the French gendarmes are.|
|The French gendarmes then obligingly wheeled and with three moves charged the Spanish. I also rallied a point of the shaken French pike so that they could count as support for their high class comrades.|
|There was now a rather large gap in the League right wing, and one was developing to the right of the Abbey following the exit of two companies of Gendarmes.|
|On the League left neither their troops nor the Swiss facing them passed their command rolls so neither side made any moves. The Swiss were taking a few hits from the League light cavalry and arquebusiers.|
|The Spanish again won the melee attempting to capture the Abbey but the French held on despite being shaken. Another round of melee would certainly see the French driven out. (It did)|
|The extent of the gap on the shattered League right can be seen here, being nicely filled by the French.|
|The fight for the Abbey from the French perspective.|
|The surviving unit of French Crossbowmen was well placed to wreak havoc on one of the Spanish colonella. They didn’t of course. |
|The Swiss finally got more than one move and charged the leftmost Spanish colonela. Closing fire and the passing fire from the Spanish artillery did little other than to disorder them as they made contact.|
|As an experiment I ordered the French gendarmes to charge the disordered colonela which had been taking fire from the French crossbow unit. I wouldn't have dared do this of they had been formed as the Spanish would have got double the dice! As it was the gendarmes took three hits as a result of closing fire but then smashed into the Spanish, inflicting heavy casualties while saving all the hits they received. The Spanish didn't break but were pushed back, shaken and disordered. |
|A general overview from the League left wing.|
|The Swiss on the extreme right wing then charged the League Landsnechts who were crossing the river. By some fluke of the dice the latter took six hits to one against the Swiss and were broken. Ouch!|
|The Swiss also charged the Papal pike blocks and after getting three moves managed to cross the stream and hit them. It was a massacre and the Papal troops were broken at once. The supporting block to their right also tested and was forced to withdraw disordered. The Papal gendarmes seen on the bridge kept, rather wisely, failing their command rolls so went nowhere.|
|This was the dice score that precipitated the Landsnecht rout!|
|On the other flank the French Landsnechts were faffing about doing nothing as their general failed his command roll.|
|The French were finally ejected from the abbey so the victorious but exposed French gendarmes pulled back to reform. |
|The Papal pikes took nine hits off the Swiss. No wonder they ran away!|
|The French Landsnechts were still standing idly by while the battle raged on around them.|
|The routing League Landsnechts. |
|The League left is broken.|