The first game of the year was played out yesterday, a large refight of one of my favourite Seven Years War battles, Kolin. It was a full house, and Conrad, Richard, John the Red and Nigel were the Austrians while Dave, Paul, Shaun and John H were the Prussians. I decided to use Black Powder with some of our usual house rules.
Notes on terrain. Troops shooting through or into the standing crops did so at -1. The hedgerows and tracks are representing sunken lanes. Troops in the sunken lanes benefit from cover but if behind the hedges themselves they do not.
|The game about to kick off. Prussians looking worried on the left. Austrians also looking worried on the right.|
|The bulk of the Prussian army is either not yet on the table or strung out in column along the road, overlooked by the Austrians to their right. Shaun anxiously looking over his right shoulder towards their reinforcements.|
|John H and his remaining troops arrived a turn late, which was to prove a critical delay.|
|Conrad's cavalry swept away a brigade of Prussian dragoons and a lone cuirassier regiment and galloped along the enemy baseline, pursued by John H's infantry and cavalry.|
|The Austrians were held up by the valiant efforts of IR40, who survived a flank charge, reversed their rear ranks and prepared to sell their lives dearly.|
|John's Prussians advanced against the Austrian left wing under Richard, ignoring the threat of enemy cavalry to their rear as four regiments of Prussian cuirassiers had just arrived.|
|Austrian and Saxon horse on the Prussian left.|
|The Prussian left, crumbling under the pressure from the Austrians, and due to Paul's continued and statistically unfair dice rolling!|
|Austrian cuirassiers seen through a window in one of the villages they rode past.|
|John the Red's infantry made it to the sunken lanes and began trading shots with the Prussians. Attack over.|