John and I played a trial game yesterday evening using the second edition of Valour and Fortitude. I rearranged the terrain from last Saturday’s game and used the 1808 Swedes and Russians who had been bloodied in the same game. I took the Russians and John the slightly reinforced Swedes as I’d just completed the second half of the Savolax Jäger, seen here:
The Russians were again the attackers. My plan was rash and poorly executed but it gave us plenty of opportunities to run through the rules. The river was impassible for all troops except over the bridge but I reckoned putting my horse artillery supported by a regiment of cavalry would be a good way of bringing the full weight of my artillery to bear on the Swedish line as I would be able to enfilade it nicely. Meanwhile my infantry would advance and engage the Swedes as quickly as possible and try and overwhelm them.
|The Russians are advancing on the Swedish left. My jager battalions have moved into the wood in the centre to counter the pesky Finnish jäger my cavalry was rooted to the spot refusing to move.|
|Unfortunately the Swedes were able to present a pretty solid line to face my advance, with their Savolax jäger advancing through the woods to threaten my flank, and more importantly the half-battery of guns deployed on the road.|
|The Russian right is getting a bit bogged down and also is starting to take casualties from the enemy jäger and artillery. |
|My left flank advanced and was held up by the combination of enemy artillery, infantry and more bloody jägers! I tried to avoid masking my artillery which caused my columns to bunch together and cause all sorts of problems for me.|