In the center, it was an artillery duel. The Italians had loads of skirmishers while the Austrians had some. I kept them close to the ridge and fell back through my line infantry (all in Divisionmasse which moves slow like lines, takes hits like a column, shoots at a -1, but can bounce cavalry without resorting to square, although not as well as a square.) As her infantry moved up, Beth asked if I was ever going to leave the ridge line. I said "No." (I'm not a total fool, just partial.) So we called it a draw and went to eat dinner to end my holiday. As I said above, we've decided to run small, brigade sized actions to exercise our minds and the troops. I continue to work on British, French, Turks, and ocassional Prussians and Russians.
Shako might not be to everyone's liking, but it works for us. As I get older, I find myself preferring simple, playable rules. I guess I don't have the time or brain power for much else.
|IR#4 Hoch und Deutschmeister advances screened by Grenzers|
(Each unit had a card tucked under it, giving it's designation and fighting value.)
|The ridgeline I camped on with two 12-pounder batteries!|
|Beth's Italian high command and Dr. Larray (left) and a divisional|
|An Italian divisional general with Beth's favourite figure - waving his shako.|
|Hussar Regiment #1 "Kaiser" - last seen headed for Vienna.|
|Beth's two Italian dragoon regiments.|
|The Italian Guard Grenadiers advancing.|
|Another view of the defenders on the ridge - |
Hungarian and German regiments
Not a bad way to end a holiday. Today, Beth and my son were playing Warhammer Fantasy as Robby prepares to field a Wood Elf force. He's been checking through my Empire troops and they played to get familiar with the rules. I'm sure there will be more on this later.