Beth fielded her Italians with French troops (and Confederation of the Rhine folks) as allies. I took the field with my Ottoman Turks. This was the first time the Turks had seen the light of day on the field and the "new unit curse" was in full effect. More on that later.
Beth formed up with her best stuff - the Italian Guard and their buddies in the middle along with the Italian Guard of Honour, Italian dragoons and the Saxon Garde du Corps. She had dragoons, some French hussars, and Italian Cacciatori a Cavallo (Light Horse/Chasseur a Cheval) on the flanks. Her cannon were in double batteries on one flank (4! including two horse batteries) and in the centre. My Turks were in three divisions - all that's allowed by Shako, although I could have had a reserve division as well had I really read the rules. My left was Mamluk cavalry, medium foot batteries, and a large number of 2nd Rate infantry (Sekhans of the provincial governors). The centre was two medium batteries, Janissaries (2nd Rate), Guard Janissaries and Bostanci (Elites), and a number of good Sipihi regiments, including the elite Shillitar guards as well as some Bashi-bazouks to soak up casualties. The right was heavy guns, some 2nd raters, decent Sipihis, and 5 regiments of the Nizam-I-Cedid - the "New Order Army", all Western European trained with discipline and bayonets.
|Beth's lines from the satellite|
|I consider my options... which are few for Napoleonic Ottomans.|
|Italian dragoons. I don't know the manufacturer, but they look properly aggressive.|
In the Napoleonic era, the Kingdom of Italy fielded good troops, often as good as
the French, often better than the Austrians, and always better than the Neapolitans.
|Sipihis backed by Circassians. Really old Minifigs from their Renaissance and|
Crimean War ranges.
|Beth's Italian Grand Battery - horse guns (two figures) and foot batteries (three figures)|
Our centre divisions moved slowly toward each other and my cavalry soon engaged Beth's in a swirling mass of sabres and horse flesh. Mostly I got thrown back.
|My centre's cavalry advances. Sipihis of the Porte and a Shillitar guard regiment|
(in red) follow a screen of Yoruks/Bashi-bazouks.
|Beth's Italian Guards and other good troops face the onslaught of Yoruks|
|The Italian Guard of Honour flank some Bashi-bazouks... who evaporated soon|
after this photo was taken. Guard cavalry vs. 2nd Rate cavalry? Taken in the flank?
I think you, gentle reader, can figure this one out.
The game was held over two days, and after playing a few turns on Tuesday, my left flank - 2nd rate infantry and the survivors of the Mamluks - failed divisional morale and collapsed. That was enough. A lot of our powerful stuff never got into the battle. Still we enjoyed it and we pledged to play again.
I have a powerful Austrian army ready to go and Swedes ready to play. I'm working on British, Prussians, and Russians. A few years ago, a good friend of mine was moving and gave me a huge number of unpainted 15mm figs. So I have projects enough for a few winters. I also have US troops to face the Brits in War of 1812 games... one of which was in my blog a while ago. They probably could be used as Portuguese in Peninsular games.
Now some more photos:
|Italian line infantry advancing (Essex Minis and Minifigs behind)|
|Sekhans and foot guns.|
|"Tony, this maybe is-a not a good place for us, no?"|
|Beth's Ambulance corps model.|
Delightful table clutter. Since Beth was a US Navy Medic for a term, she likes to
put this on the table. She painted the models as well.
|Turkish heavy guns - Minifigs from the Wellington in India range.|
They are too undressed for Muslim troops, but the models are just too choice
not to use.
|Italian medic at his business.|
|Turk foot guns - Minifig Renaissance gunners in hats that remind me of Jughead.|
The Sekhans of their division have advanced beyond them as the entire division
recoiled and failed their divisional morale, ending the game.
So Beth beat me. This in not unusual: I rarely win against any body. And I'll keep playing. Interestingly enough, at the game ended, Andy showed up! He wanted to get out of the house and had some gaming magazines for me. I also had some Imagi-nations figures for him. Two of the magazines were old issues of the Courier with article on how to successfully play Napoleonic Turks! Post-Easter reading, it is!
So lessons learned:
- Set up Turkish cavalry in waves with the slime up front and the good stuff behind. Same for the infantry.
- Stop trying to advance over the entire field; refuse a flank or the centre until something disasterous happens to my opponent. (Wishful thinking, John.)
- Read the rules again. And get new dice; my present set hate me. Sixes when I need ones and vice-versa.
- Turk Cavalry get lances! (except for Djellis/Scouts, Bashi-bazouks, and Mamluks) I will brook no arguements on this issue!
|"You're attacking with WHAT? Are you SURE you want to eat tonight?"|