Beth had never played these rules before and wanted to try them. (Warfare in the Age of Reason) I must admit that I hurried through some troops for her army but it was worth it. She fielded the Scots/Cossack coalition of Gallifrey under Generals Bulba, Blastov, Stuart, Montrose, and the Doctor (#4, yes, that one. cf photos). Martin set out the troops of the Serene Republic of Rationalia under the command of Philospher-King Karl Mar X and General N. Guells. (A republic with a king... Hmmmm. Martin's been working on his thesis for grad school 'way too long!... Tovarich.) Andy's Frankenschweiners marched under the watchful eyes of Count Frankenschwein himself, and Generals Ziffle, Zuckerman, and Karloff. My own Saxe-Freedonians were under the command of the Grand Elector, Rufus I Glüwürmchen with Generals Belesarius, Heinzelmenchen, and Hartman as divisional commanders.
First off, we realized that there were 'way too many figures on the board. Lesson for next time. Still we faced off and moved to contend over two of the three villages on the table. Beth and the Gallifreians were on the left with the Army of Saxe-Freedonia to the right. Andy's troops faced me while Martin's troops, reinforced by a brigade of Frankenschweiners stood across from Beth.
(Photography by Beth and Andy with a few taken by me.)
|The table from the side of Right, Honour, Virtue, and Justice.|
(If this doesn't get some comments, nothing will.)
|The dastardly troops of the County of Frankenschwein and the Serene Republic|
|Martin's cavalry advances.|
|The trap is closed. General N. Guells accompanies the hussars while the|
Philosopher-King Karl Mar X neglects the proletariat and leads the aristocratic
Plus, newly painted troops, new dice, bad weather, ... grumble, grumble, excuse, excuse.
|Rationalian grenadiers form square to hold off the Freedonian cavalry.|
|Frankenschweiner and Rationalian Grenadiers advance side by side.|
There is more than a "whiff" of conspiracy here!
The Combat Pioneer regiment (conscripts in green), Militia battalions Harpo
(white) and Groucho (in purple). General Belisarius herds them forward.
Battalion Chico is barely in the picture.
|The Clan regiment roars into town to the skirl of the pipes.|
|The Clans' original starting position along with the Highland regulars and the|
First Nations light infantry on loan from Robby's army.
|The Clan hits the Frankenschweiners but is being flanked by one of Andy's Dragoon units.|
They are all in proper red uniforms... to show how the monster works!!
Night (or curfew) fell... mercifully. And lessons were learned.
- Don't try to push an elephant through a keyhole a/k/a don't try to put too many troops through a small area. If it's too small for me, it's a bottleneck for them as well. Grab it, hold it, and move elsewhere.
- Too many units and not enough players makes for a cumbersome game. We need to learn limits.
- I unlimber my artillery far too early.
- Keep the clans on the lever or on a hill if you can. (There's a plus for charging down-hill.) You also need more than one clan to make it worthwhile. Beth's army will probably include Regular Highlanders, Clan highlanders at 16 figures apiece, Cossack cavalry - both regular and irregular, other regular cavalry, and some sort of light infantry. In the 7YW period, light troops are more of an annoyance than a game winner.
|Some of Martin's Todtenkopf Hussars. He has two regiments of them.|
|The Frankenschweiner left flank before the game began.|
|The Native allies - Turtleburpers and the Galoshicolla|
|Beth's light dragoons and the Cossack dragoons (in red)|
|Frankenschweiner line infantry and light infantry behind|
|The Grand elector with the reserve - grenadiers and guards (in blue)|
Frying Pan & Blanket makes a Conestoga waggon set and I HAD to get one.
There's another to be assembled and painted.
|Frankenschweiner heavy artillery|
|Freedonian heavy artillery and howitzer.|
Guns are sold with limbers and gunners are a separate pack.
|The ox-drawn Conestoga waggon. I see a supply train raid scenario coming!|
|Scots in square - facing Rationalian cavalry.|