We decided to refuse the left, but the left refused to be refused. Martin set up using his experimental organisation based on Austria. (6 stands of 3 figures each. Our standard is 4x3 for an infantry battalion.) This took more space than expected. We also discovered that this organisation is less flexible and makes the devil's own hole in the line if a unit retires/retreats/bolts/runs away. I had a brigade of Freedonians including Pavkovic's Pandours, an irregular light infantry unit. Bear handled the reserve which included Rationalian grenadiers and Freedonian cuirassiers and hussars. The most notable troops on the other side were Rob's dragoons in their green hunting frocks and his lightest-of-light cavalry from the Loup tribe. They ended up being the stars of the show later on.
Well, our left didn't quite get refused and Martin and Andy picked at each other for a lot of the game. This included a protracted cavalry melee between Frankenschweiner dragoons and Rationalian hussars. I advanced in the centre right and Bear brought up the grenadiers very early on.
|The Allied reserve - Rationalian grenadiers with General En. Guells and the Freedonian|
Cuirassier Regiment von Sardukar. Pavkovic's Pandours screen the hill. In retrospect,
I should've put them in the forest.
|Steven's Brigade - Frankenschweiner foot and artillery|
|Andy repositions some Frankenschweiner foot - line infantry in front, militia|
("Kleinvolk Militia") to the rear.
|Rob's mounted Loup warriors with General Harry Dresden. They worked some powerful|
medicine later in the game.
|Rationalian line infantry|
|Rob's Worchestershiresaucer dragoons with the Frankenschweiners in support.|
|Bear's Rationalian grenadiers hold tough in the face of Rob's line infantry.|
Pavkovic's Pandours are screening and Freedonian Regiment Tom Servo is
moving up to support.
|The Dragoon vs. Hussar scrap. The blue pipe cleaner means the hussars are|
"disorganised." This mess see-sawed until almost the end of the game when
the weight of the dragoons proved too much for the hussars.
|The Freedonian line - 1&2 Regt. Tom Servo, 1&2 Regt. Stahl, the Irish Legion|
(in green), the Archbishop's Own (in white) under the command of General
|Cuirassier Regt. von Sardukar in better days. The guns are from my wife's|
Galifreyan army... since the Freedonian artillery never made it into the
carrying bin for the game!
|Frankenschweiner dragoons face Rationalian hussars with the Rationalian|
General and Ever-Glorious People's Prime Minister and President Karl Mar X himself.
|Rob's dragoons about to blindside my cuirassiers and lay a serving of hurt on them.|
|General Dresden and the Loup warriors take all the cannons.|
|The Freedonian infantry stand off the Frankenschweiners. Two battalions have|
fallen back due to casualties and morale and are disorganised. The white rings
|A view down the line from the Allied right at the Rationalian line infantry.|
|Rationalians in square because of some Frankenschweiner cavalry.|
- Never again leave a forest without something in it... 'cause your opponent will drop cavalry or armour or Space Marines or Godzilla there.
- Never underestimate crazy native mounted troops. They can slide through a knothole if need be and really mess up your day. We'd all pretty much discounted these ultra-light cavalry, but they proved their worth.
Next week in a new convention in Chatham-Kent, Ontario - KegsCon. A few of us are going to support this first year of this con. The week after that is the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of the Thames which will be reenacted on the actual battlefield! Rob and I will be assisting in running the "mini-militia" at the Friday Education Day and we'll be out for the battle the next day. Rob and a friend will go to the reenactors-only tactical on Sunday. I'm working and running around the field is a younger man's game. I hope to post many photos after the weekend.
|An early game photo of my brigade with Galifreyan Jacobite guns in support.|
|Frankenschweiner infantry and militia|
|Frankenschweiner line infantry, grenadiers, and dice.|
|The cavalry duke it out 'waaaaaay down there to the Allied left.|