We split the table in half with Kevin and I squaring off on the east side and Rob and Derek on the west half of the table. Andy supplied his Frankenschweiner troops to Kevin and Derek while Rob pushed his own lead as the leader of the Principality of Worchestershiresauce. For me, of course, the illustrious legions of the Grand Electorate of Saxe-Freedonia, commanded by General Belesarius. So Rob decided it was a two column attack by Frankenschwein on either side of a large body of water with the allied forces of Worchestershiresauce and Freedonia facing them. (Sounded good to me!)
To arrange the forces, Andy or each of us rolled 14 d4 and totalled them up. This was done three times each and the highest total was used to give a point value to each army. Each base "cost" 1 point for militia/conscipts (Class 1), 2 for regulars (Class 2), 3 for Grenadiers (Class 3), or 4 per base of Guards (Class 4). This applied to either infantry or cavalry, artillery being assigned to the armies based on the number of battalions/regiments. An elegant solution that worked well for the game. Kevin, Derek, and I all scored 90 or close to it. Rob scored a 76, so his force was either smaller or less powerful.
Kevin and I faced each other on half the table. His force was about 1/3 Class 2 regulars with a few Class 1 militia (or "Kleinvolk" regiments as Andy calls them), two medium guns, and a heavy gun. He chose not to field cavalry. I fielded a 4 battalion brigade of regulars under General deSastre (1&2 Regiment Tom Servo, Zouave Regiment Gondor, and the Black Company), a brigade of conscripts commanded by Subedar Major Singh (1&2 Border Regiment Sieben, the Slobovian Freikorps, and 1st Franistan Sepoys), two light cavalry regiments (the Hess-Bruder Hussars and Light Cavalry Regiment von Suppé) under General Flern. General Belesarius commanded and held a reserve of the Elector's personal guard, a regular unit made up of figures I had left over from the other regiments, so their uniforms were a mish-mash of styles. The Electoral Jägers (light infantry, Class 1 irregulars) held the woods on my left.
I won the initiative and moved first, sending some light cavalry across the front of my troops to menace Kevin's left. Everybody else advanced, including the limbered artillery.
|Subedar Major Singh and his sergeant-major commanded the conscripts in his first table outing.|
The figure is a WWII Sikh, but I wanted sepoys and those are muskets,
NOT Short Magazine Lee-Enfield. I don't care what you say.
|The Frankenschweiner advance. An impressive array, to say the least.|
Kevin had me sweating putty balls for most of the game.
|The Kleinvolk militia deploy left. |
(Andy, shouldn't they be Landwehr or Landsturm or Landesmiliz or something else suitably Teutonic?)
|Freedonian artillery size up possible targets.|
Left hand figures are Frying Pan & Blanket 20mm while the right hand crew are SHQ 20mm - obviously better fed!
Next I burned my caution card again and charged with my hussars, hitting a brigade of regulars, three units deep. I was too close to gain the cavalry charge bonus, but I ended up routing all three battalions in turn!
(Those who game with me know this is NOT my usual style of play.)
|The von Suppé Light Cavalry (does anyone get the musical joke here?) hit the heavy gun and carried it!|
|Kevin prepares to swing some of his infantry around to "shut the door" on my light cavalry. I decided to ride forward rather than ride back.|
|Zouave Regiment Gondor an the Black Company advance toward the enemy.|
Zouaves are from SHQ's ACW range and are a bit larger than the FP&B figures. The flag is a "Freedonian postage stamp" I found on line.
|Rob's heavy gun. He wanted something to make his gun stand out so the fast-firing French 75 was just the thing!|
He hasn't gotten to paint his artillery crew or guns as yet so he borrowed mine.
|The Border Regiment's two battalions advance into the woods. A few moments later, the first battalion -in line- took fire on its flank from a Kleinvolk battalion and took to their heels.|
We're hoping to schedule our Dieppe game on the last Saturday of the month. Hoping.