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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Back on the Prussian front!

Today, we did a final 7-years war battle, hoping David would be able to make it, (his wife is ill, sadly.) As it turns out, it was just Phil, Lawrence and I today again. I had brought my Prussians again to try and improve on their last performance!, where my horse were scattered by Austrian Kuirassiers!

Phil had a brigade of Musketeers, and one of Grenadiers, supported by 2 guns. His horse was 2 half squadrons of Hussars backed by a regiment of Dragoons.
 I had Frederick (!) and 2 brigades of musketeers supported by a gun, and a cavalry brigade of 2 Kuirassier and a Dragoon regiment.
Lawrence had a long but weak line of infantry, well supported by guns, and a 'cavalry' brigade of 3 regiments a battalion of light infantry and a regiment of light cavalry on either wing.
 Their brigadiers would have a job trying to command such mixed and large brigades!
The French had command of a low hill. 
 An overview at the start.
I was able to get all my horse on the Prussian left moving, supported by a medium gun from the infantry centre. I thought I might be able to defeat the French horse before they could properly deploy? 
 Phil had a steep hill on his right, but his Hussars traversed it quickly and easily, their supporting Dragoons trailed a bit though!
The French stood awaiting our attack, using their guns to pound us. 
The French left got a pair of '1's for command, and failed to activate!
 My horse were not troubled by the long range artillery.
 Phil, also, was untroubled, and managed to traverse the steep hill untroubled.
Phil advanced his infantry too, I moved more slowly, in echelon, to dissuade the French from using their longer line to outflank me. 
Another bad roll for the Austro-French left command! 
Facing my horse, the French managed to get their light troops deployed to face me... 
... their Cuirassiers, Dragoons  and Cheveaux-Legeres were still trying to get their orders to move!
Lawrence managed to get a gun forward to face mine... 
...but suffered an unfortunate hit on the ammunition store! 
On Phil's wing, the Austrian Széchényi Hussars and a battalion of French light infantry got deployed opposite the Prussian hussars.
Having disposed of the French gun, my gun found a good target... 
 ...the massed French horse! The dragoons were worst hit as the ball bounced through them!
 The French left was still throwing '1's, and was inactive!
The French guns supporting their centre now began to play... 
My dragoons were disordered and fell back!, fortunately, Seydlitz, their brigadier, was soon able to steady them and bring them back.
 Phil's infantry now engaged the French infantry on the hill, a crashing volley broke a battalion and drove back another, though the Prussians took casualties, they pushed on into the French. 
My Kuirassiers, now with the dragoons back in support, first drove off the French light troops... 
...and KR8 smashed into the French heavy cavalry. 
Amazingly, the Prussian hussars beat the Austrian Széchényi Hussars... 
...but now faced the Austrian Kuirassiers 
However, with a hole in his front line, and his right wing destroyed, the unlucky French decided to retreat from the field, covered by their remaining cavalry.

It was an interesting game, though it would have been better had Lawrence's die rolling had been better!, the French cavalry was immobilised for much of the game!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Getting my Russians out for an airing!

As we continue play testing the new version of my 7 year war rules -Lawrence and I had a game by ourselves, our other players (rightly) being absent doing important life things!

We diced for initiative, and once again Lawrence's Franco-Reichs army had to deploy first.
To my surprise, he chose the side with a steep hill on the flank, which would disrupt his troops, but allow my light cavalry to move about on?!


My Russian Heavy cavalry and the Serbsky hussars, supported by 2 guns and a dismounted dragoon regiment and some converged grenadiers.
My strong infantry centre, and right wing, consisting of a unit of Kalmuks, and 2 of Don Cossacks. 
Opposite my heavy cavalry, Lawrence had 2 regiments of Austrian Kuirassiers and 2 of dragoons, behind a grenadier brigade. 
To the left of these, he had a wavy line of Battalions supported by artillery. 
 My initial command roll was...bad! - I only managed to get my Hussars moving.
My Infantry centre with its 2 heavy guns managed to get moving without problems. 
 On the right, a dilatory unit of Cossacks blocked the advance of my grenadiers.
The French guns responded! 
...and managed... 
...to hit nothing! 
 Lawrence had command problems bigger than mine! He did, however, manage to get his Austrian Kuirassiers shaken out into line to face my Serbs!
My left wing general managed to get his horse moving at last! 
In the centre, the heavy guns, which would outrange their opposite numbers, deployed under fire. 
 My right wing light horse, led by the Kalmuk horse archers, probed Lawrence's left.
Back on the other wing, the French artillery was getting the range... 
 ...disorganising my single regiment of Kuirassiers.
 In the centre, my heavy guns deployed in a leisurely manner!...
 ...then opened fire!
Whoa! That surprised the French!--I was already in accurate range! 
 My howitzer, supporting the light horse, also got into range and began bombarding Lawrence's men on the hill.
The French began to fire back. 
On our heavy cavalry wing, a failure in command left Austrian regiment Bretlach advancing alone in pursuit of my retreating Serbs, My Kuirassiers managed to charge their flank, but the Austrians fought well, and they only retreated in fair order from the combat. 
My Kuirassiers were halted, reorganising, when Lawrence finally got Austrian Kuirassier regiment Trauttmansdorff  moving in support! I surprised them by sending my dismounted dragoons to shoot them!
The Kuirassiers retreated, but Lawrence's infantry was advancing, catching my dragoons in flank! 
 My dragoons tried to engage...
 ...but broke under the fire of the French grenadiers!
 On the other flank, my Howitzer was still bombarding the ridge...
...the French gun disappeared as a shell hit their ammunition! I was free to pound the French line unopposed!
I had managed to get my Kuirassiers rallied by my horse-grenadiers, supported by artillery and the Serb hussars, I was feeling...confident! 
The Austrian Kuirassiers, still under fire from my guns on the hill, refused to attack again, both being at reduced strength after their previous actions. 
Lawrence decided the French would leave the field rather than risk losing on this wing. 
They had been cursed by a combination of poor generals, and bad command die rolls. My rolling had been at times...spectacular!
After last week's game, it was nice to see the Austrian Kuirassiers come a cropper, though! - and my light cavalry had pinned down the French. I tried to get the Kalmuks to charge the disorganised French on the hill, but they smartly refused every time ('We are horse archers, not Kuirassiers!')

Next week, I will return to use my Prussians again!

Fun!