I decided to start the New Year off on a solid footing with pie for breakfast and then a game to get a bunch of my new stuff on the table.
I opted for Sharp Practice with the Bavarians escorting their new supply wagons and being intercepted by the Prussians.
Both forces came to 90 points.
|Spot the Bad Squiddo bunny|
|The new cottages fit in with my old mill pretty well|
|Another bunny raids a garden|
|The Hausfrau asks the Tinker how much to get a pot fixed|
|A gentleman rides up to the inn asking for a room|
|Probably far too complex a table for big battle games unless you ignore most of the terrain as just being there for pretty|
|Bavarian convoy enters at bottom, must exit over the bridge|
|Peddler worries about wolves and bandits|
|Bavarian column enters the table, getting three moves before the game starts.|
|Initial Force Morale. Bavarian 11 (blue), Prussian 9 (red)|
|Prussian force. 4x groups of musketeers, 4x groups of Landwehr 1x group of dragoons, 7x Big Men and 5 Command Cards|
|Bavarian force. 1x group of Chevauxleger, 2x groups of schutzen, 2x groups of grenadiers, 2x groups of fusiliers, 7x Big Men|
Franz trudged along, he smiled at a bird singing in the branches of a fir tree. "Hey Hans, how much longer you think? I'm hungry."
|End of Turn 1|
|End of Turn 1|
|Prussians explode onto the table in Turn 1|
|End of Turn 2|
|End of Turn 3|
The Prussian line halts and levels their muskets to give a ragged volley. Two schutzen drop clutching wounds.
And that was that. All very dramatic and demonstrating the importance of speed and concentration of effort. The few Random Events that occurred, were actually beneficial. The Landwehr got an extra move, helping them to get into position and the Schutzen got an extra firing activation and the grenadiers got an extra move too, which helped seal the Prussian's fate. The musketeers trying to advance into that maelstrom of musketry was just brutal. But I was trying to get them into a solid four group line to deliver a well ordered volley. But the Bavarian rifles just put too much shock onto them too quickly. In hindsight I should have backed off and put the musketeers into the inn, which would have effectively blocked the road.
Lt. Vogel was sitting on a barrel in the courtyard of the inn, his orderly bandaging both his and his prisoner's wounds. He poured the Prussian a glass of brandy and saluted him. "You fought well today."
"You bested us today, but your Emperor is kaput!"
Vogel smiled sadly. "Not my Emperor. Your health, mein herr."
A pair of green coated schutzen ambled into the courtyard, obviously sent to fill their comrades canteens at the water trough where Vogel's grey was busy drinking loudly. "Hey! Hans! Sausages!" One of them shouted excitedly. "Fraulein! How much for sausages? And cheese! Hans, have you got a spare pfenning?"