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Saturday, 15 December 2018

All at sea again!

Today, Lawrence was off unwell, so it was left for Phil and me to arrange a game, and Phil chose Sails of Glory, so we opted for using French frigates against the RN!


Phil took Le Succes, I the Courageuse.
Although there were islands on table, they were upwind of us so no danger. 
 Against us were HMS Orpheus and Cleopatra. They had better guns, we stronger hull burdens.
It looked like the RN were going to 'Cross our T'... 
...on my suggestion we headed behind the English line... 
...They turned upwind to slow their movement. 
 We were well out of range, and both sides moved to get advantage. 
 The English moved into line abreast.
 We headed straight past them.
One of us would have to commit to an exchange of fire! 
 Phil turned as the English broke formation to attack us.
 We were now just in range...
 Phil and I fired together, I got a bow rake on HMS Orpheus.
 My fire was most effective, causing mast damage.
 3 hull boxes down, that made Orpheus less dangerous!
 Phil got more fire on Orpheus as they passed.
 HMS Orpheus fired back ineffectually.
 Phil managed to hit HMS Orpheus again after a sharp turn. 
I was heading out of the action as I misjudged the English likely actions!  
 Le Succes lost a crew box to English musketry. to which she could not reply.
Phil engaged both  English ships, beating both of them!
HMS Cleopatra was lightly damaged, but ok. 
HMS Orpheus was badly damaged. 
Le Succes was lightly damaged... 
...and my Courageuse was virtually undamaged. 
I turned to try to rejoin the action while the rest of the ships licked their wounds and reloaded cannon!
HMS Cleopatra and Le Succes holed each other with their next exchange of shot.
HMS Orpheus's fire was very poor, as she was now close to being a wreck. 
 I finally got Courageuse heading back in the direction of the action!
 I was still far away from helping Phil, who was still running rings round the English. 
 Le Success fired on HMS Orpheus as I closed on her stern. 
Orpheus lost some crew, but was not damaged otherwise. 
My fire made up for lost time, setting HMS Orpheus on fire! 
Pretty period - isn't it!
 We all manoeuvered reloading!
HMS Orpheus turned ahead of me and fired...
 ... causing light damage on Courageuse. 
As I closed, my musketry killed several of her crew. 
Cleopatra was moving to engage Le Succes. 
 I turned to fire into the crippled HMS Orpheus...
I got a devastating volley in. 
Goodnight sweetheart! 
 Her crew struck the colours, but the ship probably burnt to the keel!
 Meanwhile, Le Succes got a stern rake on HMS Cleopatra.
I managed to damage her too. 
HMS Cleopatra was too heavily engaged to escape... 
 I lost a musketry duel with the Cleopatra.
I then turned sharply onto HMS Cleopatra... 
 ...and forced her to strike too!
All in all, a good day for Les Francaises!

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Frederick on a roll...

Today, we had a Seven Years War game, Phil being involved in a Bolt Action game, left Lawrence and myself to play.

I used my Prussians, and Lawrence his French and Reichsarmee force.
For once, I diced to be the attacker, and was allowed to deploy in the flank sectors of the table.

I placed a flank guard of a Kuirassier regiment and 2 Dragoon regiments on my left, supported by a brigade of 3 Grenadier battalions and a battery of guns...
...In the centre, I had 3 brigades of musketeers... 
...and my right consisted with 2 Kuirassier regiments supported by a light gun and 5 squadrons of Hussars. 
The French right had 4 regiments of horse behind an infantry line. 
 Their left looked weak..but looks can be deceptive!
 I decided to push the French left and leave my left to contain the French.
The French drew a fair mix of brigadiers but not bad overall...
My right had a brave competent leader...Von Seydlitz! 
 My centre brigadiers were a cautious lot!
The Grenadiers were led by a buffoon - so I placed Frederick behind him to...encourage and guide him!..my left cavalry had an average brigadier, who could look after himself!
 I began by sending Von Seydlitz and Kuirassier regiment 7 (Driesen) forward, letting the supporting regiments fall behind.
 My infantry began a slow advance, though one of incompetent brigadiers forgot to tell a regiment in the second line to move!
 My fusiliers halted to let the line sort itself out! 
 With Frederick's help my Grenadiers advanced with their guns.
 My left wing regiments were patiently waiting.
 The French right wing horse began filtering through the woods to form up. 
Their left advanced to counter Seyditz. 
 KR7 charged, but the Reichs Kuirassiers balked and fell back, being caught just in front of their second line! Dreadful dice rolls!
With space to move, my Hussars and second Kuirassier regiments began to outflank the disrupted Reichs cavalry.
 In the centre, I finally got my line sorted!
In the battle with KR7 the Prussians cut the retreating Reichs Kuirassiers to pieces - again the dice favoured me!
The first Reich cavalry regiment routed through the woods, letting KR7 drive the second regiment back in disorder, again Lawrence's dice let him down!
2 of my squadrons engaged a Reichs gun battery... 
...the brave gunners stood to be cut down. 
KR7 was still chasing fleeing enemies, and ran into more Reichs regiments in the wood... 
Lawrence, probably in desperation, advanced his infantry. 
The wood in the centre of the battlefield hampered his Elite Swiss. 
KR7 now completed its rout of the French left...I kept throwing well, and poor Lawrence badly! That '1' on the red die is one of his! 
At this point, Lawrence decided to call it a day! When the dice are against you, there is nothing you can do! (I have had days like this too!!!)

We will have another game of this next week, and we all hope it will be more...satisfying!!!!