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Saturday, 12 January 2019

New Year, New Rules!

Today, we tried a newly modified version of my Seven Years War rules, as I felt the last few games lacked a little of the 'feel' of 7YW battles.

I used the same Prussian army as the last 2 games, Lawrence deployed his Austrians.
My Prussians outscouted the Austrians (!!!) and got to deploy right across the table, Lawrence got to choose side.
 I had 2 small cavalry brigades on the right...
...2 brigades of infantry supported with 2 medium guns... 
Phil, using Frederick the Great, had a cavalry brigade on the left and 2 infantry brigades, supported with a Heavy gun and a light gun. 
Lawrence had a wing of Austrians, though his cavalry had a cautious and incompetent brigadier in charge.  
 On his left, he put a strong Reichsarmee cavalry wing and a good line of infantry, all supported with guns.
 (The view from behind the Austrian line)
Seydlitz, my rightmost cavalry commander, refused to move at all! - the other cavalry brigade managed to send my Hussars forward! 
 I advanced my guns, but kept my infantry in position, I had discussed our plan with Phil and was being held back.
 Phil advanced his infantry in echelon...
...hoping to pin the enemy infantry while his cavalry attacked the Austrian horse.
 The way seemed clear for the Prussian Kuirassiers...
 The Austrian horse was immobile, as their poor brigadier dithered.
 The Austrian commander in chief galloped over to prevent a disaster.
 He also got Regiment Bretlach to move out and face the Prussian onslaught.
On my flank, my Hussars raced to try and attack the Reichs horse deploying.
 The rest of my cavalry were now moving to support them.
 Phil also hoped to engage the Austrian infantry before they could sort themselves out. 
Phil got his first Kuirassier regiment into position to attack Bretlach as the Austrian Kuirassiers formed up after their flank march. 
The Austrian infantry screening their cavalry was moving to deploy their second line to support the front line, but in doing so they impeded their cavalry. 
On my flank, the Austrian artillery was firing at long range.
My Hussars were surprised by the reserve Reichs cavalry deploying on a hill on their flank. 
To the Austrians' surprise, the Hussars veered left to face them...
 ...before charging in!-- Naturally, the Hussars failed miserably and were soon in flight pursued by the Reichs cavalry!
My supporting Kurassiers and Dragoons moved up to try and support them. 
Phil's Kuirassiers met Bretlach while they were not yet fully formed, and amazingly the Austrians held the charge! 
 The Austrian infantry were now stopping Phil's dragoons from outflanking them.
 Phil's Grenadiers began engaging the Austrians.
...as did his musketeers. 
The Prussian and Austrian Kuirassiers were now fighting a confused melee! 
 An Austrian gun - up till now ineffective, now found the range...
 ...disordering one of my Grenadier battalions.
 The Reichs cavalry now got a reinforcement as Regiment Blau-W├╝rzburg appeared from behind a hill. 
Phil's musketeers destroyed an Austrian regiment.
His Kuirassiers were gradually reducing regiment Bretlach... 
...and pursued them off table. 
 Phil's next Kuirassier regiment met Austrian regiment Trauttmansdorff, but both units again failed to break into each other!
 Badly mauled, both sides fell back to reform.
My infantry now advanced... 
... and drove off a Reichsarmee regiment which disrupted their second line.
  Lawrence now sent another cavalry regiment to face Phil's exhausted cavalry. 
 The Austrian infantry drove off Phil's front line units. The left of the Prussian line was now looking at risk.
My Kuirassiers charged Lawrence's Reichs cavalry who had exposed their flank while chasing off my Hussars, and routed them... which disordered the cavalry behind them!
 My Kuirassiers now followed up, and the disordered Reichs Kuirassiers panicked and retreated off table.
With my infantry in better shape than the Reichs infantry facing them, and his left wing horse in disarray, albeit temporarily, Lawrence decided to give us the victory!

Another hard fought win for the King of Prussia! 

Saturday, 5 January 2019

And...we're back!

Today, we started back at the club with another 7YW game, I couldn't be bothered working out a new army so brought the victorious Prussian army from 2018!
Lawrence and Phil used the Franco-Reichsarmee.

I deployed across a stream between two low hills.
 My left consisted of a Grenadier brigade and a cavalry brigade. Some Hussars and Frei Korps were hidden behind the hill.
 My right was mostly musketeers with another cavalry brigade.
 The enemy left was very strong in cavalry.
...as was their right! 
 The Reichsarmee moved their infantry and guns forward at a spritely pace.
 Their cavalry also moved out at a canter.
 Lawrence's Austrian horse got moving...
 ...with the Cuirassiers du Bois in support, but the mass of French infantry and cavalry remained in position!
My left wing horse got moving out to Face the Austrians... 
...though a regiment of dragoons took their time starting off! 
My grenadiers took the opportunity presented by the the French inactivity to cross the stream with dry boots on the bridge! 
My centre stayed in position by the stream. 
My right wing horse had the same problem with dragoons as the left! 
 (an overview at this early stage)
My artillery began pounding the advancing Reichs infantry... 
 ...but only managed to disorder a battalion.
 Lawrence had his Austrians in line, but was still having problems bringing up his French horse in support.
 A brigade of French infantry now began a rapid advance... 
 ...trying to catch my Grenadiers crossing the bridge.
 The Reichs infantry advanced resolutely towards... 
 ...the solid Prussian line...
Their supporting cavalry wing was holding back. 
I advanced a few squadrons of Hussars to bait the Austrian Kuirassiers. 
 I had my horse deployed to support them.
 My Grenadiers were still dressing their lines, so to protect them, I advanced a brigade of Fusiliers to protect them.
 My right wing horse deployed to face the slowly advancing Reichs cavalry.
The French infantry fired on my Grenadiers, causing casualties, but my men stood resolutely. 
 My Fusiliers got a crashing volley on a Reichsarmee regiment...which routed!
My musketeers on the right had repelled Blau-Wurtzburg! 
 The entire wing began to fall back, dismayed by the routing regiment on their right.
 The panic was infectious, so even the French fell back after taking fire... 
 ...from my Grenadiers.
Despite the disaster in the centre, Austrian regiment Bretlach  charged across the stream...
...scattering my hussars!
 Left alone, the Reichs artillery continued firing bravely...
 ...A Prussian regiment was forced back in disorder.
 Phil's left wing horse, despite throwing a to countercharge, managed to beat my Kuirassier regiment 8, but was driven off by my second line. 
 Bretlach also failed to charge, and got broken by my Kuirassiers.
At this point, despite brave efforts to re-establish their line, the Franco Reichsarmee forces decided to cede the day.

The dice again! My Prussians are soooo lucky!