I was the American and Paul was playing the Brits this time. While I had about 12 regiments/units on the table he only had 8. We used 'Eve of Battle' again to produce a very different Battle set up.
It was winter, heavy snowfall prevented the first three turns all shooting and the movement would be halved throughout the entire battle. But there was a catch: while I used my card to gain numerical superiority, Paul played a 'Strategic Objective', i.e. he 'bought' with his cards that one single terrain item would be my objective for victory. Also he drawn 'barricades' and 'scouts' and delayed one of my units.
I only had a swamp a river (uncrossable) but luckily an 'enfilade' which allowed 25% of my units to deploy at either side. But then Paul contered with 'Lost Depeche' which allowed him to re-deploy all of his troops at the end of my deployment. A very powerful card which topples even the 'Enfilade'.
Therefore he deployed the Grenadiers as scouts behind barricades on the hill, which was also a strategic hill, i.e. had a combat bonus for the defenders. His Light Infantry and the Hessians backed up his right flank behind the hill.
What shall I say, as predicted the first battle movements were a slow, and thanks to some blunders, a very shaky matter. Paul managed to get all his troops into perfect positions, failed at a flank attempt from his Dragoon regiment. Some shots were exchanged, but not real harm was done. Some club friends came along and commented very precisely on my (The American) chances, which were minimal. Nevertheless we like to continue this maybe next time ...
|At the end of deployment|
|The Hill far far away ...|
|The Americans attempt to soften up the British flank|
|More Brits hiding in the woods|
|The American approaching ...|
|the American centre|
|When we stopped the battle|