The scenario was from the late but great Captn Archibald Haddock, two similar sized armies meet at a road and try to kill each other. I explained the rules to the two guinea pigs and off we went into the century old Scharmützel. I introduced gun rounds (black dice) not to make the Prussian too powerful. Gave the French lesser Attrition points (AP) and commander AP‘s, and also the transfer of said points was more difficult for the French than the Boches.
Surprisingly the Frenchies (Jim actually) came up with a cunning plan: a flank attack and the old oblique order, while the Prussians were to lazy and just reacted. The Initiative were mainly with the French all through the game and they made good progress as well as bombarding my poor Prussian lines until they were finally hiding behind "the Hill". The Prussians gave the French artillery a good lick and Sandy and Jim couldn't laugh that I annihilated the complete artillery of the French right flank!
But then as Jim launched his final attack, my brave Prussians brushed the black powder off their Pickelhauben and faced the music. Just three units went down in the whole battle. Then came my counter attack with my Krupp guns and I blasted Jim‘s Dragoons back to Reims. ...
We stopped then there, as time was running out, Sandy and Jim felt victorious, but to be honest I didn‘t felt quite defeated at all, I would have gave them some more Krupp metal, given more time, but regardless it was such a good fight, that I even forgot to take more pictures in the end.
The Rules need some more adjusting as the firing is more than brutal even in the long distances, Maybe tweak in the ranges and the fire boni or in the Fire and melee a I go U go in each phase ...
we will see ...
as per special request I shall mention the casualties:
Prussians: 2 Line Regiments and a Guard Regiment
French: 2 Mitrailleuse batteries and 3 Artillery Batteries and a Dragoon Regiment
|The French left flank|
|The Prussian right flank on "the Hill"|
|The Prussian left on "the other Hill"|
|The French defensive line|
|The Prussian centre on "the road"|
|After the first French move/turn|
|Jim‘s attack on "the Hill"|
|My Prussian shambles behind the hill, more like Colognian Carnival|
|My gun battery "skirmishers" to the front!!|
|My go at the ACW Kevin Kalders Bonnie Blue Flag ...|