I read lately some Landsknechts stories and ALL they were thinking and breathing was money! I wanted to include this onto the table top somehow. Paymaster gives every army/unit some cash relating to their unit points (latent, just on the lists). On top of that the Chiefs have some additional cash they can "bribe" any unit that is near enough, AND has to test morale (and of course a "line of units" to the main camp/where the cash is, needs to be established). But if you bribe too high, the beaten mercenaries just simply go home with their cash – long live the plunder). Its as simple as that, its puts the money onto the table and makes it a strategic issue.
Donald started the war, with a stout cavalry attack, all out, onto the feared French gendarmes. Tim had orders simply not to move, hrm-hrm. After some clashes and counter charges, the french gendarmes and their allies were finally beaten. The Swiss pike were the only one who were able to halt the Imperial storm. Bart consolidated with some men-at-arms to help Tims flank.
Then Campbell closed in on the other flank ready for the kill. Again after some horse and counter tactics – the inevitable happened, the Swiss got charged by the Landsknechts, and the oh-so bad war! (useful rule P&S), made sure that it was a massacre. After that the French grabbed what they could get and fled, leaving about 160 crowns to the victorious Landsknechte.
(3 possibilities were there to actually "bribe" some beaten units, but the other factors weren‘t met – so more testing to follow, watch this space).
I have to thank all involved, and we surely get in for the cash and the clash again soon!
More images and a precise battle rap also on Barts blog:
|the Imperial army list|
|The French army list|
|The Imperial Knights|
|The Cavalry wings are clashing into each other|
|The French Gendarmes d‘Ordonnance getting surrounded|
|the Swiss block saves the failing flank|
|The German Landsknechte advancing|
|The French General issues orders hectically|
|but Campbell is aiming for the other Swiss block|
|The French still waiting|
|reshuffle and reorganisation in the French camp|
|but then the Landsknechts charge into the Swiss – Bad War!|
|The Swiss disintegrate and the battle is over|