The first thing I did was print off the map and colour it in - I am a Social Studies teacher after all! Then I wrote out the key rules and a calendar tracker. First turn - August 1701. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the Russians are marching!
|The Campaign map and crib sheet|
|Starting positions everyone.|
It turns out that the Russian commander, General Shumasshedshiy, is quite an aggressive type. He rolled a 5 and Valk was the destination.
|Shumasshedshiy advances aggressively|
The Swedes, based in Riga had an equally aggressive response. General Vakt immediately advanced to drive out the Russian invader (on a roll of 1 they would have taken the road north based on false information). The combat would occur on hex J17.
|A meeting of minds.|
Rolling on the Great Northern War army generation table the Swedes rolled 3 infantry, 1 dismounted dragoons and 2 cavalry. The Russians rolled 3 infantry and 1 artillery. However the scenario specifies that red force must field one unit of skirmishers if possible - in this version that is dismounted dragoons, so the army was changed to 2 infantry, 1 dragoons and 1 artillery.
And so we are ready to fight the Battle of Valk in August of 1701. Report coming soon.