This game was a chance to try out a birthday present - a new folding card table that is 86 x 86cm - an inch short on each side of a 3' x 3' table. I went down to the shops today and bought a green polar fleece which I then spray painted and voila, I can play games in the house without having to sit on the floor!
I rolled up scenario 15 from the book, which was just perfect for the campaign scenario I had in mind. Based on Fontenoy it features an army in two defensive strongpoints holding out against an attack. Neil Thomas makes the strongpoints towns, but I substituted these for redoubts, because I'd already specifically made the terrain for them. I ignored the two special rules, the first that the redoubts had additional firepower, the second that the attacking army could replenish itself and bring on a whole new army. This didn't fit within the limited scheme of the campaign.
So the Swedes had 15 turns to occupy both redoubts and this would relieve Marienberg. If they failed they would retire to Valk and await reinforcement.
|Turn One. The Swedes advance onto the table|
|First firefight between the Dragoons|
|The initial assault against the first redoubt manned by the Rostovski regiment.|
|A wider view of the Swedish advance|
|The Tverski Dragoons decide to hold up the Uppland regiment.|
|The Vasterbotten regiment decides it will deal with the Moscowski Dragoons directly|
|The Uppland regiment continue their stand-off with the Tverski Dragoons.|
|The assault on the redoubt falls to the Jonskoping regiment.|
|Slowly the Tverski Dragoons begin to gain the upper hand.|
|The Rostovski regiment is on its last legs.|
|The Vasterbotten regiment assault the Moscowski Dragoons, inflict some damage and then recoil. This incident has led me to make some amendments to the hand to hand combat rules in my Great Northern War variant.|
|Uppland take revenge on the Tverski Dragoons.|
|In a last desperate act of defiance the Rostovski regiment just about destroys the Ostgota regiment.|
|In the upper left corner you can see that the Semenovski regiment has been called out of reserve to support the redoubt.|
|Too late - Jonskoping capture the first redoubt!|
|The Vladimirski Dragoons are brought out of reserve to aid the failing Moscowski dragoons.|
|Jonskoping leave the redoubt to advance on the Semenovski Guards.|
|Vasterbotten turns and gives a solid volley to the Vladimirski Dragoons.|
|Semenovski unleash an unsteady salvo against the Jonskoping regiment.|
|The conflict in the centre is about to end in defeat for the Uppland regiment.|
|The battle of the minnows continues on the right flank.|
|The Vasterbotten begins to advance in the face of the Vladimirski charges.|
|Jonskoping go through the Semenovski guards like a hot knife through butter.|
|The Smaland cavalry comes forward to finish off the Vladimirski regiment.|
|The Swedes begin to close in o the final redoubt.|
|General Kantstanski is knocked out in the fighting trying to rally the Vladimirski regiment.|
|It is turn 15 and a furious Swedish assault is launched..|
|A view through the woods of the final moments of the battle|
|Bird's eye view of the end of the battle.|
The game did throw up a few interesting moments, and I have amended the rules again for the next play through.