We wanted to try some of the rulebook scenarios this time, so we rolled for random forces, and then picked a suitable scenario (based on the armies we generated) for the first action. Rob's force seemed to be of a "Flying Column" nature, and mine was a more balanced Infantry/Cavalry force (though lacked artillery), so we settled upon the Isolated Detachment scenario.
Rob had set up the terrain beforehand, in a pleasant countryside layout. Now with a scenario in hand we did a quick arrangement of some of the terrain to create an enclosure for the Isolated Detachment to defend, and we were ready to go. We made the mistake, as will be seen, of rating the walls of the enclosure as high walls and heavy cover
On to the action:
|Bravely the first squadron of Dragoons charges the S-B gun. They take half casualties from the canister fire, but continue on. A swirling melee develops around the guns, and two more of the horsemen fall, but the gunners take casualties too and the survivor abandons the gun. With one remaining figure, the Dragoons claim their hard-won prize.|
After our lunch break, we came back for our second engagement. This time, we picked a scenario first and chose forces based on the scenario. We chose the Capture the Bridge scenario, and decide, from a narrative perspective, that it is the start of the campaign season and my North Polenburg forces are trying to seize important maneuver locations in preparation for a general attack. I failed at clearing the important road juncture in the first game, so now it becomes vitally important that I secure the bridge crossing if I hope to have any chance at moving my armies quickly into enemy territory for my main attack.
With a scenario in place, Rob opted to roll for a "Garrison" army, and I did a "Main Body". We weighted my army, as attacker, with 9 units, against Rob's 6 units. Then, after we had deployed, we decided Rob's troops looked exceedingly vulnerable sitting out in front of the bridge without any cover, so we agreed to let him place some defenses. Here again, in retrospect, this was a slight mistake, as we once again rated them as +2 Heavy Cover.
|Foolishly, I try to break the stalemate, and send in my Hussars. The Light Infantry form square, and the result is devastating on my horsemen.|
|Things go poorly on my right as well, as the enemy Light infantry that fell back before my charge, now form skirmish and reenter the woods, a volley sends my disorganized troops fleeing out from the trees.|
|I manage to get my gun all the way up to their works, and a final point blank volley sends the defenders running away. But it's too little too late.|
We now figure my North Polenburg forces are falling back to lick their wounds, and that since my initial attacks have been beaten back, it is Schoeffen-Buschhagen's turn to seize the initiative. I must strengthen my frontier as I expect their reprisal any day now.