perjantai 25. huhtikuuta 2014

Swedes vs. Muscovy

During easter holidays I had chance to actually play the game twice.
My regular opponent had finished an excellent Muscovite skirmish force he liked to test and since I had finished those dragoons and musketeers I decided to meet him with Swedish detachment maxed out.

First game - patrol. As stronger player I was hit by panic, and two delayed units. Besides my opponent got to move terrain and his commander had a good day.

My deployment was strongly weighted in catching one of the three objectives and denying it form my opponent. Unfortunately my squadron of reiters that were supposed to challenge him on the other side started game in panic - of which it never recovered.
My opponents report here, with some pics:
My deployment meant my right was suffering from lack of command points and got struck by rapidly advancing Muscovites pants down. On my right my oppon ent refused contact and I did not catch him rapidly enough to get the center. Highlights of the day - disabling my enemies cannon from long range by first shot of regimental gun. (He did pay back though.) Tactical defeat to me.

Second game. Ambush. Same troops - this time I had panic and bad day for commander, reducing his command to three, my enemy had unexpected reinforcements. Some ambiguity about open order charges - those skirmishers and lighty cavalry can pull off some unbelievably weird maneuvers. First rounds of game took a very long time to play since mayhem on the table was excessive. Lack of matchlockweapon's fire during the first round really hurts when under attack. The reiters earned their pay in this game - repulsing enemy charge by defensive pistol fire and chasing two enemy units off the table. The veteran reiters- similarly 4 bases strong chased a dismounted dragoon unit around the table, but kept on being repulsed by enemy artillery fire when trying to close in for the kill. In the end they were hit in the back by unit of muscovite dragoons and broke.

Again tactical victory to the Muscovites. Although by looking at my tally of casualties killed I'd say Blankenhagens detachment was realyy badly battered in this one. Victory conditions would have required even more. Very exciting scenario, both of us were feeling being forced off-balance by events.

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