I think it safe to say after the last outing we had a lot of questions about how suitable the rules might be but felt they were interesting enough that we should play some more games before sitting back to see if they give us what we want.
As there were four of us we has slightly increased forces.
For the Swedes this was
10 battalion of foot. 2 Guards at Veteran, 7 line as trained and one tremanning as green.
4 regiments of horse all veteran but 2 dragoons and 2 horse
4 regiments of Poles all green
Battery of 2 field guns
As we were multi player we tweaked the orders rules. If your side had 1 or 2 orders then this would mean each player had 1 or 2 to keep everyone busy, this was to ensure you were not having to argue over the one order across three commands. It worked well enough.
The Swedish right wing cavalry got into action quite quickly under Steve. Causing one unit of Dragoons to flee and one unit of heavy cavalry to a step loss and disorder. The Swedes however bounced and picked up there own dis-orders.
Meanwhile the Swedish foot were attempting to wheel as there is no ability to oblique march. A quirk of the rules here then means that the second line needs a separate order to do the same it cannot conform. The general was out of visibility and the second line failed to move.
The Poles advanced on the wing but artillery damage forced one unit back.
On the left the horse from both sides are doing OK but the Danish battery is looking very dangerous. In the centre the foot are still nowhere near each other and on the right the Swedes definitely have the upper hand but the horse has not driven off the Danes and unable to effect the wider game.
Our thoughts are that at least another 2 hours would be needed to complete the game.
So observations. Chris Charlton, Mark and I still quite enjoyed them and so did Steve, Chris Flowers was less sure but happy to try them again.
We started too far away but that allowed us a good idea of how the movement and orders really work so no big problem from a play test point of view.
Potentially we need to look at distances. Foot moving at 6" and firing at 4" doesn't lend itself to big tables and multiple players. However before moving to 9" and 6" to see if it helps I think we need at least one more game with the raw rules.
Good time had by all, Thank you Steve Shann for the hospitality, Chris Charlton for running the game (and reading the rules) Mark fro providing the Danes and Chris for providing an open mind.
So watch this space. Thanks for reading.