I have also chopped up a cornflakes box for some order cards and set things up a bit closer together. The last game we really struggled with the game and didn't enjoy it, although found some mechanisms really good, in particular the idea that better quality troops enjoy the use of bigger dice to achieve the same results. But because none of us had really digested the rules there were so many unexpected shifts that it was bewildering. Should I be surrised that we struggled after not bothering to read the rules fully?
Hoping for better results this time!
2 Brigades each of 3 battalions of foot Veterans
1 Brigade of 3 regiments of horse Veteran, blade and Elite
1 Brigade of 3 regiments of Poles Raw blade
1 Brigade of 4 battalions of foot Drilled
1 Brigade of 2 battalions of foot Raw
I light gun Drilled
1 Brigade of 3 regiments of horse Drilled, ball
1 Brigade of 3 regiments of Polish horse 1 Drilled, 2 raw both blade
So fairly equal numbers but significantly in Swedish favour in terms of quality. I gave the raw Saxons a redoubt to hide in. Usually I would also give the Swedish foot elite and often some units of guard but I think the disparity was enough to reflect the superior Swedes.
The Swedish and Saxon cavalry fought one round of Melee and the Saxons broke almost immediately, the Swedes rallying on the spot. In broad terms the outcome felt historical and giving us what we wanted from the game.
The Swedish foot storming the redoubt had mixed results, one unit halted by fire the other closed to bayonets and after winning a round of melee the Raw Saxons facing them automatically routed.
I will of course keep you all updated on how that goes.