Chris had kindly printed off the quick reference sheets and a stack of order markers, cheers Chris.
As it turns out this all may have been a bit too ambitious, none of us are familiar with the rules, last week with two players it was easy enough for me to check things in the rules whilst Chris and Steve played, with 4 players I simply couldnt keep up with the list of questions and queries.
In hind sight it was also probably too soon for us to decide to double all the movement rates and ranges. The movement rates in the rules probably suit a 4 feet deep table, doubling them for a 6 feet deep was probably too much.
Ah well you live and learn.
Swedes, Mark and Chris, Skilled Commander
1 x Brigade of Swedish Horse 4 x Veteren Bullet, 2 added Elite
1 x Brigade of Swedish Foot 1 x Veteran 2 x Drilled Elite
1 x Brigade of Swedish Guard 3 x Veteran Elite
1 x Brigade of Polish Light Horse 3 x Raw Blade
1 x Brigade Polish Horse 2 x Drilled and 2 x Raw Blade
1 x Saxon Foot Brigade 3 x Drilled all shot
1 x Cossack Foot brigade 2 x Raw all shot in earthworks
1 x Feild Gun Drilled
1 x Saxon Foot Brigade 3 x Drilled Elite all Shot
1 x Saxo-Russian Horse Brigade 4 x Drilled Bullet
The Swedes had one extra unit of Horse, the Guards Brigade were given the bonus of Elite to also make them more robust.
So with a little more Parity between armies we were ready to begin.
The Swedes advanced steadily although the Poles on both sides held back hoping to avoid a drubbing from the opposing regular cavalry. Andys Saxo-Russian Horse moved briskly forward to try and engage the Swedish Poles. A shot from the Cannon missed and we were onto move 2.
Being obvious that the Saxons would charge his Poles Chris gave his orders to charge at the same time as Andy so our first clash was on. Although Andys Drilled troops had a higher dice type, as Bullet they only hit with a 6 where Chris's raw blade hit with a 5. One Melee was won by the Poles who broke the Saxons opposite and then followed through onot te stationary Russians behind, on the other side the Saxons drew with the Poles and were reinforced upon which the Poles were routed. One all!
The reserve Polish cavalry now charged what remained of Saxon Cavalry with unsurprisng results before bouncing onto the Russians in support.
On the opposite flank both sides reinforced the melees and the Polish casualty figures int he back ground perhaps tell their own story.
So thoughts from tonights game:
1. I still like the rules and want to introduce more Great Northern War specific stuff which I am talking to Barry Hilton about. sorry no spoilers though.
2. Doubling movement before we had throughly play tested was a really bad idea. I think we will need to increase movement eventually but not by double.
3. I need to digest more of the rules and have a couple of the other guys read and play them before tackling multi player games.
4, The morale seemed a little too robust but I have learned my lesson about snap decisions and will stick with them for a few more games.
5, Most players remain convinced that we can use these rules for the period and enjoy them.
6. I need to play the game not just umpire or I wont learn the rules, I learn by doing not reading.
7. We need to stick to smaller games until the rules are second nature.
8. The more I play this period the more I love it.
Next week might be a week off Great Northern War as a bolt action game is planned at the local East Leeds club. I do intend more games and will keep you posted on how these develop.
Thanks for bearing with my ramblings. More to follow.