We would use the heavily amended Black Powder that Steve has worked on and Chris Charlton would be playing the rules for the first time and we would be utilising some of Steve's fantastic new terrain boards.
The Saxo-Poles had 3 Brigades of 3 foot and 3 guns, 8 average and one superior foot. Supporting these would be 8 units of horse in 3 brigades. The Allies had the first two brigades holding earthworks in front of a village and a further Brigade in reserve behind the village. Bizarrely my only Russian foot unit would play the "good" unit as it stood out from the rest (historically the Saxons thought the Russians so poor they insisted that a brigade at Fraustadt revers its coats so they looked like they were Saxons and the Swedes wouldn't target the "weak point" in their line). Right of the village were two units of poor Polish horse, Left of the village 3 units of average Saxon horse then 4 units of Russian/Cossack horse. One of the Saxon horse units would be dragoons with the option to dismount.
The foot on the right only manage one move and the cavalry conformed to cover their flank.
In response Chris charged his poor Poles at my left unit which counter charged. With ferocious charge the outcome was predictable with both Polish units failing their morales after losing significant casualties. However they left the first cavalry unit with three casualties and therefore shaken and unable to charge anything. They withdraw but take a traversing shot from the Gun on the way, thanks Chris!
Chris has moved his reserve foot brigade to cover the flank of the village and moved one of his battalions into the village to refuse the flank. As we move into range I am peppered by the musketry and artillery and only the improved saving throws on a 3 or more keep the Swedes in the game and moving.
To my right the first block of Swedes are in but again are held for the first round by the Cossack foot (rates as average for this game)
My cavalry charge the exposed Russian Horse Grenadiers forcing a break test which they pass, Unfortunately my own horse also need a break test and pull back from the engagement.
Hope you enjoyed our little game, see you all very soon.