I forgot my tablet so took pictures on my phone, they are not the best quality and I should apologise as I also managed to get the order mixed up so they wont always actually follow the narrative.
Sorry my bad!
Our game would pit a strong French army against a slightly weaker Savoyard - Piedmontese force defending a walled city and Spanish support turning up randomly at some point during the game.
Paul R and Conrad would be the Savoyards and Piedmontese advancing onto table with a walled city on their right flank and heavy guns mounted on the walls and a redoubt on the opposite side of a river. Paul took the infantry in the centre and right and Conrad took both Cavalry brigades in the open ground on the left flank.
My brigade advanced towards a hill about 18 inches in with my heavy guns to the right of it protected from counter battery and the light gunsto be stationed on the top.
My initial plan was fairly simple, keep my foot out of harms way for a few moves and use the artillery to punch holes in Pauls foot, my foot wasnt very good so I would need any advantage I could get, ideally this forced Paul to advance on me. I would push my dragoons across the river, capture the reoubt and bridge and then be able to fire into the flank of Pauls force as they advanced. All very good but it came a cropper almost straight away.
They reached the bridge and dismounted but couldnt cross it before Pauls troops marched up and fired a point blank volley, two casualties I was still in the game and next move I fired back and then legged it over the bridge.
My other dargoons dismounted to support their brave (lunatic?) comrades. Fortunately for me we were 15 inches away from Pauls foot and light gun. The dragoons had firelocks with a range of 18 inches but the Savoyard foot like most of the foot had matchlocks with a range of 12 inches. Hurrah I could fire without taking return fire myself. Almost like I planned it.
In the centre Paul S was pushing forward and I had finally got my guns unlimbered and into action, with one of the Savoyard units taking a fair bit of punishment as the big guns concentrated their fire. Paul was only able to fire one of his big guns at one of my units and so far he had been unlucky with his hits and I had been lucky with my saves.
More out of sequence Spanish below!
At this point one of the Savoy units moving to support the centre crossed my guns, I got three hits on an already damaged unit and it broke. On the right John had broken two of Conrads cavalry units and things were going according to plan.
My Dragoons and guns continued to pick at the Savoyards who couldnt do much about it, whilst Paul S with the main French foot was now coming to close quarters with the enemy on the far side of the village and the lead units of both sides began to trade volleys.
After a lovely lunch provided by Colin the Spanish finally turned up right on the right flank of our cavalry. Just in time as John had finally broken the last of Conrads cavalry but was too badly damaged himself to have any troops ready to take advantage of his success. Fortunately the Spanish commanded by Colin failed their first two movement orders after arriving and bought John some valuable time to get organised.
John just managed to get one intact unit of horse in front of the Spaniards before they charged and beat the French unit convincingly.
A colourful period with a beautiful collection of figures I had not played before, the rules worked well and I might consider them for my Boyne project when it eventually reaches the front of the que.
Great company and an interesting game, whats not to like, thank youvery much gentlemen for a great day out.