|Adjudication Team meeting before the maneuvers|
|The field of action, with Monk's Hill on the left, the orchard in the left center, and the Weishaus tavern in the right center|
The Wachovians deployed with their gun on the far right of their line, intending to emplace it on a small hill, and both of their cavalry regiments in the relatively open ground between the Weishaus and the hill. Three infantry battalions were tasked with seizing the Weishaus, control of which was considered to be the condition of victory. The light infantry were poised to advance into the orchard, and a forth infantry battalion anchored the line to the left.
The Schoeffen-Bushhagen troops, approaching the field from the north, deployed with their light infantry at the edge of the wood on their left, dragoons at the road to the tavern, three infantry battalions poised to attack the orchard and angle, and a right flank guard consisting of the artillery, which intended to deploy on Monk's Hill, an infantry battalion for security, and the hussars as a flank guard.
|S-B infantry advances on the angle by the orchard|
The Chief Adjudicator ordered the bugles sounded to commence the action. Eager to demonstrate their elan, the Wachovian hussars dashed across the field and attacked the King Rupert Jaegers, still drawn up by the woods in a line formation. Despite the protests of the hussar commander, the Adjudicators ruled that the charge had failed, and that the hussars were destroyed. The hussars cheerfully headed off to the tavern to await the end of the maneuvers, and it was later suggested that this might have been a deliberate ruse on their part to get out of the action early to begin the drinking. The Adjudicators may have to consider this point in future maneuvers.
|Wachovian hussars realizing that the drinking can begin once they have been adjudicated as casualties|
With the Wachovian hussars cleared from the field, the S-B dragoons (elements of the Prince's Dragoon Guards not involved in the recent surrender at Sittangbad) spurred across the field to be met by a countercharge by the Wachovian cuirassiers. Since it was just an exercise, both sides slowed before contact and engaged in a display of horseback fencing. The Adjudicators ruled that the S-Bs had the better of the contest, and the cuirassiers trotted off to await the end of the day, along with a few dragoons.
|The attack on the Angle|
|Knowing it's only an exercise, S-B Jaegers fail to retire quickly enough|
|Wachovians seize the Weishaus|
|Situation about mid-action|
|Remaining S-B dragoons attempt to break a small troop of Wachovian foot|
|S-B infantry retires from the Angle|
|The situation at the end; Wachovians hold the Weishaus as the clock runs out|
|The Players' view|
While I didn't keep good notes, timestamps on the photos suggest that we started playing around 8:30 AM and finished up around 11:00, having cycled through three decks of cards. We had agreed that breaking five units would constitute victory, or possession of the Weishaus at the end of the third deck (since Norman was up against a real world time limit and needed to get home). As it was, we ran out the clock, although he was close to breaking a couple of my units. We had eight units per side, and the available space in the well of the game table is 3 feet by 5 feet. Six units and perhaps one fewer terrain piece might have made for a more mobile game, but I am still getting a feel for the rules. Nevertheless, I was generally very pleased with how much it felt like a larger battle. Norman noted that he wouldn't want to give up the grand sweep of the Charge! rules which we usually use with these figures. While I agree, we also would have been hard pressed to put a Charge! game on in this 3x5 space. I intend to post a fuller review of the rules soon.