As mentioned previously, Chris Palmer and I got together for a game day on the 12th of August. His report on these two battles has already been posted, and can be found here. For both of these battles, we used A Gentleman's War, and randomized the exact orders of battle. We then poked around in the book's scenario suggestions for something that look plausible with the forces involved.
I don't think that I can sustain a full fictional battle report today...
|My notes for the battles|
The first battle, the Defense of Schepper's Farm, used the Isolated Detachment scenario from the rules. Both sides had six units, but the Schoeffen-Buschhagen defenders had only two of them (a battalion of the Adelmann regiment and a battery of field guns) at the start, defending the walled farm enclosure, while the other four (2 battalions of the King Rupert Jaegers, a squadron of the Szathmari Hussars, and a horse gun battery) formed the relief force, and did not appear until the first joker was drawn.
|Schepper's Farm: The North Polenburg cavalry advances.|
|Schepper's Farm: Extended view of the action; defenders to the right.|
|Schepper's Farm: The Schoeffen-Buschhagen relief force arrives.|
Conscious of the need to husband troop strength at the very beginning of what might be a decisive campaign season, the North Polenburg commander made the decision to sound the retreat.
|Schepper's Farm: Overview of table position at the end of the game.|
After some lunch and a visit to the friendly local game store, Chris and I reset the table for a second game. This time we started with the scenario, electing a deliberate attack to seize a strategic point, which we chose to represent with a bridge. I took a force of six units generated from the garrison table (and ended up with a light infantry, three line infantry, and two guns), and Chris took nine units from the main force table, ending up with five line infantry, two guns, a heavy cavalry unit, and a light cavalry unit. After deploying, it looked like the defenders standing in the open were a bit vulnerable, so I grabbed some earthwork pieces from the collection and put down a redoubt. I split my light infantry into two detachments, one on each flank.
|Schlegelsbridge: The opening positions|
|North Polenburg commander oversees the deployment of his troops|
|Schlegelsbridge: North Polenburg cavalry sweeps forward into a hail of cannon fire.|
|Schlegelsbridge: the 2nd battalion of the Adelmann Regiment falls back.|
|Schlegelsbridge: The Jaegers defend the woods at the S-B left flank.|
I am hope that a rematch will come soon. It has been a great pleasure to see these forces on the table again, and we have been enjoying the rules a lot. I am considering some sort of formal but simple campaign system, but more about that when it actually occurs...