Wednesday, January 20, 2016

SYW - Battle of Winter Quarters - Part 2

Sorry it has been so long since I posted. Life, work, etc.

See Part 1 here:

After part one we saw the Hessian-Hanoverian army driving the French further and further back especially on the flank where the Hanoverians were attacking.

The Swiss (French) desperately trying to hold off the on-coming Hanoverian Horse, but are flanked by the Hanoverian infantry!

Flank fire routs the Swiss

Hanoverian Heavy Horse ride down the battery, while the French cavalry reserve forms to hold the line.

Two light batteries wheel into position to hit the French battle line.

On the French left flank, the Prussian heavy guns are disordered by flanking fire from the village.

Brian sends his French Dragoon cavalry brigade (3 regiments of dragoons) to secure his left flank as several Prussian cavalry units attempt to sneak around their flank.

Back on the French right flank, the Swiss can be seen routing at the bottom of this photo, while the Hanoverian Horse hits the French in echelon.

Back on the left, the Hessian commander refuses to use a maneuver card to wheel his Prussian dragoons to meet the French Dragoons. This will cost them the game.

The French Dragoons slip around the French infantry putting them within striking distance of the

on the French left the Berry Cuirassier hit the Hanoverian horse, with 2 more regiments in reserve.

A firefight breaks out in the center between fresh French infantry and Hanoverian infantry.

Looking down the line.

Hessian infantry finally advance into the frey! Will they be able to crack the French center?

French heavies smash into the Hanoverian horse routing them.

Carnage everywhere! (Black casualty markers represent stand losses)

The French hit the arrogant Prussians in column of route and destroy them! Lots of morale chips lost.

Swiss infantry attempting to rally.


More Prussian cavalry is hit on the flank and routed.

Blow, the Prussian Hussars (newly painted) drive off and rout the French Dragoons!

Run away! Even though one French Dragoon regiment was driven away the French flank is secure and more importantly the multiple melees on this flank drained the Hessian\Hanoverian morale chips to almost nothing.

More thick musket fire between the Hanoverians and French. French getting the better of this one.

The Hessians fire, but this is too little too late. The Hessian-Hanoverian army is out of morale chips and must retire from the field.

So what turned out to be a French victory was nearly a crippling defeat halfway through the game.

I love playing Piquet!!!


Moldavia Smackdown - Russo-Turkish War 1790

After the excellent game of the prior two weeks, I setup another Russo-Turkish battle using similar terrain and a much more straight forward deployment so players could get right into the combat.

Once again, we are using our favorite rules, Piquet - Cartouche 2 supplement.

I don't have time to write up the entire report, but the Russians won this nailbiter as the Ottomans hit zero morale chips after a vicious firefight in the last photo of the post.

In the picture above you can see that the Ottomans had  4 cavalry units (on the black cutting board) that they could deploy anywhere on the board. They chose to clump them behind the existing cavalry horde on their left flank.

Massive cavalry charge!

All Russian cavalry is engaged.

Below, the Russian left flank is harassed by Ottoman cavalry.

Djelli are thrown in by the Ottoman commander (the long column of 4 regiments)

The Russians push across the river and drive the Ottomans away while inflicting heavy casualties. The entire Ottoman line is about broken that was holding the river crossing.

Fierce counter-charge by the Silahtar (3 stand elite cavalry) drives back the Russians

After routing one Russian infantry unit the Silahtar hit the next on the flank!

Russian infantry come to grips with the Ottoman battle line!

the Silahtar caught up in the pursuit of a Russian infantry unit.

Serbians take 2 stand of damage and the Ottomans sink below zero morale chips and withdraw from the field.