This month's meeting at the DWG, saw "Mr Steve" get his lovely SYW toys out on the table to fictional clash between an Anglo/Hanoverian - Allied army vs his Franco-Swiss using the rule set Koenig Krieg
The last time we played with these rules was back in September 2013, so needless to say we were a bit "ring rusty" when we got going, and some of us had never played the rules at all. If you want to get a better idea about them then follow the link to our previous game where Steve H posted a bit of an overview.
One of the principle drivers in the rules is the gaining of the initiative and using it to do something with your units immediately or to force your opponent to commit to an action before they necessarily would have chosen to do so. Actions are therefore not simultaneous and the classic situation is to fire before your opponent thus hopefully inflicting casualties that reduce the return fire, or to force an opponent to use his initiative with a force that allows you to approach to a closer range without interference.
In this battle the Allies were plus one on a d6 roll vs the French straight d6, giving the Allies a slight advantage.
|French line to the left, Allied to the right - "here I am, stuck in the middle with you!"|
The French on the left of picture chose to keep their better Swiss infantry in reserve, with the Grenadier brigade nearest to camera, their basic French infantry and levies in the centre forming two brigades and their Foreign allied brigade further along, As with the Allies the French massed their cavalry on their left flank facing off against their Allied counterparts.
|French Grenadiers hold the extreme French right flank|
|French line infantry with artillery support|
|French cavalry massed on the left flank|
|Allied massed cavalry massed on the Allied right flank|
|Hanoverian infantry and artillery massed in the centre|
|A small but very effective British brigade of infantry with their heavy dragoons beyond the next infantry brigade|
|The French line infantry and Hanoverian Guards fought for control of the town|
The Allied force had mixed success in the early clashes with their cavalry winning the first melees and pushing the French off their hills.
|The French got possession of more of the town and had more artillery in support|
|More Hanoverian infantry held back to stop any flanking move on the Allied left|
|The Hanoverian infantry had a small toe hold in each town sector|
|The British and Allied infantry prepare to move forward in support of their cavalry to their right|
|The Allied cavalry make a general move towards the French|
|British cavalry break though onto the ridge forcing the French Foreign brigade to turn, whilst British infantry move forward|
|In response to the cavalry attacks pressed on the French left, the Swiss and French Grenadiers attack the Allied left|
|The British infantry bring up artillery to support their attack in the centre right|
|As the French infantry gain the upper hand with the Hanoverian Guards in the town, the Swiss lead the move to flank it|
|The Hanoverian line comes under French artillery preparation fire|
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|The French attempt to stalemate the Allied cavalry attacks whilst their infantry start to apply pressure on the Allies left flank|