It was a while back, in 2013 that Mr Steve graced the club with his 15mm Seven Years War collection using Koenig Krieg (KK).
Since that game he has been adding to his collection of French/Saxon/Swiss and British/Hanoverians with Russians and Ottomans.
At this months meeting we got to play with the larger former collection and threw together a meeting engagement using KK.
As you can see we had quite a few toys on the table, numbering eleven brigades on each side, with the Anglo/Hanoverians lined up either side of the small village to the right of picture.
|The view along the French lines with dragoons, heavy cavalry and elite 'Maison du Roi' troopers anchoring their right flank|
Each side took it in turns to set up a brigade and the French planned to refuse their left, with the stronger units set up on the right and opposite the village.
|The Allied cavalry deployed against the French right flank|
|The cavalry clash first as the French right closes on the Allied line|
|The Swiss brigade advances on the Hanoverians supporting the troops garrisoning the village|
|The Saxon brigade advances towards the Allied line|
|As the cavalry tussle starts in the background the two lines close around the village|
|Allied cavalry forced back in the initial exchanges|
|Both sides make gains in the first cavalry combats opening gaps in each others line|
|The French and Swiss prepare to assault the village|
|The cavalry oblivious to the infantry battle away to gain superiority|
|The infantry close in and the volley fire commences closely followed by the steel|
|The British brigade advances on the the refused French centre left|
|British cavalry supported the Allied attack on the refused French left flank|
|And still the cavalry on the right flank went at it with the fighting lasting all day|
|The French force their way into town amid bitter street fighting|
|The opposing lines go toe to toe supported where possible by light guns|
|The Swiss infantry push their way forward in support of the French troops fighting in the village|
|Suddenly the Allied line around the village looked vulnerable|
|The British threw in their Grenadier brigade in an attempt to stem the advance of the Swiss|
|Meanwhile the British and their allies take the fight to the French left flank|
|The vulnerabilities exposed in the Allied line suddenly turned into a gap as a brigade broke and fled in the centre|
|The Allied troops attacking on the French refused flank were now separated from their comrades around the village|
|French and Swiss infantry maintain their grip on the Allied left flank as the British grenadiers are forced back|
|However the French did not have it all their own way as the Allied cavalry finally broke the opposition, but leaving themselves badly battered|
|The Allied line is broken in the centre and the village looks likely to fall into French control|
|The Allied line continues to lose battalions|
|The British on the French left press on regardless|
|The Allied right flank is starting to look a bit messed up|
|The French left flank resists the Allied assault|
|French troops start to clear the village|
|The Allied centre is defeated as French troops occupy the vacated ground|
|With their centre and left flank defeated the British and their remaining allies can only look to make a fighting withdrawal|