|Convoy guard (in red) deploy|
Things started well enough for me. Ross led off with a unit of allied hussars, who were readily put to flight by the Schoeffen-Buschhagen hussars, who appeared out of some dead ground around the middle of the table.
|S-B Hussars sweep down upon the enemy|
After that, however, things became more difficult. Ross carefully advanced the wagons behind a screen of his line infantry, and covered the tail of the convoy with his gun and a squadron of dragoons. My forward light infantry were reluctant to advance out of covered position in some woods onto open ground in the face of the dragoons, and my hussars were clearly outmatched as well and hung back.
|Wagons advancing cautiously, well screened…|
|Schlusselbrett foot advance against the S-B blocking force|
That left the fight in the front, where Ross’s allied infantry pressed ahead and engaged in a close range firefight with the blocking S-B infantry. After a deadly exchange of fire, the remaining S-B forces were now outnumbered significantly by the allies, and their commander prudently elected to break off and hope for better luck on a different day.
After some technical difficulties in getting started, the battle took about three hours, which was a pleasant diversion for a Saturday afternoon.
I was reminded how much I enjoy seeing the big guys on the table, so perhaps it is time to get a few more painted. It does look, however, like I am going to be limited to 4×6 or smaller tables for home games for the foreseeable future, so there probably needs to be some reconsideration of the upper limits of the project given the numbers that can be maneuvered.
For some variety I recently acquired Howard Whitehouse and Dan Foley’s new book A Gentleman’s War, which contemplates 12 man infantry and 6 man cavalry units, and has rules covering the mid-1700s up through the later 19th century, and should therefore be suitable for use with these figures. I shall hope to post a full review sometime soon, after a game.
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