We set up a small scale scenario, 8 units of Swedes, (4 each of horse and foot) and 11 Russians (6 and 5 respectively). The Russians had two batteries of guns to the Swedes one and also had an advantage of heavier guns. Although outnumbered almost 3:2 the Swedish force was approx 10% bigger in terms of points, would the quality advantage help them overcome superior numbers?
|The Swedish left wing cavalry|
Steve commanded the Swedes and not surprisingly moved forward at speed, hoping to get into melee before my artillery did any damage. His right wing cavalry charged my dragoons, who held their ground and fired at their attackers. To my surprise, the Russian volley stopped the Swedes in their tracks, inflicting a step loss as well. A second charge was also beaten back by a volley from the dragoons. At this point, we were beginning to question if we were interpreting the rules correctly, surely the Swedish cavalry should have made more impression than this? We then realised that I had managed to roll 3 on 2xd6 twice, ensuring that the dragoons fire had been as effective as it could possibly have been. Normal service was resumed on the third Swedish charge when, although the dragoons managed to stand again, this time their volley was ineffective. In the ensuing melee, class told and my dragoons were soon heading for the baseline.
|The Russian infantry hoping their artillery will win the day|
|The Russian right wing dragoons prepare to advance|
|The unstoppable Swedish infantry break the Russian centre|
|The Russian dragoons decide that it is just not their day|
One thing we struggled with was the 'order' mechanism for the generals; this has been amended in version 2 of the rules (we were using the 1st edition). There is also a mechanism for visibility, reflecting the increasing difficulty of commanding troops as the amount of smoke and noise increased during a battle, but we didn't include this in our first trial.
The army lists included in the rulebook say that the Swedish army is powerful, 'but brittle'. I was quite lucky in my rolls for inflicting step losses against the infantry; the cavalry have only one step, so one loss would have eliminated the unit. Steve was unlucky not to inflict any step losses, even though he had at least as many opportunities. The fortunes of war!