(All the details are from Angus Konstam's book on Poltava in the Osprey Campaign series). Lewenhaupt had managed to get some of the wagon train across the Sozh river, but Peter's force approached whilst their were still a great number on the northern bank.
|General view of table from behind Swedish position|
|Peter leads his troops froward|
|The Russian Guards come into musketry range|
On the Swedish right the Russian dragoons made an appearance and Armfeldt turned his cavalry to meet this threat. Although the Russians did not flee from the charge of the Swedish cavalry and fired a volley as they closed, the impetus was enough to force the Russians back. A second charge drove the first Russian unit from the field. Meshtierski attached himself to the second unit and moved forward, hoping to gain more ground to deploy his remaining units. This unit was then charged by the Finnish cavalry, who not only drove the dragoons from the field but cut down Meshtierski in the process. Their blood up, the Finns then pursued their foes off the table.
|Armfeldt orders the Finnish cavalry to charge|
|Vlgodski drive off the Swedish cavalry|
The rules seemed to work well with this scenario. They reflected the difficulties of maintaining command in the wooded terrain and the superiority of the Russian musketry. Swedish counter attacks were limited due to the disorder caused by this musketry, so the Swedish superiority in melee was nullified. Swedish cavalry again performed well, though it must be said that Steve's inability to inflict step losses helped considerably. Upgrading the Russians made the task more difficult for the Swedes, but that reflected the increasing experience gained by Peter's men. One plus factor was that I managed to avoid using the playsheet for the Thirty Years War variant of the rules this time!
With a bit more work these rules could feature next time the Poles, Cossacks and Muscovites visit the table.