Swedes were opposed by Imperialists and we used the 1644 ruleset. Alasdair had had some ideas about representing the caracole tactics used by the Imperialist cavalry and set up a scenario to try out the new mechanisms. He took command of the Imperialists and deployed his cavalry in deep formations (4 ranks of 5 or 6 figures). In the centre he had his infantry deployed in 'late tercios', 5 ranks deep and 11 wide.
|Bavarian tercio with cuirassiers supporting their flank|
The standing order for the Imperialist cavalry was to use their pistols in preference to charging in with the sword, so the onus was on me to attack. Obligingly, I sent forward my cavalry. On my right flank, the king himself directed operations. Inspired, the Finnish regiments surged forward and ignoring the pistol fire of the opposing reiters charged home, hacking about them with a will. The Swedish cuirassiers, faced by a unit of Pappenheim's cuirassiers didn't make the same progress.
In the centre both infantry bodies had advanced to within musket range and began to exchange volleys. Both sides had support from their artillery and losses mounted. Two bodies of Imperialst cuirassiers moved forward to add their pistol fire, but both were decimated by the Swedish artillery and achieved nothing.
|The Finns drive off the reiters|
|The Imperialist cuirassiers rout|
|The Swedish left breaks|
1 Pistol fire was pretty ineffective. (no surprise there !)
2 If the deep formations retained their command, their numbers would tell
3 There needed to be some way to allow the Imperialsts to charge when opportunities presented themselves. Perhaps by passing a command test.