|The Russian centre|
|The Polish cavalry advance|
On the Polish right the commander did not roll quite so low, so the hussars only had two actions, preventing an immediate bloodbath. In the centre the Polish infantry slowly began to move out of the tabor to begin its advance.
|The carnage begins!|
This set the precedent for subsequent rounds as Steve methodically crushed my cavalry wings, although I did have the satisfaction of destroying one unit of hussars. An attempt to move round behind my infantry was defeated by the Dvor, but with only one unit and two flanks to watch, the writing was on the wall.
|At last, some Russian success|
On my left the hussars were initially successful, but took fairly heavy casualties, by the end of the game all the Polish cavalry were shaken and it would take at least four moves to rally them all. Fortunately,all the remaining Russian cavalry on that wing were also shaken so hostilities died down. In the centre the Polish infantry had plodded forward to musketry range and had engaged the streltsy and soldatski.
On reflection, the game worked reasonably well. I had thought that a 2 to 1 superiority in numbers for the Russians would provide balance, but I was proved wrong. Perhaps rating the noble cavalry the same as pancerni would be better, or increasing the size of the noble cavalry units to give them more melee dice. Given the size of my table (6 by 4), increasing the number of cavalry figures (95 for the Russians) would reduce the opportunities for manoeuvre , which was the very nature of much of the fighting in the east.
|The Polish infantry advance on the village|