The Muscovite infantry force consisted of 4 units of Streltsy, 2 of Border Musketeers and 1 Soldat unit, supported by two medium and 1 heavy gun. Accompanying them were 2 units of Reiter and six units of Boyar cavalry. The force was arrayed in the standard fashion of an infantry centre with cavalry on the wings.
|The Muscovite centre ready to advance|
|The Cossacks await the attack|
The only access to the island was behind the Cossack force so the objective for the Muscovites was simple, break through the enemy line. For the Cossacks, it was hold your position.
|Religious inspiration for the troops|
The Muscovite cavalry on the opposite flank also attacked, but the leading unit of Boyars was disordered by the fire of the light artillery on the island and had to pull back to reform. A supporting unit carried on the advance, but was driven back by a volley from one of the Moloisty units. In the centre the Streltsy advanced towards the low hill held by the registered Cossack unit. This fired a volley, but it had little effect. The colonel ordered the supporting artillery to fire on the streltsy, but the shock of first shot broke the axle of the gun and that was the end of their 'support'. (Actually I managed to roll a double 1 for the artillery fire, which in Pike and Shotte means that the gun is out of action for the rest of the game)
|The Cossacks stand firm|
|The streltsy advance|
Seeing the gap on the left the Cossack commander ordered the 'adventurers' to move to take up a position in the front line. This did remove some support from the Cossacks on the hill, but filling the gap was more important. As the streltsy plodded forward towards the hill the registered Cossacks continued to fire volleys, but seemingly with little effect. Once the streltsy were in range they fired back and they had a medium gun in support. Their combined fire inflicted heavy casualties on the Cossacks, who really missed the support of the light gun. Seeing the Cossacks weakening the streltsy charged forward.
|The streltsy charge home|
As the pressure mounted in the centre, the Muscovite right wing cavalry attacked again. The Reiter charged one Moloisty unit and defeated them in short order. Sweeping forward they caught the 'advanturers' still moving towards the left flank. Still in column the 'adventurers' stood no chance and were driven from the field. My left flank had disappeared.
|The reiter break through|
At the same time the registered cossacks were driven back by the streltsy. By now over half my army had routed and half the remainder were disordered. The Cossacks had lost.