An overview of the table, Imperialists on the right, Franco-Swiss on the left. For the latter, the two centre columns are infantry. Nearest the camera are the Swiss, beyond the small wood are the French. On the Imperialist side the infantry nearest the camera are Landsknecht, arquebusier and halberdiers garrison the monastery, with more pikemen beyond.
The dice decreed that I should command the Imperialists and I decided that the best option was to remain on the defensive and disorder Steve's units by arquebus fire. For his part, Steve opted to hold, (or if possible drive off) my cavalry and smash his way into the monastery with his Swiss pikemen after the defenders had been 'softened up' by his crossbowmen.
From the very start it seemed Lady Luck had taken against Steve. On both flanks his cavalry advanced slowly allowing my mounted arquebusier to reach a flanking position where they could fire on his units before they were charged by my men at arms and gendarmes. In the centre, although they had a range advantage his French crossbowmen took heavy casualties from my arquebusiers and had to retreat, disordering their supports. Like the cavalry his Swiss pikemen were slow to advance and so their \french comrades took the full brunt of the defenders' fire.
|French right wing|
|French left wing cavalry|
|The Imperialist gendarmes|
|The French crossbowmen rout|
|The Swiss advance|
|'Heavy metal' clash on the Imperialist right|
|The end for the French right wing cavalry|
|The view from the monastery|
The halberdiers attacked the landsknechts but made little impression on the large block, eventually falling back. By then the remaining Swiss were now threatened by the cavalry from the Imperialist left and units of arquebusiers in addition to the landsknechts. Due to the collapse of the French left wing cavalry the French infantry were also casting anxious glances to their flank.
With little prospect of success, Steve conceded the day and began to pull his forces back.
In our post battle review we decided that the stradiots and mounted arquebusiers may have been too powerful and should be classed as skirmishers. This would limit their opportunities for charging enemy units and rely more on harassing fire.