|Initial table layout|
|The Russian left|
|The Noble Levy cavalry|
|The Polish vanguard|
|The Hussars charge the Noble Levy|
This allowed both sides to regroup. The Poles were having some difficulty their Pancerni units to advance in support of the Hussars. Also, their second 'brigade' of cavalry was having problems crossing the river through poor command dice! Giving a breathing space, the Muscovite cavalry recovered and prepared to return to combat, Prince Dimitri's sole problem was the reluctance of his Cossack scouts to move to the right flank and cover the advance of the anticipated Muscovite reinforcements.
|The Poles advance|
|Polish reinforcements arrive|
|The end of the gun|
|The Hussars attack again|
|The Soldatski stand firm|
|Grand Prince Michael's bodyguard are driven off|
A second attack was now launched on the Muscovite centre. Once again the Hussars led the way and once again the Noble Levy cavalry were defeated. However, on this occasion, the Hussars were better supported and a unit of Pancerni charged with them and also drove off a unit of the Noble Levy. A gaping hole had appeared in the Muscovite line. Grand Prince Michael deployed his newly arrived streltsy units to face this threat, whilst leading forward his own bodyguard. Behind the bodyguard were a small unit of Noble Levy. The clash between the Hussars and the bodyguard was brief and ended with the Muscovites being driven from the field. Grand Prince Michael managed to hack his way clear of the carnage and return to his infantry line, but the Noble Levy were determined to avenge their comrades. They charged forward and must have caught the Hussars by surprise because for the first time that day the Polish elite cavalry tasted defeat. Forced back by the onslaught, the Poles were driven towards the unit of Border muskets, who fired a salvo at them. Caught between two forces the Hussars were forced to surrender.
|The Haiduk attack|
|More Polish success|
|The attack on the reiter|
The scenario provided an enjoyable game which lasted for 4 hours. In our 'post match discussion' we talked about the strength of the Hussars. The special factors gave them a better morale rating, the chance to re-roll one failed morale dice, an extra increment when deciding the victor of a melee, and a lance which reduced the morale rating of their opponent in the melee. Overall we felt that this was 'over-egging the pudding'. As an experiment next time they take the field, the Hussars will lose the Heavy Cavalry 3+ in melee and instead win draws.
Also, the streltsy have a bonus for the double handed melee weapon (ie axe), whilst the Haiduk do not, so again as an experiment the bonus will be given to the Haiduks as well.