I therefore put together two forces, one of Muscovites with Tartar allies and a smaller force of Poles and Cossacks. Purists would raise their eyebrows (at the very least) at the sight of my 'Tartars', who actually included Huns and Scythians in their ranks. However, they were all skirmishing light cavalry armed with bows and needs must when the finances are tight.
|The Polish right|
|The Cossacks advance|
|A rare sight, Polish Hussars routing|
On the right, the Cossacks were pushing the Tartars back, though the latter's 'fire and evade' tactics were inflicting casualties. I was moving the reserve unit around to try and cover the gaps and prevent any Tartars sneaking through to cause mayhem. However, when one of my units went Shaken they were charged by the Tartars and pushed back. The reserves steadied the line, but then the other unit went Shaken. My left was looking vulnerable.
|The central melee|
|The melee continues|
|The Polish left routs|
With the reserve and two units from the centre the Poles pushed the remaining Noble Levy back and from the field of battle. It was just as well, because on the right the Cossacks were facing defeat. One unit had been destroyed, another was in danger of going the same way. They were saved by the Tartar Khan ordering his men to fall back. He recognised that they could not prevail against the Polish cavalry and so narrowly, the day belonged to the Poles.
How did the new amendments work? Well some melees were 'seconded' and the new support mechanism seemed to work well. We found that the polish Hussars were just too powerful and in the afternoon session educed their advantages. This resulted in closer melees, as the +3 made a Polish victory far too likely.