Monday, June 14, 2010

After Action Report

My son Victor and I filled out the troops and laid out a map on the tabletop

Our instructions were: one collision will be Rudelheim militia and dragoons running into Highlander mercs and fusiliers and Hussars (Frankszonia under Broderick Woad) in open but rolling terrain.

Here we see the first major action on the tabletop, the mercenary Highlanders and fusiliers have advanced while the Dragoons have moved to engage their opposing Hussars.

Here we see a closer image of the lines of Infantry set-up in opposition...the Militia men have spread out their ranks to cover the larger numbers of mercenaries.

A close-up of the first cavalry tangles that would erupt on the Militia right wing.

This cavalry tangle-brawl carried on for three rounds. Then the Dragoons overrun the Hussars, pressing on into the flank of some Fusiliers (shattering them and taking their colors) and carrying on into the flank of the Highlanders (who did not make it into square!); who kept their cool and drove off the Dragoons.

Here we see the foot lines exchanging fire, with the Highlanders now in Square.

Meanwhile the Dragoons were triumphant over yet another formation of Hussars, Victor looks on with interest.

With Turn 7 (perhaps 2 hours & 20 minutes simulated) the tipping point was fast approaching. Half of the Dragoons and 1/3rd of the Militia were either destroyed or fled the battle. On the Mercenary side the Hussars were all badly mauled, one fusilier unit was utterly shattered the others were all suffering casualties in the continued musketry exchange with the militia. Only the Highlanders were relatively unscathed, though forced to maintain their square due to the presence of the greater half of the Dragoons.

The tip came with a blast from one of the wounded militia formations, shattering the morale of the remaining fusiliers ~ the retreat was on, the Highlander Mercenary infantry brigadier was unable to stem the tide.

Proudly showing their captured fusilier colors taken as a prize the triumphant Dragoons began cheering as they watched the mercenary lines dissolve...

Facing defeat, the mercenary commander must now recoil without becoming enveloped by the Dragoons, with all his Hussars fleeing the field the Highlanders may have to walk out in square until dark...

As can be seen here at the end of the day's battle, the mercenary infantry could easily be pinned and forced to surrender utterly.

Thus is the pain of fighting in the open when your cavalry cover is gone.


Fitz-Badger said...

Nice report!
Now maybe those Highlanders can look forward to getting back to their blythesome Scottish lasses. :)

Bluebear Jeff said...

It looks like you had a good game . . . what rules did you use? Shako?

-- Jeff

A J said...

A handsome victory over the Wild Geese. When I first saw the set-up I thought those dragoons would be the battle-winners. Thanks for sharing.

Rafael Pardo said...

My Russians are now suffering from their failure to properly form square against cavalry!
A good AAR for a little precious battle

MurdocK said...

Thanks Fitz.

Yup AJ the Dragoons were ID'd to Victor right from the start, he chose the 'more' but 'smaller' Hussars (must be the bright colors!).

Well Rafa these Highlanders did NOT form emergency square, they failed. Then the charging Dragoons failed during the melee!

Jeff, we used my 'modified' SHAKO, where Victor did not have to write things out, he just 'told me' what he wanted done and we worked it out. A bit more kriegspeil with me as GM since his handwriting has a long way to go and his patience was tested as it was during the 3 hours.

abdul666 said...

A very pleasant report for an exciting little battle -and a colorful mixture of uniforms! Thanks for sharing.

Frankfurter said...

Yet with the militia chewed up and the dragoons at half strength, this column will be unable to close with the Gallian depot at Frankfurter .... on the other hand, they have opened a major portion of the retreat route for the primary strike force under Parsleigh ...
I need to post a link to this on my blog!
Thanks enormously!

tidders said...

Nice little battle; always enjoy your game reports

-- Allan