|Chasseurs à Cheval|
This was to be a pickup game teaching SHAKO (version 1, with the Chris Leach amendments for cavalry) and having a good exposition to the game and elements for a new player.
The match was a 1.5 to 1 in favor of the Prussians over a French force. French had 4 battalions of foot with one of them being rated 'grenadier' or "Elite", 2 squadrons of regular cavalry, 2 'stands' (one full battery) of horse guns and 1 stand (1/2 battery) of foot artillery. The Prussians had the same except they had 2 more regular foot battalions for a total of 6.
The new player chose to take on the French and after a short briefing about the ground situation in defensive and the option of using his cavalry in flank attack, he drew up his plans. Likewise did my son, an experienced SHAKO player for the Prussian attackers.
The Prussians put their cavalry in the open ground on their left, two brigades of foot in the center and the foot gun with Grenadiers to the right flank. All forces had MOVE ORDERS right from the start ...
|French right, can you spot the rookie mistake?|
|Prussian center and left|
It took three turns to really get into contact with each other though, as the Prussians were ordered only to go to the center of the field and chose to march in lines forward and give fire. The cavalry used the brow of the low hill to shadow some of their maneuver from the French guns, but in the end were faced with squares to have to deal with.
On turn 4 is when the real action got moving, as the French flank attack showed up with a die roll of "5"!
|situation at end of turn 4|
|French on the right hill - holding fire to blast any charging horsemen|
|French squares looking towards center of the field|
|the Prussian advance is halted, there are French horsemen to the rear!|
|situation at the start of turn five|
|Prussian artillery scoring hits at last|
|French Cavalry Brigade commits to battle|
|Prussians closing on the center|
|Prussian Hussars, smashed through a horse battery and contacted the disordered Chasseurs still reeling back from the Prussian square (seen in foreground)|
|The charges as seen from the Prussian Hussars perspective.|
Great game for a new player to setup the plan and move about the troops!