Laziness has prevented me from drawing a map this time, but the setup is pretty obvious from the photo below. Prussians attacking from the left. The name 'Weissbach' for the village or small town just popped into my head as I was going to sleep one night. I added a ford across the river near the Prussian baseline to give a little flexibility to Prussian movements should the bridge be too solidly held. I think my table (6' x 4') must have been smaller than the original, and my units bigger, because I found the table quite densely packed when I laid out the forces, which contained about the same number of units as the original battle.
|The setup (1): Hungarians from 1st Battalion IR37 guard the bridge.|
The setup (2): showing the Austrian right wing.
|The setup (3): this photo is mainly to show off my new Total Battle Miniatures 'Town Tower', now that it's been painted.|
|The setup (4): my opponent Paul had brought a bottle of Maltese Moscato to help the afternoon along. He elected to command the Prussian forces. We cracked the bottle and hostilities commenced.|
|The Austrian line held. The Prussians, weakened by the fire received whilst closing their enemy, were thrown back in all the melees.|
|Move 4. The thoroughly rattled surviving units of the Austrian left flank reformed a line behind Weissbach as the Prussians completed their occupation.|
|Concluding positions. The Austrians are pressed against their baseline all along the table, with a great crowd of panicking Bavarians ruining the Austrian right flank in the background. Both objectives are firmly in Prussian hands.|
On The Question Of Moves
Whatever my eventual conclusions about my rules, the important thing with developing your own set is that the journey is so much a part of the pleasure. Whether I suddenly gain inspiration and decide to change the way my rules work doesn't imply an admission of previous failure - it is just the next step in a pleasurable process. Unless of course you're daft enough to try and develop a set for commercial release, in which case time pressures presumably make things rather more like work.
On Setting Up The Table
As in some other recent battles, I set up both sides in advance, giving my opponent choice of forces on arrival. This means battle can commence immediately, but of course it precludes the tactical interest of each commander making his own choices about deployment. This game was a natural for setting up on each side of a curtain, but with my broken arm, rigging the curtain in advance would have been too much of a trial.
But to be honest, I love to set up both sides once the terrain is laid out, just to see how things look and to complete the spectacle. So it's time to be a bit less selfish, I think, and allow opponents to choose the deployment of their own forces.
Anyway, this was a fine, agressive and action-packed game. No real alterations to my rules presented themselves. I think perhaps the advantage of forces was a little too much in the Prussian's favour, so I would probably remove their independent hussar regiment if I played the scenario again. It would also be interesting to play the game again using Black Powder, as comparisons can be very useful, but whether time or motivation will allow remains to be seen.