Covid once again dictated that I would have to continue playtesting Shadow of the Eagles solo, using my SYW collection. For this particular game I went back to a battle I had enjoyed back in 2012, which in turn was based on a vintage game from back in 1979. The original post tells the story.
Anyway, here in 2021 I kept the same set up and number of units, but re-designated them for a playtest in the Revolutionary period. My Austrian figures would be playing themselves, just projected about 35 years into the future. My Prussians, however, faced the ignominy of representing Revolutionary French forces. Well, at least they had blue coats. The respective OOBs were:
|The initial set-up. |
This must be a Revolutionary battle because the French infantry are all in columns.
|The view from the Austrian centre. |
The foot battery covers a genuine antique Bellona bridge.
|The French cavalry have an 'inept' brigadier. They creak around to their right |
intending a flanking movement, providing their commander's nerve holds.
|French left flank. The two conscript units (marked with yellow discs) are being sent forward |
as cannon fodder, with the regulars behind. At least they have some artillery support.
|The Grenzers await the French at Hermsdorf...|
|...and before they know it, some French hussars arrive and have the effrontery to try a charge!|
The hussars overrun the light battery but are eventually seen off by musketry before they can get
in amongst the Grenzers with their sabres.
|The French centre has crossed the Elbow and a firefight commences with the Hungarians.|
The grenadiers rout the battalion opposite them.
|By the bridge, a French conscript battalion breaks down under artillery fire|
and retreats in skirmish order through their regular comrades.
|Things aren't going too badly for the French. Note that on the right wing their|
cavalry are almost back at Pampitz following a very stout defence of Hermsdorf by the Grenzers.
|The French centre is commanded by an 'inspiring' brigadier. Obtaining a double move, he sends his|
conscript battalion charging up the hill to take the Austrian battery. 'En avant!'
|The Austrian dragoons have carried all before them and are approaching Pampitz.|
The main fight is now on the western flank, where the French are dragging forward one of their batteries.