Sunday, 23 July 2017

Mind Your Minden

After a little thought , I have decided to refight Minden using "Commands & Colors"

This should be a good run-through to see how well the system handles lots of units in a compact board  which by the way is a custom size and also will have custom lines to separate the sectors for the cards

Here are maps of the table layout , I could set the game up as a all sides come on the table but i think that might make the game too long so i have decided to start the game from the first stage

I will post more pictures of the actual table setup later



The list of forces are as follows

French Army List

A. Brigade General - Comte de Lusace 
French Fusiliers: Militia class Close Order Infantry  Strength 4
French Fusiliers: Militia class Close Order Infantry  Strength 4
Veteran Fusiliers Normal class Close Order Infantry  Strength 5
Veteran Fusiliers Normal class Close Order Infantry  Strength 5
Artillery Battery:  Strength 3 Heavy Gun(s)
B. Brigade General - Lt Gen Guerchy 
French Fusiliers: Militia class Close Order Infantry  Strength 4
French Fusiliers: Militia class Close Order Infantry  Strength 4
Veteran Fusiliers Normal class Close Order Infantry  Strength 5
French Grenadier class Close Order Infantry  Strength 5
French Grenadier class Close Order Infantry  Strength 5
C. Brigade General - Duc de Fitzjames 
Gendarmes: Grenadier class Heavy Cavalry Strength 4
Line Cavalry: Normal class Heavy Cavalry Strength 5
Line Cavalry: Normal class Heavy Cavalry Strength 5
Dragoons: Militia class Medium Cavalry Strength 4
Dragoons: Militia class Medium Cavalry Strength 4
D. Brigade General - Lt Gen Beaupreau 
French Fusiliers: Militia class Close Order Infantry  Strength 4
French Fusiliers: Militia class Close Order Infantry  Strength 4
Veteran Fusiliers Normal class Close Order Infantry  Strength 5
Veteran Fusiliers Normal class Close Order Infantry  Strength 5
Artillery Battery: Strength 3 Heavy Gun(s)
E/F. Brigade General - de Broglie 
French Fusiliers: Militia class Close Order Infantry Strength 4
Fusiliers Normal class Close Order Infantry  Strength 5
Fusiliers Normal class Close Order Infantry  Strength 5
French Grenadiers class Close Order Infantry  Strength 5
French Grenadiers class Close Order Infantry  Strength 5
Dragoons: Militia Medium Cavalry  Strength 4
Dragoons: Militia Medium Cavalry  Strength 4
Hussars: Militia Light Cavalry Strength 4

British & Hanoverian Army List 

1. Brigade General - Lt Gen Lord George Sackville
British Horse Grenadier class Heavy Cavalry Strength 4
British Dragoons: Normal class Heavy Cavalry Strength 4
British Dragoons: Normal class Heavy Cavalry Strength 4
2. Brigade General - Major Haase
Hanoverian Artillery Battery: Strength 3 Heavy Gun(s)
Artillery Guard: Normal class Close Order Infantry Strength 4
3. Brigade General - Major Gen von Scheele
British Hatmen: Normal class Close Order Infantry Strength 4
British Hatmen: Normal class Close Order Infantry Strength 4
Hanoverians: Normal class Close Order Infantry Strength 4
4. Brigade General - Lt Gen von Sporcken
British Grenadier class Close Order Infantry Strength 4
British Hatmen: Normal class Close Order Infantry Strength 4
Hanoverians: Normal class Close Order Infantry Strength 4
5. Brigade General - Lt Gen von Holsten-Gofforp
German Cuirassiers: Normal class Heavy Cavalry Strength 4
German Dragoons: Normal class Medium Cavalry Strength 4
6. Brigade General - Lt Gen von Wurtignau
German Musketeers: Normal class Close Order Infantry Strength 4
German Musketeers: Normal class Close Order Infantry Strength 4
German Musketeers: Normal class Close Order Infantry Strength 4
7. Brigade General - Lt Gen von Wangenheim
German Musketeers: Normal class Close Order Infantry Strength 4
German Musketeers: Normal class Close Order Infantry Strength 4

German Musketeers: Normal class Close Order Infantry Strength 4

Table Setup



Well that was a hard fought battle for both sides , the early part of the battle saw the french gain ground and force the British back on the British right (Right of the picture) and on the opposite flank was a few demonstrations with sporadic fire


The french did launch their massed cavalry attack in the centre but that bounced and recoiled back only to be attacked by a lone unit of British Grenadier Heavy Calvary ( which rolls 6 dice !!)

on the right the British are a little worn down , they can hold their own but nothing fancy , the germans on the British left ( Right in the picture) are standing their ground while the french are trying to clear the villages


To counter the British advance in the centre the french peel off some units and attack the British in the British left flank which does have the desired effect of wearing some of those units down. This allows some french guard cavalry to strike home and together with supporting french infantry give the British a bloody nose


The Last picture is of the final positions , the french won 6 to 4 , a minor victory for the french but this could easily go bad as the french only have a few odd units on their left and a little more in the centre but most of that is militia

The british on the other hand have very little on their right some units in the centre but hardly any support and the Germans on the British left don't have the strength to attack as now the french have captured the strong points that are facing the Germans but with the majority of the french forces on that flank are militia they dont have the strength to force the issue with the germans

Aftermath

On the Whole a very enjoyable game and with my mods for the game i think it played like 7YW , Next i will have to go back earlier in time and do Marlburian/Great Northern War/Nine Years War all of which are quite diffrent.

On another note i did find that playing with figures on a 40x20 base nicer than a 30x30 but on the whole i would not do any rebasing.