30 November 2008

Start of Move Seven. . .

Colonel von Grundig finally has his troops concentrated -- more or less, though his artillery is still searching for an advantageous position, and his cavalry is still too far from any enemy troops to threaten them (Sigh).


Meanwhile, Major von Hirschbiegel and his aide de camp have entered Pickelhaubewicz and are surveying the village's central platz.


The first company of O'Malley's Irish Grenzers have formed line just to the east of the village and marched to within easy musketry range of Colonel von Grundig's line of musketeers and jaeger.


And to the west of Pickelhaubewicz, von Finknottle's Newts have almost reached the village outskirts.


Finally, a company of Pillau-Zerbst's Wolmar-Bock Regiment, currently in the service of Zichenau, has appeared on the board with orders to occupy the hill to the south of Pickelhaubewicz in the next turn. The hill is just out of sight here, to the regiment's right (your left).

11 comments:

Bluebear Jeff said...

Stokes,

You cad! You're making me want to have Charge-sized units and play this game.

Your photos and accounts in this move-by-move account are quite stirring . . . and the scenery and figures look great!


-- Jeff

Conrad Kinch said...

Excellant stuff. Stokes, I cannot overstate how much I'm enjoying this game. Work has been very aggravating for the last few days, but taking the ninety seconds break that a quick visit to the Grand Duchy of Stollen to check up on the action has been soothing indeed.

If I could beg one indulgence, a high angle shot of the whole battlefield every few moves would be much appreciated, so that those of us lacking Coup D'Oeuil can clarify whats going on.

andygamer said...

Were the Irish Grenzers forced to advance outside of the town by a random event card or morale test, Stokes?

Fitz-Badger said...

Well, I'm not going to paint up Charge-sized units, but this play-by-play game is getting me thinking about having some games of my own (maybe even play-by-email - the idea of having both sides operated by distant commanders sounds like a good one).

Snickering Corpses said...

andygamer: With our intrepid Major out of range to command them to this point, I think the grenzers were merely following their own best interpretation of their initial orders by taking up position to deny the Stollenian troops access to the town (through which the dragoons have now charged twice in their melees with the hussars). The Major having moved into town this turn, we shall perhaps see their orders change if the situation warrants it!

Der Alte Fritz said...

von Grundig must learn the lesson of concentrating one's forces before advancing so rashly into the battle.

It looks like he has discovered this tenant of warfare at the start of turn 7. I'm not sure what the Irish Grenzers expect to accomplish all by themselves against 3 companies.

What are the movement rates? Things seem to be going verrrrrry slowly for the infantry.

Snickering Corpses said...

Der Alte Fritz:

Personally, I'm dearly hoping the grenzers don't find out what they can hope to accomplish against three companies at once. ;) But then, our good Major gave the orders for their deployment back on turn 3, when there weren't three companies of infantry arrayed against them, and is only just now arriving in Pickelhaubewicz to oversee the action there after finally marshalling the last of his lagging column.

Movement rates are the basic Charge! rates doubled, so 24" for cavalry, 12" for infantry, and up to 18" for light infantry (or 12" plus firing). Cavalry cannot fire at all, line infantry can either fire or move but not both in a turn. Light infantry can either move 18" and not fire, or move up to 12 and also fire.

Snickering Corpses said...

I suppose we should also note that the Grenzers are Irish, after all, and the Irish love a good fight even at long odds ;)

Snickering Corpses said...

Der Alte:

One more thing I should note, with regard to the slow movement of the infantry. Each unit on arrival was given orders, but could not begin moving till the next turn. So the Newts for instance are only on their third turn of movement, having arrived on 4, and moved on 5,6,7.

andygamer said...

Thank you, Snickering Corpses.

tidders said...

Stokes,

fabulous stuff, excellent pictures and description of the moves. Looking forward to the conlcusion of the battle.

-- Allan

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