09 July 2010

At the End of Move Four. . .

In the above photo, you'll observe Stollen's Jaeger zu Fuss now fully deployed and facing a company of O'Malley's Irish Grenzer. The Stollenian gun and its crew have also moved into position and unlimbered, however it cannot fire until Move 5 (sadly) because only light infantry can move AND fire within the same turn as outlined in Charge!


Opening shots were fired at the end of Move Four after the opposing infantry moved into position at close and medium range. Stollen's Major von Topfsange, in particular, rolled high in the skirmisher and cavalry exchanges. However, since the red-coated Irish Grenzers are deployed in skirmish order, von Topfsange scored only four casualties. "Gott in Himmel!" cried Colonel von Adalnowski, the Zichenauer commander, with disgust. However, luck was not entirely on von Topfsange's side, and his opponent was able to score two hits on Stollen's green-coated Jaeger zu Fuss.

Stollen's single gun and crew moved into position and unlimbered between the two deployed companies of allied Jaeger zu Fuss during Move Four. However, no contribution was made to the unfolding action. The rules presented in Charge! stipulate that guns cannot move and fire in the same turn, so nothing to do but wait it out for Stollen's half-battery. To the west of Effibriest, von Adalnowski's gun and crew, on loan from neighboring Pillau-Zerbst, had no target to fire at since this area is a relatively quiet part of the battlefield. . . at least for now.

Finally, the ongoing clash between Stollen's 3rd Kuirassiere and Zichenau's Grenadiere zu Pferd was resolved at the very end of Move Four with the former suffering a single casualty and the latter suffering three. Major von Topfsange celebrated this good fortune with a small glass of peppermint schnapps while his opponent Colonel von Adalnowski glared at the handful of dice on his end of the table and twisted his waxed mustache even more tightly. As laid out in Charge!, following a cavalry melee, the remaining troops then each withdrew half a move, i.e., 12", to rally and reform. "Just wait until the next move!" exclaimed von Adalnowski clicking his heels loudly in the direction of the smug von Topfsange.


After the skirmisher fire was taken care of, it was time to resolve the ongoing clash between Stollen's 3rd Kuirassiere and Zichenau's Grenadiere zu Pferd. casualties were relatively light, but both squadrons then withdrew 12", to rally. Stollen's squadron of cavalry lost only one trooper in the exchange.


Meanwhile, Zichenau's Grenadiere zu Pferd lost three troopers and had to withdraw 12" to the west of Effibriest, where their captain, no doubt, will rally his men for another go 'round during Moves Five and Six!

6 comments:

tradgardmastare said...

Excitement mounts- far more fun than the World Cup any day...
best wishes
Alan

tidders said...

Stokes

nice to see your troops in action again; looking forward to further stages of the 'advance guards' engagement

Go Stollen !

Allan

Steve Turner said...

I love the way your games unfold Stokes - super! I look forward to the next move. Gives me the inspiration to keep going myself.

Do you keep a written history of your games? Or perhaps just keep a simple wargames diary (with pics)? I always believe a diary adds to the enjoyment of the hobby, and gives you something to read in the darker months of winter.

Steve

Peter said...

Stokes,

you are putting down a standard that will be hard to beat. Perfect combination of text and pictures...now stop wasting time reading these comments and get on with the next moves...

Pjotr

Ross Mac said...

Marvelously entertaining. A very bold artillery captain pushing his gun so far forward but I once watched a battery creep across the table relying on the 'move guns 6" with an even chance of firing' rule, and never get a shot off. Probably wisest to be bold and get the the guns there relying on the support of the jaegers .
I eagerly await the next episode.

A J said...

Success for the Kurassiers! Now, let's hope they drive those impudent horse grenadiers from the field. I hope the half battery will also deal a shrewd blow to those jagers.

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