In the last game with this scenario the French appeared to have a tough time, so I toughened up their légere and added a unit of cavalry, I also took away a unit of Austrian artillery but added a unit of Brunswick Hussars. I took the attributes for the cavalry from the magazine, but otherwise all the rating are from the rulebook for the Liberation period.
It all started well, I probably laid out the terrain a little bit tougher then I could have for the Austro-Brunswick force who essentially had to fight a defensive action. I thought it only fair that we dice for the sub-commander atributes just before the battle started. Adam threw successive 5's and 6's for his two French brigadiers, while I was less lucky. It started to dawn on me that this might not be so easy, both Adam's brigadiers were superb tacticians with vigorous leadership skills. In Lasalle terms this meant that that troops under their command would hit on 4 in combat rather then on 5 and that he could rally them on a throw of 2. My Brunswick brigade general did end up also being a superb tactician, but this was really little value to me as the main troops I had to use in combat where my Austrians. I also broke down my jaegers and Brunswick avant guard battalions in order to strengthen the sk factor on my line units. All the Brunswick units ended up with SK3 as well as the Germans, the Hungarians and Grenzers went to SK2.
|Adam elects to send in his light brigade first, I thought this was a mistake as his cannon were with his line infantry. Wrong about that as his dragoons caused no end of havoc.|
|Adam surveys the enemy.|
|Th Austrians rapidly advance in line, two units to the north with the Brunswick cannon and one unit to the south.|
|The French advance is quite rapid and their avantgard cross the river with the Austrians nowhere to be seen.|
|Turn 3 sees the second French brigade enter Gefrees.|
|Aside from the Dragoon skirmishers and the cannon these troop are Adams, the green faced troops are Irish rebels in the service of the French tyrant.|
|The legere have almost completely crossed the river, finally the Austrian ponderously maneuver in attack column.|
|The Austrian guns fire with no effect.|
|The Austrians form into line to increase their fire power, but the German battalion has already taken 4 DISR.|
|The Brunswick Lieb are also advanced to the south, and the Hussars charge the Dragoons, it should be a easy victory, they outclass them in espirit and and the dragoons have taken casualties. The dice gods fail me and they are broken.|
|The dragoons are causing havoc among the Brunswickers keeping them bottled up, the French have now taken the southern part of village. We are now on turn 18 (bonus turn 2)|
|The Germans are seriously undermanned, their lines are getting shaky another valiant French legere battalion attacks and they break. I surrender.|
It was a really fun game and Adam was a pleasure with whom to game. We are hoping to get another game in a couple of weeks. The Lasalle rules worked well, and we really had to refer to the book only on the rare occasion.
I certainly made some mistakes, should have got more Brunswickers in the fray and like Silly Billy I have to learn to form square when cavalry is in sight. But for his first game with these rules Adam really played it well.
By the way, Adam has some excellent photos from the game on his blog, have a look.