The action was, of course, from the Neil Thomas One Hour Wargames scenario "Twin Objectives," which itself is based on the action at Lobositz during the Seven Years War.
|Prussians arrayed for battle at the start line, technically the saddle between the Homolkaberg and the Lobosch Hill.|
|The Austrian battle lines. Alex weighted his right, behind the hill pretty heavily.|
|Austrian Pandours in position to resist on the Lobosch hill!|
|Hungarians along the Lobositz road with their backs to the Elbe.|
|Clearing the Lobosch hill! Note the casualties as a fierce skirmish develops between the light troops and the Pandours!|
|Fritz and staff check things on the hill.|
|The battle heating up.|
|Note the Prussian infantry advance in the center. The Cavalry remains still, awaiting the order to charge! I'm whittling down the infantry on Alex's left my right with the guns, hoping to charge them soon.|
|With the Lobosch cleared, Prussian infantry set their sights on Lobositz|
|Vorwarts! The Anhalt gloriously marches into battle.|
|Prussian Infantry advancing as the artillery hammers the enemy|
|Here they come! The Austrian cavalry tear into the rear-flank of the Anhalt! Alex set this move up rather well. Lobositz is in the background.|
|Deadly mustachioed men with stomachs full of bad goulash. They are not to be trifled with.|
|The men of the Anhalt have had enough and quit although they gave a good enough accounting of themselves this day.|
|More goulash men! Victory is ours! WAIT! Brown screams, the battle is not yet finished!|
|The Sitzenplatz get their rears in gear. I need them to stabilize a potentially dangerous situation in the center.|
|The Prussian Cavalry swing into action! The blue die means they've an order assigned to them|
|Holding the hill for now.|
|Sitzenplatz Grenadiers advance up and will pour a deadly volley into the flank of the Hungarians.|
|Casualties mounting. Generals are brought in to rally but it's too little, too late. They'd fold under the pressure of the firing. The Prussians will go on to lose the hill!|
|My shock troops, my elite grenadiers who were supposed to have the honor of storming Lobositz are grinding away in a steady firefight with Austrian infantry on the plains! The plan is breaking down!|
|The artillery batters Lobositz and eventually drives off the infantry in the town. The battery on the right would go out of ammo no less than FOUR times this battle (in 10 turns). That shows how much firing they've been doing.|
|The last serious Prussian effort to win the day. Perhaps with the Grenadiers I can keep the field, take the town, and then the hill? I still have enough artillery to do it!|
|Alex re-orients the Hungarians on the Lobosch Hill.|
|Great shooting Alex! The Sitzenplatz Grenadiers run for it back to the saddle. Now, with only a single remaining infantry regiment, I cannot capture both objectives! Best I can hope for is a draw.|
|Ugh! Grenadiers running away!|
Thoughts on EAGLES SYW:
Wow much fun last night with this game. The system and Alex's outstanding adaptations fit very well into linear warfare. I loved the "plodding" feature of the Austrian infantry - so perfect for the period. Plodding infantry (think Austrians or poorly trained regulars or pre-Von Stueben Continentals in the AWI) can only turn at the end of their move. This makes it much more difficult to maneuver a force.
Also the rules we came up with for artillery and cavalry were simple but so effective in evoking the period feel. These are a winner, just like their Napoleonic predecessor. I'm anxious to play again, and also take this into the American War for Independence.
Thanks so much to Alex for a fun and relaxing evening with a game full of tension and reversals of fortune on both sides! Also thanks for the cool goodies Alex brought over for me to peruse.
Some miniature progress coming up with a flight of Stuka's done, and more 15mm SS troopers completed.
Alex and I also talked of upcoming projects as well. For this coming year, I'm thinking that means World War I Late War, Ancients (Rome vrs Rome vrs Barbarians), and of course more WWII!