The Prussians moved first. We borrowed the idea from HoW Lobositz scenario and to simulate the fog on the field, any charge or volley was preceded by a dice roll. If the player rolled a 1 or a 2, the volley or charge failed due to problems spotting in the fog. This lasted until turn 4.
|The Battlefield from the Prussian side. Prussians stacked up ready to advance the Lobosch Hill on the left, Homolkaberg on the right. The Prussians advancing through the valley or saddle between the 2 hills.|
|Prussian elites - large units of 5 stands the village of Wchinitz is clearly visible|
|Austrians around the Morellenbach and in the Village of Sullowitz|
|Prussian Cavalry Brigade in the foreground|
Dave wanted to clear the Lobosch immediately and set his left wing upon it. Ken had 2 "detachments" or small units of Grenzers on the opposite side waiting to advance up the slope and make the Prussian's miserable in the thickets and vineyards.
|Prussian left wing moving out|
|Prussian center (AKA the guys painted by me)|
|Note the left wing moving out onto the Lobosch|
|Prussians engaging the Grenzers (Croats?)|
|Swirling Cavalry Battle|
|Tough combat on the slopes of the Lobosch!|
|Note the mass of Cavalry to the front as the Austrian corps moves out.|
|Austrians crossing the Morellen Bach.|
The Cavalry Battle goes the Prussians' way and they get a "sweeping advance" move after the first combat. Meanwhile the other combat goes the Austrian's way. (Note my new MDF casualty markers!)
|Clashing of sabers in the fog!|
Both sides Cavalry are pretty much blown after the battles and both sides return to their respective sides to attempt to rally. Ken realized that the Austrian Cavalry Brigade morale was probably busted and there are clear rules in BP for Brigade Morale.
Dave starts to move his elite reserve Brigade to the right to shake out the Prussian line as Ken's infantry corps move across the Morellen Bach.
|The elites moving up to reinforce the Prussian line.|
|Ken's troops in Sullowitz|
|The Austrians slowly moving their way up to the front!|
|Dave's "panzer corps" shaking out into a new line. Note the markers. The "3" means they have 3 hits and are shaken. Yellow beads are disorder markers.|
|Prussian Army Batteries. Heavy Guns!|
|Prussians approach Lobositz and a firefight breaks out at the Elbe!|
|Ken's Heavy Battery scanning for targets|
|Old Trousers and FM Keith look on.|
|The Prussians charge in!|
|Lobositz in center-top of picture|
|The Austrian column moves ever-forward!|
|Meanwhile the Prussian elites deploy to meet them.|
|Battle of the elites as Austrian Grenadiers form to meet the Prussian Grenadiers!|
|Prussian infantry moving up|
|Prussian center wing advancing up to the Austrian guns!|
|The only things missing were fife and drum music, smoke, and straggler figures and this could have been a real SYW Battlefield!|
|The Prussians advance to the very muzzle of the guns!|
|Austrian force in Lobositz preparing to hold out!|
|Meanwhile the infantry on Ken's left continue to deny the Prussians access to a Morellen Bach crossing!|
|The road is clear for an assault against Lobositz|
|The Austrians might have lost the village but they're far from defeated!|
If you've made it this far I applaud your tenacity! This was a very exciting game and I applaud Black Powder for its ability to handle a game like this with lots of moving parts and units and move the game along quickly enough to be played in an afternoon. I'm not sure what more you could ask for than that? We refought an entire battle of the Seven Years War! That was with plenty of conversation, rules researching, and snacking. I think this game went much better than our Volley & Bayonet debacle a couple months ago and I cannot wait to play another Black Powder game, perhaps with my 10mm Napoleonics next!