|A dapper Brian showing Dave some of the stats. Next time I'm wearing a sportcoat!|
The French received 5 cards and the Austrians received 4. The French and Austrians also received extra tactics cards which we both used to good effect.
|The battle opens! You're looking at the Austrian right-most Division here - the Hungarians.|
The French kick out their right flank moving closer to my Hungarian units. The Austrian division on my right flank were the most active in the game's beginning, moving forward to occupy higher ground along the Danube against what I thought would be the French main effort....
|Austrians seize the high ground along the river while the Artillery fires away. Most of my cards were right-flank cards allowing me to use 2 or less units...|
In the center, Dave's shooting starts to take a toll on my forward unit. As much as I want to reinforce them, I'm just not getting the cards (opportunities) to do so, and so they sit there, powerless against the French! Pity, too, because they shoot with 5 dice!
|French flag is a victory banner. Note the "hits" on the Austrian unit in the far right of the picture (flocked pennies).|
|Dave starts moving his cavalry formations forward! But I've got so much infantry there, I'm sure there's nothing to worry about. It's just a demonstration and the "real" assault will fall against the Austrian right!?!?|
|LaSalle covers himself in glory. This calls for a much better paint job - AND he survived the battle!|
|Hussar breakthrough! Dave used his Cavalry to great effect this time, threatening my forces and ensuring I remained in square, effectively bottling up half of my command cards.|
|Some lucky rolling and my artillery staves off complete Austrian disaster (for now) on the left by forcing some of Dave's units back.|
|Some painted RISK pieces used as militia until I can paint up some proper militia.|
|LaSalle falls back along with his famous Hussars. Note the French Light units. This is a smaller block of infantry with skirmisher detachments modeled.|
What a terrific game! The action played out exactly as you'd expect with the cumbersome Austrians moving too slow to strike at the French, and the French having wonderful flexibility to carry out their plan as they wished. As the Austrian commander, my right most Division seemed to be the most active and garnered the most decisions and combats by me.
The Austrian left was quickly overwhelmed by French Cavalry in a brilliant move by Dave and suddenly what I thought was a "demonstration" looked as if it would become the main effort! I am not sure even Dave thought he'd be so successful against my left but my fear grew into him turning my flank (never a good thing) and owning the left section of the battlefield. If that became the case, the Austrians would have had to deal with both the assault from the South against Enzersdorf and also from the North where Dave's cavalry enjoyed such tremendous success.
My front line unit holding the gateway to Gross Enzersdorf evaporated and I lacked the cards to reinforce the rest of the village. So I had to watch (from my position of relative safety commanding the army) while Dave's French infantry marched right through the Front door, seizing his victory banners and winning the day!
Lots of fun and I'm hooked on CCN for delivering a truly grand-tactical experience where I'm making decisions that affect the outcome of the entire Army and the battle. Also, CCN brings the advantages and disadvantages of these very different and diverse Armies to light and models them in a very elegant and simple way. I really love this game if anything for its simplicity and for the narrative it produces.
Mission Accomplished! (enjoy the encore pic - a very Grant-esque Brian giving some tactical advice to David