Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Battle of Schlosshugel 1760 - A SYW Batrep



The Rejects got together last Sunday, for a Seven Years War game, using a newer version of Posties new SYW rules. Some of the lads have already played Posties rules before, although it was my first game, and I gotta say an enjoyable game and set of rules it was!


Surj & Ian who had both played the rules before were the CnC's
Surj played the French along with Smithy, while I joined the British CnC Ian,


Part of my command
The Hanoverian's


Ian played the British and German allies in the centre


including the Highlanders


and the Hessian regt Erbprinz and Brunswick's ... regt


The terrain was luckily favouring us, the Brits.
So The French set up close together with their Horse facing the British centre.
Was Surj gonna go for a full blown cavalry assault???


The French centre, packed with Cuirassiers and supported by Dragoons


Facing them were the cream of the British Empire


I moved our Dragoon Guards around our left flank, and pushed forward to make a defensive
 line on our right.


Ian pushed the German artillery up to join the front ranks.


Surj didn't move forward with his horse, so Ian pulled his centre right around.


Ian pushed his Hanoverian Jagers forward to take a potshot at the French and also cover my advancing Horse.


Meanwhile on the right, Smithy was taking heavy casualties by my Hanovarians.


Surj pulled his Dragoons around his right flank to counter my horse.


Smithy under Surj's command crossed the hedge behind the farmhouse.
Trouble was it was against Posties advice, but they still did it??


Bit of a blurry pic, but we have our first charge of the day.
The British Dragoon Guards and French Dragoons both charge each other....


The Brits gave the French Dragoons a bloody nose and sent them packing!


As the French cavalry couldn't move for a turn, I turned mine around to perhaps
charge the flank of the French infantry.


Things were going very well on our right, I was giving Smithy a damned good thrashing!!!


The French infantry went into square.
There was no way I was going to charge them, so I chose the flank of the French Cuirassiers instead.


With the artillery and three units fleeing back, our right was looking pretty good!


Hanovarian Grenadiers


Not quite sure what the French were up to here. They were told they could only move out our side of the farmhouse in column, and couldn't fire or charge out either. SO why did they put all 4 units in there? Effectively taking the 4 units OUT of the game?


Still giving Smithy a beating on our right!
he he! 


German regt Saxe Gotha


Regt Erbprinz hides behind the hedge and takes a potshot at the French artillery.
Knocking them down to half effect.


Hanavarian regts kicking butt!


Me & Ian couldn't understand what was going on?


The French Cavalry were never going to charge after all?


Surj and Smithy pulled the plug
Game over!
Postie added up the points
It was a resounding 10-0 thrashing!

Conclusion
Myself and Ian both thought, the French cavalry would strike first, and after seeing the French set up, we knew that was their plan. But.......it never happened. Surj left it far too late to attack with the horse, his plan was to try and soften us with artillery and infantry, then go in with the horse. But the infantry never got in, they wasted 4 units in the farmhouse, knowing that they could do nothing except march out our side in column. So we did the sensible thing and blocked the route?
There will be a replay of this game with the sides being switched, both myself and Ian are quietly confident already! And I'm not even sure I can make the game!!!


49 comments:

  1. Enjoyed - thanks, looks like the rules held up rather well.

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  2. Splendid looking game and figures, Ray. Sounds like you all have a great set of rules too.

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    1. A work in progress, don't think there will be much more to add.

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  3. Nice AAR and pics Ray - congrats on the resounding win :)

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  4. Nice BatRep, thanks for posting! Those are some pretty regiments you have ther!

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    1. I painted all the Brits and tons more over 20 years ago, I flogged them all to Postie years ago when I was strapped for cash!

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  5. Very nice Ray. Static cavalry is seldom a good idea.

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    1. No......still can't work out what they were up to?

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  6. Grand scenario and AAR.... Look and feel for the SYW period. The French with four units in the farm was interesting. Maybe they were hungry and the trained Hanoverian "chickens" lured them into the trap.

    Michael aka Wargamerabbit

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    1. I think you could be right Michael. Poster, me and Ian all told them not to do it, but did they listen?

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  7. Postie always sets a handsome table and you guys always have a cracking game! 10-0 victory to you? Well done!

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    1. Cheers Jonathan, we all e noted the game......well the Brits did!

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  8. Thanks for sharing this AAR, looks great! Are these 15mm figures?

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    1. Yep all 15mm. Most are from my fav 15mm company Essex minis. While some are Old Glory.

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  9. What a splendid game and a splendid period! Sounds great, with beautiful figures (love the Hanovarian Grenadiers...). Well, I would have preferred to see a final charge of the French cavalry, but a victory is a victory!

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  10. Nice looking game, your boards have the same shell holes as my Geo Hex :)

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    1. Surj is a right bleeder with his elbows!

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  11. I really feel like being GRUMPY FRAN this morning, but with extra grumpy.

    BORING! Boring boring and dull.

    (OK looks good as always. not my thing, but it still looks good! Nice one mate)

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  12. you can kill the enemy just by forcing him to try and pronounce the name of that place :PP

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  13. proper linear warfare at it's best this Ray!

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    1. Try telling that to Surj. He always tries to play 20th century tactics in everything we play. Certainly didn't work in this game.

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  14. Owch! 10-0. Can't get more decisive than that. The French tourists aside, it looks to have been a great game. :)

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  15. It sounds like you had a hoot trouncing the French

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  16. Bah! Most of the picture links are broken, at least they are for me in Firefox. Reads like a good game...cannot say that I saw the pictures tho. :(

    I am just starting on an ImagiNations project, using SYW figures...and lo, my favorite British gaming group plays a SYW game. Great minds...great minds...

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    1. There you go Justin! Must be a Firefox problem. All the pics are ok this end?

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  17. Great looking game Ray. Interesting comment on period tactics making the difference. If I recall correctly Surj is a cautious general. Sometimes one needs to throw caution to the wind. I also really liked your woodland indians from a few posts back. The painted ones seemed like an exceptional deal.

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    1. Surj tends to play all games the same way for some reason. We've all worked it out and can plan accordingly. Hope he's not reading this???
      I'm very pleased with all the Indians. I hope to get a game in real soon!

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    2. Surj tends to play all games the same way for some reason. We've all worked it out and can plan accordingly. Hope he's not reading this???
      I'm very pleased with all the Indians. I hope to get a game in real soon!

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  18. Great looking game, Ray! Have you heard from Fran at all? Hope he's doing OK.

    Best,
    Aaron

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    1. I spoke to Fran via Facebook last week, he's still alive being his usual happy go lucky self. He may even post soon???

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  19. Boogie boogie boogie boogie!

    Your pictures look wonderful, Ray!

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