Friday, 23 December 2011

BLB2 Test game No2

For my last post of the year, I'm going back to last week when Richard and myself met up for another test game of Beneath the Lily Banners 2. We made a few mistakes in our first game and posted some questions on the League of Augsberg site, after some sound advice from the nice chaps there, we think were nearly there!!
We decided to place a village in the centre of the board for the French to attack. The French had 2 infantry brigades of 3 units, 2 horse brigades and a 3 Squadron Dragoon brigade. Most of the troops were drilled, but they had 1 guard unit and 3 Elite units. The Williamites also had 2 infantry brigades of 3 units, but only 1 of Horse and 1 of Dragoons. They had 2 elites and 2 raw units.

 The setup.

 The 1st Williamite Brigade containing the Elite Dutch Blue Guard, in the centre 
the Raw Selwyn's regt and at the end of the hill, The Royal Scots.

 The French setup, regt La Couronne holding the left flank.

 My plan was to hold the hill and try and keep hold of the village. The main danger
 being the 8 Squadron's of French Horse coming around the flank.

 The French Horse advance. On the left are the Guard class Gendarmes Ecossais.

 The 1st Dutch Horse brigade. 2 Squadrons each of regts Ittersom and Ginkel.

 In the village are the raw Royal regt of Fuzileers. On the right, Prince 
George's Danish regt, both on defend orders. with a small battalion gun 
next to it, on the left, Lesley's regt.

At our last game we found the artillery to be, for want of a better word, Crap!
But my gun on the hill and Posties 2 guns opposite certainly changed our minds. 
During the game La Courrone took 6 casualties due to artillery fire, and were pushed 
back twice, never actually coming off the hill. This forced Posties to waste valuable movement 
on them to keep them in the game, unfortunately due to some bad movement rolls this meant 
the attack on the village was delayed. So I pushed my infantry forward instead.

  A couple of bad movements rolls then ensued, with a no move and a 25% allowance. 
Which meant I could only move 4 units!!! Damn!!

 So the march to the French hill was halted, for two turns.

 But at least I could move the Horse into a position to charge next turn, meanwhile 
the French kept coming.

 The charges then ensued. Both Ginkels and the French Gendarmes performed a all or nothing charge, while 
Iittersom's failed to charge and took the charge at the halt....not good! The 1st squadron routed through the 2nd squadron then off the table edge. The 2nd were hit by the Ecossais as they followed up and were routed, then they failed to stop themselves pursuing after the 2nd squadron as they too routed off the table.

 A close of of Ginkel's Horse and the French Gendarmes

 While standing still for two turns, The Dutch Guard and Selwyn's were hammered by 
the two French guns on the hill. The Orange markers represents the unit being Shaken.

 Ginkel's Horse were victorious, and chased off the French Horse. 
The next turn they turned to face another 2 Squadrons of French Horse.

And unfortunately we had to end the game there, as we'd run out of time. For our next game were going to try and limit the cavalry to a support role, as we've not got any infantry into melee yet!! It was another learning curve for both myself and Richard, also Postie now has had a taste of the rules, let's hope he decides not to sell his 25mm Sedgemoor collection now!!
If I had to call the game I would give it as a French victory, the Williamite left flank was now non-existant.

See you in 2012!!!


  1. Another splendid set up Ray; top report. Have a great Christmas and I look forward to more goodness in the New Year.

  2. Looks like a fun battle. The figures are really nicely painted, Ray. Enjoy the year-end season, and I look forward to 2012 and more...Don't throw a one!

  3. Nice report, I'll be keeping an eye out for your next one to see how the infantry go in melee. Really nice mini's too!.

  4. Oh my gosh, already 2012. Holy crap on a cracker, time goes fast. Hope you have a great holiday. Boogie, boogie, boogie, boogie.

  5. Enjoyable report and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


  6. Great Rep as usual Ray, and nice photo's too! Have a great Christmas and a guid New Year.

  7. Great write up and pics. Have a Merry Christmas!


  8. Hey Ray very good BatRep. I simply love your blog, I downloaded a bunch of your flags..btw ;)



  9. Merry Christmas and have a happy new year mate.

  10. Great batrep! Those hills look very steep and high.

  11. Why does this seem so epic? Awesome.

    Also, happy new year!

  12. Excellent report!! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! Looking forward to seeing what's new in 2012!

  13. It seems quite grand. Unfortunately, I don't know the rules of the game, so can't comment quite deeply. I hope you had fun, and see you in 2012!

  14. Great to see the newly painted stuff being blooded (well the horsie lot anyhow) I really must find time to try BLB again !
    Have a good un


  15. Great looking action and figures, it's always nice to get to use the new stuff, except when it gets routed off that is ;-)

    Happy Christmas, see you after the Turkey


  16. Great report Ray. Merry Christmas.

  17. Looks like a great game. Some very nice pictures as well mate. Happy Christmas to you and your family.

  18. Jolly good battle report - and all the best for Xmas and the new year!

  19. heh do u guys ever use weird french accents while u play this?

  20. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Ray!

    And thanks for sharing this report with us!


  21. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and all the best!


  22. A very nice and interesting AAR you got there Ray

    Merry Christmas !

    Best regards dalauppror

  23. Merry christmas to you Ray, looking forward to read some more of your battle reports in the new year!

  24. looks like a nice game and set up Ray, good stuff.

  25. Very interesting game, Ray, and very noce models. I´m painting figures to use with this rulebook and your battlereport is a great help for me.

  26. Great report, and great figs! This is a really nice period and...yes, I think that it is a french victory to...vive la France!
    Happy new year and all the best!

  27. Good looking game Ray, well done mate

  28. lol go here, follow instructions. listen while playing. step 4 ?? but step 5 = profit.

  29. Have a Happy New Year Ray!! Don't stop painting!

  30. In response to your comment -- This ain't no kiddie vacuum. It's the real deal. So maybe you wouldn't have to cook your own meals.

    Happy 2012 to you and your family.

  31. Well Ray, keep the good stuff coming for next year. Happy new year to you and the posties.

  32. Hi Ray,
    What a fantastic blog you have there, It is going to take me until next year to work my way through all the links.
    Happy New Year to you.