The initial setup
Fran wanted to stay as the Brits, and wanted revenge for his mauling at the walls of Fort Joseph, his thinking was the Brits can't lose twice or can they, so I was stuck with the French!
All it boiled down to was, I had to get onto the bridge with my two stands of Pioneers and Fran had to stop me.
Now Fran will agree here, I did whinge a little that I needed another unit on my side, as I was doing the attacking and he'd be standing still firing at me. (typical Fran gameplay!) Postie gave in after much of the said whining and gave me an extra unit, unfortunately, all that was available was a Portuguese unit, (which must have deserted and came over to the French en masse!!)
I knew I'd be in for a hammering, so I decided to sacrifice my right flank and
steamroller Fran's right flank to try and get to the bridge.
I moved full move forward and kept my artillery limbered, hopefully
Fran would chose the gun to fire at rather than my Infantry, after all it was
only a piddly little light gun.
Fran threw well and blew my gun to pieces and moved out around my right flank
It was a weird game rather like a game of chess, I moved forward blocking Fran's left
and bunched in column ready for the charge.
We both made a hash of it now, I moved forward and fired, completely missing
the line regts and Fran only scored 2 hits! Phew!
So with luck on my side I charged in.........
The tit for tat continued on my right flank, while my sacrificial line unit
was pushed back in disorder.
I won the melee quite easily and Fran's troops routed,through their own tents.
While my unit carried on its charge into Fran's other unit.
But even though I won the melee, I went down to 50% causing a morale
check which I promptly failed then I threw bad for the result and ended up routing as well!
Meanwhile, we continued to shoot the sh!t out of each other on my right!!
So onto the charges, the follow up charge worked out in my favour, as I tonked
Fran's troops who then routed! But we had the reverse result in the next melee.
for the first real time in the day my dice let me down, I should have won on averages, but them
dice gods reared their ugly heads and kicked me in the crackers!!
Routing my unit!
Now we both didn't expect this, two routing units on each side!
So it was time to test morale for the routing units, now we're not quite sure what
Postie was upto here, because he tried to give Fran a +1 for the commander next to the routed unit!
What bloody commander??
"That commander" pointed Postie
Postie "its a bloody pot of soup you blind git!!!!"
He then denied even saying it???
For us both as all 4 of the routing units fled off table!!
Miraculously we both passed our divisional checks!
I placed 2 d6 on the table showing 6's for mine, You should have heard the roar from Fran
You cheatin' bastard!!!! Throw them properly Gods wills you a double 1 for cheating!!
I then threw a double 6, Fran's face was a picture!
But after all that, at least it left it open for me to get to the bridge
Which I did!
But then Postie changed my winning goal, wtf???
Now I had to throw a dice to see if i blew the bridge up
All I needed was a 4+ on a d6 to blow the bridge and end the game as a win
I threw a ......