As has become traditional we once gain dusted-off the Marlburian / GNW / WSS figures for our Christmas game. Again we used Beneath the Lilly Banners (version 1) for the battle - version 2 has been out for some time but we're holding-on for version 3 to be released in 2018.
The scenario was loosely based on Blenheim with a combined Anglo-Dutch army deployed in the north against a larger Danish / Swedish army to the south, with a series of fortified villages along their line.
|View from the village on the Danish far right flank - my command for the day|
|Long shot from then Danish left flanks|
|The Danish centre|
|Reserve angle of the Danish centre with the Anglo-Dutch in the distance|
|Close-up of a British line regiment|
|British gun with cavalry support to the rear|
|Danish Horse stood too on the left|
|The British cavalry on their own left|
|My command holds a small village on the right flank.|
|A British regiment opposite me - they would prove a thorn in the side of the Danish cavalry|
|Danish / Swedish horse make progress|
|The British attack on the left stalls.|
|Danish left under pressure|
|Bloody cavalry melee on the Danish left|
|The Danish still retain a decent sized force uncommitted.|
|British horse charges a Swedish regiment- they went to to break them later.|
|The flank is stablised|
Over on the Danish there was an attempt to force the issue with a steady advance but this was disrupted by several British cavalry charges which took time to contain and defeat.
|Opposing cavalry charge to contact|
British at bay on their own left
|My Swedes open-up on the advancing British|
|The British centre|
As always with BLB V1 several quirks in the rules dominated the early part of the day as we learnt them again - firing/ melee/morale are all handled completely differently for the three arms and this takes some adjustment. Cavalry combat also tends to bloody and fairly random unless you can gain an advantage through preparatory fire. This has inspired me to commit to another Marshals and Muskets variant - this time for Marlburians.
So for some eye-candy to enjoy.....
|Danish regiment stood-too|
|British line advances|
|Swedes are ready to get stuck-in|
|Danish commander ponders his next move|
|His British counter-part|