Monday, June 11, 2018

Thirty Years War at Annandale

We met at Annandale yesterday for a great game of Baroque with some lovely Thirty Years War figures painted by Maurice, Bob and Grant.


Maurice and I were opposing a nasty looking bunch of Swedes.  Managed to play to a conclusion in about 4 hours of game time.

Most of the villages / hamlets are from Total Battle Miniatures 10mm range.

My pike and musket regiments in line before the battle.


Part of the Swedish line opposing me.  Unfortunately out of shot to the right of the Swedish infantry was a large number (five regiments) of Swedish horse.  Against them I only had three regiments.  Pretty obvious that this flank was going to be the result of the battle.


It didn't take long for the horse to come to grips with each other.  My first unit of Cuirassiers below didn't earn their horse feed on the day.  These guys lasted one round and with the followup they routed. 


Action pretty quickly turned to my massed Reiters taking on another unit of Swedish horse.  These Reiters has inserted themselves into a gap between villages and were protecting the flank of my infantry as they slowly advanced towards the Swedes.  On the day, they fought as gallantly as anyone could hope.  This melee lasted in the vicinity of five or six turns.  In the end they broke but only once they were contacted on the flank by another fresh unit of Swedish horse.  



While the horse battle was going on the infantry ground their way towards each other.  As we advanced, my artillery slowly took chips off two of the Swedish units to the extent that when we finally met both Swedish units did not last long at all.  






Unfortunately my two units of infantry in the foreground of the photos took a few rounds of fire from the more powerful Swedish units before we could get into melee with thee.  This resulted in both being thrown back and then quickly overwhelmed by the Swedes.  


The end results was that both our armies broke on the same turn - a very enjoyable draw on the day.


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    1. They did a great job on the figures Jonathan.

      Richard

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  2. Nice armies- Love the period! Looks great.

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    1. John I am learning the period. Seems like a whole lot of variety as tactics developed over the 39 years.

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  3. Great looking game Richard. I used to leave in Leichardt many years ago and always loved Annandale as a suburb. Some lovely old homes down that main street. Is this your normal gaming venue for the club?

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    1. Carlo first time this year for me due to various conflicts. It is a great club but I’m always needing to borrow as I have no 15mm. But the main club over many years has been Goulburn which has just morphed into Mittagong where we’ll have our first meeting at the end of the month.

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  4. Great looking armies and terrain and sounds like a fun game!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain. Was a great game. We really like Baroque.

      Richard

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