The scenario was an Allied attack against a smaller French force across a small (but fordable) river with the Allied objective being the capture of a fortified village on the far side.
Both sides deployed with the traditional arrangement of horse on each wing and infantry in the centre. The French were significantly weaker in cavalry but the river crossing presented the Allies with an interesting challenge.
Here are some photos from the game:
|Traditional deployment from both sides|
|Dutch horse on the Allied left wing|
|British horse on the Allied right wing|
|The Allied horse on the right advances to the river|
|Jacobite Irish defending the village|
|The foot face each other in the centre|
|The Dutch horse advance to cross the river|
|The French horse charge the disordered Dutch|
|Churchill's regiment advances across the bridge|
|The North & Grey's ford the river towards the Saintonge|
|The French artillery engages the advancing English|
|The Dutch foot successfully crosses the river|
|The British horse and foot push across too|
This gave the British horse on the other wing pause and they waited for some time before trying to force a crossing.
The English pushed two regiments across the bridge in the centre but the French artillery caught them in column on the bridge and they were thrown back; however, the Dutch foot managed to cross successfully but struggled to make headway against a determined defence by the Irish in the village.
In the end the French horse on the left wing couldn't replicate the success on the right and the Allies successfully crossed with most of their horse intact. This forced the French to refuse that flank and begin withdrawing on the village. But in the end the Allies couldn't quite break through and take their objective.
The rules produced an interesting game and I was pleased with the result but they did feel rather "old school" with lots of dice rolling with modifiers to obtain the various results - something that could be streamlined and produce a quicker game I think.