On Monday, four of us gathered for a large game of King of the Battlefield. Stan and John were first to arrive at 12.30 and had set up a 12' x 4' table and deployed the first corps to arrive by 1.30. Stan had Prussians, John had a bunch of German states. At some point after that, Gavin arrived and joined in to help out John. I arrived at 3.30 with my Russians, so Gavin switched sides and brought on a second corps of Prussians. Sadly for me, his corps was quite a bit bigger than mine (but some of his infantry was second class - one hit and "pooff!" they're gone, so that did balance things out a bit.
I think we played for about 6 hours, with a short break while Gavin went to the chippy to get some food for us all.
Anyway, here are the pics with captions where I can remember what was happening.
|3 hours in for the original corps|
|My Russian corps arrives and starts deploying; Gavin's Prussians also arrive|
|With hindsight, I wouldn't have sent my cavalry off on a long flank march|
|Cuirassiers blocking off Prussian dragoons trying to sneak through a gap in the woods|
|The infantry action is hotting up. One of my brigades is failing to deploy to line|
|Deployed at last!|
|Keep an eye on those Prussian light infantry going into the woods|
|The cavalry melee here resulted in both sides breaking off|
|Horse grenadiers replace the cuirassiers to block those Prussian dragoons|
|In a surprise result, the Prussian light foot charged my grenadiers (the old ones) in the flank, causing both to break|
|My hussars beat his hussars in a melee|
The end result was a marginal win for the Prussians. If we'd fought on a few more turns, there was a good chance that my Russians would have beaten Gavin's Prussians, but John's Germans were about to be rolled up by Stan's Prussians.
Anyway, tomorrow will be a very early start to go to Milton Keynes for Campaign. As there is a tournament rule that you can't have more superior/elite bases than you have average/poor bases the only way my Swiss could be "legal" was to take the maximum possible light foot and just three small keils of pikemen. I do have some light horse, some gendarmes and some light artillery but they're not going to be able to do very much - the gendarmes' main role will be to protect the rear of the pike keils.
So, three games tomorrow and two on Sunday. I don't expect any of my games will go the full three hours (No, Miss P, I expect you to die!), which means I should have plenty of time to wander around the demo and participation games, grab lunch, maybe do some shopping.