The game started shortly before 2pm, with 5 players:
Clive - British and Hessians; Right Wing
Stan - Prussians; Left Wing
Mike R - Austrians and some Russians (on a flank march, arriving quite late); Right Wing
Richard - half of my Russians; Centre
Me - the other half of my Russians; Left Wing
We were joined by three other players at various points - Jerry took over the centre portion of Clive and Stan's army; Ian G arrived with more British and took the left wing, with a big cavalry reinforcement donated to Clive's right wing; and Mike C with more Austrians on our right wing (with a small reinforcement of cavalry sent to my wing), who arrived just as Mike R's Russian flank march arrived on table.
It was a fabulously chaotic game. Clive and I both started out with equally poor dice rolling for our combats, which saw a fairly even distribution of units leaving the table. Unfortunately my dice rolls didn't improve as the game went on, whereas Clive's improved significantly. The one bit of good dice luck that I did have early on was that all my control tests for redeploying infantry from column to line and unlimbering my artillery passed on the first attempt. We did have some wonderful cavalry melees though.
Further down the table, everyone seemed to be having better dice luck, with less units being killed early on.
I took a fair number of photos throughout the game - here they are for your delight.
|Yes! I've killed all of Clive's cavalry!|
|Yoiks! He's got more!|
|I'm sure we had more infantry than that a few minutes ago...|
|Hmm, the Serbskiy hussars are dead. I guess we will be too, soon.|
|I thought there was another gun in this battery?|
|Phew! Austrain cavalry are here - guess I'll scoot out of the way!|
|Hah! So long and farewell, British guard infantry!|
As we called an end to the game (shortly after 9pm), I was left with 4 unbroken infantry units and 5 generals. Having started with 16 infantry regiments, 12 cavalry regiments, 3 Cossack regiments and 4 artillery batteries. And a reinforcement of 5 Austrian cavalry regiments.