Tuesday, January 17, 2023

MORE SEVEN YEARS WAR FIGURES

 Over the past year I added more units to my Seven Years War collection.  The latest were 2 battalions of Hungarian infantry and the Red Hussars all from Von Kleist's Freikorps.  The hussars are by Sash and Sabre and the infantry by Foundry.  I was short of 4 figures for the infantry so got 2 packs of the Von Kleist's band from Foundry.  That built the infantry up to 24s and gave me the figures for the two 4 figure band bases. I have to come up with a useful Black Powder rule to use the bands.  All the figures were painted by my friend Kevin Bowman and based by myself..  His painting just keeps getting better.







Saturday, January 14, 2023

MORE BOOKS FROM NAVAL AND MILITARY PRESS

Latest arrivals from N&MP - I have added 3 Helion books on the seventeenth century.  Two on the ECW and one on the Imperial Army1657-87.  The ECW books are 100+ pages and the Imperial Army 300 pages.   My New Year 2023 present to myself and all bargains especially the Imperial Army.








Thursday, December 9, 2021

28MM BLACK POWDER SYW: RIVER LIPPE 1758

River Lippe

Westphalia autumn 1758 – the 3rd year of the Third Silesian War.

Most of the games at my home recently have been fighting thru Charles Grant's Raid on St Michel Campaign book.  However as there were 5 of us present I decided this time to do a larger fictional game set in the SYW.  The players were Colin Jack, Tim Watson. Dave O'Brien and Mr Ray Neal while I umpired.  As always we used Black Powder 2 with our amended sequence of initiative moves, shooting, commanded moves and hand to hand combat.

Below are the briefings and OB for both sides and later the troop ratings.   The forces were almost numerically equal but the Prussians have a serious qualitative advantage with their Superbly Drilled infantry including 3 units of elite grenadiers and more effective Cuirassiers.

In the end the game turned into an unexpectedly impressive Franco/Imperial victory.  For a full account of the action see Tim Watson's blog report here:

 https://moth107.blogspot.com/2021/11/one-never-learns.html?m=1  

Allied Centre

Prussian Centre Right

ANGLO-PRUSSIAN BRIEFING

The allied French and Reichsarmee forces have gained ground on the right bank of the Rhine.  They have advanced along the River Lippe cutting a major supply route between the allied Army and Prussian controlled Saxony. To counter this threat Frederick II of Prussia has despatched a force from Saxony under his brother Prince Henry to join the newly organised British subsidy detachment under Charles Spencer 3rd Duke of Marlborough.

Following a consultation the Anglo-Prussian commanders decided to capture the vital river crossing at Lunen and the nearby important road junction at Ober Beedeburg.  Spies report that he French have completed a blockhouse to defend the river crossing at Lunen.

The Prussians and their allies have 3 infantry brigades including an entire elite grenadier brigade plus numerous cavalry and artillery.

Their opponents are reported to also have 3 infantry brigades with supporting cavalry, artillery, and numbers of Croats. 

British

1st Brigade

Hanoverian battalion

2 Hesse-Kassel battalions

Jaeger detachment

Artillery Battery

Prussian

1st Brigade

3 Grenadier battalions

Artillery Battery

2nd Brigade

3 line battalions

Jaeger detachment

Artillery Battery

3rd Brigade

2 Cuirassier Regts

4th Brigade

2 Dragoon Regts

5th Brigade

2 Hussar Regts

Prussian Cuirassiers sweep forward

Great cavalry melee on Allied right


FRANCO-REICHSARMEE BRIEFING

The allied French and Reichsarmee forces have gained ground on the right bank of the Rhine.  They have advanced along the River Lippe cutting a major supply route between the allied Army and Prussian controlled Saxony.   To counter this threat Frederick II of Prussia has despatched a force from Saxony under his brother Prince Henry to join the newly arrived British subsidy detachment under Charles Spencer 3rd Duke of Marlborough.

On receiving the news of their enemies approach the Franco-Empire commanders decided to defend a position at the vital river crossing at Lunen and the nearby important road junction at Ober Beedeburg.  To strengthen their line the Allies have built a blockhouse to control the river crossing at Lunen.  They have deployed an infantry unit in the blockhouse, another at Ober-Beedeburg and a light unit at the crumbling ruins of Schloss Cappenberg.  The remainder of their troops are encamped to the south of that line.

The allies have 3 infantry brigades with supporting cavalry, artillery, and numbers of Croats.  Spies report that the Prussians and British each have 2 infantry brigades plus cavalry and artillery. 

 French

1st Brigade

2 Irish line battalions

2 Recruit battalions

Soubise Volunteers

Artillery Battery

2nd Brigade

2 Dragoon regiments

Reichsarmee

1st Brigade

3 Line battalions

Artillery Battery

2nd Brigade

3 Line battalions

Grenz Detachment

Artillery Battery

3rd Brigade

2 Cuirassier Regts

4th Brigade

2 Hussar Regts


BELOW ARE THE TROOP RATINGS FOR BOTH SIDES

REICHSARMEE/FRENCH

Weapon

Type

H_H

Shooting

Morale

Stamina

Useful Rules

Line Infantry

Musket

Reg Infantry

6

3

4

3

 

Line Infantry Recruits

Musket

Reg Infantry

5

3

5

3

Freshly Raised or Levy 4+

Grenzers (small)

Musket

Reg Infantry

4

2

4

2

Marauders, Skirmish

Irish Infantry

Musket

Reg Infantry

6

3

4

3

Tough Fighters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuirassiers

Sword

Cavalry

8

 

4

3

Hvy Cav +1

Dragoons

Sword

Cavalry

7

--

4

3

 

Hussars

Sword

Cavalry

6

--

4

3

Marauders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artillery

Artillery

Smoothbore

1

3-2-1

4

2

 

Battalion Guns

Light Artillery

Smoothbore

1

2-1-1

4

2

 

Other small units reduce Hand to Hand by 2, Shooting by 1 and Stamina by 1.

Skirmish           Can adopt skirmish formation

Reliable            Add1 to Command Level

Levy X+            Need to roll off disorder at end of their turn by rolling X+

Freshly Raised  Test when first in action see page 102

Marauders         Ignore command radius

Tough Fighters  Reroll 1 miss in HtoH

 

PERIOD SPECIFIC HOUSE RULES – mainly from Last Argument of Kings

Cavalry which become Disordered by closing fire retire disordered one move.

Infantry in combat with cavalry get a +1 combat resolution if they have a flank which is secure against cavalry even if the flank is not supported by a friendly unit, The flank is secure i.e. by a building or terrain impenetrable to cavalry.   

Artillery, other than battalion guns, once deployed cannot be manhandled or relimbered but can turn in place as move.

Infantry in line cannot use more than 2 moves.

 

Prussian

Weapon

Type

H_H

Shooting

Morale

Stamina

Useful Rules

Guards/Grenadiers

Musket

Reg Infantry

7

3

4

4

Elite 4+, Superbly Drilled

Line Infantry

Musket

Reg Infantry

6

3

4

3

Superbly Drilled

Allied Infantry

Musket

Reg Infantry

6

3

4

3

 

Freikorps

Musket

Reg Infantry

5

3

5

3

Freshly Raised or Levy 4+

Jaegers (small)

Musket

Reg Infantry

4

2

4

2

Skirmish, Marauders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuirassiers

Sword

Cavalry

8

 

4

3

Reliable, Hvy Cav +D3

Dragoons

Sword

Cavalry

7

--

4

3

Hvy Cav +1

Hussars

Sword

Cavalry

6

--

4

3

Marauders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foot Artillery

Medium Artillery

Smoothbore

1

3-2-1

4

2

 

Battalion Guns

Light Artillery

Smoothbore

1

2-1-1

4

2

 

 

Other small units reduce Hand to Hand by 2, Shooting by 1 and Stamina by 1.

Elite X+            Rally of disorder at start of their turn by rolling X+

Freshly Raised  Test when first in action see page 102

Levy X+            Need to roll off disorder at end of their turn by rolling X+

Hvy Cav +D1/3  Add1/3 to combat result resolution

Marauders         Ignore command radius

Reliable            Add1 to Command Level

Skirmish           Can adopt skirmish formation

Superbly Drilled Get a free move if they fail command like march columns

Prussian line attack the village but are held

Wild Geese tough fighters hold and eventually push back the grenadiers