: Sounds cool. I mean most you have to do is change a few flags around (unless you painted all the guys to wear uniforms).
Last week my gaming nemesis and I had another go at Pike&Shotte. Differently to the usual gaming night which runs for about three hours we started in the afternoon and played the game from start to finish. Here are a few impressions:
The setup. Lines indicate battalia, the unit descriptions are somewhat hovering above/underneath the respective unit.
As I provide both armies we rolled for who would get to play which side. This time it was my turn to take the imperial-catholic side. Other changes we made from the last game is that one of the cuirassiers units joined the protestant side who also got a brand new unit of Finnish cavalry. They also brought most of the available artillery.
The catholic troops in the bottom of the picture set up pretty much in a linear (one could call it a protestant) fashion, with the light cavalry to their left, a centre of pike and shot, swordmen and the medium artillery and heavy cavalry in the right along with some Cossacks for support.
The Swedish and protestants set up in two lines (more or less), light cavalry on their left side, cuirassiers and Finnish cavalry in their right on a hill, along with the medium cannon and their general. And in the far right they had placed a powerful flanking force of veteran Swedish Blue and Yellow Guards regiments.
The light guns, according to Gustav Adolph's orders, were used as 'regimental guns' and stuck with the infantry centre.
A colourful mix of the protestant alliance's troops. Swedish light cavalry wing, mercenaries from Hesse-Kassel, the Palatinate and Veterans from Saxony.
The imperial-catholic troops were no less colourful and had even dug up an old formation of swordsmen:
The catholic right flank certainly looked the most dangerous with two units of cuirassiers in black (ehem) armour and a unit of Harquebusiers, all under the command of nasty old Heinrich Holk:
Here's a lovely shot of the clash of light cavalries on the left side:
Due to Swedish light cavalry being a bit more squishy than Croats, fire support by the Dragoons on the imperial side and some poor dice rolls things were settled rather fast on this side the the imperial-catholics got a lot more freedom of movement on their left flank.
On their right the heavy cavalry attempted to charge right into the enemy cavalry (who were outnumbered almost two to one) before the Swedish blue and yellow regiments would hit home.
Of course the plan failed and things ground to a halt as catholic cuirassiers got ground up in a horrible crossfire between Swedish and Palatinate regiments to their sides and enemy cavalry to their front.
In their defence, they did a really good job not breaking and bound half the protestant army in place for quite a while.
In this picture you can see another problem the imperial-catholics had to face - the idea was for the infantry centre to rush forward and hit the inferior protestant German troops hard and fast. However, half the infantry didn't get the memo and as the centre left rushed ahead the centre right barely moved at all.
Lateron the imperials actually made it over, a unit of Bavarian veterans immediately started a push of the pike match against Hesse-Kassel troops and disintegrated. However, in the end the catholic side were able to take away a very close victory.
The game took us roughly seven hours to finish but it has to be said that in the beginning we took some time with looking up rules and taking photos, calibrating the cameras and so on. It was the first time we used this fleece blanket to cover the table and it came out rather weirdly in some pictures. In the flesh it's more green. Still, not a bad blanket at all. The game wasn't bad at all either. Each time I play Pike&Shotte I get renewed faith in the rules set. It's a brilliant compromise between "realism" and "speeding things up" where it counts.
Hope you enjoyed the report.