Monday, January 01, 2018

Season of Battles solo third encounter with Field of Battle

Sadly due to a bereavement in the family (nasty end to 2017) I had to put this on hold for a couple of days but was great therapy playing it through late yesterday.

Prussia backed into a corner with low National Will and needing a victory in Home area to avoid defeat in Campaign.
Low and behold they managed (just about however) a minor win against the Russians with the vaunted Prussian musket volleys coming to the fore this time decimating several Russian units.
Whilst it was a win costing the Russians 22 Morale points the Prussians had a mere 5 left themselves so a narrow victory indeed.
In the after action phase the Prussians saw a couple of Commanders increase their quality but some units have degraded (war weariness ?) despite using some Victory points to give a  boost
Indeed Frederick dropped his Sequence Deck Quality from Skilled to Average despite his victory (both sides now using Average decks).


Due to Pyrrhic victory the next encounter is still in Home area (Berlin) so Prussians still in dire straits

Another Campaign Action cycle has resulted in a fresh field of battle with the Russians again getting some extra room to Deploy but having to commit their troops before Prussians (2 Commands per Prussian Command).

One thing I forget to mention re Action Cards is that each has a narrative component such as 'Forced March' 'Scouts' and numerous similar notations which you use to build a background narrative to your battle with a bit of imagination involved.
Their is great potential to expand on this as regards the fate of officers and units.
I have not used this as mainly trying to learn main elements of the system.

Also playing solo I have amended one or two things such as randomly laying out the 10 potential battlefields (rather than each side picking one alternately) and also rolling randomly for various other elements designed of course for two players.

But all has worked fairly seamlessly (especially with FOB for which it is designed) and generated several interesting battlefields.




Overview of deployments







The two Prussian Commands on right that done the damage








Some of their victims. Note the reserve command in columns which ended up marching to right flank then trying to scramble back to their left and essentially missing the battle !














Clash on Prussian left wing where their superior Cavalry made hard going of the lesser Russian mounted.







Musketeers shooting up Russian left








Cavalry melee









Musketeers a solid bastion on the right









Prussian left. Marching columns of Russian reserve arrive just in time to turn back to weakened left wing.







Colonels view of Russian foes













Russian left withdrawing just as Reserves appear and deploy












Reserves arrive back on left alas to late as Army folded as Morale depleted










The end on Russian right where Prussian horse has finally destroyed counterparts








The Russian losses ! Prussians lost only one unit but had large casualties during the fracas






And now the armies are deployed once more in the region of Berlin....................







Russian deployment (hills here are Class I (gentle slopes) but woods are all Class II (medium).







Prussia deploys to survive conquest once more















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