I set up Zorndorf scenario to teach Hugh the rules and he choose to be the Russians giving me command of the Prussians.
As ever with FOB an excellent and indeed hard fought encounter generating an excellent battle narrative and so easy to teach.
Hugh picked up the mechanics fairly easily and we soon got down to a bloody affair.
My initial card draws and dice rolls were as ever poor stymieing my attempts to manovure.
Hughs rolls had me in fear for a while of fighting another 'dice demon' as he rolled constant 8 on his D8 and D10 rolls.
This saw my 'Elite' Cuirassier on my right wing being repelled by lowly Irregular Hussars and Cossacks !!
I had D12 attack versus D4 and still lost (1 vs 4 rolled !).
However about mid way through game my left flank forces began a steady drain of casualties on the Russians reducing their Morale Pool.
I had a nice run of Leadership Cards (exceptional deck helped) that allowed me to several damaged units and recover to Routing units as well.
This helped thwart Hughs attempts to push me back and for Prussians to inflict more dmage on Russians with several units Routing off table and a couple being destroyed outright by my remaining Cuirassier (I had however lost two others !)
Eventually Russian Morale ran out and Hugh was handing me Morale chips and the Russian lot was up.
However in a final act of defiance Hugh managed to pass 2 Army Morale Checks (very stoic these Russians) but we called time before his inevitable collapse.
All in all a great game and I hope an enticing introduction to FOB for Hugh who did agree that FOB generates a fast flowing game full of incident and story.
The lighting was all of the show today with some fierce sunlight at times.
Prussian centre with Kanitz command attempting to flow to right (they failed to move twice !)
Later they suffered at hands of Russian guns as Matueffels Grenadiers occupied the wood
Prussians try to take left end of steam whilst Mounted wing try to take hill