I can safely say that we all had a cracking days gaming chez Keith's. The table and figures looked fantastic and we were all truly impressed by the effort Keith had gone to in putting on the game. As always the game was played in the right spirit, with plenty of good natured banter along the way. Sadly I had to leave before the end due to family commitments, but a minor Austrian victory feels right given how the game was going. I look forward to being able to cross swords with the chaps in the not too distant futre (if I'm lucky!).
Now I had the time to read the AAR. It sounds great. The scenario is very interesting. To have artillery in such big numbers is not what I would do, but it's interesting to learn the effect of such numbers of guns. The counter-battery fire is a important Thing especialy for the more deffensive gamers. Perhaps it would be easier to rate all artillery inferior for rallyconditions only. To destroy artillery by artillery was important during sieges. But even there were reserves to replace destroyed material.
I thought a lot about the columns you mentioned, Keith. I remember that "Der Alte Fritz" had attack columns 2 stands wide in his rules. I would use these columns for the late SYW only and maybe for the French.
Es marschierten drei Regimenter wohl über den Rhein...
I can recall some years ago playing a 7 Yrs War game of the battle of St Cast under the WRG rules. The French commander left it too late to change from Column to Line, he got too close to the English Foot Guards to be able to do so under the rules. He was duly punished heavily and defeated on that flank.