Post by fermor on May 1, 2017 15:35:44 GMT
Had my first game of HoW last weekend and really enjoyed it. The rules were straight forward and easy to pick up and gave an interesting and fun game.
The game was hosted by my wargaming friend Sean who devised the scenario based on Charles S Grant’s Table Top Teaser “Advance Guard Action” from the June 1978 issue of Battle magazine. Apologies for the photographs all taken by me.
It was 20th September 1756, at the crack of 9.30am, a despatch rider rode up to my camp with the following orders.
“Orders for General Clery, Commander of the Advance Guard of Field Marshall Count Schwerin’s Army of Eastern Bohemia.
You are to clear the route to the town of Loban and secure the town for our main forces. This must be accomplished by last light of 21st September your of our Lord 1756.
This town will form the concentration area prior to an assault of the Loban bridge on the 22nd September. We believe the enemy already hold the bridge in strength. The bridge will be a cost objective but on we must take in order to press into the heart of enemy country.
It is regrettable that the enemy already has the bridge for surely we will lose many good men in taking it. Nevertheless to take the town will benefit our preparations for the attack. I will send you what reinforcements I can spare which should arrive in the area of the town at mid-day on 21st September.
I leave the advance guard in your care confident that you will command it with good sense and imagination.
Field Marshall Count Schwerin.”
This Prussian Advance Guard consisted of:-
Infantry Brigade - 2 Standard Battalions & 1 Superior Grenadier Battalion
Cavalry Brigade – 2 Superior Cuirassier Regiments
Two independent units, one of Jagers (inferior) and one artillery battery (standard)
The Austrians they faced were of a similar composition of:-
Infantry Brigade - 3 Standard Battalions
Cavalry Brigade – 2 Standard Dragoon Regiments
Two independent units, one of Grenz (inferior) and one artillery battery (standard)
Both forces were very nicely painted by Sean.
Rolling for commanders from the national characteristics gave all dependable fellows for the Prussians apart from the cavalry commander who was a rather dashing chap.
The Austrians were mostly solid dependable men as well apart from their infantry brigade commander who was dashing and their cavalry commander who alas, was a ditherer.
I was also informed that by move 12 there was a possibility of reinforcements being available to both sides.
Advancing on to the table, it was immediately apparent that my briefing from high command was based on faulty intelligence and the bridge was not in enemy hands as I had been led to believe so there was all to play for with the Austrians also advancing on from the opposite side.
I deployed my infantry to the centre with my cavalry on the left, the battery on the right covering the bridge and the jagers moved forward to in the wood in front of them.
Unfortunately things started to unravel with my command rolls, as my dashing cavalry commander, intoxicated by a lust for glory relentlessly led his men forward unsupported, as my infantry were paralysed by inactivity.
In an attempt to outflank the Austrian infantry facing them they were badly mauled by their musketry losing a regiment and forcing the other to retreat. The Austrian foot then occupied the town. When the Prussian infantry finally managed to move up the Grenadiers charged and routed the Austrian foot facing them in the centre while another battalion tried to take the village on the left but was repulsed.
Despite the Grenadiers initial success, they were subsequently caught out by the Austrian artillery and badly cut up eventually being destroyed.
On my right flank there was something of a stalemate between my artillery and the Austrian cavalry who did nothing for most of the game thanks to the dithering fool who led them.
Things went from bad to worse for the Prussians. After further musketry casualties the other foot battalions routed. By this time it was move 8 and I decided to concede the game.
I could blame my commanders but I mishandled my cavalry and Sean was the better general on the day.
A big thank you to Sean for organising and hosting the game and providing a nicely painted Prussian force for me to use. Also a big thank you to his good lady Julia for putting up with their dining table being extended and their front room becoming an 18th century battlefield for the day and for looking after us so well with delicious food and refreshments.