Terrific looking game. Glad you got the hang of the rules. My next game (Thursday) will probably be the first where the rules will be used properly. I think I may well use your blog for gaming ideas. Thanks for sharing.
Not sure how reliable it is, but my information about comparative unit sizes comes from the old Koenig Krieg rules army lists by Barry Gray (1985). In those rules Austrian fusilier battalions are bigger than both Prussian battalions and their own Hungarian, grenadier and Grenz battalions. However, Austrian jager (not many of them) were even bigger than fusilier battalions. In the Prussian army list only musketeers and fusiliers have attached light artillery, given as one per REGIMENT. Similarly in the Austrian list only the fusiliers have attached light guns but here it is per BATTALION.
For information, French Guard and Swiss are large units and battalion guns are allocated one per regiment throughout the infantry. All Russian infantry units are standard size and battalion guns are allocated one per musketeer regiment. For Britain fusilier, highland and guard battalions are large but battalion guns are only allocated as one per three battalions. Hanoverian infantry are all standard size, but battalion guns are given as one per two battalions. Hessians and Brunswickers are standard size with battalion guns allocated to each musketeer battalion.
I stress that this is information from an oldish set of rules' army lists, but his bibliography cites three Duffy books and Jomini amongst a host of others, so he must have done some research beforehand. Any further information would be gratefully accepted. Of course, for a much more straightforward game all these differences can be smoothed out, which is what I intend to do while assimilating the rules. Once they are familiar I will look at introducing some variations.
I had a nagging feeling that Prussian and Austrian grenadiers didn't have battalion guns but can't find that information again. Can you remind me where it comes from? I also believe that most Austrian units were larger than similar Prussian units. Again, do you have any references to confirm this? Cheers.
What happens when three of your four brigade commanders are ditherers. Last night I found out the hard way. As the Austrian (red) commander in the Kutzdorf scenario I had a dependable cavalry commander (misnomer), the remainder all rolling 1 or 2 as ditherers. Consequently the Austrian flank attack stalled from the word go. The cavalry hung around south of the town, the grenzers entered the wood and failed to re-emerge until the game was virtually over, and the artillery brigade did not move as fast as needed. Meanwhile, the Prussians had a dashing cavalry commander and one of the infantry brigades also had a dashing commander. Consequently on they came pushing the Austrians back and back (four casualties and loss of morale). Although the Austrians only lost two units and continued to rally losses off, they lost in total three army points (Prussian cavalry seizing the town) and were pushed back into the last 1/8 of the table, at which point they sought, and received the Honours of War.
Had a bit of a hiatus in the game last night. A Prussian infantry unit charged an Austrian battery during its move. The Austrians rushed a unit of infantry into the front face of the Prussians, but we decided to give the rules another read. After three slow and deliberate readings we came to the conclusion that the Austrian infantry could not charge in to fight on the same face as the artillery, but could move up to support. This then led to the question that if the Austrians had been able to attack the flank of the Prussians, how would Austrian casualties have been allocated to the artillery and the infantry?
Wargaming the SYW in 10mm I get most of my figures from Pendraken. 6pdr and heavier artillery is supplied with limbers. Austrian limbers are modelled with an ammo chest but Prussian limbers with just a chassis. However, Haythornthwaite states (in Osprey's Frederick the Great's Army 3: Specialist Troops) that Frederick introduced limbers with chests in the 1740s. I am still going to use the limbers I have, but I wonder why the sculptor fashioned Prussian limbers without a chest.