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Post by barr7430 » Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:19 pm

Dave O'Brien and I played the GNW options today. The Swedes are tough Mothers!

Swedish Army:
4 Guard Battalions
4 Elite Battalions
7 squadrons all Elite
Commander; Karl XII (Skilful)

Russo-Danish Army
4 Raw Battalions (Russian)
3 Drilled battalions (Danish)
1 Elite Battalion(Danish)
4 Field guns (Russian) Drilled
3 squadrons of Cuirassiers (Danish) Drilled
3 squadrons of Horse(Danish) Drilled
2 squadrons of Dragoons (Russian) Drilled
7 squadrons pf Dragoons (Russian) Raw
Commander : Tzar Peter (Competent)

Swedes outnumbered 2:1 in Horse, no artillery but Foot extremely strong.

The game was very hard fought but resulted in a convincing Swedish victory with 5 battalions fully operational but the Horse largely spent.

The Russians were all but gone and a rear guard of 2 Danish battalions was making a last stand.

King Karl was mortally wounded leading a cahrge of the Lifeguards and his replacement General Lewenhaupt was also killed in action leading the same battalion!
Swedish morale kept them afloat and advancing. The forward momentum ade them very difficult to stop.

We ran across a few 'gems' in terms of mechanism clarification but if anyone wants the closest BLB thing to an uber army.. the Blue Machine is the one!
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Post by Darkman » Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:25 pm

Hi Barry, which rule changes did you use if any? and what were your brigade structures?

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Post by barr7430 » Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:10 pm

Swedes were in two brigades of 4 Foot regiments
All of the Guards in one brigade
4 Elite battalions in the other (one was only two stands instead of three)
All Horse in a single brigade.

Danes: 1 brigade of 4 battalions + 2 x 3 squadron Horse regiments in another brigade
Russians: 1 x 4 battalion Foot brigade - 2 bns with pike, two without.
Russian Horse: 1st brigade:2 regiments each of 2 squadrons (1 Drilled, 1 Raw)
2nd brigade: 2 regiments both Raw one of 3 and 1 of 2 squadrons.
2 x 2 gun batteries.

The rules that we used that were noew/revised:

1. Concentration of 2 gun batteries on single targets
2. Consolidation of weakened Horse squadrons
3. Amended Shooting and Combat modifiers
4. Further as yet uncirculated developments to charging and close combat with All or Nothing situations.

The Swedes are fast and manouvreable and can take a lot of punishment as long as they are advancing.
I am writing in further clarifications and amedments now.
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Post by obriendavid » Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:17 pm

My dice rolling didn't help either :cry: and the plusses you kept rolling for guard and elite troops didn't help either :shock:
But I notice he's not mentioned the Swedish guard battalion that was wiped out. :twisted:

Remind me to pick the Swedes the next time round.
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Post by barr7430 » Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:11 pm

Dear Tzar..

you will notice I HOPE in the spirit of the age that I did NOT mentioned who played which side! :wink:
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