Having been messing about with the Old School rules for the Franco-Prussian War I decided to try them out and so set up the table . The object of the game was to capture the railway line/road crossing , Don Featherstone recommended that you dice for the number of moves - which I did and came up with 8 moves - the forces would meet mid-morning. The Prussians are nearest the camera the French on the other table edge.
The initial Prussian force comprised of a Hussar Regiment and Battalion of Jaegers and a gun and crew . They will be reinforced by another Brigade of Infantry which will arrive dependent on a dice throw.
The French force comprises a Battalion Chasseurs De Pied ,a Battalion of Zouaves (count as Veterans) and a Mitrailleuse .They will also be reinforced by a Brigade of Infantry who will arrive on a increasing dice score.
The position of the armies after the first move .
The Prussian Hussars moved around the French right flank and were met with fire from the French Chasseurs and the Mitrailleuse .
The Prussian Jaegers deploy into skirmish order and swing round to engage the French.
The Hussars took casualties and having lost 3 models had to take a morale test and fell back one move , but rally next move.
The Jaegers move forward as the Zouaves deploy into line and the Mitrailleuse moves up to support them.
The Prussian gun opens fire on the Zouaves which combined with the shooting from the Jaegers inflict heavy casualties - which means they have to take a morale test - being Veterans and getting a +1 to their dice score they are only forced to halt for one move.
The Prussian reinforcements arrive - a Battalion of Bavarians and one of Wurttembergers both counting as 'Green' troops .The position of the units at the half way point in the game - on the far left the Prussian Hussars have dismounted and are firing into the flank of the French Chasseurs, the Zouaves and the Mitrailleuse are facing off the Jaegers and in the foreground the Prussian reinforcements arrive . The French Brigadier is now beginning to wonder where his support is !? . Part two of this report to follow.