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our succession wars begins - 4 players
« on: March 23, 2017, 09:28:56 PM »
And so it begins, a copy of the post to our local group forum:

I am sure that more detailed accounts and pics of last night’s excellent start to our mini Maurice campaign will follow but I can summarise events as follows and will try to limit my bias and exaggeration as best I can.
 
First, many thanks to Caesar, Peter and Daniel for a most entertaining evening of games, and I must also give a heap of credit to Mr Mustafa – I already think his Maurice rules are pretty good and now his simple campaign system has elevated his game to even greater heights adding context and consequence to each battle.
 
For this first round Caesar was the prime instigator on the European stage of political intrigue (that is “first player”) and he opted to commit the formation of alliances and the selection of opponents to fate – probably on a par with actual history. The result was an alliance of France and Austria against Prussia and Russia – again, quite feasible. In this first round of hostilities, Austria attacked the Russian field army while Prussia attacked the French.
 
The Austrians won the initiative but decided to let the Russians defend and subsequently found them ensconced between a rock and hard place in the bottom left corner of the battlefield with a river on the right flank leaving just a narrow approach area – a Russian tactic undoubtedly in response to the considerable superiority of Austrian cavalry numbers and quality. Undaunted, or perhaps daunted but with little other option, Peter threw his infantry in waves against the narrow Russian front. Many Austrian infantry units perished but eventually their sacrifice created gaps in the Russian defensive line and Peter’s vaunted cavalry were quick to exploit the openings. This was a dogged fight with fortunes fluctuating several times as reflected in Peter’s changing demeanour from despair to hope, back to despair and ultimately to glee. Final result: Austria on “1” morale point, Russia broken – it was a blood bath!
 
Meanwhile France won the initiative and elected to defend. The objective was buried in a garrisoned town surrounded by wooded hills full of irregular cavalry – so inviting! The balance of the small French army comprising it’s uber-infantry units (Elite elites, another Elite, flame thrower bayonets, air support – you get the picture!) deployed in the open area on the French left with it’s uber-artillery in support. The Prussians (me) had pretty much decided that this was going to be a no-win situation so were thinking how to escape with limited damage. The conscript Prussian infantry was deployed as a screen in front of the wooded hills to limit the action of the irregular French cavalry while the balance of the Prussian foot deployed on the Prussian right flank splitting the infantry into two formations - bugger. Artillery covered the extreme right of the Prussian line while the cavalry lurked in the centre commanded by a manic obsessive Irishman focused primarily on the length of troopers’ moustaches (-1 movement rate for cavalry under his command!). The battle started and then continued for some time with both sides marching and countermarching seeking an opening. Caesar moved his irregular cavalry from his right to his left flank in order to threaten the Prussian artillery anchored against a convenient (especially for the irregular cavalry) wood. I spent several turns relocating and screening my artillery from this threat. Caesar, foiled in his attempt to catch my artillery, now commenced bombardment with regular but only incremental success. However, the relocation of the French irregular cavalry had created a small opening on the right of the French main battle line which the Prussians now exploited. This resulted in the over-running of the French artillery and threatening of the French right. In a final effort to break through before the threat from the right flank became decisive, the French infantry now formed Massed and advanced into the teeth of the dreaded Prussian Lethal Volleys which actually were about as lethal as wet tissue paper. Luckily for the Prussians some of the French infantry had made a pit stop in the aforementioned wood (smirk) and the subsequent charge failed to crack the Prussian line. Subsequent volleys by the Prussians proved significantly more lethal and the end came when the Prussian cavalry finally plodded into the flank of the reeling French infantry. Final result: Prussia on “16” morale, France broken – I was as surprised as anyone.
 
After the battles there is an accounting of EPs (experience points – sort of like VPs) and lost units are restored but at lower quality, while surviving units may potentially be upgraded. Notables that survived the battle may retire and new ones may arrive. So, despite his victory, Peter’s Austrians had taken a significant mauling and as a result the Austrians will field a lot of conscript infantry in their next battle (the original Austrian army of 100 AP will likely add up to something a little less than that). Prussia won and managed to finish with only limited losses so benefited from few downgrades and a couple of upgrades (so will start with an army of a little over 100 AP next time). I think both the French and Russians will return with modified but probably close to 100 AP forces?
 
Overall, a very good game system enhanced by a very clever and easily administered campaign system not bogged down by maps and excessive record keeping. Excellent (and it allows for the entry of new players mid-campaign if anyone is interested).
 
All care taken and no responsibility accepted, regards to All, gary



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Re: our succession wars begins - 4 players
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2017, 05:50:06 AM »
CAMPAIGN STARTING ARMIES (100 points)

AUSTRIA (Peter)
6 trained regular infantry
1 conscript regular infantry
3 elite regular cavalry
4 trained regular cavalry
2 conscript regular cavalry
1 artillery
National advantages: none
Army morale 17

PRUSSIA (Gary)
5 trained regular infantry
4 conscript regular infantry
1 elite regular cavalry
3 trained regular cavalry
4 artillery
National advantages: Lethal Volleys, Oblique Order.
Army morale 17

RUSSIA (Daniel)
2 elite regular infantry
3 trained regular infantry
2 conscript regular infantry
2 irregular cavalry
3 trained regular cavalry
3 artillery
National advantages: Rally to the Colours, Maison du Roi, Cadence.
Army morale 13

FRANCE (Caesar)
3 elite regular infantry
2 trained regular infantry
3 conscript regular infantry
3 irregular cavalry
4 artillery
National advantages: Maison du Roi, A la Baionette, En Masse, Artillery Academy.
Army morale 12

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Re: our succession wars begins - 4 players
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2017, 09:29:49 AM »
Interesting selection of units for the different armies. Looking forward to more of the campaign. I am slaving away at my WSS armies.

Thanks for the inspiration.

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Re: our succession wars begins - 4 players
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2017, 02:26:39 PM »
Thanks for this. Very enjoyable and I look forward to reading about the next encounters.
I'm trying to persuade a number of Maurice newbies (conscript level?) at my club to give the Succession Wars a try

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Re: our succession wars begins - 4 players
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2017, 03:59:11 AM »
Great stuff! I look forward to hearing more!

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Re: our succession wars begins - 4 players
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2017, 06:48:51 AM »
Looks like a good start!  Interesting choices for the armies!

Is there a link to more info and pictures on your own forum?

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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2017, 11:10:00 PM »
Thanks for the feedback guys - pictures are available on "sparkerswargamesblogspot" and "the stronghold rebuild" - sorry about not posting links - that is beyond my very limited IT skill which still languishes in the 1990's.

The write up of our second round of battles from the first War follows below. gary

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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2017, 11:10:23 PM »
Peace, let the bells toll, Peace in all the land! Well, for a little while anyway.

After our second round of battles in the First War of Succession, the French and Austrian Alliance has seen the error of their aggressive, expansionist policies and sued for peace after a double defeat at the hands of the Russian and Prussian armies. Amid much forelock tugging and kowtowing, all parties swore everlasting peace and co-operation and promptly headed off to rebuild their forces and persuade their respective monarchs of the inevitability of their ultimate victory by force of arms!

Interestingly it was the Russians who, obviously confused by the carnage of their battle with the Austrians the previous month, and a propensity to not know left from right, had retreated to the West rather than to the East and subsequently found themselves facing the French army ensconced around another Chateau again rumoured to contain considerable quantities of fine red wine and so deserving of a stalwart defence. The Russian advance on the French left yielded quick victories but soon ran out of momentum as the defence stiffened around that damnable Chateau and its liquid treasure. Counter attacks by the French Guards heroically led by Sir James Chaffee soon had the Russians regrouping and feeling the pressure. Alas, after stepping out in front of his troops for the umpteenth time to exhort just one more push, the Russian musketeers finally silenced Chaffee’s rants with several well placed musket balls. Now a genius flanking move by the Russian cavalry again silenced most of the French Artillery Academy and brought the affair to the brink of closure -  French Morale on 1, Russian on 6. A stirring speech by the CinC of the French army delivered in only slightly slurred speech roused the French soldiery and increased their morale 100% to 2! Another loss saw French morale slip again to 1, a Russian cavalry unit was obliterated by musketry and Russian morale teetered on 3. A last charge by the remaining Russian cavalry took down a French Infantry unit and finally their morale broke – Russia 3, France defeated.

In the South the Prussians hastened to support their Russian comrades and intercept the pursuing Austrians. The course of the battle may well have been predicted when the Prussians won the initiative against an Austrian +2 superiority in scouting. Once the Austrians had deployed and committed their considerably superior (in both numbers and quality) Cavalry force to their left flank, the Prussians promptly deployed their own cavalry as far away as possible on the opposite flank and covered the Austrian line with their own Lethally Volleyed superior infantry and Grande battery. Of course marching ones cavalry into such a hailstorm would be quite silly but regardless, the Prussians were a little surprised when the Austrian cavalry about faced and headed over to the other flank seeking out those Prussians now pre-occupied with maintaining their lines in perfect order. This relocation of the Austrian mounted did however take several actions and the Prussian infantry did not hesitate to advance into musket range of the now mostly conscript Austrian infantry after the battle last month against the Russians. The Austrian foot could not retrograde fast enough and soon felt the full rathe of those lethal volleys with several lucky rounds of firing reeking considerable carnage amongst their ever diminishing ranks. As the Austrian mounted rounded the right flank of their army and advanced on the Prussian cavalry now in the most absolutely perfect straight lines ever witnessed on any battlefield, the Prussian guns and a couple of infantry units came into action in support of their social betters on horseback. The subsequent clash of horses and men, charge and counter charge, was appropriately deadly. However the narrow frontage of the Prussian mounted plus the assistance of the Prussian infantry all contributed to dulling the advantage of numbers and quality enjoyed by the Austrians (and a couple of very lucky rally rolls for the Prussians helped as well). As the dust settled 3 Austrian cavalry had been shattered including 2 Elite Cuirassier units for the loss of only one Prussian Hussar unit, and the remaining Prussians were in reasonably good order courtesy of those opportune Rallies. On the other flank the remaining Conscript Austrian Infantry tried as best they could to blend into the scenery to avoid further attention from the Prussian musketry. The Austrian General now suggested that the worsening weather plus interminable saddle soreness should see an end to hostilities. The Prussian leadership quickly acquiesced to an honourable evacuation of the battlefield with colours, weapons and baggage train intact (minus a few trophies of course – damn nice gilding and braid on those Austrian scabbards!) – all soldiers returned to their campfires and bratwurst.

In Campaign terms the twin victories by the Russian/Prussian Alliance result signalled the end of the War. All armies now returned all Conscript units back to Trained status for the opening of renewed hostilities once alliances and battle match ups have been determined – this time influenced most astutely by Russia (Daniel now being the First Player).

The standing of the Nations after the first War is Prussian on 9 EP, Austria on 5 EP, Russia on 4 EP, and France on 2 EP.

Our next campaign night is scheduled approximately towards the end of May by which time I hope to have the bulk of an Ottoman army available. We know that Alan would like to join our merry dance with his Swedes so again, if anyone else is keen for some Maurice once a month to keep our numbers even, we can provide either the Prussians or most of an Ottomans army for your campaigning pleasure.

Again, I accept no responsibility for the errors or exaggerations included above – history is written by the person who takes the time to compose It! Hopefully Ralph will be able to provide some visuals of proceedings as we were missing our resident photographer in Alan.

Many thanks to Peter for an entertaining game (I am sorry it was less fun for him on the night) and to the Campaigners generally for what is proving to be a very interesting mechanism to generate variable and consequential games. Regards to All, gary



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Re: our succession wars begins - 4 players
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2017, 04:17:55 AM »
Photos of the last battle between Austrians and Prussians here:

http://sparkerswargames.blogspot.com.au/2017/04/maurice-campaign-first-war-of-succession.html

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« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2017, 03:19:36 AM »
THIS MEANS WAR!

After the end of the First War of Succession and having spent a congenial winter skiing, sipping hot Gleuhwein and munching on apfelstrudel (or whatever the French and Russian equivalents may be), and chasing the local snow bucks and bunnies with a vigour belying their respective ages and portly countenance, the various Monarchs of Europe have returned to more stately matters with the first hints of Spring and warmer times to come. Well satisfied with his gains in the First War, the King of Prussia has declared his continued devotion to Peace although pressure from the Good Burghers of Berlin to reduce military spending from the previous year’s 250% of state revenues may have been a factor. Aware however that other Nations may be less well pleased with the settlements at the end of the previous year, the Prussian King has opened diplomatic ties with the Ottoman Empire and sent “cultural” attaches in the form of Field Marshal Gottlieb Grosshertz and several hundred military – ostensibly to learn local Marching Band tunes and dance routines!

With Russia driving diplomatic initiatives (Daniel being First Player,) and aware of past conflicts with its Southern neighbour, Russia has expressed its surprise and disappointment at the actions of its former Prussian Ally and promptly declared war on The Ottomans. The Russian Army, last seen in Southern Italy on its protracted and meandering march home from the First War has been ordered to return toot sweet on pain of the death of every one of the Commander’s family and has since made surprising and uncharacteristic progress. The Austrian Empress, equally perturbed by memories of past hostilities with the Ottomans has promptly joined the Russian cause and confidently called on all Western Christian Nations to form a united front against the threat from the East. Never one to give up a golden opportunity, France has seen the eastern diversion as a significant chance to settle ongoing disputes over Northern Italian and German provinces and declared for the Ottomans – rumours of financial inducements to the French from the Prussian King abound but remain unproven.

So with Russia again setting the agenda, the recently returned and surprisingly tanned Russian army has marched south to knock out the Ottoman threat while Austria has marched West to apply diplomacy with force to its former French ally.

On the windswept plains outside the wine town of Sacreburgondy, the Austrian Army has formed up on a small hillock, the only landmark on an otherwise featureless expanse of ground, and demanded the immediate return of the French to the Christian fold. Incensed at the disruption to their wine and cheese tasting, the French have promptly formed columns and charged the Austrian left flank in a magnificent block of soldiery lead by the much frilled and laced Maison Du Roi  while the Austria cavalry have responded with a forceful move of their own against the French left, now held by 3 French Cossacks and a couple of backpacker grape pickers. Both sides have quickly determined that the outcome of the battle would hinge on the clash of men and musketry on the Austrian left flank. Having recently experienced the impact of Prussian lethal volleys, the Austrians have stepped up their own fire drill while the aggrieved and aggravated French have formed Massed columns from their March columns while their ranks have thinned under the withering fire of the Austrian Musketeers. Unable to effectively close, the French columns have been shattered. Austria on 13 Morale - French broken. A 5 – 1 victory for the white coated troops of the Austrian Empress.

In the east, the Ottomans have selected an area of rough and wooded ground to meet the Russian invaders. With shiny new guns arrayed and busily reading the user guide on how to fire them, the Ottomans have opted for a quick scurrying advance through the undergrowth rather than await the much heralded but sadly absent bombardments of their own guns. The Russians, also aware of the large Ottoman artillery park, have likewise advanced their infantry in quick step while their Cavalry has arrayed to counter the Ottoman irregulars lurking on the wings. The battle has now devolved into two distinct zones - one of volleys by the Ottoman infantry and guns against the ability of the Russians to regroup and re-order in preparation for a charge, and another of hordes of Ottoman irregular troops trying to flank and swarm the Russian units securing the Russian right flank. The swarming tactics of the Ottomans yielded some initial, albeit minor success but co-ordination has quickly broken down as the undisciplined and largely unmotivated irregulars found that swapping trinkets and skins of their traditional Buzbag red wine with the Russian cavalry much more rewarding.  The outcome of the battle, like that being fought in the west, has now centred on the outcome of the firelight between the main battle lines of the two armies. Having largely withstood early Ottoman fire, the Russians have charged home but with only limited success smashing some of the Ottoman guns but unable to break the line of Janissary infantry (who seemed to have officers shouting commands with distinctly Prussian accents!). With attrition taking its toll on both sides, the Russians prepared to reform and then charge home again against the wavering Ottoman lines. But fate or some other divine hand has interceded and the Ottomans have been able to force an unwanted Volley phase on the Russians. After withstanding the Russian fire, the Janissaries have returned fire with devastating effect breaking three Russian units and finally, the morale of the Russian Army. Ottomans on 12 Morale – Russians broken. A 5 – 1 win to the Ottoman Empire on its first outing of the Second War of Succession.

The Ottoman win against expectations has kept the second alliance alive (and some additional funds for the French from the King of Prussia to aid in the rebuilding of the French army after its loss at the hands of the Austrians has also helped to maintain French enthusiasm). The war continues and the protagonists prepare for their next test, the King of Prussia fiddles and recites epic poems of Teutonic heroism while espousing the virtues of Peace, and in the far North the King of Sweden eyes the turmoil on his borders with longing for a pretence, um, that is, just cause to join the fray and settle old and still heated grievances, even if the original reasons for those grievances have clouded over the course of time – War for its own sake!

Again, many thanks to Peter, Caesar and Daniel for a most entertaining evenings play. The Ottomans provided an interesting game even though my perceptions of their potential strengths proved largely incorrect – the artillery park of 5 guns plus Artillery Academy did not really figure at all although the guns did assist in the ultimately battle deciding fire fight between the main battle lines of our armies. Likewise my large swarm of Irregulars through the bad going on the Russian flank yielded some small success but proved quite difficult to maintain in formation so ultimately ground to a standoff – not sure who had the most points sitting in the shade admiring the scenery (of which there was a lot unlike the billiard table of the Western battle).

Regards, Gary

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« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2017, 04:34:31 AM »
And just to bring the progress of the Wars up to date;
 
Having manoeuvred the Ottomans into an attack against old adversaries Russia and Austria – the Central Alliance -  and cleverly directed France to betray its long time Austrian ally with promises of cash subsidies while all the while proclaiming its own dedication to peace for all time, the Prussian King waited just long enough for France to suffer a serious defeat at the hands of Austria, and Russia and the Ottomans to fight a deadly but largely inconclusive battle of attrition, before joining Prussia to the Central Alliance, ostensibly to safeguard the future of central Europe. Sweden, having long sought an excuse to enter the fray now renewed old antagonisms and declared against the Central Alliance – but mostly against Russia!
 
With hostilities now widened, the second round of battles of the Second War of Succession saw Prussia shatter an already depleted France with deadly volleys of lethal musketry over a field that offered zero cover to the valiant, but largely bullet riddled massed formations of the French. The defeat has knocked France out of the Wars completely and the Duc de (it wasn’t my fault) Perruque has fled the country to the greener pastures (and much better quality beef) of bonny old Britannia. Sweden Ga Pa’d the ground aggressively and charged one Russian flank vigorously in order to achieve a local advantage. Alas, the Russians moved just as decisively and stood stoically against Swedish chants of “Haeaekkaa paeaelle!” (Cut them down!) – the Russians remained standing while Sweden lay dead and wounded on the battlefield – a decisive win for the Russians. In the East, The Austrians formed lines, behind more lines, and next to more lines and in front of more lines (quantity has its own quality!) around the quaint village of Hanselundgrettlesberg famous for its cakes and confectioneries. The Ottomans right wing attack was precise and measured as dictated by the Prussian War drills now being enforced by ex Prussian Field Marshall Gottlieb Grosshertz, more lately of the court of the Highest Supreme Leader of the Ottomans, Suleiman bin Dar dun Dat. On the opposite flank the swarms of Ottoman irregulars looked mightily impressive as they swarmed here, there and everywhere with little particle impact other than transfixing a good proportion of the Austrian forces in place wondering what it was all about. As the battle drew on, the sun sank in the west just as the Ottomans pushed out the Austrian garrison and entered the afore mentioned quaint village – a marginal victory to the Ottomans and the village is now known as Yag satarim bal satarim (I sell Oil!) – yeh, doesn’t make any sense to me either!
 
So, with everyone on a war footing, and Britain ready to hand over its small but very well drilled army to the Duc, peace was agreed by all parties. The Second War of Succession ends.
 
Barely had the smoke dispersed and the blood dried on the ground when hostilities resumed as a new Northern Alliance (“Central” being neither here nor there) of Prussia, Russia and Sweden vowed to crush Austria (for having lost above named quaint village) and the Ottomans for having come up with such a rubbish new name for said village. Austria and the Ottomans have been joined by Britain who wishes to maintain the old order on the Continent to ensure that neither side has an advantage and the War will inevitably drag on for much longer, thereby keeping those pesky Europeans out of the New Lands and Britain’s lucrative trade routes.
 
The Duc (I did it my way!) has landed his new small professional British army in Northern Russia in order to take pressure off Austria and the Ottomans. In a skilled demonstration of rapid fire musketry followed up by rapid thrust bayonet, the British have quickly dispatched the Russian defenders and sent a strong message to the Northern Alliance – “Don’t mess with the Lion!” – a decisive victory to the British! In the West, Sweden has met the Austrians outside the quaint village of Rotkaeppchen. Lined up in multiple lines upon lines (refer above), the Austrians have stared down the Swedish Ga Pa attack in force against the Austrian right flank, and the Swedes, sensing that their tactic of repeated charges against fortified and massively supported strong points without siege weapons perhaps needed some rethinking, have conceded the field with significant losses – the village has thankfully retained its traditional name. In the East, the Prussians have chosen to entrench themselves behind walls of woods, a stream and several ploughed fields in order to keep their Ottoman opponents well away from Prussia’s formidable musketry. As the Ottomans have streamed down the Prussian right flank, the Prussians have backed their infantry away and pushed forward their Cavalry to take on the fresh Ottoman Infantry which has been supported by a massed Artillery Academy battery of five guns firing enfilade onto the Prussian horsemen – very sporting Mein Heer!  Predictably this tactic has been less than resoundingly successful. With Prussian losses mounting, particularly mounted losses, the Prussians have conceded the field with most of their musket balls intact! Thankfully no villages were renamed and a surge in sign post rage has been averted.
 
With a clean sweep of all three fields of Battle by the anti-Northern Alliance, Peace has once more settled over all the lands. Equally predicably, War has been rejoined with barely a breather. Sweden (Alan) has set the agenda nominating Britain as its sworn enemy after the British expeditionary force stopped and dumped its rubbish along the Swedish coast on its return journey home from walloping the Russians. Prussia and the Ottomans have joined Sweden in the name of maintaining environmental standards, while Russia and Austria have sided with Britain and gratefully received trading concessions in the Americas. Sweden, backing up its principled stand, has nominated Britain to do battle, Prussia will revisit the Austrian frontier hoping for a repeat of their first encounter in the first War, while Russia will turn its unwelcome attentions towards the Ottomans seeking revenge for the failure of Russian arms in the Second War.
 
After 3 Wars, 5 rounds of Battles, and 12 Battles, the Epic Point standings of the various Nations are: Ottomans 20, Austria 19, Russia and Prussia 9, Britain 6, Sweden 4. With a target of 24 EP to End All Wars, two Nations are within striking distance and a couple of battles will be critical in the upcoming Fourth War of Succession.
 
And just for interest, out of the 12 battles fought so far, 8 have been won by the attacker and only one has gone until nightfall to yield only a marginal victory – all other battles have ended decisively.
 
Bets regards to all, Gottlieb Grosshertz

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« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2017, 11:57:52 PM »
With all the Nations showing signs of weariness of the constant suffering and financial stresses of battle (and several other rules sets demanding to be played) the campaigners have lined up for what could be the final battles to decide the First Succession Wars.

In the North, the Swedes still hurting from their rough handling by the Austrians in the their last battle had no better luck against the British redcoats. In a battle decided almost without a shot fired the British took full advantage of their superior cavalry numbers to clinch a sabre wielding victory and start a pet food business established on horse mince. A decisive win to the British.

In the west, the Prussians parked their cavalry and artillery behind and on a hill respectively and marched their much vaunted infantry into the Austrian army firmly ensconced in, between and around two villages that shall remain nameless. With Austrian cavalry manoeuvring unopposed against the flank of the Prussian foot, even their Lethal Volleys could not hold back the Austrian swarm of foot and mounted units and the Prussians soon crumbled under the sheer mass of enemy numbers. A decisive win the Austrians.
   
In the east, the Ottomans took 457 defensive plans, each with multiple contingency sub-plans, along on Campaign, and of course ended up as the attackers! The Russians deployed in solid and very efficient style flanked by terrain that the Ottomans hoped would give some cover for their irregulars to use to harass the Russian lines during the predicted final battle deciding encounter between the main infantry lines. Of course this plan required the Ottomans to move 4 separate formations multiple times just to get into position and not surprisingly the Russians did not oblige by sitting in place while they did thei parade ground evolutions – the Prussians at the twin battles of Jena-Auerstedt come horrifyingly to mind here. The Ottomans initially advanced their artillery hoping to get them in position behind a stream and use them to apply some pressure to the Russian right flank. An early advance by the Russian cavalry dissuaded the ottomans from pushing the guns fully forward (mistake number one for the Ottomans if you do not count turning up at all) and they found themselves mostly responding to Russian initiatives from that point on. Switching to their Irregular cavalry force the Ottomans pushed these forward in column to gain maximum ground (mistake number 2) only to have the Russians advance boldly across the stream treating the disruptions acquired with disdain. Irregular cavalry in Column against an enemy with just the one disruption is still a death wish so the Ottomans promptly changed to massed and attempted to scatter thei Irregular horse and get into some potential flank attack positions but created 3 separate formations in the process (mistake number 3) – a weakness of the irregulars General Grosshertz had himself identified from past experience – and it went largely downhill from there. Without the support of the Irregulars or artillery, the Ottoman Infantry went into the firelight against the stoic Russian Rally machine needing the luck of a bus load of Irish with a truck load of 4 leaf clovers. As it happened, the luck was largely absent from both sides and disruptions accumulated slowly but with the Russians able to Rally them off much more effectively and the Ottomans wasting actions trying to create pressures elsewhere. The end came quite swiftly with both the Ottoman irregular Cavalry being largely wiped out and then the out classed Ottoman Infantry line crumbling. A decisive win for the Russians and a clean sweep for the Austrian/British/Russian Alliance.
 
And after the allocation of epic points for the battles fought in this the fourth round of battles plus the point for their Alliance winning the war, Austria has emerged as the ultimate and deserving winner on 24 points (also being the only army to start the campaign with no special National Advantages - quantity can be a very good quality!). The Ottomans finished on 21 (having switched from Prussia mid campaign), Next was Russia on 14 (having spent 4 points on buying another unit mid campaign), then Britain (switched from France) and Prussia (started mid campaign0 on 11, and Sweden (started mid campaign) on 6.
 
I think the Maurice campaign system is very good indeed and is complimented by a game system that allows the evolution of the armies as units are destroyed and come back as Conscripts, or possibly progress to Elite if they survive the carnage, plus Notables that add small tweaks to factors – all of which create battles between slightly uneven forces without one side being totally over matched. All very good and I would also be keen for another campaign some time in the new year. The Ottomans will rise again but probably without that enormous artillery park! - it is just very hard to get any value from it when you are the attacker and even when defending, there is always so much more important to do than bombard.
 

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« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2017, 03:34:36 PM »
Thanks Gary, for all the bookkeeping and cat herding to make this campaign possible, not to mention a most excellent running narrative. It was great to squeeze more mileage out of Maurice in such an enjoyable club activity. I'm certainly looking forward to another campaign in the new year.