So far public opinion has for the most part held strong in Greater Novia (at 45%) as their press has recorded a number of victories and overlooked the casualties. While in the Ustorian cities the press reporting has for the most part covered valiant defence, but with increasing casualty lists. Ustorian public opinion has sunk to 25% for support of the war.
The next pitched battle occurs as Greater Novian forces pushed into some of the lowland areas of Scailand. (A dice roll was used to determined the type of game: small engagement or pitched battle.)
|Greater Novian forces prepare to engage under threat of a flank attack|
The game is being played on a gridded war-game table. Over the last couple of weeks I have been testing out some rule modifications to movement and combat which have resulted in an opportunity to use them on a grid. The rule changes were not originally intended for a gridded game, but it just turned out that way.
The setup used concepts from 19th Century European Wargaming (Neil Thomas)
- 5 infantry units
- 1 skirmish unit
- 3 artillery units
- 1 cavalry unit
Of these 2 infantry and 1 cavalry unit would appear on game turn 4 on a designated flank.
Greater Novia Forces:
- 5 infantry units
- 1 dragoon unit
- 1 skirmish unit
- 1 artillery unit
Novian forces lost a cavalry unit and artillery unit due to them getting bogged down (quite appropriate given the area being fought over was the Scailan lowlands). However, due to the Ustorians having a flank attack, the Novians are allowed to have an advance force of 3 units.
|A Novian advance force occupies a town and prepares to push ahead with a skirmish unit to contest the woods.|
And on to the game...
Initial moves saw both sides push up with clashes quickly developing around the woods overlooking the towns. The centre advance towards the towns by Ustorian forces, quickly retired in the face of larger Novian forces. Falling back and contented themselves with using their artillery to bombard the towns.
|Both side advance and combat starts in the far wooded area.|
|Ustorian units hold their own in the woods, but retreat from superior number in the centre.|
(This is one of the rule modifications. Units can retire from an attack and reduce the number of hits by one. They are disorganised and can only reform during their movement phase. In this game Ustorian units gave up ground to avoid being eliminated.)
|The Ustorian flanking units arrive - 2 infantry and 1 cavalry units|
|The Greater Novian army launches an attack in the centre which came close to success, but not quite.|
|Novian forces fall back after their centre attack fails|
|Ustorian flank attack does little against well prepared Novian positions|
The strong artillery present of the Ustorian army started to take effect as they targeted weakened units as the flank attack from the woods made ground. Within two game turns Greater Novian losses reached 5, more than half their original force of 8 units and game's end.
|Ustorian units having cleared the woods launch a flank attack|
|End of the game and an Ustorian victory|
- 2 units eliminated, but was able to save 1 and lose only 5%
- The cavalry unit successfully attacked and destroyed an artillery unit. So plus 5% as dramatic lithographs in the newspapers depict the cavalry charge rekindling memories of past victories.
- A glorious action with the capture of the woods adds 5%. The press write about the bravery of the troops in capturing an enemy position. Plus 5%.
An overall increase of 5% taking Ustorian public opinion to 30%.
- 5 units eliminated, but were able to save 2 and lose 15%.
- 2 valiant defence actions which denied both towns to the enemy. Plus 10%.
Public opinion reduced by 5% to 40%.
The rule changes seemed to work well in this game. No more modifications required before the next game. And most pleasingly, they worked well on a square grid. Assuming the next coupe of games go well, I will update the rules with all my scribbled notes.