(by Swedish calendar; 8th July Julian calendar, 19th July Gregorian calendar)
The fourth game from our June wargames splurge was a special treat for me as it enabled the realisation of a long-held wargame dream; doing a game from the Great Northern War (and using the Gå På rules).
(Reports of the first and second games already posted. I've jumped over the third, another game of ancients, which I'll report on later)
The scenario for this game was based largely on the one used by David S (Wargame Amateur blog, Battle of Riga). I encourage any interested readers to read this post on his blog which has photos from his game using wonderful Prinz August figures and also provides the background to the battle.
For background to the rules, you may wish to look at the read-review of the rules that I wrote a couple of years ago.
So much for the intro.!
The game began with Charles XII and the first of the Swedes (four infantry regiments/battalions) having crossed the Düna, advancing to meet Steinau's Saxon defenders, a brigade of infantry and a light gun in a redoubt.The waterway bi-secting the table is a channel from the Spilwen River.
Both sides advanced, the Saxon gun firing ineffectively.
Having forgotten to bring some cotton wool, I tried using tissue to represent smoke. It failed dismally, so was soon discarded!
A two to one exchange at the left of the Swedish line caused the guards to fall back, breaking the frontline.
Failing to contact, the Västerböttens were caught in the flank by the Saxon dragoons.
They failed the reaction test, broke, losing a 'step' in the process and the Saxon cavalry continued on, just stopping short of their friends.
Meanwhile, in the far corner of the battlefield, the Russians approached.
Caught in a deadly cross-fire, the Swedish Guards were broken (dice indicate two light casualties and one heavy casualty).
We called the game to a halt at this stage. The Swedes had not made sufficient headway to establish the bridgehead and, with the Russians well on their way, would struggle to survive, let alone win the day.
For me it had been a most successful and enjoyable first use of the Gå På rules. There are a few tests required—generally each side does a TQ test and then consults the appropriate result table for what is being tested (e.g. fire effects, close combat, out of command)—but they are not to onerous to do and we began to remember them even in this short game.
Mark was not as enamoured as I, but he did not reject them outright. I'll be able to bring him around, I am sure! :)
I reckon that we'll settle on having three sets for C18th wargaming: these for Great Northern War, Zimmermann with our minor edits and additions for Seven Year's War and Age of Reason for War of Spanish Succession.
I hope soon to be ready for us to do a second game in this period with these rules; the Battle of Kliszow (Klezow or Klissow), 9th July 1702.