Sunday, 28 December 2014

Marignano 1515 - Solo Refight Turn 4



A momentous turn began. The French, sure in their numbers threw caution to the wind and decided to settle the issue by force of will.



They were cocksure and began to manoeuvre their cavalry accordingly. Their Landsknechts were ordered forward too. The French had definitely decided that this was the time to finish it.



On the French left, Francis ordered another charge. The Swiss were wavering. It will not take much.



But they could not totally defeat them. They were forced back but still held the field. What were the Swiss made of?



Schinner was at hand."Rally boys!" and the rot stopped. He managed to hold the Swiss in the fight. Then, woe worth the day, he fell. Schinner would take no further part in the action.



Undaunted, and seeking revenge, the Swiss square on the right ploughed forward.



This pike square was destined for history. Die roll after die roll it threw puke in the face of death. Onward....



Onward.......



Ever onward, it threw back one unit then another. This was truly unbelievable. It's the Swiss!



On the other side of the field the Swiss were not fairing so well. Charged from all directions they could barely hold out.



The situation was desperate for the Swiss: They must do something or fail.



The Swiss were holding on by their fingernails. The French were also close to cracking.



Then the centre gave way and the Landsknechts, almost spent themselves, pursued.



Francis I, in the thick of the action (rallying his troops), was seriously injured and would take no further part this day. But his forces were winning. They were in the ascendancy, though it was almost too tight to call. Having lost Francis, the French were almost at zero morale too. Only the Swiss losses were keeping them in credit.



The French needed the Swiss to draw Major Morale. The Swiss were down to zero morale and drew back to back Army Morale cards and rolled a 1. The Swiss pike squares began to withdraw and their shot ran for it. The cavalry, largely uncommitted, under Sforza withdrew in the face of overwhelming odds.

The battle is over. It was a very close run thing. D'Alencon didn't activate and the French were down to a single morale chip. A great "little" solo battle.

I enjoyed that tremendously.

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