Thursday, 22 December 2011

The Battle of Fastapasta - French Deployment

Having fought a battle on similar terrain over the last two weeks, Peter and I liked it so much we decided to use it again but on a larger table with more room behind the Imperial camp.

The scenario is quite simple, the French and Venetian force must destroy the forces of the HRE and the Pope by attacking them in their well situated camp.

The Battle of Fastapasta will be fought next Wednesday night.

French Deployment
The army consisted of a main French Venetian force and a flanking force. 
The main force consists of:
  • Pike: 180
  • Shot and crossbow: 72
  • Gendarmes and other heavy cavalry: 32
  • Light cavalry: 16
  • Guns: 3
and much of the main French Venetian force in front of the camp is pictured here:

To the left of the troops pictured above, Gascon crossbowmen are advancing through the woods toward the priory.

I've decided to do infantry skirmishers 3 to a stand (60mm frontage x 45mm deep).  I'm not going to penalise skirmish fire when formed up 'deep' as they represent troops moving about (front to back and vice versa) to shoot and reload, but their depth will make them a better target - Dn1 for skirmish, Up1 for being deep.
Venetian Stradiots. Poorly situated behind the bulk of the Venetian force. Fully based, I like my depiction of 'cavalry skirmish' on extra depth bases even more.

Venetian pike and shot at the crest of the long ridge:

French Landsknechts - bloody traitors!

Finally, the French flanking force.  It’s a very powerful force including lot’s of Swiss pike and Medici's Black Bands:
  • Swiss pike: 108
  • Shot: 32
  • Gendarmes: 16
  • Light cavalry: 16

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