Thursday, 8 November 2012

Cerignola 1503 - Battle Report

This is a report of the battle fought using the revised scenario posted last week. It's worth pointing out that the aim is to provide a decent game from a fundamentally one sided situation (see the first battle report) .

Having shaken itself out into two supporting lines the French gendarmerie charge the Spanish defences …

... before being forced back in disorder:

The Swiss and French infantry charge whilst d'Alegre's command tries to outflank the Spanish position:

D'Ars, leading a desperate charge in person, falls at the ditch. A classic case of having your D'Ars kicked.

Nemours rides into the fray to restore order:

Heavy fighting on the French left is going their way where the gendarmes were gallantly, and effectively, supported by Gascon arquebusiers:

At the entrenchment the fighting is at it's height. The French are making some progress, but they are taking heavy casualties. Here, Spanish cavalry counter charge the French gendarmes in support of a hard pressed colunela:

The French are spent, and start to withdraw:

Only on the left are the French now threatening to take the entrenchment ...

.... but the right wing collapses and the battle is effectively over:

This Battle was much more closely fought than last time. If the Spanish had not had a string of high dice rolls at the critical moment it might have been very much closer. Interestingly, not one Stratagem was successfully played.

The French will always be hard pressed to win this battle (which is just as well) but, with luck on their side, it might be possible.

The French player (that would be James) also made a big mistake early on: he spent far too many morale points keeping d'Ars' cavalry fully intact, when "partially intact" might well have been enough.

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