Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Pikeman´s Lament AAR #3 - Morning assault 1678



This is some pictures from our 3rd playtest of The Pikeman´s Lament rules during the Scanian War 1675-1679. This time we run a Morning Assault scenario where the eveil Danes are attacking the unprepered Swedes in the camp early in the morning somwere in Örkened parish.

The wily Danes as always use foul play and have during the night made a sneaky movement throught a "impossible" swamp to be able to launch their attack in the side of the Swedish defence line.

This time we used 2 Companies on each side with their own officer, and used cards for activation.

OOB - Danish 

1st Company
Officer: Second Lieutenant Niels Andersen, he are a Hothead and have a hard time with superiors - he have been demoted several times, but his freeshoter company loves that he cares for them and lead from the front.
2 Forlorn hope @ 4 Points each one with officer
2 Trotters @ 4 Points each

2nd Company
Officer: Second Lieutenant Uggle-Pher, are a known chriminal that claim to be a danish freedom fighter and they let him as long as hi and his Snapphanr only attacks the Swedes.
2 Veteran Dragoons @ 6 points each

OOB - Swedish 

1st Company 
Officer: Second Lieutenant Lieutenant Nils Skytte, he are an Officer and a Gentleman in fancy clothes that the ladies really love.
1 Pike @ 4 Points with Officer
2 Shot @ 4 points each
1 Regimental gun @ 4 points

2nd Company 
Officer: Village Priest Elias Tegnér, he are a blessed man that lead his flock of Småland allmoge to hunt downt the snapphane scum.
2 Raw Shot @ 3 points each one with officer
1 Aggressive Elite Galopper @ 6 point

You might think that some of the Companies have odd composstions, but that is as we want to try out specific troop types and rules:)

Deployment, the 1st Danish company are deployed in the Swamp and the second Danish company will arrive somewhere on the right table edge.

Advancing Danes...

Swedish defence line with Shot and Regimental guns, the Pikeman are asleep in the camp.

Snapphanar in the forest...

As the sun rise the Danes are crossing the small stream and are in the Swedish defences...

The Swedes swiftley got their Gallopers up in the fronline to charge down the Danish Trotters.

Real men use a folding rule when they play wargames ;)

Catch a glimps of the Swedish Gallopers as they charge...

The Danish Trotters open fire on the Swedish Gallopers...

...and even before they had a chance to charge home the Gallopers had lost 30% of their men...

For once it seems like the Danish Trotters was good as they with ease managed to stop the Swedish charge.  As the Galoppers was stopped the Swedish Officer order his pikmen to form up to be able to repell the Danish horse... 

The Swedes send some Småland allmoge throught the forest to start were down the Trotters.

Now Uggle-Pher and his Snaphanar have started to cross the Swedish defences...

One of the Swedish Shot groups take a heavy toll due to the fire from the Dansih Dragoons.

Unexpected Swedish reinforcements... a unit of Shot from the Skaraborg regiment. 
(Painted by Jesper at the Miniature Mayhem blog)

The Danes move further in to the Swedish camp...

Småland allmoge tries to fight of the Danes...

Danes push forward...as the Danish Dragoons manage to kill of the Swedish gun crew...

...as the Swedish reinforcement have moved up the Danish Trotters are rampaging the Swedish camp and tries to hunt down a group of Småland Allmoge on the run...

With just 2 units left the Swedes decide that it was time for a retreat... Due to his success the Danish Officer Second Lieutenant Niels Andersen was promoted to Lieutenant.

One again a very nice game, the multiplayer mode works good and the troops more or less behave as I planed for...just some bad dice rolls can throw the best plan...  More test games will follow;)

Thanks for reading !

42 comments:

  1. Nice AAR once again. Really nice to see a mix of different types of units in action.

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  2. Great stuff! And fantastic to see not only Uggle-Pher but some Skaraborgs regiment soldiers aswell. I've had a soft spot for their colours for a long time but Jesper beat me to it. Beautiful troops. /Mattias

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    1. Appreciated Mattias! Indeed Jespers Sakarabotg regiment made a nice addition.

      Uggle Pher and his brothers was really some bas ass criminals that hatassed both the Scanian and Småland allmoge.

      I hope you can join in sometimes for a test game

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    2. Uggle Pher is such a great name, even for a bad ass chap!

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    3. Indeed it is, best of all he had a bunch of brothers that was bad ass chaps to, so much wargaming around the Uggle-brothers :)

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  3. Another wonderful instalment Michael, the whole feel and look of the game are superb. May I ask where you got the river sections from please?

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    1. Thank you very much Michael!

      The feber sextioens are home made by a club membr.

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    2. They look amazing, I have always wondered what would be the best material to use as a base? Do pass on my admiration of your club member's work.

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  4. Great report Michael! Looks absolutely awesome! As for the bad dice feeling, that is something that I am very familiar with!

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    1. Thanks Rodger! Yes the bad dice are a familiar feel, thats way I most run the games as an umpire and let My friends make the dice rolls :)

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  5. Great looking AAR. Looks as if the rules do what they are supposed to do (except, they let the Danes win - that must obviously be rectified!)

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    1. Working to fix that... As a last resort We always could use the "Sten Sture" rule ;)

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    2. Glad to hear that the Sten Sture-rule is used elsewhere. ;-)

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    3. Your fault, as you introducera it :)

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    1. Just about 16 month to they Will be published... ;)

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  7. You continue to impress sir! Love it! Damn, you get three games in to every one of mine ... I'm jealous! ;-)

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    1. Thank you very much Jay! Test it have been much playtest lately :)

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    2. 6 months? Ah mannnnn.....
      Oh, well, I best get painting. How many miniatures to a unit? Similar to Lion Rampant?

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    3. Not 6... 16... January 2017...

      Yes similar to LR. 12 to most foot and 6 in all horse.

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  8. Fantastic game, really nice and very interesting. I think it can works very well for the War of Spanish Succession.

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    1. Appreciated Juan!

      Indeed i hope the rules Will work for the war of spanish succession as they are intendent to work for all conflicts in the period 1618-1721 that Includes european warfare, so Also some Colonial adventures to:)

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  9. Beautifully set table Micke, and with the Danes taking home the final victory, you'll hear nothing but praises from me!

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    1. Thanks matey!
      I some how knew you would support the Danes;)

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  10. Excellent! I'm following the development with much interest.

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  11. Will you include in your game rules for eastern european units (poles, transylvanians, muscovites, tatars)?

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    1. All rules and units are generic pike and shot, and yes In My mind they Will be able to be used for eastern europe, i Will set up some The Deludge games later on for My club mateys.

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  12. Usual high standards Michael- always a pleasure to read.

    Darrell.

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  13. Thanks for an excellent AAR and thanks for setting up this marvellous game! And of course, being on the winning side was just the icing on the cake!

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    1. Thanks matey! Somehow you always seems to end up on the winning side...

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  14. Excellent Michael! Can't get enough of you AAR's.

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    1. Thank you very much! Glad you like them, more to come :)

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  15. Stunning, it must be a joy to play in one of your games, win or lose.

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  16. Great game! The Danes were unstoppable!! Maybe next time the Swedes will get a victory!!!

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