Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Battle of Tanglewood

The Bluvian Army has fallen back to Tanglewood to make their last stand. They have anchored their right flank in woods and a hill and put a weakened regiment guarding the left flank holding a farm. Both armies have brought up all their troops for this battle, realizing that this battle should decide the campaign.
The Bluvian army, being the defenders, was deployed before the start of the battle. I allowed them to deploy two grids ahead of their baseline. I also moved the terrain one grid back so they could deploy on their chosen ground. However, the Redian army moved first. The Bluvian army would stay on the defensive this battle, unless there was an opportunity for a counterattack.

The Redians quickly break the dragoons holding the woods on the left.

The Bluvians shift the brigade on their right into the woods to hold that flank.  The blue artillery fire drives back the red artillery.

The red troops in the center drive back two blue brigades.

At this point the Redian general brings up his reserve brigade. That way there is an extra dice for troop activation. The red army gets a great roll; they push up most of their army.

The blue army starts inflecting heavy losses on the reds; the red brigade approaching the hill loses 50%.

However, the reds continue to push forward, and push back two infantry brigades and the cavalry brigade.

The blue right flank continues to hold the reds back.

One red brigade pushes forward with their bayonets and breaks the brigade to it's front; it then wheels to face the blue cavalry.

The blue infantry charges with their bayonets to try to break the red dragoons. They eliminate one unit, but the other holds.
With the rules I'm using if a unit engages in close combat, if they don't eliminate or force the enemy to retreat, the defending unit gets to throw one dice.

On the reds counter throw, they force the blue brigade back.

The blue army starts closing for close combat, hoping to break the red forces.

The blue cavalry charges the red brigade on their left...

...and eliminates two units. However the red infantry fights back...

...and eliminates one cavalry unit.

The blue infantry in the center attacks the dragoon unit to it's front...

...and eliminates it.

The blue army continues to resist...

... and eliminates the infantry on it's left and dragoons on it's right. What's more, their artillery pushes back the center brigade.

The left red brigade finally overruns the blue artillery on the hill. The red cavalry on the right attacks the blue brigade to its front.

The red brigade advances off the hill to block the blue cavalry. Meanwhile, the center infantry brigade hits the blue brigade on its right flank.

The combined attack on the blue brigade breaks it. The red army now pushes up the center. The Bluvian army falls back and flees back to Old Harbor, where their fleet sits. Fortunately for the Bluvian general, the Redian general doesn't pursue. The Bluvian army is down to 9 units of infantry and one of cavalry. There is no way he can complete his mission of capturing the crossroads at Oak Grove.  He reembarks his army onto the ships. The battle cost the Bluvian army 850 casualties, the Redian army suffered 750.

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