Thursday, 28 May 2009

Battle of Linz - August 2006

On 3 August 2006 we set up this game to test play LFS rules. We started using these rules about one year before, and liked them a lot. We particularly like the orders system, which prevents reacting to what is happening at the other end of the table. We also like the "blind" movement at the start of the game which makes it difficult to know what you are up against.

However it is a game designed to use one corps per side, and this does not allow us to fight multi corps battles. Also it is designed for 12 figures infantry and 8 figure cavalry units. And it is best used to refight smaller historical battles, or parts of larger ones. So I do not have sufficient figures, or artillery, without mixing different nationalities.

So we are trying to adapt the rules to suit our collection of figures, as I have no intention of increasing the size of each army. Our armies are organised in infantry units of 8 and cavalry units of 4 figures. For this game we are trying out 6 figure infantry and 4 figure cavalry units.

This game is not based on any historical battle. We are currently using a campaign based on the Danube valley, loosely based on the 1809 campaign. This particular game is Austrians v Bavarians.

Austrian Left. An Austrian division is on Move orders, so they will have to advance towards the Bavarians. One infantry unit is in square because they are faced by enemy cavalry.

Austrian right. On the opposite side of Linz the Austrians are on Attack orders, and the Bavarians on Hold orders. So only the Austrians can make offensive movements. One Bavarian infantry unit has failed its morale and is in rout.

Bavarian right. The Bavarians are on Hold orders so they can not advance towards the Austrians. The CinC is with the divisional commander, so he can change those orders during his turn if he decides to do so.

Bavarian centre. The Bavarians are on Move orders, and are marching towards Linz. Their cavalry have lost a melee with the Austrian cavalry are are in rout into the woods. The Bavarian right is now in great danger from the enemy cavalry.