Played last friday with my friend Le Boucher (aka Guillaume, a very well known butcher on the place of Le Mans), and Austrians won both games (7/1 7/2) having good cards and good average rolls the two times. French player didn't have time to advance and show his own strategy...
We ride the tricycles
of true metal of steel
While others bands play,
we eat happy meal
In the forest of minerals,
The posers we kill !
Nanowar of Steel (Blood of the Queens)
Ney destroyed my brother in law's Austrians by quickly occupying the town and then throwing the heavy cavalry right at the Austrian artillery on the hill. He had canister, but the cavalry were undaunted and routed them. The Austrian infantry on the hill then tried a gallant stand by not going into square and were also routed off the hill in the breakthrough. He made a demonstration on the French left, but the lights in the woods punished his impetuous attack. The French right flank ran into trouble at the church, the Austrians played "first strike" and killed an infantry unit, but the French were able to dumpster dive for the "first strike card" and that put the wind up the Austrians for any major attack. An exciting, but one sided affair.
Fun scenario and nicely balanced. My game came down to a score of 7 to 6 banners in favor of the French. Most of the early game consisted of maneuvering, French bombardment of the Austrian positions on the hills and squabbling over the town of Elchingen, which changed hands multiple times but eventually was held by the French Light Infantry. Late game saw a massive French bayonet charge that secured the Church, a successful Austrian attack on the French left that did considerable damage but came a bit too late and a French cavalry charge that cleared the hills of Austrians, securing final victory.