Appreciate the feedback guys, I didn't even know there was an FAQ sheet on this web site, I never dug down into the menu tree that far. Great resource now that I know about it.
Even though we got it wrong, I don't think the impact was significant in the game we played. Unfortunately for the French, despite a 6 card hand they didn't really seem to have enough in any one sector to bring their overwhelming force to bear and eventually things kind of ground to a standstill.
Round 2 418 Ligny (16 June 1815)
Ben Turner (French) 11 banners
Mike Stanley (Prussians) 4 banners
I knew I was in a good position when I looked at my opening hand, which a included bombard, 2 fire and hold, and a force march command cards, as well as artillery reposition and short supply tactician cards. On my first move, reduced the Prussian militia in La Haye to 1 block and played a short supply on the Prussian artillery on his right flank, taking him out of the action for several turns. And for the first several turns I just pounded away at Prussia's forward positions using ranged fire and severely weakening several units.
Mike managed to slow the French advance at times, and wiped out the French cavalry on my left flank as well as two infantry units, using combined arms to good effect. But what seemed to break the deadlock was his moving units forward on his left flank. I responded by playing the force march card, which allowed me to move all the infantry forward on that front, including two old guard units, one of which destroyed his foot artillery in melee.
Although the Prussians managed to fight back in the center and eliminate a French line infantry, my old guards unit came up big again and destroyed the Prussian lancers on a battleback. On my next turn, I played another force march, bringing my infantry in the center into the action for the first time in the game. It was a slaughter, with the old guard eliminating the infantry in Ligny and capturing the town, while two line infantry with leaders and a light infantry assaulted St. Amand and the woods adjoining, eliminating all defenders and capturing the town. That brought me up to 11 banners and also eliminated his majority control of the objective hexes.
This is another unbalanced scenario, and the cards (if not always the dice) were definitely with me. Mike was a good opponent and did well with a tough assignment.
Round 2 Game 1
Steve Prussians 11
Gabriel French 0
Luck deserted France - every French attack in each flank was met by accurate Prussian fire that whittled the French down, whilst the French fire was never as good. Thanks to Gabriel for a good game and better luck next weekend!
David Horts - Prussian - 6 banners
Mark Benson- French - 11 banners
This return match featured a steady push back of Prussian lines across the field. Prussians hardened against the French left which had to give way in turn, eventually abandoning that section. Meanwhile, the French had been able to establish themselves in the centre, falling back behind the town as a strong Prussian line formed up to defend Ligny Brook. On the right, the French advanced steadily as weakened Prussian units gradually retreated to the rear. Control of the towns was an important factor, with majority banners changing status several times in the course of the game.
Overall, the French gained an early lead but eventually the Prussians narrowed the gap by securing control over La Haye and funnelling in fresh troops to the key central area. However, the gap proved too great as a French Force March and supporting cards allowed a rapid advance to roll-up the Prussian left flank, investing sufficient town hexes to nullify the Prussian majority banners. Despite strong Prussian combined operations against the centre, the French were able to finally close on the two remaining banners needed to claim the victory.
Thanks to David for rescheduling and another enjoyable game.
The game is too large for the website (>5Mb) but you may download it from my iCloud drive
Brad Jessup, French, 11 banners
J. R. Tracy, Prussians, 7 banners
This game was played on May 15. Wasn't sure if JR was going to post it or me. Saw the email notice from Ben about nearing end of the month and decided to post it, since I won this game (but lost the match).
My French advanced boldly on the right flank to take the Church early. JR's Prussians retook the Church temporarily eliminating an OG unit and forcing the LN to retreat. A LGM allowed me to get another LN and OG into the fight for the Church and their combined might got back the Church and Ligny.
Meanwhile on the French left, the YG and LT took Wagnelee and La Haye and held firmly onto them. The French then had the majority and the 3 extra banners.
In the Center, Berthezene tried to take St. Amand but failed. The Prussians then charged forward with the LT and a GR out of St. Amand to take on the French that were hiding a number of 1 figure units in the center rear. They took out a couple of weakened French units but were eliminated themselves in Berthezene's counterattack. Berthezene then advanced into St. Amand unopposed and eliminated a Prussian LN hiding behind the brook.
The Prussians made one last ditch effort to dislodge a weakened French OG unit sitting in Ligny that managed to survive and hold the town. The OG were then able to take out the 1 figure Prussian RI for the win.
It was a great couple of games. Some of the best I have played. Exciting. I won this game but lost the match by 1 banner. I would have won the match if I hadn't made a stupid move in Game 1 and moved out of the Church and Ligny to attack the French and lose the 2 majority banners. Oh well, live and learn.
Thanks JR for the games. I hope to see you across a VASL board one day.
Togan Alper (French) :11 banners won
John Spicer (Prussians) :4 banners won
The french managed to cross the river on both flinaks tahe the temp victory points early in the game and then slowly finished all the MI and the weaker prussian units on the flanks.
Togan Alper (Prussians) : 11 banners won
John Spicer (French): 7 banners won
Dear John had first computer problems adn then really problems with the dice gods. The Prussians realizing that the frenchies ammo was wet and the soldiers tired, pushe dreally hard fromthe start on theriright flank and center The prussians first took their right flank and then pudhed forward from the right side of the center dividing the french into 2 and they killed the frech left and their commanders. It was a long uphill battle for the french, since they never got a chance to even move forward.
Round 2 Game 2
Gabriel Prussians 2
Steve French 11
The French began with a strong push on their left, followed by an advance to the Church, giving the French the majority in the victory hexes and threatening a win. A Prussian combined arms here destroyed the occupying Light Infantry and re-took the Church. The French launched a Bayonet Charge in the Centre, taking St Arnand, with a Prussian counter-attack not quite able to re-capture it, with victory going to France. Gabriel is new to the game and was a worthy opponent: good luck for the rest of the tournament!