In the first game, the Austrians launched a daring cavalry assault around Jungingen, hoping to sabre the French gunners and the light infantry in the open ground between the church and the woods. Unfortunately, the assault was not as successful as hoped, but the French were nevertheless bogged down for a while, cavalry being forced to move through the town thanks to infantry squares on either side of the Jungingen town hex. Meanwhile, Bofingen saw a slow Austrian attempt to capture the town pushed back by the French line infantry. After the lines met, the French steeled themselves for the bayonet work and hacked down hundreds of Austrians. A few Austrians stubbornly held out while the rest retreated, but were eventually overwhelmed by the the mass of Frenchmen.
After a while the French got themselves sorted out around Jungingen, and pushed the Austrian cavalry back while the Austrian Grenadiers and some Line tried to move across the stream to help. As his cavalry fell back from the town, the Austrian commander recognized the desperate situation on his left and ordered his guns to limber up and make a forced march. Thus bolstered, the Austrian left prepared for a duel of cannon. Before they could make the weight of fire felt, though, the French pushed hard around Bofingen, and the overall position was deemed untenable.
It was one of those games where the cards have a plan for you - out of 11 movement cards, 6 were for the Austrian left, and three were for the center. As the Austrian commander, I was forced to try to make it work, and it just didn't. If I had had another few turns, I might have eked out a win, but c'est la guerre.
In the second game, in which we switched sides...
The French, cautious in the face of masses of Austrian infantry around Bofingen, moved cautiously. The line advanced a little, cannon in the center moved forward to prepare positions for a long fight, and the lights moved to capture the church. The Austrian commander, seeing this, force marched nearly his entire army towards Bofingen. The French responded with a smattering of cannon fire against the advancing troops, while consolidating around Jungingen. Feeling secure int he face of this indecision, the Austrians continued their drive forwards, and the sleepy French left was shocked to see a solid line of white-coated troopers marching forwards from the Danube to the stream. Overcoming their surprise, they attempted a counter-attack but suffered against the superior Austrian numbers and retreated.
Around Jungingen, meanwhile, the Austrians trotted forward as the infantry before them moved, and seized the initiative long enough to catch the French skirmishers on open ground. They managed to form an ad hoc square long enough for musketry from the town to drive off the attacking Austrian horse. The French horse then launched their own charge, with the lights - having navigated the woods - cut down the gunners. As they did, the French heavies careened into the milling Austrian cuirassiers. As the bloody fray continued, the French lights saw their struggling fellows and rode into the Austrian rear. Thus trapped, the cuirassiers broke.
The French left, however, was in serious peril. With over half the infantry dead or wounded, and the Austrians readying for another push, Tilly gathered his horse and rode past the guns and the reeling infantry to delay the Austrian horde. They formed squares, and fire from nearby battalions brought down many French troopers, but the Austrians lost the momentum for a vital few minutes. Heartened by the cavalry's attack, and inspired by a glorious speech from Marchand ending in repeated cries of "Toujours l'audace!" the remaining French infantry fixed bayonets and slowly ground forward. Pushing back the Austrian battalions in line in front of Bofingen, who were surprised at the fierceness of the depleted French infantry, the French then fell on the Austrians still in square. After repeated volleys from short range and continued pressure from Tilly's heavy cavalry, the Austrians broke, and the day was won by the French.
In this game, the French had two Recon in Force to start the game, while the Austrians had two Forced Marches. That really dictated the flow, with the French lacking cards to respond and hoping to relieve the pressure by swarming Jungingen. Unfortunately the French left buckled from repeated hammer-blows before the Austrian commander turned his eyes to the troops barricading the church and town. Eventually, however, I managed to get the cards I needed and countered, and the French line managed to get their revenge. What won the game, though, was wiping out the cavalry Ferdinand was attached to around Jungingen and then killing him, giving me six victory points a turn before the left was overwhelmed by the number of Austrian line. Had I not won when I did I would probably have lost another 3 units on that side.