|Francesco Sforza - everyone's crazy|
about a sharp dressed man
Jonathan borrowed a bunch of Medieval figures from John and was tossing up between using a French Army or a German Army for the Italian Wars period. Eventually, he opted for a German force.
With Jonathan's help I constructed a Milanese army that ended up looking like this:
Sforza Milanese (Italian Condotta)
|1 Commander in Chief||(Inspired)||@ 80|
|1 Sub-Commander||(Standard)||@ 35|
|(1, 1)||2 Battlegroups||4 Mtd XBow||Light Horse||UnProc||Avg||Drilled||Xbow||@ 84|
|(2, 2)||2 Battlegroups||2 Famiglia Ducale||Knights||Hvy Armr||Sup||Drilled||Lance/Sword||@ 104|
|(3)||1 Battlegroup||6 Merc M-at-Arms||Knights||Hvy Armr||Avg||Drilled||Lance/Sword||@ 126|
|(3)||1 Battlegroup||2 Bombards||Hvy Art||Avg||UnDrilled||Hvy Arty||@ 40|
|(4)||1 Battlegroup||Pikemen||Hvy Foot||Prot||Avg||Drilled||Pike||@ 72|
|The German General - |
an eyewitness description
Jonathan's Medieval German army consisted of two Generals, 2 Battlegroups of Knights, a Battlegroup of two Heavy Guns, a unit of Defensive Spears, a unit of Crossbowmen, and a unit of Skirmishing Handgunners.
The Heavy Guns were deployed to the right of the Crossbowmen, and the second unit of Mounted Crossbowmen Light Horse filled the gap to the area of brush on the right flank.
The Milanese Sub-Commander was in command of the Infantry, while the Commander-in-Chief commanded the Horse.
To the rear of the right flank area of brush, the Milanese pitched their camp.
|View of the Milanese battle line from the German point of view.|
|The German deployment|
To the left of the camp, and back from the center, the German Heavy Guns were deployed, while to the left of the guns were deployed a battlegroup of Spearmen, and a unit of Crossbowmen. Unbeknownst to the Milanese, a unit of Skirmishing Handgunners lurked in ambush in the wood on the German left flank.
|Milanese Left - the German Knights (top) advance towards the Famiglia Ducale|
and the Milanese Knights (bottom). The Milanese Light Horse slip out to the left.
Meanwhile, the Milanese Infantry advanced and began to swing towards the right, towards the German Infantry, opening up a gap for the Milanese Knights to move forward to face the advancing German horse.
|Milanese Crossbowmen advance on the German Defensive Spears. The Light|
Horse discover German Skirmishers in the wood.
Meanwhile, the German Crossbowmen were maneuvering around the left of the Defensive Spears, At this point, things were looking a little dodgy for the Milanese, even with the Sub-General rushing the pike block forward to support the Milanese Crossbowmen.
|The left flank face-off - the Milanese Light Horse approach the flank of the|
|Milanese Famiglia Ducale (with General) and Mercenary Men-at-Arms |
about to engage the German Knights with their General
|On the right flank, the Milanese Light Horse high-tail it for safety|
With the German Crossbowmen advancing on them, and the Handgunners emerging from the wood, the Milanese Light Horse were forced to fall back towards the scrub.
|Knight Fight! - Huge melee between the Knight Battlegroups rages. In this particular round, the Milanese Battlegroups inflicted more casualties then they received.|
|The left-hand Famiglia Ducale Battlegroup is routed by the German Knights|
|The Milanese Crossbowman shoot holes in the German Defensive Spears|
while the German Crossbowmen wheel to engage on the right flank
|The Milanese Crossbowmen break the German Defensive Spears|
|Things go badly for the German Left|
|End of the Battle, the main German Knight Battlegroups route and their General is slain.|
At this point Jonathan conceded but, when we did a points tot-up, it appears his army had reached its break point any way.
It was my first game of Field of Glory in several years, and the first game for Jonathan where he had to worry about gunpowder and guns, so we may well have missed, or miss-applied, some rules. All in all, a very enjoyable game (possibly helped by me winning) and reminiscent of WRG 7th Edition, though without the excessive geometry. I notice that the Field of Glory 2nd Edition rules appear to be out of print, currently, though there was mention of a 3rd Edition in development on a discussion board I found while attempting to source a copy of the rules.
I look forward to playing another game soon.