Battle for the Farm House – La Haye Sainte – Black Powder
Finally got to game the La Haye Sainte Black Powder game today. Used a mix of the mid-size and larger game scenarios that came with the Warlord Games set. I wanted to add a few more supporting units, to include some cavalry. Here’s the set up prior to the game – with a bit of inspiration watching the old Waterloo movie with Rod Steiger and Christopher Plummer.
We played four turns, with the French having four battalions assaulting into the farmhouse. Now this probably stretches the basic rules with the amount of units allowed in a building/structure, but we went ahead with it.
The scenario booklet actually has smaller units in and assaulting the farmhouse – companies and such. The stables on the western side did catch fire in turn 3 and was not able to be put out successfully by the occupying KGL.
The French had a Cuirassier and two Lancer (Polish & Dutch) units. They destroyed the one British cavalry unit – Scots Greys. The French cavalry also held off two KGL line battalions by having them stay in square for most of the game.
Here’s where things got out of control – that is the number of French units in the farmhouse. The French had actually gone into skirmish formation, but we left them on the movement trays for ease of handling. One thing that was evident was the break test results for skirmishers. We thought it was way too advantages especially when resolving combat with heavy cavalry. We plan to use the artillery break test results for small/tiny infantry units in the future.
With a few tweaks, like the one mentioned for small/tiny unit break test – and limiting the amount of units in the farmhouse, I plan to host this at our next Enfilade convention. Granted it’s a ways out, but a few more playtests will be needed.
Anyway, I was glad to have finally gotten this game in, having finished the farmhouse over a year ago. It was good to flesh out the scenario and use the special rules like the French Engineers breaking down doors, setting buildings afire and also scaling walls.
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Autor: DeanM / WAB Corner
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