The initial set up was as follows:
|Patriot forces on left hand baseline, Royalists to the right.|
|Patriot left wing looking toward Royalists.|
|Patriot right wing.|
In view of this objective the first & subsequent turns saw me pushing forward hard across the board to achieve this.
On my right flank the Venezuelan & Colombian cavalry brigade advanced at their fastest pace to attempt to outflank the opposing Royalist Aragon & Cantabria Regiments whilst my sole artillery piece offered long range support.
|The 3 shots above show the advance of the Patriot Cavalry to break the Royalist left wing over 4 turns, having caught the two infantry regiments disorganised by cannon fire.|
|A sequence showing the steady attrition of the Patriot centre.|
Fortunately the day was recovered to a degree by the charge of the Peruvian Hussars de Junin who in a sharp action broke the Fernando VII Hussars, whilst in the right centre the Bogota Battalion advanced to help mop up the Royalist left.
|Clash of the Hussars de Junin & Fernando VII Hussars|
|The Bogota Battalion pushes forward.|
A confusing fight on this wing to say the least. The Peruvian Legion & the Talavera Regiment engaged each other in musket fire that would eventually rout the Peruvians but leave the Talavera shattered. While this firefight continued the 1st Peruvian kept the Royalist hussars disorganised with musketry so they were unable to position themselves for a charge. though they did eventually break off to help rout the Peruvian Legion.
At this point we mutually agreed that there was little more the Royalists could do to continue the fight in any meaningful way, with only the Burgos regiment still intact but hopelessly out of position. As the Hussars de Junin (also intact) had a clear route off the Royalist baseline it was agreed that the Patriots had won a minor victory, though with such huge losses that any subsequent campaigning for the year was likely to be out of the question.
All in all a very enjoyable & well balanced game. We keep returning to the Fire & Fury ruleset as we both find it easy to interpret although we were a bit rusty through the first couple of turns, but that is to be expected after a 12 month lay off.
Happy 2013 everyone & thanks for all your kind remarks during 2012.