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Re: AARs - post here all after battle comments and replay files

Post  Charmead on Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:06 am

Back to the earlier subject of scenarios and time constraints...

Since I often take the CinC role on Sundays:

I am def guilty of taking a brigade with me as CinC. And yes it detracts from that role. I do it because (1) its just fun to have some cavalry to hit with and (2) it makes me feel important with a personal CinC HQ detachment and (3) since we try to observe the 200 ard rule in terms of limiting commanders in scouting it allows me to speed up the scouting process because I can range far ahead. Waiting for scouting reports from brigade to division to corps can eat up time in even a 3 hour game if the objectives are far enough away and far enough apart. This way I get a picture faster. And yes I will often swing something wide around a flank (aka 19th century foot-panzers) when the initial setup lends itself that way.

I know I got a little lazy. The AI is now at a point when one has to be a little more careful. The difference between say last year and right now is marked.

In Wednesdays game (nice to take a work break) I got a good feel for what it was like to get pummeled by an aggressive AI. Luckily I had Digby to arrive on my flank. Then of course we saved the day overall for CinC Kevin but THAT is another story.

Like everything it is a tradeoff. This is a time-space-communication trade. As we get more players online in our games it will be mentally easier for me to just stay on my CinC horse and eschew any attached cav formation on those days I am dumb enough to take on the CinC role.


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Re: AARs - post here all after battle comments and replay files

Post  Mr. Digby on Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:27 pm

Some photos from yesterday's battle on Crikey's Blenheim-era Ramillies map. As I didn't have a lot to do in the game I found myself taking a lot of artsy non-combat shots. Its a really pretty map and Pom's buildings are just superb. Well worth fighting over.

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Post  Uncle Billy on Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:54 pm

As I didn't have a lot to do in the game I found myself taking a lot of artsy non-combat shots.
I believe this could be said of the entire Dutch corps. We Germans will have to pay a visit to your little country one day.

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Post  Taff1943 on Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:16 pm

I am a bit disappointed with this My brigade commander told me he was very busy but he appears to have let the hired helps do all the work

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Re: AARs - post here all after battle comments and replay files

Post  Charmead on Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:20 pm

Hmmmm

I vaguely remember the Dutch being in the battle somewhere off to my Northwest. The French were chasing them I think, as I recall coming up behind the French to shoot them whilst watching what I assumed to be the Dutch. Then we got tired of shooting the French and decided it was time to take the objective. The locals served a very nice brunch for us. A pleasant meal despite the incessant noise of battle coming from our north.

Of note: The smell of sulphur was in the air. Felt like we were in Costa Rica for some strange reason.

I also wish it to be known that I complied with every order given my my corps commander, known locally as a Blucher lackey. But who did a competent job despite periodically telling me to do something I was already doing.

As for the map and scenario, well done! Really like the layout and visuals. And Digby the scenario was well built and challenging and for us a “near run thing”. Bravo
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Post  Mr. Digby on Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:44 pm

I shall endeavour to knock up a scenario on the Blenheim map for Wednesday.

These maps suit men in huge triangular hats and elegant long frock coats much better though.

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Re: AARs - post here all after battle comments and replay files

Post  Mr. Digby on Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:58 pm

Yesterday we played our first game on Crikey's Blenheim map.

Despite the "completely unbalanced scenario" a huge corps vs corps engagement on rolling open terrain in the centre of the map in true Napoleonic style allowed the AI to hold off the player-commanded Austrian juggernaut long enough to buy time for the objective to survive.

The fact the objective was inside a fortified city surrounded by a wide swamp was a moot point - the players had run out of time by then.

We played on Crikeys Blenheim map which is superb, unfortunately almost the top 1/3rd is thick forest and the bottom 1/3rd is impassable swampy land around the River Danube, but there's several very nice towns and enough rolling terrain across the middle to encourage me to write more scenarios for this map.

Martin James - you may find it useful to transport it to the Colonies and use woodland indians in it for a 1750s or 1770s game. The buildings are a bit Germanic but still have a slight Colonial feel to them.

Bavaria, May 1809

Situation:

Once again that most offensive and annoying personage, the self-proclaimed Emperor of those meddlesome French, has plunged us into a war. Invading Bavaria the French have forced our Bavarian allies to change sides via a humiliating treaty and now they press down the Danube toward sacred Vienna. They must be stopped! They must be humiliated! They must be most soundly thrashed! At the town of Hochstadt on the Danube the French have pushed forwards an advant garde corps and herein lies our opportunity. The armeekorps of Feldmarschalleutnant Prinz Reuss-Plauen is encamped only a few leagues north of Hochstadt and the Emperor has commanded him to make a rapid and aggressive assault on Hochstadt, recapture the city, smash the French thereat and close the easy corridor along the Danube to our implacable enemy.

Intelligence:

Our cavalry patrols have confirmed the presence of 3 enemy divisions at Hochstadt and peasants questioned on the road speak of "blue coats" at the towns of Lutzingen and Ober Glauheim, though in what numbers we cannot determine. The Nebel stream that drains south-east into the Danube at Blindheim as well as the bigger Kloster and Pulver streams that drain in a similar direction from Morslingen to Hochstadt lie in low areas of ground that are boggy and poor going for cavalry. Fortunately between these two water courses a wide open heath bare of woods and villages gives us a superb area to deploy our magnificent cavalry. The approach to Hochstadt itself is again very marshy and heavily wooded. The town will be problematic to approach.

Objective:

Advance south, deploying out of the narrow forest defile. Strike hard and push out any enemy in Lutzingen and Ober Glauheim thus clearing a path to Hochstadt. Take the city by nightfall.

5. Armeekorps: Feldmarschalleutnant Prinz Reuss-Plauen (25596 Inf. 7021 Cav. 54 Guns)

Avant Garde Division Colloredo: Feldmarschalleutnant Hieronymus Graf von Colloredo (3964 Inf. 1852 Cav. 14 Guns)
Brigade Stutterheim: Generalmajor Karl von Stutterheim (1955 Inf. 3 light battalions Avg. Exp. 4.5)
Brigade Schneller: Generalmajor Andreas von Schneller (2009 Inf. 3 light battalions Avg. Exp. 4.3)
Kavallerie Brigade de Fielandt: Oberst Goswin de Fielandt (550 Cav. 2 hussar regts Avg. Exp. 6.0)
Kavallerie Brigade Rothkirch: Oberst Leopold Rothkirch (1302 Cav. 2 dragoon regts Avg. Exp. 5.0)
17. Brigade Batterie: Hauptmann 17. Brigade Batterie (8 6pdr Guns Avg. Exp. 4.0)
6. Batterie positionieren: Hauptmann 6. Batterie positionieren (6 6pdr Guns Avg. Exp. 4.0)

Division d'Aspre: Feldmarschalleutnant Karl d'Aspre von Hoobreuk (5601 Inf. 2378 Cav. 14 Guns)
Brigade Ettingshausen: Generalmajor Konstantin von Ettingshausen (2223 Inf. 4 light battalions Avg. Exp. 3.0)
Brigade Bieber: Generalmajor Josef Ritter von Bieber (3378 Inf. 6 battalions Avg. Exp. 4.5)
Kavallerie Brigade von Mayer: Oberst Joseph von Mayer (1572 Cav. 2 hussar regts Avg. Exp. 5.0)
Kavallerie Brigade Kroyher: Generalmajor Karl von Kroyher (806 Cav. 2 kurassiere regts Avg. Exp. 5.4)
3. Leichte Brigade Batterie: Hauptmann 3. Leichte Brigade Batterie (6 3pdr Guns Avg. Exp. 3.0)
1. Brigade Batterie: Hauptmann 1. Brigade Batterie (8 6pdr Guns Avg. Exp. 5.0)

Grenadier Division von Brady: Feldmarschalleutnant Thomas von Brady (4727 Inf. 1757 Cav. 14 Guns)
Brigade Murray: Generalmajor Albrecht Graf Murray de Melgum (2703 Inf. 4 grenadier battalions Avg. Exp. 6.0)
Brigade Merville: Generalmajor Franz Mauroy de Merville (2024 Inf. 4 grenadier battalions Avg. Exp. 6.0)
Kavallerie Brigade Vécsey: Generalmajor Peter Vécsey de Hajnácskeö (1757 Cav. 2 hussar regiments Avg. Exp. 5.5)
12. Brigade Batterie: Hauptmann 12. Brigade Batterie (8 6pdr Guns Avg. Exp. 4.0)
12. Batterie positionieren: Hauptmann 12. Batterie positionieren (6 6pdr Guns Avg. Exp. 5.0)

Reserve Division Nordmann: Generalmajor Armand von Nordmann (11304 Inf. 1034 Cav. 12 Guns)
Brigade Weid-Runkel: Generalmajor Prinz Friedrich zu Weid-Runkel (6486 Inf. 7 battalions Avg. Exp. 4.7)
Brigade Hessen-Homburg: Generalmajor Prinz Philipp zu Hessen-Homburg (4818 Inf. 7 battalions Avg. Exp. 4.7)
Kavallerie Brigade d'Hurbal: Generalmajor Roussel d'Hurbal (1034 Cav. 2 Kurassiere regts Avg. Exp. 5.0)
4. Batterie positionieren: Hauptmann 4. Batterie positionieren (6 6pdr Guns Avg. Exp. 4.0)
3. Schwere Batterie: Hauptmann 3. Schwere Batterie positionieren (6 12pdr Guns Avg. Exp. 5.0)


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Post  Mongo on Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:14 pm

I think that scenario is worth playing again. All we need is a new CinC, Kevin or Pat will do.
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Post  Mr. Digby on Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:51 pm

Perhaps something similar but with an objective its possible to physically reach would be better! If I make Blindheim the obj that would work okay. I'll cook up something soon on this map.

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Post  Uncle Billy on Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:03 pm

I'm adding Fontheim, Blindheim, Ramillies and Almansa to the mod. I've changed some of the defensive values so artillery fire is prohibited in the usual places.

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Post  Mr. Digby on Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:39 pm

Kevin I got crashes when trying to use Almansa, both the Luzzara maps and the Schellenberg. Did you experience the same? Crikey has put fortifications into one of the Luzzara maps so that may be worth another look.

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Post  Uncle Billy on Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:36 pm

Yes, I had crashes on Almansa. It was a case of missing vegetation sprites. I put it into the mod and made it all OK for use. I'll take a look at Luzzara.

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Post  Mr. Digby Yesterday at 12:39 am

It would be nice to have the Schellenberg working too. I don't see a lot of replay value in that map but I think it would make a fantastic map for a player vs player game, say 3 a side.

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