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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Generals and Comanders

The officer corps of any army is tremendous assets that must be carefully managed. In the case of the up coming Campaign generals provide various bonuses. Each nation except Prussia has one Marshal with a +2 bonus and three Generals with a +1 General. What do these bonuses mean you ask... well two important things. First we are using the deployment cards(See Volley and Bayonet Road to Glory) to handle initial set up before battles. Normally players get to draw two cards, if you Marshal or generals are in command of the army then you get to draw two additional cards for you Marshal and one additional card for generals, and yes these stack so then can greatly increase your starting options. In addition these commanders give a bonus to the moral of troops directly under their command.

Prussia is a special case: They have Frederic the Great and he Give a +3 Bonus, they also have a +2 Marshal and two +1 Generals... Prussia is just special in the 18th Century.

In addition to ordinary Generals both France and England may field their Kings as generals. Monarchs are subject to special rules as Per V&B. The big advantage they provide is their ability to rally more than one routing unit at a time.

So who are my army Commanders?

As the French Marshal for the 18th Century only one option really suggests it self. Maurice de Saxe. Truly a Magnificent Bastard de Saxe was one of those rare people who combine both theory and practice. Reveries on the Art of war is a classic of military theory and His string of victories though out the War of Austrian Secession show his practical mastery as well. Saxe will command the Armee Du Nord For more on de Saxe


For command of the Army of Lorraine I have nominated Victor François Duc de Broglie the stand out field commander for the French during the Seven Years war. Sadly Broglie was not a popular man at court and was frequently superseded by less talented men who squandered the victories he gained. Broglie was a pioneer of the use of Light troops in the French army. He established the first Companies of Chassures and began light infantry doctrine the armies of the French revolution and Napoleonic wars would utilize. Broglie will have my smallest but in many ways most critical commands in Central Germany. For more on Broglie

For command of the Army of Italy I have made a very ahistorical selection. This one is purely because the man involved is a personal favorite Louis Joseph de Saint Véran better know as the Marquis de Montcalm. Yes I know he should be running around Canada but the point of this is to have some fun with history. Montcalm is probably not as good a general as most casual students of the French and Indian War think he is. He did have several key military talents that cannot be under estimated. First he was very good at inspiring loyalty in his subordinates. Second he new how to manage sieges and the logistics associated with these undertakings. Third he was very good at creating prepared positions and defending them. These Talents will be useful in Italy which will probably be a secondary theater in this war. For more on Montcalm

My Fourth French commander will be Louis Charles César Le Tellier the comte d'Estrées. Similar to Broglie despite his victory ealry in the Seven Years war at Hastenbeck he was removed form command do to political unpopularity. He was also an outstanding cavalry commander in the War of Austrian Secession and commanded the Cavalry of the Maison du Roi at Fontenoy leading the attack that blunted the English drive. He'll be serving with the Armee Du Nord at least untill I need him for an independent command.
For on d'Estrees

Next up will be the Prussian comanders.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Starting Armies

Below are the starting armies for the mythical 18th century conflict Luke and I will be fighting. A key to help read SP= Streght points, one strength point is 500 men. M= Moral the higher the better. LC= Light Cavalry, MC=Medium Cavalry, HC=Heavy Cavalry, DG= Dedicated Guns (Battalion guns)NE=No Elites, PT= Poorly Trained.

Starting Armies for Sport of Kings
France:
Guard Francaise SP4 M-7 Shock DG
Grenadiers a Cheval De la Guarde SP 4 M-7

Light Division
1st Light Battalion SP 1 M-4 NE Skirmisher
2nd Light Battalion SP 1 M-4 NE Skirmisher
3rd Light Battalion SP 1 M-4 NE Skirmisher
4th Light Battalion SP 1 M-4 NE Skirmisher
Voluntairs de Breton SP 1 M-4 Lt. Cavalry Skirmishers
Raugrave Hussars SP 1 M-4 Lt. Cavalry Skirmishers
Beausobre Hussars SP 1 M-4 Lt. Cavalry Skirmishers
Luzzan’s Hussars SP 1 M-4 Lt. Cavalry Skirmishers

French Grenadier Division
1st Grenadier De France Sp 4 M-6 DG Shock
2nd Grenadier De France Sp 4 M-6 DG Shock
‘Irish’ Grenadiers Sp 4 M-6 DG Shock
Grenadier 1 Sp 4 M-6 DG Shock

Swiss Division
Jenner’s SP 4 M-5 DG PT
Hessy’s SP 4 M-5 DG PT
Diesbach SP 4 M-5 DG PT
Planta’s SP 4 M-5 DG PT
1st Heavy Battery SP 2 M-5 Heavy PT

1st Division
Piedmont SP 4 M-5 DG PT
Champagne SP 4 M-5 DG PT
Normandie SP 4 M-5 DG PT
Navarre SP 4 M-5 DG PT
2nd Heavy Battery SP 2 M-5 Heavy PT

Celtic Division
Berwick SP 4 M-5 DG PT
Bulkeley SP 4 M-5 DG PT
Dillon SP 4 M-5 DG PT
Royal Ecossaise SP 4 M-5 DG PT
1st Field Battery SP 2 M-5 Field PT
5th Light Battalion Sp 1 M-4 Skirmishers

2nd Division
Languedoc SP 4 M-5 DG PT
Royal Roussillon SP 4 M-5 DG PT
Guyean SP 4 M-5 DG PT
Saintonge SP 4 M-5 DG PT
2nd Field Battery SP 2 M-5 Field PT
6th Light Battalion Sp 1 M-4 Skirmishers

3rd Division
Auvergne SP 4 M-5 DG PT
Bourbouais SP 4 M-5 DG PT
Bourgogne SP 4 M-5 DG PT
Cambesis SP 4 M-5 DG PT
3rd Field Battery SP 2 M-5 Field PT
7th Light Battalion Sp 1 M-4 Skirmishers

1st German Division
Alsace SP 4 M-5 DG PT
Royal Lorraine SP 4 M-5 DG PT
8th Light Battalion Sp 1 M-4 Skirmishers

2nd German Division
Royal-Deux-Ponts SP 4 M-5 DG PT
Royal-Estrangers SP 4 M-5 DG PT
9th Light Battalion Sp 1 M-4 Skirmishers

3rd German Division
Sax/Anhalt SP 4 M-5 DG PT
La Mark SP 4 M-5 DG PT
10th Light Battalion Sp 1 M-4 Skirmishers

1st Cavalry Division
Fitz-James SP 3 M-6 HC
Cuirassiers Du Roi SP 3 M-6 HC
La Riene SP 3 M-5 MC (Dragoon)
Du Roi SP 3 M-5 MC (Dragoon)

2nd Cavalry Division
Penthievre SP 3 M-5 HC PT
Orleans SP 3 M-5 HC PT
Col-General SP 3 M-5 HC PT
Languedoc SP 3 M-5 MC (Dragoon)

3rd Cavalry Division
Beaffremant SP 3 M-5 HC PT
Dauphin SP 3 M-5 HC PT
Harcourt SP 3 M-5 HC PT
Dragoon SP 3 M-5 MC (Dragoon)



Austrian Army

Light Division
Warasdin Ceutzer Grenz SP 3 M-5 NE May Skirmish (x3Skirmishers)
Grenz Regt. Broder SP 3 M-5 NE May Skirmish(x3Skirmishers)
St. Geroge Grenz Regt. SP 3 M-5 NE May Skirmish(x3Skirmishers)
Grenz Szluiner SP 3 M-5 NE May Skirmish(x3 Skirmishers)
Karolyi Hussars Sp 2 M-5 Light Cavalry May Skirmish

1st Infantry Division
46 Tiroler-Land und Field SP 3 M-4 DG NE
2 Erzherszog Ferdinand SP 3 M-5 DG NE
4 Deutchmeister SP 3 M-5 DG NE
13 Moltke SP 3 M-5 DG NE
1st Field Battery SP 2 M-5

2nd Infantry Division
50 HarschSP 3 M-4 DG NE
14 Salm-Salm SP 3 M-5 DG NE
22 Lascy SP 3 M-5 DG NE
28 Wied SP 3 M-5 DG NE
2nd Field Battery SP 2 M-5 field

3rd infantry Division
52 Bethen SP 3 M-4 DG NE
31 Haller SP 3 M-5 DG NE
32 Forgach SP 3 M-5 DG NE
37 Josef Esterhazy SP 3 M-5 DG NE
3rd Field Battery SP 2 M-5 field

Grenadier Division
1st Austrian Grenadiers SP3 M-6 DG Shock
Grenadier 2 SP 3 M-6 DG Shock
Grenadier 3 SP 3 M-6 DG Shock
26th Continental SP 3 M-6 DG Shock
1st Heavy Battery sp M-5 Heavy

1st Cavalry Division
Savoyen Dragoons SP 3 M-5 MC
KR Hohenzollern SP 3 M-5 HC
Cuirassier Brigade Sp 3 M-5 HC
Kaiser Hussars SP 2 M-5 LC May Skirmish

2nd Cavalry
Joseph Erzherzog Dragoons SP 3 M-5 MC
Pfalz Cuirassier SP 3 M-5 HC
Reiter v. Zweibracken SP 3 M-5 HC
Palatinal Hussars SP 2 M-5 LC May Skirmish

Reich Army

1st Imperial Infantry
IR Kutrier SP 2 M-4 PT DG
Kurkolnisecher Wildenstein SP 2 M-4 PT DG
IR Pfalz-Zweibrucken SP 2 M-4 PT DG
IR Effern SP 2 M-4 PT DG
1st Field Battery 2-5 Field

2nd Imperial Infantry
IR Hess-Darmstadt SP 2 M-4 PT DG
IR Alt Wurttemberg SP 2 M-4 PT DG
IR Kurprinz SP 2 M-4 PT DG
IR Baden-Durlach Sp SP 2 M-4 PT DG
2nd Field Battery 2-5 Field

Bavarian Division
IR Minucci SP 2 M-4 PT DG NE
IR Preysina SP 2 M-4 PT DG NE
IR Herzong Klemens SP 2 M-4 PT DG NE
Lieb Regiment Bavarian SP 2 M-4 PT DG NE

Imperial Cavalry
KKR Brendenberg-Bayreth SP 2 M-4 PT HC
Wurttemberg Brigade SP 2 M4 PT MC

Independent
1st Skirmisher SP 1 M-5 Skirmisher
2nd Skirmisher SP 1 M-5 Skirmisher
3rd Skirmisher SP 1 M-5 Skirmisher

Nadasti Hussars SP 2 M-5 Light Cavalry May Skirmish


Prussia

15th Musketeer (Guard) SP 4 M7 Shock
1st Infantry Division
1st Musketeer SP 3 M-6 DG NE
2nd Musketeer SP 3 M-6 DG NE
3rd Musketeer SP 3 M-6 DG NE

2nd Infantry Division
5th Musketeer SP 3 M-6 DG NE
7th Musketeer SP 3 M-6 DG NE
8th Musketeer SP 3 M-6 DG NE

3rd Infantry Division
9th Musketeer SP 3 M-6 DG NE
11th Musketeer SP 3 M-6 DG NE
13th Musketeer SP 3 M-6 DG NE

4th Infantry Division
17th Musketeer SP 3 M-6 DG NE
18th Musketeer SP 3 M-6 DG NE
19th Musketeer SP 3 M-6 DG NE

5th Infantry Division
33rd Fusilier SP 3 M-6 DG NE
35th Fusilier SP 3 M-6 DG NE
37th Fusilier SP 3 M-6 DG NE

6th Infantry Division
39th Fusilier SP 3 M-5 DG NE
40th Fusilier SP 3 M-5 DG NE
Turmbach Frie Corps SP 3 M-5 DG NE
1st Field Battery SP 2 M-5 Field

7th Infantry Division
42nd Fusilier SP 3 M-5 DG NE
46th Fusilier SP 3 M-5 DG NE
49th Fusilier SP 3 M-5 DG NE
2nd Field Battery SP 2 M-5 Field

8th Infantry Division
Mixed Musketeer SP 3 M-5 DG NE
Mixed Fusilier SP 3 M-5 DG NE
Frie-Corps La Noble SP 3 M-5 DG NE
3rd Field Battery SP 2 M-5 Field

Grenadier Division
3/6th Grenadiers SP 3 M-6 DG Shock
15/18th Grenadiers SP 3 M-6 DG Shock
1st Mixed Grenadiers SP 3 M-6 DG Shock
2nd Mixed Grenadiers SP 3 M-6 DG Shock
1st Heavy Battery SP 2 M-5 Heavy

Heavy Cavalry Division
Cuirassier Brigade SP 3 M-5 HC
2nd Cuirassier SP 3 M-5 HC
5th Cuirassier SP 3 M-5 HC

1st Cavalry Division
1st/3rd Dragoon Brigade SP 3 M-5 MC
8th Cuirassier SP 3 M-5 HC
10th/13th Cuirassier SP 3 M-5 HC

2nd Cavalry
4th/10th Dragoon Brigade SP 3 M-5 MC
5th Dragoons SP 3 M-5 HC (Counting as Cuirassier)
6th Dragoons SP 3 M-5 HC (Counting as Cuirassier)





Britain/Hanover

British Home “Army” (Must start in England)

3rd “Buffs” Foot SP 3 M-6 DG NE
5th Foot SP 3 M-6 DG NE
10th Foot SP 3 M-6 DG NE
21st Fusiliers SP 3 M-6 DG NE
23rd Fusiliers SP 3 M-6 DG NE
42nd Highland SP 2 M-6 DG Shock May Skirmish
1st Heavy Battery SP 2 M-5 Heavy

Brunswick Division
Prince Fredrich SP 3 M-5 DG NE
Von Specht SP 3 M-5 DG NE
V. Riedesel SP 3 M-5 DG NE
Erbprinz/Friedrich Grenadiers SP 3 M-6 DG Shock

1st Hanover Division
Fussgarde SP 3 M-5 DG NE
1a+1b Hanover SP 3 M-5 DG NE
2a+2b Hanover SP 3 M-5 DG NE
Hanover Grenadiers 1 SP 3 M-6 DG Shock
1st Field Battery SP 2 M-5 Field

2nd Hanover Division
3a Hanover SP 3 M-5 DG NE
3b Hanover SP 3 M-5 DG NE
9a+9b Hanover SP 3 M-5 DG NE
Hanover Grenadiers 2 SP 3 M-6 DG Shock
2nd Field Battery SP 2 M-5 Field

British “Hanover” Division
15th Foot SP 3 M-5 DG NE
17th Foot SP 3 M-5 DG NE
59th Foot SP 3 M-5 DG NE
1st Light Battery SP 2 M-5 Light

1st Hessian Division
Prinz Carl SP 2 M-5 DG NE
Mansbach SP 2 M-5 DG NE
Cappellan SP 2 M-5 DG NE
Prinz Carl Grenadiers SP 2 M-6 DG Shock

2nd Hessian Division
Knyphousen SP 2 M-5 DG NE
Furstenberg Regiment SP 2 M-5 DG NE
Prinz Anhalt SP 2 M-5 DG NE

Legion Britanique Division (Hessian)
V. Stockousen (L. Britanique) SP 2 M-5 DG NE
De L’Are (L. Britanique) SP 2 M-5 DG NE
V. Appleborn (L. Britanique) SP 2 M-5 DG NE
V. Mauw (L. Britanique) SP 2 M-5 DG NE
V. Udam (L. Britanique) SP 2 M-5 DG NE

Light Division
1 Jaeger SP 1 M-5 Skirmish Sharpshooter
1st Light Battalion SP 1 M-4 Skirmisher
2nd Light Battalion SP 1 M-4 Skirmisher
3rd Light Battalion SP 1 M-4 Skirmisher
Luckner’s Hussars A SP 1 M-5 LC Linear May Skirmish
Luckner’s Hussars B SP 1 M-5 LC Linear May Skirmish

1st Cavalry
Hanover Guard/Horse Grenadiers SP 3 M-5 HC
Lieb. Reg. 1CA &1CB Brigade SP 3 M-5 HC
Brunswick Brigade SP 3 M-5 MC

2nd Cavalry
Irish Dragoons SP 3 M-5 HC
Reuter Reg. 2b SP 3 M-5 HC
Legion Britanique Dragoons SP 3 M-5 MC

3rd Cavalry
Queen’s Dragoons SP 3 M-5 HC
2nd Dragoons “Scotts Grays” SP 3 M-5 HC
17th Light Dragoon A&B SP 2 M-5 LC May Skirmish

Once Luke tells me how his armies are deployed I'll post that informaiton as well.

Monday, December 28, 2009

So it Begins

Today is the first step in the process of running an 18th Century War game campaign. Luke Chevrette will be providing my opposition. Lack of players has ruled out the Titanic great powers struggle I had envisioned but it may be best to try my system on a small scale first. The war we are portraying is not based on any particular 18th Century War but the set up holds some similarities with the War of Austrian Secession.

I will run an Alliance of France and Prussia while Luke will run an Alliance of Great Britain/Hanover and Austria. Minor nations are either part of the Reich Army which is part of Luke's initial forces, They are stuck in Bavaria waiting on a commander but they count toward his starting army.

I hope that other players will join us as theater generals or similar.

Each of us has a very good Army and a more difficult army. In my case Prussia is an excellent army the key will be to not lose too much of it winning the opening battles. Attrition is our enemy as Prussia.

France is an interesting case the army has (or can have) good moral but the vast majority of the troops are poorly drilled. Which limits the opportunities for clever maneuvers on the field. My feeling is the key is to embrace the French Army for what it is a "big club". Its troops are cheep so just go strait at your foe and have a second wave ready to go!

Tactical Rules are Volley and Bayonet Campaign Rules are home brew inspired and drawing heavily on Sport of Kings publish as part of Age of Reason. All copy right belong to their owners.