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29 May 2020 6:58 a.m. PST
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Whirlwind29 May 2020 5:15 a.m. PST

Please see link for a refight of the 'old school' classic wargame, The Battle of Sittangbad from Charge! Or How to Play Wargames, using the distinctly 'new school' Polemos General de Division rules and Baccus 6mm figures.

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Frederick Supporting Member of TMP29 May 2020 7:02 a.m. PST

Old school cool!

Very nice

Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP29 May 2020 8:12 a.m. PST

Pretty wild, John, thanks for posting.

Kinda different, the clash opening with a massive cavalry scrum, and pretty wild watching the French Cuirassiers chase the Austrian Kurassiers back up the hill, but man, what was up wit the French (and Polish) light cav???

Very well done by the French commander to pull off the retrograde movement in the face of the enemy, stretching the Austrians and Bavarians out and wearing them down, great fight!

V/R,
Jack

Whirlwind29 May 2020 10:53 a.m. PST

Many thanks both.

what was up wit the French (and Polish) light cav???

A peculiar but great quirk in the Polemos rules. So, brigades test for morale when any of their elements are shaken or routed. Basically there is +1 for every shaken base, +2 for every routed base, then a modified D6 roll changes that number by between -2 and +2. If the total number is greater than the number of bases originally in the brigade, then the formation is 'spent' and leaves the battlefield. In the French Light Cavalry's case, they had a brigade strength of 3, had one base routed, rolled a +2 on the die for a total of 4 = brigade routs! So there was a 1-in-6 chance of it happening, and it happened. Now, it doesn't actually matter where the remaining brigade units are when this happens, hence the Polish Lancers fleeing without crossing lances or losing a man. I could have used it as an independent unit and had a two-base Hussar brigade, but then the Hussars on the same rubbish dice roll would have routed after the first round of combat, so no better really.

Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP31 May 2020 8:09 p.m. PST

Gotcha, John, thanks for taking the time to explain.

1 in 6, eh? Like I said in the thread discussing engaged units, gotta have a dice roll, sometimes it does happen! ;)

V/R,
Jack

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