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Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2021 2:19 a.m. PST

Although the game is tomorrow, I'm already set up (I'm so organised!).

The historical battle was in 1757. The Austrians, under Konigsegg, were tasked with slowing down Bevern's Prussians.
The Austrians, although out numbered, had good positions, utilising villages & redoubts along their line.

The Prussians will be placed on the table by my opponents, tomorrow, after they view the Austrian positions.

What will make this battle different is that historically a number of Austrian line battalions retreated seemingly for no purpose.

To simulate this, I will throw percentage dice every turn, and if/when a score of 90% or more is made, a brigade of 4 battalions will be removed from the table; creating a rather large hole.

My opponents don't know this or the significance of my dice rolling each game turn. I'm hoping it makes them nervous.

Hopefully more photos etc tomorrow if I remember to take them.

4DJones13 Mar 2021 3:03 a.m. PST

Your opponents might well 'know' now.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2021 4:37 a.m. PST

No. They don't read tmp.

John Leahy Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2021 5:28 a.m. PST

This looks great! Please take pics from tomorrow! I love seeing your games! They always look exceptionally good!



Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2021 5:43 a.m. PST

Pandours in the wood:

The dreaded wolf pits:

The not-so-dreaded Reichsarmee allies:

Defending the village of Franzendorf:

DinOfBattle2 Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2021 5:58 a.m. PST

Nice to see this battle report. I re-fought this one several times, even with custom hills.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2021 9:17 a.m. PST

This looks really impressive!


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2021 10:48 a.m. PST

Nicely done!

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2021 11:50 p.m. PST

Game over. The Austrians were doing well until in Game Turn #4, a brigade retreated from Franzdorff, leaving an ufillable gap.
Let it be said, they fought gallantly.

Set-up- Prussians:

The Prussians first attacked the Croats defending the wooded hills, on the Austrian flank.

Then advanced against the village of Rosenthal:

The redoubts faced a series of attacks:

First one was captured:

Then the village of Franzdorff occupied.

Then another redoubt fell:

The Austrians tried to plug the gaps with cavalry:

But eventually faced the inevitable & began to retreat:

It was a lovely way to spend a Sunday autumn in Brisbane.


Marulaz114 Mar 2021 11:34 a.m. PST

I may have missed it and if so I apologize, but what rule set did you use?

And thanks for all the great photos and play by play!


Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2021 12:49 p.m. PST

John, there are many excellent SYW rule sets out there.

We wrote our own : 'A Glorious War'. They're quite simple but with some fun mechanisms and seem to encourage historical tactics.

Self-praise etc but I really like our rules.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2021 4:56 p.m. PST

Really nice game – thanks for sharing!

von Schwartz ver 214 Mar 2021 5:04 p.m. PST

Beautiful set-up and a nice AAR, I was wondering what those perfectly rectangular black pits were.

I have been reading the Kronoskaf AARs for the SYW and what you described seems to be the case more often than you may think. The Austrians (French too) would be on the verge of winning the engagement, and then suddenly, they would just give up and leave (as a Minnesota Vikings fan I am quite familair with THAT).

FierceKitty14 Mar 2021 7:39 p.m. PST

SYW for the gold! Lovely-looking game.

Do you distribute copies of your rules if people ask sweetly?

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2021 10:22 p.m. PST

Sir, if you supplied an email address, I would happily send you a copy.

v.S/2: my perfectly delightful friends urged me not to take away my brigade after the dice trap sprang & I explained my strange behaviour.

I insisted and we had, in consequence, a perfectly wonderful mad scramble instead of some pedestrian grinding…..& historically valid, too.

If wargaming (& football) was utterly predictable, who'd be interested?

John Leahy Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2021 3:39 a.m. PST

I really love this! Such a great looking game! Sadly, my 6mm Prussian and Austrians are much closer to being ready for a game than my 1/72 figs.

If you are so inclined, I'd love to get a copy of your rules. johnleahy55atyahoodotcom.

Thank you!


Cavcmdr15 Mar 2021 5:14 a.m. PST

Pretty please. ;-)
I would love to peruse your rules.
cavcmdr at gmail dot com

I do look forward to your posts. My terrain cannot compete but I love my old 15mm SYW troops. The Brits hail from the 1980's

Thank you.

FierceKitty16 Mar 2021 5:53 p.m. PST

tybalthwathotmaildotcom kind person. My Austrians got thumped yesterday, though they won the previous ding-dong. My wife has a disturbing habit of learning from her mistakes.

Texaswalker17 Mar 2021 4:13 p.m. PST

Came along late to this post, but a very nice setup and great looking minis. Are these Mindens? Thank you for the post.

Marulaz117 Mar 2021 9:23 p.m. PST

ochoin: May I impose upon you for a copy of the rules also?

Thank you!


Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2021 8:55 p.m. PST

No, they're mostly 1/72 plastic. Quite a few conversions, as you can see.

I think I've sent the rules to everyone who asked ("be careful what you wish for…."). I got a pretty decent set in return from one petitioner.

Marulaz120 Mar 2021 1:04 a.m. PST

ochoin: This is very kind of you. Thank you very much for the rules!


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