Every year Tony of the Grimsby Wargames Society organises a large multi-player Seven Years War game. This years event was based on the Battle of Hohenfriedberg.
Fifteen players from a variety of backgrounds were duly assembled, some having travelled almost the length of the country to attend, and battle commenced.
An overview of the table giving an impression of just how many figures were involved.
The Prussian plan was to have the massed cavalry on the left sweep away the Austrian cavalry and support the infantry attack in the center. This infantry attack was to be lead by me with Andrew on my right a move later, then Shaun a move after that. Meanwhile Tim & Chris would refuse the left and prevent any incursions from the enemy.
Further issues were raised when the cavalry brigade immediately failed to get orders through and instead began to drift behind my lines. This meant that any ambitious advance of my infantry risked exposing their left flank to the waiting enemy cavalry.
Similarly a large number of Austrian horse had spent the game riding up and down the enemy base line looking for an opportunity to be used.
But this was a Prussian victory won by the infantry. And a darned hard job it was too.
All the figures were from the collections of Tony, Steve (who didn't play but kindly let us use his toys), Andy, Malcolm & myself. Terrain from the collections of the Grimsby Wargames Society apart from two delightful scratch built buildings from Tony (that I Forgot to photograph - sorry Tony).
Rules used were Black Powder Last Argument of Kings with a couple of house rules regarding movement (everyone could make at least one move to prevent any player from having nothing to do all day) and deployment (Austrians forming line are disorganised for a move). Despite my worries/fears/dislike of the rules the game was played in a good spirit.