Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Korbitz, Part III. The operational battle.

So it is the time to test the scenario. I made a little change: the mud doesn't block the road. Instead, when the mud is rolled, the unit remains stopped into the new destination for one turn. In the test I dispensed from the decoys, of course (I am not bipolar enough...).

The Austro-Imperial approach is indeed slow and painful and one is nearly forced to bring the armies piecemeal into the battle. At the 6th move the situation was:

The corp of Maguire with Zweibrucken in command in D6 and the corp of Stolberg in D7 made contact with Wunsch in C6 and accordingly battle is joined in the area (5-7)(B-D). Kleefeld is still out of the tactical map and shall enter as a reinforcement in D7 as soon as he will be able to move.

On the Austrian side, after a very muddled approach Hadik with Lamberg and the Right Wing Infantry is still at Mauma. Brentano is in Krogis and the tardy Serbelloni is at Mitlitz with Schallenberg.

After two more moves Kleefeld enters in D7 at the 9th move, and the Austrian finally arrive on the tactical map: Serbelloni and Lamberg are in C1 (Serbelloni shall stop in C1 for the remainder of the game). Schallemberg and the Right Wing Infantry are in B2 with Hadik, Brentano is entered from Krogis in C2. At this point Finck moves the cavalry in A3 and battle is joined. 

As stated in the rules the battle is joined into the (2-4)(A-C) area and Lamberg can enter as a reinforcement. However one can deploy all the units in the tactical map in the appropriate square and add the battle against the Austrian to that with the Imperials. This is of course a matter of taste.

There remain still four moves to finish the scenario: my feeling is that 12 moves are too few, maybe 15 moves would be fair. (Indeed in the test the Austro-Imperial where lucky enough and still they needed 9 moves on 12 to start the battle on both wings...).

In the next post the tactical battle (if the camera agrees..).