I played a newly painted mounted muscovite force with 12 points.
- Golova and lieutenant colonel
- 2 Servant cossacks with 4 bases each.
- 5 Boyar sons sotnias of different sizes, a total of 16 bases.
- 3 Reiter rotas, 6 bases.
- 1 Skirmish sotnia, 4 bases.
I rolled for my commander and he was from an insignificant noble family, so I got to play with 3+1 command points, until Andreas rolled for additional effect (which he got three), Delayed (one reiter rota), Panic (my large Boyar sons squadron) and bad day (one less command point). The scenario he choose was Ambush. So my large force had been lured in to an ambush by the evil Tartars. My plan was to build a "fort" so that the tartars couldn't get behind my lines and if the possibility would arise, slowly move my forces and push tartars of the battlefield. It´s kind of hard though as the only order your troops are allowed in the beginning Ambush is 'Move'. Slowly though is started to close of a bit of the battlefield from the tartars, but then disaster struck as on unit of boyar sons fled under the hail of arrows straight through half of my army, causing chaos and confusion. As my battle lines got muddled the tartars owned the battlefield and the battle where lost. We didn't calculate points but it was clearly the Tartars that was the winners.
The second game was against Alexanders Gdansk, another pdf list, but a more straight forward list then the tartars. As Alexander had just one point less than me he got to choose the scenario, 'Attack on the village', but without further effects, These time I rolled for my commander and this time he was closer to the Tsar, so I got a additional skirmish sotnia.
Alexander deployed a small unit in the village and the rest in his deployment zone (except some small unit that he could put in ambush). I put my two units servant cossacks close to the village, cause these skirmishers would be best in the confined space of the village. On the left flank I deployed the large squadron of skirmish sotnia supported by a large boyar sons squadron. The right flank was covered by Reiters and Boyar sons.
The servant cossacks fought for the village the entire battle but wasn't able to dislodge the Gdansk defenders entirely from the village, so at the end it was still contested.
On the right flank it went rather spectacular as the skirmish sotnia managed to chase away the reiters they where facing. On the left flank it also went rather good and at the end both Gdansk units on that side was defeated. A victory for the Muscovites.