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 Post subject: Re: Karelia 1656 Muscovites. First battle played.
PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 1:13 am 
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Stunning! Nice AAR as well. Bases look just fine on the table.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 4:57 am 
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Lovely report and figures. : )


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 11:27 am 
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Nice game after a long pause with a scenario I had not played before. And a stunningly brilliant muscovite army.

Lessons learned:
1) don't put the hardest hitting unit into a flanking march, original idea of using reiters and cossacks as hammer and anvil was wasted to piecemeal deploying.
2) if their is opening to get mediocre units through it should be used immediately - I woke up to this one or to rounds too late.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:21 pm 
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Looks stunning. Nice report.
I trust you both had fun.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:32 pm 
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Oh, yes. It was actually fun to see muscovite cavalry achieve something. :-)

And from point of view of opponent that list seems to pack some punch with some massed shooting power, some decent cavalry and horde of lesser guys topped by few skirmishers.
OK it is not full of heavy hitters but those massed formations have quality of their own in quantity.


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Nice report! And I really dig your smoke markers. Did you use them to mark shooting, or just for the photos?

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Large pyre is muscovite control marker :-)
Smaller ones are marking units that have fired.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:42 pm 
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The Muscovite cavalry fought only in close combat if their target was either disorganized or in open order or without orders. So I wound't brag about their effectiveness. Well maybe just a little bit of boasting.
No of the fights could be called a "fair fight", but then that's the Muscovite way of fighting! :D

A pint of vodka for every one!!

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 10:47 pm 
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Juha has already posted his AAR, but still I'd like to share mine. :D

This time I used seven point force:
** Golova
6 bases of streltsy
4 bases of provincial musketeers
6 bases of boyar sons
2 x 3 bases of cossack boatmen
2 x 3 bases of orthodox peasants
My force strenght was 32 and reconnaissance value was only 8.
Juha won the reconnaissance by 8 and chose splitting as the effect.

The scenario was defend the crossing. And to Juha´s horror he was the attacker. The Finns had been too slow to react to Muscovite aggression and ended up attacking the bridge they were supposed to defend. It took too long for the Finns to muster the troops. :P

I deployed my troops first and decided to hold the bridge at any cost. The right men for the job were the streltsy. With all the other troops on the other side of the river or on the river, the unthankful duty of guarding the flank of streltsy went to peasants, who had volunteered to help the noble Muscovites in theur fight against Lutherian oppression. The poor bastards new little of what the Golova had tasked them to do.

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More ill news were coming. Dimitry from the boyar sons had run in to an argument about his garlic breath with Sergey from the same squadron. The squadron witch Golova Krupin had organized by himself and tasked counter charge the Finns, if they somehow could penetrate defences on the other side of the bridge. One of his messenger rode from the nobles to inform that Dimitry was forced to leave the squadron and that he had taken his men with him. So the squadron was splitted into two groups. The Golova's hands were shaking as he opened his canteen for a little drop of vodka to ease his nerves.

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Golova Alexei Krupin was indeed the man in charge and despite the bad news to prove his complete supremancy of the field, he stood in the middle of the bridge surveying the closing Finns. He took a long sip from his canteen and cursed. It would be a long day and the vodka was almost gone already. There never was enough vodka. Not here in Finland. There was only swamps and forests and mosquitoes. Finland was a disgusting place.

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In the first turn the Finnish musketeers started their long countermarch towards the line of streltsy. The swedes didn't hit a thing and were out of range from the inferior muscovite handguns. So the stretsy stood still and delayed their fire, for there was a sound of trampling hooves and pistol fire, with the cries of peasants being killed, in the right flank. After the surviving peasants had run trough their line, the streltsy opened fire at reiters from close range. A base was killed so was the reiters will to do more charging and they withdrew in disorganization. Golova Kurpin stroked his elegant and formidable beard smiling. Everything was going as planned. Now if the boatmen, tasked to surprise the Finnish rabble, arrived in time, then there might be enough vodka.

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Krupin almost choked himself, while drinking, when he saw the boatmen on the left flank to land on the wrong bank of the river. Those fishermen had drove their boat ashore on the muskovite side of the river. And the other group of cossack boatmen were absent from the right flank. Those lazy git were somewhere fishing. I really hate Finland, thought Krupin to himself while shouting orders to his signal drummer. Hopefully the drummer had something to drink...

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On the second turn the streltsy were in trouble. The Finnish musketeers countermarched closer shooting as fast as they could. Luckily their aim wasn't true. Al the managed to do was a lot of noise and smoke. Still with the peasants hiding behind their backs, the streltsy had to make a hasty reform to counter the charging Finnish adelsfana. Seeing the professional maneuver of the streltsy, the Finns had a second thought about their charge, and withdrew disorganized.

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On the left flank there was some shooting with little effect between peasants and boatmen and dragoons. The boyar sons, having departed from their squadron, headed single mindedly towards the just found crossing in the river. -Well at least they are doing something right, told Krupin to his flag bearer while eyeing the mans backpack thirstily. But still there was no sighting of the second boat nor the cossacks. -Maybe they have wrecked their boat and drowned, Krupin smiled to himself. He tried to think positively.

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On the third turn there was more shooting of streltsy, who were still exposing their flank to the ever-shooting and approaching Finnish musketeer. Luckily the Finns were very badly trained and didn't score any hits despite discharging shot after shot to the backs and flanks of the brave Muscovites. Maybe the Finns were afraid of the professional expertise of yhe streltsy or their bushy beards combined with their pointy hats.- Even I could shoot better! shouted the Golova between small sips from his canteen. And I'm drunk as a...

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The Golova's laugh died on his lips. The other boatmen had arrived just in time to greet the boyar sons ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE RIVER! Krupin started to load his pistol sobbing. How did it come to this. The vodka was gone, the boyar sons arguing with each other, the peasants fleeing and the damned stupid boatmen failed to cross the river.

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Krupin left his command post on the bridge heading for the boyars and boatmen on the right flank. Someone is going to pay for this, he cursed while reaching for his other pistol. And then, when all hope seemed to be lost, his trembling hand didn't find his heavy pistol. It found something better. His personal spare bottle of the good stuff was tucked inside his pistol holster for worst case scenario. He had completely forgot the thing. The Golova shouted out load a terrifying roar of a war-cry filled with pure happiness. The boars took it as an order to charge the Lutheran peasant guarding the crossing.

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It was a close mach between two bases of peasant rabble and two bases of Muscovite noble rabb.. ..er.. shock cavalry. And due a single unsaved hit made against he peasants, the boyars sons won and killed the Finns when they were trying to flee! Maybe it was the garlic.

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At the same time things started to heat for the streltsy. They were exposing their flank and rear to the musketeers and they couldn't turn, because the reiters had finally rallied and were preparing to charge the poor Muscovites. Perhaps they took the Golova's roar of joy as a command to hold their ground. And that is what they did. The streltsy managed to withdraw in good order and even repel the pursuing reiters under the fire from close range muskets. They were dying like flies, but their banner was held high and they didn't break. The last thing heard, by many dying streltsy, was the boasting of their commanding officer, Golova Alexei Krupin. -To the last drop! he shouted and emptied his reserve flask.

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So at the end of the fight there were several Muscovite troops still on the Finnish side of the bridge. The bridge it self was guarded by provincial soldats, who were quite happy to be on the other side as the streltsy. The flag of the remnants of once proud streltsy prikaz were still held high. The crossing was held by the boyar sons and cossack boatmen and Golova Alexei Krupin was completely hammered. When he came back to his senses on the next day or the day after, he was held as a hero. Who, against the odds, had outmaneuvered a more numerous enemy, and at the time of despair had raised his voice to encourage troops. Even more, he had managed to issue a charge order to the boyar sons and they had obeyed! The brave boyars had saved the day, by charging a rather sizable mob of Finland's finest and killed them all. There was a small side mention of some streltsy getting killed in a little skirmish near the bridge.

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Mt first strategic victory to the Muscovites!

A group shot of the most unsuccessful boatmen ever.

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Well be back!

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 Post subject: Re: Karelia 1656 Muscovites. AAR of the second match.
PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:05 pm 
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Splendid AAR, well executed. Loved reading this.

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