"for had not our foote stoode like a wall, there had not a man of us come off alyve"
Letter from George Fleetwood to his father, giving an account of the battle of Lutzen
Warlord Game Open Day - 20th July 2019
In a reprieve of the game at Salute this year, the Friends of General Haig (FOGH) put on the Lutzen 1632 game at this year’s Warlord Games Open Day. This blog post is a description of the days action.
|The game set up and ready to start.|
|Game under way - Swedish Green brigade attacking Imperial centre.|
Breakfast consumed we agreed who was doing what for the game. The plan was to run the game in a participation style, allowing visitors to the open day to investigate the world of Pike and Shotte by playing a turn or two, in between them checking all of the other cool things going on. So we had one commander for the Imperial forces, one as the Swedish commander, and a third to umpire / generally talk to people. This allowed us to keep the game going throughout the day, and also to ensure that any participating players had someone on hand to advise them on what was going on, and how the rules worked. We had also cut down the forces slightly from the game at Salute to try and simplify the game for anybody joining in, and to ensure we got to a conclusion in the day. We also set definite objectives for the day. Gustav Adolph and the Swedish led Protestant alliance (hence ‘the Swedes’) needed to take Wallenstein’s two Imperial batteries to win the game. If the Imperial forces held these at the end of the day then it was a defeat for the Swedes.
I have uploaded the Orders of Battle to Google Drive here.
We had various people join in and roll some dice through the day, and of course lots more who wanted to come and talk about the game, figures and terrain. Dan from Wargames Illustrated popped by for a quick interview with video shoot. Also Guy from Wargames Soldiers and Strategy, and Mel the Terrain Tutor, stopped by to take some photos. It was great to talk to so many people about the battle and wargaming this period, including some people who had seen the game at Salute.
See the Wargames Illustrated coverage of the whole event here on YouTube, we start at 4:57.
See the Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy pictures of the game here on their Facebook page.
How did the game play?
Well, it started in a similar way to the previous run out. Gustav Adolph set off with the right wing cavalry to try and overwhelm the opposing Imperial left wing. Before the arrival of the Imperial reinforcements, under Pappenheim, the Swedes have an advantage in numbers here. Unfortunately, also as usual, the Swedish commanded shot were left behind as their mounted brethren hurried to chase off the Croat light horse. Chasing the fleet of foot Croats led the Swedish cavalry to crash in to the supporting Imperial Cuirassiers and Arquebusiers.
|Gustav Adolph encouraging forward his horse and commanded shot.|
|Lutzen on fire in the foreground, with the two armies stretched out in the background. Imperial on the left, Swedish on the right.|
|Imperial Commanded shot in the gardens outside Lutzen under attack by Swedish commanded shot with a light gun.|
|Imperial 'small' battery on the left of the Imperial Centre. Preparing for the Swedish onslaught.|
|Imperial foot in the centre.|
|Imperial left wing under attack|
|Swedish right wing and Imperial left wing, reinforced by Pappenheim, heavily engaged.|
|Add Imperial 'small' battery under assault.|
|Swedish left wing pressing home their attack.|
|Swedish Green Brigade, supported by Thurn's brigade, assault the 'windmill' battery.|
|Imperial left wing victorious.|
|Imperial 'small' redoubt and left-centre victorious as Swedish Infantry are thrown back.|
We did manage to work in a few breaks to take a look at the other things going on at the Open Day. There was an awesome Black Powder Crimea game next to us, with the Russians taking a battering form a combined British and French force. There was an interesting French Indian War game, led by another of the FOGH, Pete Brown, who was demoing his new Black Powder supplement, Dark and Bloody Ground. The British forces had lost the wagon train to the French and their Indian allies in each run through - what a disaster, but lots of fun! I was very interested to see Black Seas in action with some lovely new Napoleonic ships. The SPQR demo tables seemed busy all day with people trying out the new Ancient skirmish rules. There was a lot to look at. In the glass cabinets of forthcoming figures I loved the MASH unit available for the new Korean Bolt Action supplement. They looked very familiar for some reason!
Warlord have produced a video reviewing the open day here (you can see us just behind John Stallard's left shoulder!).
To finish, many thanks to everyone at Warlord Games for looking after us on the day. We had fun, and everyone we spoke to seemed to be really in to the games and wargaming in general. There was a very positive ‘vibe’ about the whole event. If you like Warlord Games’ products, or are interested in any of their games, then this event should definitely be in your plans for next year. I wonder what will be on the table in 2020?
Until next time!
Andy from FOGH.