Rafael explains how this game is going to work to some of the players
The Prussians are arriving on the road to the left and the Russians on the road to the right, both heading in the same direction, in parallel !
Here's the advance division of the Prussians
This village looks down upon the battlefield
Prussian hussars lead the way !
And here's the van of the Russian column - Horse Grenadiers.
As the Prussian cavalry speed ahead, infantry columns march up the road.
Much consultation going !
The Prussians wheel into attack the Russian cavalry which is slow to respond
Russian grenadiers at the back of the column, now held up by the cavalry battle ahead
The Prussian hussars recoil with casualties but they have disrupted the Russian deployment
And now the rest of the Prussian cavalry dash forwards to join the fray
The Prussian infantry has carried on marching along the road to give itself plenty of room to manoeuvre.
The cavalry clash continues
Looks like Bob is not happy with his dice throw as Rafael explains a rule to the Russian commanders
And the cavalry clash continues ...
Numbers must tell in the end ...
The Russian Horse Grenadiers turn to outflank the cavalry melee
View from behind the Russian position at this stage
The Russian infantry fans out with some carrying on the road whilst other units make for the high ground to their left
Prussian guns are now arriving in the midst of the column
Followed by heavy cavalry
The Prussian gunners have unlimbered and are ready to fire once the Hussars get out of the way !
and the cavalry sway backwards and forwards !
Unable to make further progress down the road, the Russian infantry is trying to spread out to deal with the Prussian attack
The Prussian "heavies"leave the road
Did I mention the cavalry melee ? Yep, thats still going on !
With their first line extended, Prussian grenadiers now march on to prepare a second battle line
and the cavalry chaps continue their fight in the middle !
The Prussian lines now advance across the battlefield
with columns in support
Russian grenadiers in three lines face the Prussians just beyond the tree line
as the Prussian artillery starts to make itself felt
Finally, some Russian artillery arrive to add some weight
A double six was thrown by Bob during the cavalry melee - and the result was one dead Prussian cavalry commander.
At last the cavalry deadlock is broken and the Prussians pursue the Russian cavalry from the field
Prussian infantry present ready to fire
The Prussians now have two batteries of artillery sweeping the centre
Another Prussian wing arrives
The Russian grenadiers try to use the high ground as a shield from the Prussian guns
Russian Guard artillery is stuck further down the road unable to assist
King Frederick views proceedings
Reformed, the Prussian dragoons now block any Russian advance
as the infantry lines and columns turn the screw
The Prussian cuirassiers head down the road
as the Prussian fusileers start to deploy further back
The cuirassiers decide to support the attack
As the Prussian lines press forwards, they receive canister fire from the Russian guns which stalls the attack
There is no room for the Prussian fusileers to get involved without masking the guns
With both sides exchanging fire and casualties mount
the Prussian attack falters
The heavy cavalry can only look on
as do the Fusileers
With more Russians arriving behind the Grenadiers, it all becomes a stalemate
Quite a spectacle by the end, but we decide it has ground to a draw as the Prussians are unable to impose themselves any more upon the Russian army.
The DKK rules worked quite well and several of the players are familiar with them now, so the game flowed nicely.
At one point we had as many as ten members gathered around the table involved in some shape or other.
Many thanks to Rafael for devising the game and providing the scenery as well as his wonderful Prussians and Allan his fantastic collection of Russians.