Solo game today - an excuse to get the Maximilian & Mexican troops out on the table !
The Mexican Republicans are camped in a small pueblo out in the countryside
Unaware that an Imperialist force has managed to surround them - French Foreign Legion & Austrians approach from this side
and Imperialist cavalry from the other.
The Mexican Republicans are scattered around the pueblo, a mixture of regulars and militia.
Regulars in summer whites
as well as others in the blue more used in the winter
The French are first to fire
Quickly followed by the Austrian gun
Their allies on the other side of town wait for their moment
The Republican general shouts at his men to take their positions
Can they hold off this enemy attack ?
Not a good start for them - two infantrymen have been hit by the Foreign Legion
Some State militia are sent forward to get into firing range of the enemy cavalry
That creates some shock amongst the mounted men
The Republicans fire their field gun
and hit some of the Foreign Legion
Not before time, as the Austrians have picked off the Republican infantry in the walled garden
This has encouraged the Austrians to advance
The Republican general orders his cavalry forward to counter this
With all this going on, the Belgians use cover to edge towards the pueblo
The Mexican cavalry crash into the Austrian infantry
Both sides take casualties but the cavalry cause more - but their leader has been hurt in the process.
The Austrians are thrown back for now but the cavalry are leaderless as their officer has lost status with his injury
The Belgians continue to advance hoping these militia will not notice
The Austrian gun fires at the Mexican cavalry casing more damage
Blue coated Mexican regulars are redeployed in the pueblo to counter the Belgian advance
Their fire together with more militiamen cause casualties to the Belgians caught out in the open
This does not seem such a good idea now !
To take the pressure off of them, the Contras advance too
By now the Mexican cavalry have had enough and retired back to the pueblo to lick their wounds
The white coated infantrymen see their leader hit by fire from the Foreign Legion - thats two officers down already but they survive the morale throws.
The Mexican gun keeps pounding the Foreign Legion
and their numbers begin to dwindle as shock increases
The combined fire of the gun and the white coated infantry proves quite lethal
Over on the other side, the Belgians are feeling the heat too - they now have excess shock and will have to retire. This does affect their morale.
So the pueblo holds off the enemy piece meal attacks for now
The Imperialist Contras now charge the enemy militiamen
expecting an easy win, they are given a nasty shock
and are beaten off with heavy casualties
With the Foreign Legion taking heavy casualties and the Belgians and the Contras, Imperialist morale has tumbled. The Maximilian general orders a retreat.
Even solo games of Sharp Practice are fun and unpredictable. A good afternoon all in all.