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Prelude: By Fire and Sword Polish vs. Brandenburg pre-game sequence

This week, Kato and I will play another round of By Fire and Sword, once again fighting out a battle between a Polish force pushing into Prussia to attempt to force the Brandenburgian leadership to abandon it's alliance with Sweden.

The last battle saw the Polish make good progress, taking some key hills and breaking through the Prussian rearguard. This battle may see the tables turn!

I'm going to walk through the pre-game steps on this post and then will do another battle report once we've played. Hopefully this will be of interest to those who want to learn more about how a BFAS game is prepared.

First, the lists!

Kato's Prussian Territorial Defense

FSP 2: 2 Territorial Defense Reiters (A), 4 Prussian Musketeers (B&C)
FSP 3: 2 Territorial Defense Reiters (D), 2 Prussian Musketeers (E&F)
FSP 4: 2 Territorial Defense Reiters (G)
FSP 5: 2 Territorial Defense Reiters (H), 2 Prussian Musketeers (I)
+1FSP: Captain
+1FSP: 2 Unarmored Reiters (J)
+1FSP: 2 Unarmored Re…
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By Fire and Sword - Polish v. Brandenburg - Delay the Enemy - mid 1650s

My friend Kato and I played this game of By Fire and Sword in mid-August. 
We ran what a relatively historical situation, with a sizable Polish force (13 FSP from The Deluge) attacking a retreating Brandenburg defensive skirmish force (9 FSP from The Deluge), trying to break through the Prussian lines and/or capture two strategic hills. The scenario was Delay the Enemy.  Based on my limited imagination of the history, you can imagine this as part of the Polish push into Prussia which eventually led the Elector of Brandenburg switching sides in the war between Sweden and Poland (joining the Polish). 

Prior to the battle, the Brandenburgers received some bonus effects to make up for the point differential: The large Cossack-like squadron in the middle suffered one stand's worth of Marching Losses in the lead-up to the battle.The left flank Dragoons turned out to be insubordinate, meaning they'd take an extra order to command.The Brandenburg force might receive unexpected reinfor…

First post!


I'll be writing up a variety of games I've played here. At first, it'll likely be mainly 17th century stuff, like By Fire and Sword & Blood and Plunder, but don't be surprised if you see some fantastical skirmish games and other surprises.

I hope you enjoy reading the notes!