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Defend the Crossing! Muscovites vs. Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

I was able to lure my brother up from the wasteland of Virginia for a game. I pulled together two forces quickly and rolled up a scenario. The Polish force was weaker by 1 point, but after rolling 3 potential scenarios (Commander had 3 command points), the only valid option was Defend the Crossing, as the other two had scenario values greater than 1 (the difference in force strength).
As such, the PLC force found itself defending a river crossing against a slightly larger force from the Tsardom. 


Polish Skirmish Force - 1649-52 10 FSP, 23 Reconnaissance Points (maybe miscalculated RP) FSP 5 - 3 Pancerni (spears), 3 Cossack-Style, 2 Dragoons, 2 Cossack-Style  FSP 6 - 2 Dragoons FSP 7 - 2 Pancerni (spears) FSP 8 - 2 Cossack-Style FSP 9 - Rotamaster FSP 10 - 2 Dragoons (split between the prior units)


Muscovite Skirmish Force 1648-1676
11 FSP, 21 Reconnaissance Points (maybe miscalculated RP) FSP 4 - 3 Servant Cossack, 3 Servant Cossack, 2 Boyars, 2 Boyars, 2 Boyars FSP 5 - 2 Reiter FSP …
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Ambush! - Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth v. Brandenburg

(really sorry it took me this long to write this up. The next one will be more timely)


Maciej’s horse nickered, suddenly unsteady. The cossack-style cavalaryman turned his head and saw a range of white banners with dark eagles matching those of the small troop of reiters they were pursuing to their left flank and rear. The Prussians had laid an ambush and that foolhardy colonel of theirs had walked right into it!
As Prussian horns sounded and charges began, chaos and panic ensued…
As discussed in the prior post, Kato’s Brandenburgers have taken my Commonwealth force unawares, giving the weaker Prussian force a chance to inflict maximum casualties on the stronger Poles.
The Polish force deployed as well as it could, with the Tatars screening the north with some Cossack-style cavalry, while their large Pancerni squadron covered the west, and dragoons covered the south and east. The small elite Pancerni with spears set their backs to the swamp in the south-east, ready to respond to a brea…

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…

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…