Monday, March 07, 2011

What are we talking about?

We've been for several months showing you the development of our gaming campaign and posting one message after another letting you know about the moves of this column or that other as if everyone knew or was to easily imagine what forces are actually involved in this campaign; in spite of the fact that the hexed maps we were showing you in those messages didn't offer to you much else than isolated or piled up counters. So, I've suddenly discovered myself internally asking if any reader could actually understand what we've been talking about --in gaming terms, I mean.

This message is aimed to try and help you have an idea about the real dimension of the epic struggle we are re-playing --as well as the huge responsibility on our Catalan/Galatan player's shoulders! In order to help you get such general idea more easily, I've chosen to list our respective OrBats with relation to the map above, whose key symbols are:
  • Red "A": Principality of Catalonia, nuclear core of our Imagi-Nation --where the main part of drama is being played --"the battlefield", let's say.
  • Blue "B" & "C": Viceroyalties of Majorca and Sardinia, war-free so far, thanks to the Two Crowns' dramatic lack of naval forces. "Galatan rearguard", we might say.
  • Green "D" & "E": Former kingdoms of Aragon and Valencia, once belonging to the Galatan Commonwealth but now (1713) annexated to the Kingdom of Castile.
  • Yellow "F" & "G": Two Crowns' own areas. "Their rearguard", let's agree.
"A" - The defending force consists of 9 battalions of Line Infantry, 9 of Mountain Fusiliers, 4 regiments of Dragoons and 2 of Cavalry, besides of 11 battalions of citizen militia and a handful of volunteer units --mostly company-sized. The Spanish force under Duke of Popoli's command consists of 25 battalions of Line Infantry (13 of which, French), 1 of Mountain Fusiliers, 5 regiments of Dragoons and 3 of Cavalry. On their side, French forces directly controlled by Duke of Berwick are 7 battalions of Line Infantry and 3 regiments of Dragoons. Not to talk about artilleries --about a dozen batteries each Nation; light, medium and heavy.

"B" - The defending force is still being built. There is one Line Infantry battalion and one "Marines" battalion, both at different stages of conscription process. Oh, and one battery already completed and deployed.

"C" - Defence being built too. A Line Infantry battalion is already garrisoning the island, while a second "Marines" battalion is being formed. And another battery else.

"D" - The attacker is keeping here an occupation force of 12 Infantry battalions, besides of a still unknown number of Horse units. Not under Duke of Popoli's command yet.

"E" - Two Infantry battalions and a still unknown number of Horse units are garrisoning this area. Under terms of the Utrecht Treaty, 11 supplementary Infantry battalions have just been disembarked from Sicily --with a more than likely new destination...

"F" - Duke of Berwick holds a supplementary force close to the border, consisting of 6 Infantry battalions, 1 of Mountain Fusiliers and 2 Dragoons regiments, besides of a handful of batteries. Happily inactive, I'd say.

"G" - The rest of the Spanish Army consists of 48 battalions of Line Infantry scattered all along the Peninsula and a still unknown number of units of other types, besides of the dreadful Spanish Guards (3 battalions, 2 of which are already on their way to Catalonia).

Out of map - Spain still holds 18 Infantry battalions in Flanders and 2 in Lombardy, all of which are to be withdrawn before year's end, according to the Utrecht Treaty terms. Oh, not to say about the Walloon Guards, numbering two or three battalions else. On their side, French forces in France, Flanders, Italy and Rhineland might be close to 100 Infantry battalions (easy to understand how desperately are Galatans seeking a separate peace with King Louis, then!!)

Although not scientifically accurate, global forces balance and OOBs are intended to be quite approximate to "the real thing". As for the Catalan and Spanish ones, we're trying them to be the closest possible to History, in general terms. I must admit that, after all this work, I'm every day more amazed at wondering how did our grand-grand-grandfathers do to resist a so huge tide for over 14 months!


Bluebear Jeff said...

Thank you. That does help clarify things quite a bit.

-- Jeff

Soldadets said...

Jeff, glad to know you appreciate it :)

I'll be trying to post such kind of global scopes more often.

Best wishes,

Captain Nolan said...

I can't see the picture of the Map at the top.

Soldadets said...

True, the webserver hosting this image was closed. I'll have to upload it elsewhere and fix the link. Thanks for warning!

Soldadets said...

Fixed! :)