Tuesday, May 08, 2012

In flames again

Lleida, 9th November 1713

Enraged by the successful escape of Maria Sauret, the Spanish commander Baron d'Asfeld abrupty stopped conversations with Lleida town's rebels, and hostilities were resumed in a matter of few hours. Giving no time to defenders for getting prepared, Asfeld's troops stormed the downtown --where the rebels had entrenched themselves.

Asfeld had two almost full battalions, belonging to the Regiments of León and Marina de Sicilia, whose joint force nearly tripled that of defenders. However, they had no artillery support. Scattered by the bastions sorrounding the town, there was a complete battery at disposal, but the magnificent cannons remained idle because they had no crew assigned.

Days ago, Marquis of Aitona had promised to Asfeld a whole company of artillerymen for manning those bored stiff guns --but they hadn't arrived in town so far. This way, deprived of artillery support, assailants were unable to break the fierce resistance of locals, who filled their fighting inexperience with extraordinary doses of courage --perhaps as a result of desperation. The match ended with nearly two hundred casualties on both sides --wounded or dead. The assault had been repulsed.

[This time, we've chosen to solve the fight using the procedures defined in our own Campaign ruleset (Chapter 9), using them as if the attackers were storming a breach in walls. The combined Assault Value of assailants was the result of multiplying their no. of figures (33) by the individual value given to drilled foot (4), while the equivalent force of defenders was 13 figures x value 3.]

[Therefore, respective AV resulted to be 132 to 39 --a comfortable 3:1 ratio for the attackers, only in theory. We afterwards threw a virtual D6 using dicelog.com, which gave us a result of 2. That is, an easy repulse of the assault.]

1 comment:

Salvador said...

Your system is a nice one, enough straightforward and easy to adapt.

Being as both of you are veterans of FoW, did you consider to elaborate a dual training/morale system?

I've just put my hands onto FoW, but I find this kind of combination (repeated in other systems, easy to adapt too) a particularly good onem specially for such a conflict as this where you can routinely find for example reluctant trained infantry fighting fearless conscripts (Spanish infantry fighting against the Coronela of Barcelona).

Anyway let me congratulate you for the easeness with which you mix RPG, narrative, tactical and strategical play. Beautiful. And your choosing of female models for your characters helps with this latter qualification.

Cheers!