A while back I tried out the very intriguing division led by prince Boguslaw Radziwill published by Wargamer.pl in PDF format. The division has a base of Lithuanian/Commonwealth troops, but can field Swedish allied regiments as add-on regiments. Imo you can play this army as a Lithuanian army loyal to the commonwealth - or when playing with the add-on Swedish forces play it as the traitor army that fought against the Crown with the invading Swedes during the Deluge.
For a Commonwealth army
this force has few typical commonwealth troops in it. Instead it relies mostly
on western type troops. However, the cavalry regiment of prince Radziwill
includes a hard hitting combination of cossack style cavalry, elite Pancerni,
two bases of winged hussars and Reiters. This alone, and especially when
playing the base of the division with only 3 regiments, gives you a nice mix of
potent cavalry units to go with static and mobile infantry formations.
The army suffers from a
couple of drawbacks, such as the Commonwealth special rule of "Treasury
problems", but more importantly your commander is hated by his troops and
before you start the battle you must roll on a chart and check the mindset of
the army. The results range from no effect, to a single or all regiments except
prince Radziwills own cavalry regiment be "insubordinate" and very
hard to control.
The prince however does aid
your army with a pretty good rule, "Stern", which gives every
regiment in your army +1 to their breaking point threshold. This is a welcome
bonus, especially if you have small regiments such as the dragoons.
To conclude, I had a great
time playing this army, and hope to field it again soon with Swedish allies.
Now, on to the battle
Johan wanted to play a
division sized game, using a base division (3 regiments + artillery and
additional units), so we put together a game down at the club with just the two
Johan played a Muscovite army with a Boyar Son, a Border Dragoon and a Servant
Cossack regiment, backed by 3 pieces of light artillery, 1 medium gun and 4
bases of Muscovite Reiters.
I wanted to play something
different and had spent the evening prior to the game counting miniatures
and contemplating whether or not to run a Danzig army, the Volunteer army of
colonel Oskierko or the intriguing army of prince Boguslaw Radziwill. I ended
up choosing the last option since it seemed to offer a fairly balanced base
division that included both infantry and cavalry elements.
The Muscovite army was 26
The Lithuanian army was 36 points strong
Johan spent his 10 tactical
points of difference in army strength on the following:
Wide front, which allowed him to have a bigger deployment zone, and Covered
flank that eliminated the possibility of Lithuanian troops arriving from one of
He also rolled 4 dice worth
of additional effects inflicting the following effects on the Lithuanian army:
Panic unit/squadron: Lithuanian Reiters
Panic Regiment: Old Type infantry regiment
March Losses: Dragoon regiment lost 1 base
Delay: Dragoon regiment had 1 company delayed
Furthermore the Muscovite
army beat the Lithuanian army in terms of Reconnaissance, which allowed the
Muscovite troops to pick Forced march and a Flanking maneuver. The Muscovites
decided to send their Boyar Son regiment on a Flanking maneuver, attempting to
arrive as soon as possible.
Finally, prince Boguslaw
Radziwill ended up with an insubordinate Old type infantry regiment.
The start of the battle was
horrible for the Lithuanian army. First of all, they had lost much of their
dragoon regiment due to various effects and the companies were scattered about
pretty much neutralizing the regiment completely. Second, the large mass
of infantry began the battle disorganized, so did the Reiters.
I could live with the infantry scratching their heads but I needed to protect
my both flanks fast - and with one less cavalry squadron at my immediate
disposal my army was vulnerable. I decided to split my available cavalry units
in two groups. The elite Pancerni along with a Rotamaster, which were pretty
much the battering ram of my army were sent towards the left flank - alone. The
cossack style cavalry supported by the small company of Winged hussars were
sent to the right flank where a regiment of Servant cossacks was moving about.
Muscovite artillery also
knocked out one of Lithuanian regimental guns during the opening barrage,
reducing the defensive and offensive capabilities of my Old Type infantry
I could only hope that the center of my army would rally and form two opposite
facing lines of infantry before the Muscovite flanking regiment arrived.
Of course, the Lithuanian
army remained in chaos upon turn two, Retiers and infantry failed to rally.
This was topped off with the arrival of a full regiment of Boyar sons on the
left flank ready to ride my center down. The only opposition on that flank to
be counted on was the lone squadron of Elite Pancerni and their Rotamaster.
Considering the massive numbers of Muscovite it was deemed a suicide mission in
order to slow down enemy advance when the Pancerni launched their charge.
A quick attack was necessary since the Muscovite troops had not yet formed a
line and could not counterattack in full force. The desperate attack proved successful
enough, the fight was a draw but had halted the advance temporarily which
proved problematic to the Muscovites due to low number of regimental command
points and being out of command range of the Muscovite general.
On the opposite flank the
Cossack style cavalry attacked the Servant cossacks but were beaten back and
left disorganized in a field, likewise the Winged hussar attack towards the
small farm was beaten back by surprisingly hardened defense. What seemed like a
quick securing of the right flank turned into a surprising disappointment.
It did not help the
Lithuanian commander that the center of his army was still struggling to rally,
only one of the two infantry squadrons finally heeded the order and swung
around to face the Boyar sons. The other infantry regiment was still hopelessly
marred by disobedience, as were the much needed Reiters!
On the left flank both Pancerni and Boyar sons clashed again, in a bloody
melee. Had it not been for the high armor value and the additional shields and
pistol armament of the Pancerni things would have been much more difficult.
But, as it was, the Lithuanian cavalry managed to overwhelm its Muscovite
opponent and scattered what remained of the enemy squadron, thus eliminating
half the enemy regiment as the expense of two lost bases. At the same time, the
remaining Boyar Sons squadron galloped at full speed towards the Lithuanian
infantry line which was now backed up by the recent arrival of a tiny Dragoon
company and the organ gun which had been swung around to face the approaching
The organ gun inflicted but
two casualties, and was soon run over, with the enemy continuing into the
infantry before it got the chance to fire at range - and the firing from the
Old Type musketeers as well as the flanking fire from the Dragoons did not
break the morale of the attacking Muscovites. Charging into close combat it was
the numbers and luck alone that saved the infantry as they won the close combat
against the muscovite force which was thrown back disorganized.
On the right flank, the
Lithuanian cavalry rallied and once again began attacking its Servant Cossack
opponents. The farm was captured by the winged hussars and the help of the
Regimental commander. The Winged hussars had suffered some casualties and
needed to be reorganized before the next attack so they stayed out of range
from the remaining mounted servant cossacks. Having reformed, the Winged hussars
attacked out of the village against the now dismounted Servant cossacks but
failed to overcome the more numerous enemy and had to withdraw back towards the
village. Not wanting to risk any losses they were redirected to support the
attack of the Cossack style infantry against the Servant cossacks near the
The resulting clash was
very bloody for the Cossack style cavalry, and even though the Muscovite
enemies were vanquished the losses were considerable.
Around this time the center
of the army finally rallied, and became operative - though their starting
location required wheeling and maneuvering to provide any combat support. It
was up to the infantry which had already seen combat to finish off the
Muscovite regiment, a devastating countermarch salvo scattered the Muscovite
Boyar sons, and the Regimental breaking point was reached - with the remnants
leaving the battlefield in a hurry. This left the Pancerni to mop up the
remaining cavalry on the left flank in a skirmish with the Muscovite lancer
Having defeated the
Muscovite cavalry the Lithuanian army faced the Muscovite center and began a
slow advance, but time had run out and the battle ended a fter 8 turns.
Post game hase:
The battle had been a
violent melee between cavalry units on both flanks. The infantry regiments of
both armies never came into battle with each other, mainly due to the chaotic
first couple of turns that the Lithuanian center suffered. The battle became
about the Lithuanian army trying to protect its flanks and avoid being overrun.
It could not have prevailed without the hard hitting and heroic efforts of the
Pancerni cavalry (the Pancerni of this army were historically described as the best cavalry banners in the Commonwealth army - and they certainly lived up to their reputation). At the same time, the Lithuanian action on the right flank
dragged out so much that, along with the failure to rally the Reiters, it
robbed the Lithuanians the possibility of moving around the left flank and
attack the enemy gunline.
With the division of
cavalry on two flanks the Lithuanian army was also unable to exploit its
victory on the left flank, since the remaining Pancerni were way too weak to
take on the full Border Dragoon regiment gunline left.
The Muscovite army in turn
suffered heavily from the loss of their Boyar Son regiment which never was able
to exploit its numerical superiority, arriving in a tight formation during the
flanking maneuver. The best option would have probably been to keep that
regiment close to the own frontline and coax the Lithuanian army to attempt a
frontal attack where the Muscovite artillery would pose a very serious obstacle
when advancing over the open fields.
The battle ended a
The Lithuanian army managed
to get 5 victory points. 1 point for destroying an enemy artillery piece, 1
point for scattering an enemy regiment, and 3 points for preserving its own
The Muscovite army got 6
points preserving its main regiment, taking out enemy guns but suffered enough
casualties to not receive any additional points for keeping the army strength
in good shape.
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