|M'yasma Horse leading the march:|
Pavlograd Hussars, Tchernigov Dragoons.
As the forces of M'yasma and Ursaminor were reaching their impasse at the border town of Hardbitten, the second, smaller invasion force had effected an unopposed crossing of the Unstroll River several miles upstream from the embattled town. The Ursaminor First Column, led by Feld-Marschall Lars Slaggahand, had encountered unexpected delays on the road from Bjornberg, and were approaching the market village of Schlippensleiden from the north just as the M'yasma invaders came in sight from the south.
|Kopparberg Hussars and Rikswacht te Paard |
on the road
|Rikswacht te Paard|
Grand Duchy of M'yasma:General Ivan Glupiev
Pavlograd Hussars - 19 figures
Ingermanland Dragoons - 19 figures
Tver Infantry - 36 figures
B Battery, 1st Artillery - 9 figures, 2 guns
Apsheron Infantry - 36 figures
119 figures (72 foot, 38 horse, 9 gunners, 2 guns), representing
2380 officers and men (1440 foot, 760 horse, 180 gunners, 8 guns)
|The general view looking north|
|Ursaminor horse flanking the village.|
Principality of Ursaminor:Feld-Marschall Lars Slaggahand
Kopparberg Hussars - 15 figures
Rikswacht te Paard Cuirassiers - 15 figures
Artillery Company - 9 figures, 2 guns
Stalhandske Infantry - 30 figures * (slightly overstrength)
Livgarden Grenadiers - 28 figures
Tevastehus Infantry - 28 figures
Totals: 125 figures (86 foot, 30 horse, 9 gunners, 2 guns) representing
2500 officers and men (1720 foot, 600 horse, 180 gunners, 8 guns)
The two forces were very nearly equal in numerical strength, Ursaminor having the more infantry; the Grand Duchy the more numerous cavalry. But Ursaminor had a small qualitative edge as well, in their Lifeguard (Livgarden) infantry and their heavier horse. It was also clear that the Ursaminor forces would reach the village first.
|Rikswacht te Paard again. Italieri French |
Carabiniers - lovely figures..
|General view looking northwest from behind|
|Looking northward up the south road|
The first engagement was a cavalry fight. No sooner had the respective heavy horse sighted each other than the dragoons seized the initiative (lower priority chit number) and charged. The fight was close and bloody, both sides took hard knocks, neither could gain a significant edge. The dragoons' numbers were at least partly offset by the cuirassiers' superior weight. When both sides drew apart, the cuirassiers had lost 3 figures; the dragoons 4 - not enough for the former to claim a decisive victory from the encounter.
|Clash of the heavies: dragoons vs cuirassiers.|
|Heavy losses to both sides - the cuirassiers get|
very slightly the better of the fight
|General view looking westward|
|The clash of the light horse (upper right of the|
How will the outnumbered Kopparberg Hussars fare against their light horse adversaries? Ursaminor seizing the unoccupied village, can the Grand Duke's infantry wrest the place from them?