|The French activate at the first attempt in the first few cards turned.|
The Landsknechts come to order and the Gendarmerie mount their steeds in readiness to confront the spiteful Swiss.
At the entrenchments things are not going well for the French. All along the line the Swiss begin to break in.
|Schinner is lucky to escape with his life - he rolls ones on each command card but lives to tell the tale.|
The Gascons are collapsing without much of a fight.
|The die rolls here are very unequal - the French pike will roll two very low rolls in a row and they will be severely punished for it. They will not be worth a 'stubborn morale chip' payment to save at 5 UI lost and vexed.|
The Landsknechts are the first to move forward in response to the call to arms.
Fighting at the entrenchments is buying time but, is it buying enough.
Resistance at the entrenchments is almost over and the Swiss pike are still in fine fettle.
The second French line of defence is now clearly taking shape.
|Note the Gendarmes under Francis I (mid distance,on the right) making|
their way to a position on the right flank of the Swiss pike squares.
|The Swiss captain (centre figure on the round base) rolls 'one' on his first |
attempt to rally the routers, followed by a second 'one' on his survival die. The
command is now rolling a D6 for motivation - that will slow the Swiss up.
|The positions at the end of turn two. The Swiss still have 35 morale points left. The French have 41. |
I'm really enjoying this. It is a much closer run thing than the last time it was played.
The killing field is, at the moment, full of living men scrambling grimly towards each other. Things are about to get very bloody.
At this rate, I'm going to get another solo game in over the holidays! I wonder what period / battle I should do? Any suggestions?