Ross finally got his French Ordonnance Army together- and challenged my Spanish to a game. If you saw my previous blog, my Spanish only have about 12 Units...not enough. But I had another contemporary opponent available- My Ottomans! So a challenge was issued forthwith and I made an appropriate selection of Janissaries, akinjis, spahis, Qapiqulu guard and other assorted rubbish.
|Ross' French knights.|
I got the jump on him with my deployment. Ross put his formidable Swiss and his Gen d'arms in the center..facing nothing...I put the bulk of my army on my right flank, with a line of Janissaries, my artillery and other infantry on a hill line. They were backed up by my Spahis and some akinjis. On the far flank I had a few Spahis and supporting akinjis. Ross was not happy when he realised that his most potent troops were facing thin air!
|The French Commander|
|THE BOMBARD...very nice!!|
|Franc's archers...according to one medieval source..only good for shooting chickens....and so they proved on the day|
|The formidable Swiss pike block----I was going to avoid these guys|
|The table...my Ottomans on the left- Ross' French on the right. He set up in the center. I weighted one flank heavily.|
|The French....very colourful!!|
|The section of table that faced Ross' army- empty space|
|The Swiss move forward- but there was nothing there.|
|My Spahis watch the Swiss advance|
|My right flank...my main position..the Janissaries on a hill|
|Crunch time- Spahis of the Porte crash into French Knights|
|The Cavalry clash on the Ottoman left.|
|One of the Highlights. Ross rolled 8 dice. He scored four sixes! |
Nice one...then Nick stepped up to roll. 11 dice...6 hits...way to go Nick.!!!!
|My Akinjis riding around the Swiss pike.......pin cushion practice!!|
|Ross' heavy hitters...they failed to land a punch!!|
In the end the Ottoman claimed victory...by the beard of the Sultan!!.....But the French want revenge....keep a watch out for the rematch!