|On the contrary, these are exactly like Danes|
|Battle of Oeversee|
|Initial Danish positions with Colonel Müller leading|
|View from behind Danish starting positions|
|Austrian 9th Hussars ford the River Trenen|
|Austrian infantry - looking suspiciously like Airfix French Foreign Legion...|
|Austrians start to pour across the river as the Danes form up|
|Disgraceful evidence of fly-tipping encountered in the woods|
|Austrians start to deploy, but Danish reinforcements have arrived already|
|Austrians getting closer|
|Hussars make contact; though half of them didn't get that far|
|Danes retire briefly, but cavalry stopped (for some reason)|
|Hussars wiped out: offending die score foregrounded|
|Depleted Austrians in centre, about to be blown away|
So, a bit of a frustrating game for the Austrians, and an easier than expected one for the Danes (me). Overall though, I think our main problem was with the rules. Neil Thomas sets out clearly his rationale for the rules he produces in his books. However, for us I think that the rules are generally too simple and sacrifice more realistic mechanics in order to create a fast-play framework.
That said, a frontal attack by hussars against steady infantry is unlikely to succeed in any rule-set, although the fact that the Austrian artillery was out of range at the start was mainly because our table was longer than the set up envisaged in Neil Thomas' scenario.
However, the period is an interesting one (particularly when you compare it to what was going on in America at the same time) and there are a lot of good ideas in the book. Geoff had spent a good few months preparing and painting his armies (a combination of converted Airfix, Italeri and Zvezda pastics, with some Irregular 20mm figures thrown in) and no doubt we will be fighting some more games from this period this year, though perhaps with different rules.