Using a similar sort of scenario from my last AWI solo effort- I had a column Russian Troops attempting to push thru a Turkish defensive position ...during the fighting of 1711....the Russians probing the Turkish lines.
A small force of Turks were holding a village at a crossroad. A unit of skirmishers, a Unit of Janissaries, some local militia, two guns and 3 units of Tartar cavalry ( 1 light and two sipahi types).
The Russians had three battalions of Foote- all trained and all armed with pike and musket. They also had four squadrons of trained Dragoons and a single gun.
I played the Russians. The Turkish infantry were driven by a card system, that gave them the 'stand' option being the most numerous and with a 'counter attack' and 'retreat 1 turn' thrown in. Instead of cards you could just use a chart and roll a d6 or 2.
The sipahi cavalry were driven by cards that said 'stand' ( 1 card) 'move towards nearest enemy' ( 2 cards). the light cavalry unit was just a skirmish unit, so it would 'skirmish' or 'retreat'.
|The Narvski Regt deploys facing the Turks.|
|Local militia hold the village with artillery support.|
|Yarolavski Dragoons on the left flank.|
|Three Russian infantry battalions arrive - in column as the gun deploys on the edge of a hamlet.|
|Gun deployed, Foote in line...ready to advance.|
|Prince Repnin's Regt ( white flag advancing in column) and the Schlusselburgski Regt deployed and ready to advance. Turkish skirmishers taking pot shots in front of them in the trees.|
|The centre of the Turkish position- militia and guns in the village- Janissaries to the west ( left).|
|The second gun on the far Turkish right.|
|Tartar light cavalry sweep forward to harass the Russian Dragoons. ( the skirmish card came up)|
|Mobile reserve- two units of Tartars- heavier than the other unit.|
|The Tartars ride forward, harassing the advancing Dragoons- who fire while mounted- not very effectively.|
|Atmospheric shot..looking over the head of the Russian infantry, Turks dimly in the background.|
|Advance- Turkish Arnauts, skirmishing.|
|The Russians advance. At the top, the Tartars are in front of the two squadrons of Russian Dragoons- skirmishing and slowing down their advance.|
|Skirmishers out in front....doing their job|
|now falling back.....|
|Dragoons wanting clear those pesky Tartars from their front....|
|The Tartar lights, evade ( reaction test) and fall back....allowing the second Turkish gun to fire at the Dragoons|
|Firefight---Janissaries and Russians blasting away.|
|The Russians doing a better job...Peter the Great's reforms..and years of fighting Swedes seems to be paying off.|
|Dragoons charge the militia...who, being in a defensive position, stand. The Dragoons get hit by the heavier Tartars. Surprised the hell out of me. They stood!|
|Turn 3 and the other Russian Dragoons arrive- my poor 'arrival die roll' meant they took their time.|
|Ouch...my first Russian battalion breaks....the militia and supporting artillery inflicting some awful casualties. Who'd have thought? Turkish militia!|
|The Turkish position intact after the first Russian wave. But disordered and with casualties.|
|The heavy Tartars protecting the flank of my militia, melee with the Dragoons.|
|My Dragoons break!|
|Some Russian success- forcing the Janissaries to retreat.|
|But in no condition to follow up.|
|Skirmishers taking pot shots....a steady drain of casualties|
|Main position holding against Russian attacks. The Janissaries ( just off picture at bottom have gone)|
|Uncommitted Tartars driving forward.|
|Melee....only just able to drive them off|
|Taking casualties....two remaining infantry battalions, one shaken, one disordered....not in a good way.|
|Victory to the House of Osman!|