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Thursday, March 21, 2013

An Introduction to Maurice

Hi Everyone
I played an introductory game of Maurice last Sunday at the monthly League of Ancients meeting.
My opponents were Darren and his son Declan (I hope I've spelt that correctly).
As this was an introduction to Maurice for them I simply slapped down some terrain and provided both armies.
Darren decided to defend and the objective was the town of Declansplatz.
Darren used my yet to be rebased Seven Years War Russians.
They had the National Advantages 'Steady Lads' and Maison du Roi.
1x Elite cavalry (Horse Guards)
2 x Trained Cavalry
1 x Elite Reg Infantry (Foot Guards)
5 x Trained Reg Infantry
4 x Artillery

My army was Prussians (1806 variety).
3 x Trained Cavalry
2 x Elite Infantry (combined Grenadiers)
5 x Trained Infantry
2 x Artillery
1 x irregular Infantry (Jagers)

National Advantages for my guys were 'Great Captain' and 'Artillery Academy'. The last was to prove totally useless to an army having the princely sum of 2 (count 'em), 2 guns.
BELOW: My Infantry lines advancing. The 1806 Prussians are a handsome army.

The terrain was pretty horrible from the perspective of the attacker. The objective sat neatly between a large hill on the enemies right flank and disordering terrain on the left. Darren garrisoned the objective with one battalion of infantry, an deployed his elite infantry on the right of the town with another battalion in front of them. He deployed his other 3 battalions to the left of the town supported by two artillery pieces. His other two guns were deployed on the hill to the right of the town together with his massed 3 regiments of cavalry.
With the enemy so well entrenched my usual plan of simply ignoring the objective and destroying the enemy army wasn't really on the cards.
I decided instead to try and seize the town. I pinned my hopes on somehow defeating his cavalry and his right flank forces and the capturing the town. On reflection a stupid pan, as he outmatched me in the quality of his horse, and his best infantry was also on the flank where
I intended to make my main effort.
As expected it ended in disaster. I suffered a bloody nose trying to take the town, and my cavalry were roughly handled by the enemy's superior cavalry.
Ultimately however it was all about introducing some fresh blood to 'Maurice' and so it was a successful two and a half hours of gaming.
All in all it was a fun game. I think Darren had fun, and young Declan commanded the Russian cavalry well, getting the better of the majority of combats
ABOVE: My brave infantry approach the objective.
BELOW: The Cavalry battle on my left flank.


Sgt Steiner said...

Those Prussians are indeed very nice

18th Century Guy said...

What size and manufacturer are your figures in?

Looks like an interesting game. Our group has the rules and is getting ready to use them for the first time.

Michael Graham said...

I really like the game, one really has to weigh the options of what troops I am going to use. Our group thought it was not very suited for a con though. ne might sit around a lot if ones troops were not activated for a couple of turns. It is great for us to use, we sit about and talk as much as we game.

Anonymous said...

I had the pleasure in playing this game. Great system, something I would love to play again.

Having to choose between the choices of the cards, or burning them for movement could be a painful decision.

Next time I would liketo see the game from the prospective of the attacker...

cae5ar said...

Great stuff Trailape, nice photos. The more people who play Maurice and realise what a terrific game it is, the better. Maison du Roi can hurt when you're on the wrong side of a guards unit, as I found out the hard way.

Monty said...

Lovely troops and if you lose but win a Maurice convert, you've really won!

Trailape said...

Hi guys.
The Prussians are AB Miniatures (18mm). The Russians are Esseux Miniatures.

fireymonkeyboy said...

Looks great - nice to see the community expand, as well.