Today, in our regular Sunday game, we cough a First Carlist War game. There was no specific scenario, just a straight up fight. A Carlist force of 20 infantry and six cavalry units, supported by two units of field guns and two mountain guns, faced off against an Isabellino force of fourteen infantry and three cavalry units, one field artillery unit, a horse artillery unit and two mountain guns. The Isabellino troops were supported by a force of French and British troops that added another nine infantry and two cavalry units, plus a field gun and a rocket group.
The terrain featured a village in the center of the table surrounded on two sides by steep hills. The rest of the terrain was rolling with a couple of small farms and their surrounding fields.
The Carlist decided to hold take and hold the village, committing one brigade to hold it, while a second brigade held the left of the village. The third Carlist brigade was further to the right whose intention was to delay the arrival of the British and French.
The Isabellino forces chose to swing wide with their cavalry and an infantry brigade against the Carlist left, while their other brigade attacked the village. The British and French were to push between the hills and fall in on the left of the village.
The first clash occurred on the Carlist right between the French lancers and the Ontorio Hussars.
The hussars were the victors in this fight and the action here took a turn when the British cavalry came under effective fire from the Carlist guns and quit the field. With no cavalry to oppose the Carlist cavalry were able to maneuver freely and The British and French were held in check.
An attempt by the Foreign Legion to push through beside the village was initially successful, but was quickly contained by the Carlists, and eventually turned back.
The action then shifted to the centre and the Carlist left. The Isabellino cavalry were successful at driving off the Carlist cavalry on the left.
The Carlists were forced to reinforce their left with a second brigade of cavalry and two reserve units. The fighting here seesawed for some time.
In the end the Isabellino forces triumphed. Hardly any impact had been made in the village but on the Carlist left the sustained pressure of the Isabellino forces (the reader should read that statement as appalling bad dice luck from the point of view of the Carlist commander and the incredibly good luck on the behalf of the Isabellino commander whose saving throws were bordering on legendary) drove in the Carlist left flank.