Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"Grand Gueule" BTLB battle report

At the Goulburn Valiant Sormers club meet on sunday we tried out "Beneath the Lilly Banners" as a tester for the upcoming "Lace wars" in October.

we used 7YW figures for the Prussian (Bruces) and British (mine) as stand ins for the Dutch (Greg B was a no show)and Daves WAS french

A lovely looking set of rules but not overly impressed with the substance, as they were very much same same as most other rule sets out there for the period, although I would like to try them with event cards to shake it up a bit.

The rules although they were quite playable, and probaly would be quicker after a couple of uses (if we didn't chat so much ), I did like the general abilities rolls which really played havoc with the British General, who failed on two occasions to move any troops. The have taken a few good bits and pieces from a number of rulesets I feel. Explantion fails them a little and a few areas possibly need a remake to make it clearer for those who are not horse and musket gamers to pick up the set and play.

I think I may use these for the deluge game for "Lace Wars" as the WAB based stuff will fit fine, although I will rework the cheat sheet to make it more clear for new comers.

As for the battle, The dastardly french held the crossroads and the village and the prussian allied army were to retake it, all went according to plan when the generals rolls started, the prussian cavalry and Infantry brigade commanders rolled exceptional commands, however the brit failed misserably and roll poor (despictable!) the french all rolled average c0ommanders. The entire allied army avanced at a slow pace and eventually the light infantry contacted each other, the position guns started a artillery dual which the prussians won,
The French held on even after the Prussian cavalry assaulted them on the left flank, and the prussian infantry never made it over the hedges around the village to take on the French Gaurd, and the second rate Brits failed to do much at all (probaly the generals fault ) as the poor general could only manouver 25% of his troops at any one time, and of course the French cannon shot up my Highlanders and another provincial unit !

so a tactical French win in the end!

I failed to remember to take my camera so the pics are Ian's



  1. Great pics, Matt - that's a lovely-looking game.

    Best wishes


    PS I googled Goulburn the other day to see if it's anywhere near Melbourne....but obviously it's not! Maybe one day I'll get to visit this part of Oz.

  2. LOL, its about a six hour drive mate, you should come over on the weekend of the 26th of Jan, our largest convention in Australia is on in Canberra that weekend. A 2hr flight from Melbourne, 1 hr from Sydney.