Franco-Prussian with Piquet Field of Battle

Today I went over to my friend Ian’s house for a game of Piquet Field of Battle. Ian is best know to wargamers as Mr. Warflag (http://www.warflag.com/). We played a fictional border battle with the French and Prussians and allies fighting over the strategically important town of Potzdorf. Potzdorf is the (fictional) greatest brewery in all of Europe and lies between between France and Prussia’s German allies. The goal for both sides was to gain control of the Potzdorf Brewery. In this fictional scenario, the Duchy (?) of Potzdorf was allied with the Prussians.

We used Piquet Field of Battle with the modification that units represented regiments or brigades of about 2000 infantry rather than battalions. Ian had made some modifications to the charts and weapons ranges to make it all work. And I thought those changes did work well. There were a few house rules used, but about 95% of the game was Piquet Field of Battle rules as written. In the game the French had a corps with 4 infantry divisions, an artillery division, a cavalry division and a guard brigade. I was on the French side so I’m not sure of what the Prussians and allies had, but it seemed like their force was roughly the same size as ours with a bit more cavalry. The Prussian side started with mostly minor German forces (Bavarian and Wurttemberg) plus a small Potzdorf division. There was a larger Prussian force on the way as reinforcements, but the battle ended before they reached the battlefield. Likewise, the French Guard Division was never engaged as it was posted to block the Prussian reinforcements.

I had not used the Piquet Field of Battle rules for some time as had two of the other players, only Ian had read the 2nd edition of the rules. Having said that, the game went pretty smoothly with only a few time outs to read the rules. The first turn was very long and bloody. The next two turns ended quickly with doubles being rolled on the initiative rolls. By the start of the fourth turn, both sides were out of Army Morale Points. Eventually, the Prussian and allied side had to make an Army Morale roll. Unfortunately for them, their commander was rated as a d8 and failed his Army Morale roll with a 1 (the opposed role was a 2!).

I didn’t keep a detailed log of the battle, but it was very bloody like a real Franco-Prussian War battle.

Here are some pictures from the game:

The overall game table (click to enlarge):

French Infantry:

French Cavalry:

The French Commander:

Prussian-German-Potzdorf Forces:

The Potzdorf Brewery:

A very cool windmill that I need to find out where I can get one:

Some action scenes:

Best of all was the lunch that Ian provided that included home made pork pies and beer from his actual brewery. I ate half of one of these and had enough “savory” to last me through next week, but it was exceptionally tasty.

So thanks to Ian for running this game.

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4 Responses to Franco-Prussian with Piquet Field of Battle

  1. Gary Barr says:

    Looks good and with my favourite set of rules to boot

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  2. Ian says:

    Grrat write-up Jeff.

    In our fictional world, Potzdorf is indeed a Duchy, reigned over by Herzog Von Potzdorf. It was a Magraviate until The Napoleonics War whereafter it became a Duchy. The first born son of the duke is Markgraaf Potzdorf (the traditional title for a border state noble). It’s located in an indistinct area between Baden and the Swiss border on the Rhine.

    We have gamed the Potzdorf scenario for Germans v Late Republican Romans, TYW, WSS, WAS, SYW, Napoleonics, FPW, WWII, both a 1945 SS rear guard action against the Americans and a Mustangs Air game with the Americans ttrying to bomb the brewery in 1943/44.

    The basic premise is that the Portzdorf troops are always rabble or raw militia (they’re always drunk I guess) and rely on allies fighting of their beer.

    One of my favorite games was a grand Napoleonics game, where Jeff De Remer painted a unit of Potzdorf lancers mounted on cows… that unit is still on display at Game Haven.

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    • jdglasco says:

      Thanks, maybe I’ll run an American Revolution game focused on the Potzdorf, Pennsylvania Brewery, which was started by a run away third son who took the brewery secrets to America. You can’t control North America if you don’t control the best brewery on the continent.

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