The background to our action:
"Messieurs, we have gathered at the behest of the Nawab of Arcot to repel the British and their allies who have invaded Madras from the Northeast coast. Clive will no doubt be marching to support the force which seized the village to our front. Following a preparatory bombardment, when the sun is at its zenith we will attack. The honor of the assault will belong to the Nawab's forces. I will place myself near the center with the Royale Ecossais and Grenadiers de France and support from native irregulars. Monsieur Lambert (my mother's maiden name) with the Irish regiment Lally, converged grenadiers and marines will cover our right. A swarm of native cavalry and some French light cavalry will support.
Bon chance mes amis. To your positions!" -- Marquis d'Bussy
|The French primary objective,|
|The French back table, fully in play.|
|The rest of what we knew of the English/native army.|
|Native irregulars to the front. Europeans in the second line.|
|Turn 2 Clive arrives with reinforcements.|
|A methodical French advance.|
|My elites (dice roll) scatter enemy vedettes and hit regular cav.|
|Protecting the center flank by pushing. Thr new Duc d'Arboy|
Marines in the foreground.
|Pushing the center as the British quietly await.|
|Slow advance on Arcot.|
|We are noticeably out-numbered on the right but a bottleneck|
|Routing irregular cavalry are jeered by the advancing Irish.|
|The Irish are greeted by a charge of enemy light horse,|
|They calmly empty all but a few saddles and the remainder rout.|
|Having taken galling fire the redcoats charge my native infantry.|
|The infantry didn't immediately rout so cavalry to the rescue!|
|Marines and converged grenadiers against Sepoys and regulars.|
|Close order natives charge our open order troops so cavalry pile|
in to help.
|The regulars prepare to decide the center. But they have elephants.|
|A real cluster... uh... mess in the right-center.|
|After the fact, my lights eliminate the British regular cavalry.|
|The center is won! Despite the British getting the first fire card|
seven turns in a row.
|Final position on our left.|
As time (and energy for me) ran out at 4:00 the consensus was that it was at least a marginal French victory. The defender of Arcot felt that it would eventually fall, the center was a clear French win, and the right would be turned by Clive in time. Though having the only viable cavalry on the right would hopefully make it take long enough. We saw a number of cavalry mobs swarm in all directions during the game.
The game featured the colonial version of our popular "Batailles de Ancien Regimes" system which caused a few "oops" for those like me that assumed things were the same. Although there were some wonderfully painted new units specifically for India, we were forced to press into service an assortment of Eastern Europeans, Afghans, etc. Not an area of concern. The occasion was the birthday of our host and rules author Bill Protz. We even got birthday cake decorated with the image of the Taj Mahal.