As in all Chef' games we played from end to end of a 4' by 6' table. The British and allies edge was along the north, the French from the South. The North of the field was dominated by a hill spur thrusting across the table from West to East sloping downward unitil meeting the plain of the field. The South Easten quarter of the field was lightly wooded. A Road ran from out of these woods, northwards and curved around the spur.
The Set Up
The lead company of both a full British Battalion and a Portugese Half Battalion were placed on the board edge. The lead companies of a French Infantry unit was placed on the board edge in the woods, the lead troop of French lancers was placed in the clear on the southern edge.
The French started by advancing thier infantry fully onto the table still with the woods, the cavaly only starting to enter the table once the infantry were fully on the table.
The British and Portugese infantry both boldly advanced up the rear of the hill/spur.
The French Infantry released thier skirmishers to the front of the woods where they started an ineffective fire against the portugese. The Lancers slowly advanced until the whole unit was on the table.
The British column halted once the front company reached the far side of the spur, facing the open plain. The Portugese stopped at the top of the hill. The Britsh horse artillery entered the table and raced to the top of the hill, unlimbering ready to fire at any target.
The French Infantry advanced through the woods behind thier skirmishers, stopping frequently to reorganise. The Lancers remained stationary.
The British column started forming line ready to pour fire into the French Infantry once it emerged from the woods. The Portugese remain stationary in column. The Horse artillery threw many rounds in to the body of French infantry.
The French Lancers started changing formation into line.
The Britsh Artillery switched targets to the French Lancers as they commenced a move forwards.
The Portugese fire had some minor effect on the French still in the woods. The British Artillery had no effect on the advancing Lancers. The British Infantry, now half way between column and line, decide to try and form square instead.
The French line infantry emerge from the woods in Attack Column formation aiming at the British line. The Lancers commence thier charge.
The British Infantry is in disorder and cant fire at the French Infantry, thier companies are all mixed up. The British Artillery makes a final shot at the French Lancers and starts limbering up, ready to move.
The French Lancers enter a full fledged charge at the disordered British, the Portugese Infantry forms a Closed Column formation, the Horse artilly runs between the British and Portugese units. The French infantry fires.
The Lancers smash into the disordered half formed British square and tear them apart. The Portugese commence a slow withdrawal.
We found that the effects of limited terrain we had in play had a tremendous effect on the game, as it should. The mennace the Britsh player felt as the Lancers charge gained momentum was a delight. The Disorder caused by the firing, the trees, and changing orders was also a realistic wonderful dream moment.
The game felt right, the Britsh commander failed to take the threat of the cavalry into consideration and instead concentrated on the nearer infantry.
A great game enjoyed by all, even the British player.
Great review! Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I had begun to wonder if anyone was still playing. I have gotten into Jim's Piquet module, CdePK, and it does refer back to Chef a bit. I play in 6mm, and am still working on building armies that would be playable for either set of rules. I just like the scale of the game system but too many people seem to want to run a corps or more. I have times I want to run a skirmish, and times I want to run a battalion or two, but I still like the details of the tactical game.