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Subject: Medieval German v. Venetian Condotta rss

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Andreas Johansson
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I spent 200 GG and all I got was this lousy overtext!
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This was my 2nd game in the local medieval league, pitting my Medieval Germans against Daniel's Venetians.


A host of suspiciously avantgarde (15C against my mid-13C troops)
Venetians had milled across the Alps with malicious intent - there was
nothing to do but trying to chase them back the old fashion way. Or at
least nothing that a gang of South German princelings could think of.

Terrain was mostly irrelevant; a wooded hill gave some protection to
the German's left flank and to the Italians' right, but that was about
it. The Germans - who would have suffered a night attack hadn't their
sharp-eyed scouts alerted them to the invaders' imminent appearance -
deployed their infantry to the front, crossbowmen in the middle with
spearmen to the right and men with mixed weapons [Bd] to the left. The
cavalry was in a rear line, ready to either interpenetrate the foot or
rush out to either flank as needed. The Italians had mixed infantry
along with some bombards on their left (plus some mounted crossbows on
the extreme flank), and a great mass of knights, supported by some
mounted crossbows and handgunners on foot, in the centre and on the
right wing.

On the German right / Italian left, the battle was fairly uneventful,
both sides moving troops around a bit, but neither side daring a
general advance. There was some distant shooting, which the Italians
got the better of, but it was of little consequence in the larger
scheme of things - the decision was to fall elsewhere.

Straight from the start the German cavalry had rushed over to the left
to meet the huge mass of Italian cavalry there, which substantially
outflanked the German infantry formation. Then there was a sort of
lull as both sides mostly stared at one another while trying to gain a
positional advantage.

The Italians, who had the advantage of having an all-cavalry first
line across the centre and (Italian) right first considered themselves
ready and launched a massive attack all across this sector. Their
attack was something of a debacle however - while they did some damage
to the German infantry they lost a large number of their knights while
making little impact on the German ones. The Germans of course
counterattacked, and for a while it looked like it'd be a one-sided
rout.

The Gods wished otherwise, however, and the battle quickly swung back
to the Italians' favour (first I lost three Kn in a combat round where
I might have been expected to lose perhaps one, then I lost four
combats in a row in the following round, in each of which an equal
score on the dice had been enough to destroy an element and, in three
of the cases, therewith break a command). Finally both sides' courage
ran out and the knights of the German left wing and the Italian right
began, as if by mutual consent, to stream back towards their
respective rear. The difference was in the centre - whereas the
Italian men-at-arms joined the right wing in retreat turning into
flight, their German opponents held steady. The German C-in-C, who had
moments before been surrounded by Italian horsemen, found, much to his
surprise, the victor, despite the disappearing banners of his vassals
behind him.

Score ended up as 18-7 to the Germans, who had lost 35% of total ME
and had one command disheartened.


An interesting social aspect - the Italian losses fell overwhelmingly
on the mounted men-at-arms, while the infantry was mostly intact, and
while the imbalance was less pronounced on the German side, they'd
still lost one mounted command (the C-in-C's!) with the other one
disheartened, while both infantry commands were still in good spirits.

The dice were fairly wilde, and the immediate reason for the flight of
the two Italian knight commands was a 6-1 in a straightforward 3-3
fight between two Kn. Had the split gone the other way, both the
German knightly commands (but not the army) had broken that bound,
instead of one German and both Italian. The result might still most
likely have been a German win, as the next bound would have been
theirs and destroying any element in either Italian knight command
would have broken the army, but given the way the dice had been going
that far ...
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