I only had a 30" by 47" space to work with so I used a single mixed Oxford (random) brigade vs. a single mixed Essex brigade, set in 1643.
The random system in the game gave these force mix results:
Trained 4 stand Foote I3 Trained 7 stand Horse C2
Raw/Elite 4 stand Horse C3 Trained 6 stand Pisoleers C2*
Veteran 6 stand Foote I3
Raw/Elite 3 stand Horse C3
Trained Light gun Artillery
I used "Good" commanders for each side.
|having built a Parliament Army for much larger forces I could field both these brigades from the one collection - a bonus for the ECW period ... the 'uniforms' are essentially the same.|
|the terrain was an area of hills, not much else, Royalists put their cannon on a tall hill and covered it with a foote regiment, then Veteran foot in the center, with the two horse on the right flank|
|with only two large horse units, the Parliament set up the pistoleers on their left|
|the Parliament commander, took post between the two horse units|
|Royalist command was behind the Veteran foote|
|arrayed with the two over sized white flags the Veterans were the anchor of the Royalist force|
|The pistoleers managed to roll two "1"s and in the hills built up 3 DPs in a hurry|
|while the Parliament Horse drove forward towards the cannon and force of foote on the tall hill|
|there were a few hits from musket fire, and all these were saved via the saving throws for a Trained unit 4,5,6 on a d6|
|the Pistoleers were in some disarray|
|the move roll to charge in for the Parliament Horse, they certainly 'made' the 8 inch distance uphill|
|the gunners chose to fire and flee (they rolled a "1" to get away) and ended up dead, the line of foote got off a shot (all saved) and then the crash of the horse utterly shattered the foote, they were routed taking more than 7 hits in the melee|
|while on the other flank, not declaring a charge, caused both lines to close up to 2" distance and the pistoleers got off a limited shot ... all saved.|
|as usual with battles dominated by horse ... they move quickly|
|the Parliament horse did not 'reign in control' - they missed the die roll by 1 pip and the Pistoleers were routed|
|battle for the Parliament Horse here was over by turn 3|
|Pistoleer Horse are almost useless against decent Royalist Horse|
In any event the Royalist definitely lost a foote and cannon while the Parliament lost a pistoleer horse unit (is that really a loss?) and had to take some time to gather up the other horse unit after it had butchered the foote unit that it ran off in pursuit of.
In all the new QRS works great! I did not have to look into the rule book at all during the game, only during the creation of the brigades.