This past Saturday the group got together and did another test battle for our 1859 campaign. All of these little scenarios have paid off. This battle went so smoothly, I didn't have to spend the entire night looking up rules and trying to make judgement calls. The rules are finally sinking in with the group and everything, for the most part, ran well.
This battle was based on the Russians finally turning around and engaging the French after suckering them into following them so deep into Russia. The Italian general was given his troop roster and told that it was time to fight after weeks of skirmishing with the Austrians and drawing them father away from their supply depots. The only other command the Italians were given was that they could pull away after 5 turns if they felt they could not pull off a victory. The Austrian commander was told that the Italians had turned and set up defenses and were waiting for them in a mix of hilly, wooded, wheat field terrain. Tired and low on morale the Austrians answered the call to battle, but in order to win they had to inflict 2x as many causalities on the Italians as they might receive. That number would prove elusive.
This battle was fantastic to watch. The Austrians literally had the initiative from the start, but the Italian general used his opportunity chips to thwart the Austrian advance at every turn. The battle was won clearly by the Italians and we finished the game in roughly 3 1/2 hours. The thing I did differently with this battle was only allowing the generals to roll for their units fire/melee/morale values at the point where they were attacked or attacking. This added a few tense moments for sure. I rather liked it and so did the two generals. Again we use Piquet's Hallowed Ground as our rule set.
Hope you enjoyed reading it.