Donnybrook Scenario: "Protect the cannon !" (with pictures)

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Donnybrook Scenario: "Protect the cannon !" (with pictures)

Post by Sorandir » Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:49 pm

Donnybrook Scenario: "Protect the cannon !"


The swedish gun (with scottish master gunner)

Historical background:
1634 AD somewhere in Germany. The thirty years war is raging. After the defeat of Nördlingen scattered parts of the swedish army are retreating, pursued by strong detachements of the Imperialists.

The Scenario:
In this small scenario a swedish gun crew is struggling to catch up with the remainder of their regiment and to save their regimental gun. Some imperial units spotted the swedes and attack to capture or destroy the gun.
As the swedish regiment commander is informed about the nearby enemy, he sends some pistoleer cavalry for the protection of the gun and its crew.

Mission objectives:
It´s a victory for the swedes if they tow the gun to their own baseline.
It´s a victory for the imperialists, if they reach the cannon and capture or destroy it.

Scenario rules:
The table measures 48 x 48 (1.2 m x 1.2 m).
The gun and it´s crew deploy first, in the middle of the table, 18" from the swedish baseline
Then deploy the Imperialists in their half of the table, at a distance of at least 18" from the gun
Then deploy the swedish horse and the commander in the swedish half of the table

The gun crew defend their gun to the last man. They test not morale for whatever reason. If their activation card comes up, they can decide to shoot (and all the artillery rules in the Donnybrook rule book apply) OR they can tow the gun 3" in any direction (but preferably to their baseline). The gun is a small and light piece so no limber/un-limbering is needed. Two men are sufficient to move the cannon.
If there are casualities among the gun crew, the artillery captain or a dismounted trooper can be attached to move the cannon.

The imperial units on the table are only a small part of the pursuing imperial army and more are coming. So if any imperial unit is wiped out, their activation card stay in the card deck. If it comes up again, the same unit enter the field at any point on the imperial baseline and is immediately activated that it can move, shoot or charge.

Imperial pike unit

The opposing troops:

1 swedish artillery captain (Hero with brace of pistols and longsword)
1 Regimental Gun with 3 or 4 crew (Regular, handweapons)
6 swedish troopers (Regular, mounted, Ensign, brace of pistols and longswords)
3 finnish horse (Elite, mounted, brace of pistols and longswords)
3 Veteran horse (Elite, mounted, brace of pistols and longswords)

swedish elite cavalry

1 Kaiserlicher Offizier (Hero with longsword)
8 Crabaten (Croats, regular, handweapons)
8 Pikemen (regular, Drummer, Ensign, Sergeant, pike)
8 Musketeers (regular, musket)
8 mixed Infantry (regular, 4 Musketeers with musket, 4 Sword&Buckler men with longsword and shield)

the croats of the imperial forces

The swedish trotters

We played the scenario twice and it was always a close running thing. Please note, that without much difficulty the scenario and mission rules could be transfered into another war and period.

mixed unit: spanish musketeers protected by sword&buckler men

enjoy !

More pictures from our Donnybrook games: ... donnybrook
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Re: Donnybrook Scenario: "Protect the cannon !" (with pictur

Post by Joe Legan » Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:14 pm

Great scenario idea! I find that simple small scenarios are most often the most enjoyable.


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Re: Donnybrook Scenario: "Protect the cannon !" (with pictur

Post by Captain of Dragoons » Sat Jun 07, 2014 2:23 pm


Great looking game and scenario. Reference your comment about the scenario in different periods, it made me thing of C.S. Forester's novel 'The Gun' set in the Napoleonic period in Spain. Could easily be done.

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Re: Donnybrook Scenario: "Protect the cannon !" (with pictur

Post by Artimas » Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:43 pm

Thanks for the neat post; the figures are beautifully painted!

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