It was Steve's turn to set up the battle tonight. He left me the map last week so I could set up the terrain beforehand & he brought along the armies from his 15mm 7 Years War collection. We used our Hail Napoleon rules - which are Hail Caesar modified for the Black Powder era with house rules.
The Prussians are marching down the Kaiserstrasse & deploying to their right. Mark's advance guard is an hussar division followed by dragoons and infantry. Mike's main body has a cuirassier division now deploying in the centre, grenadiers deployed on their right between the hamlets and an infantry division still on the road behind them.
The Prussians had a sound plan of attack & their grenadiers & cuirassiers smashed a hole through the Austrian line as planned, but they erred by overextending their left. The Austrians had a sound defensive strategy with a neat front line backed with adequate reserves which were able to plug the gaps on their left centre and wear down the Prussian spearpoint while their right counterattacked.
It was very large battle yet we got though an awful lot of action in 3 hours - which is what Hail Napoleon is designed to do. It is basically Hail Caesar - but modified - not only to suit the period, but to facilitate large battles. The only issue we had rules-wise was that it appears that it might be a bit too difficult to break divisions & thus get a decisive result. Our divisional break test was designed for armies with fewer & smaller divisions - it's arguable that we should modify the test for this era.
Steve's troops looked magnificent, both up close and in the big picture. The players all had a great time & we are all looking forward to more 7 Years War when it's Steve's next turn as gamesmaster.