|Protestant and Imperial positions at the start of Fleurus, Pike & Shot Campaigns|
I've been exploring the period lately via both tactical and operational scale games. Fortunately there are both good computer and board games covering this period now. This weekend I'm refighting the Battle of Fleurus from August 1622 in Slitherine's Pike & Shot Campaigns with frequent gaming opponent and all around good guy (and period scholar) Jim Owczarski.
|Protestant center. There's not much information on Mansfeld's deployment or tactics during this battle. The scenario designer here has gone with a mix of tercios and smaller Dutch-style units for the Protestant foot.|
|A view of the Protestant left and Imperial right. The Ferme Chassart is a walled farm that provides a firm anchor for the Imperial line and an obstacle for the Protestant horse. The Imperial center is made up of Spanish, Italian, and German tercios.|
|Protestant & Imperial positions at the start of GMT's version of the battle. Certainly the terrain in both games looks similar, as does the general deployment.|
|And the Imperial center. For the most part, the Imperial infantry are deployed in larger formations than the Protestant infantry.|