This was a training game for the coming HKSW DBMM Competition 2016. I have faced a Ming Chinese army in the 2014 competition and found it difficult to deal with. Even though I do not think Ming Chinese is a competition army I still want to know its competitiveness. Thus I ask for my friend, Albert, to test drive this army.
The army was led by an inert general, which was designed by my opponent in the 2014 competition. I have just revised a bit
C1 - CinC InertRCvS, 12 RLhS, 6 IPsO – 21ME
C2 - SG RCvS, 3 RCvS, 6 RCvO, 4 IBdF, 6 IPsO – 25ME
C3 – SG RCvS, 6 ICvI, 4 RArtI, 3 RArtO – 19ME
C4 – AG IElS, 2 IElS, 1 ICvI, 2 RBdF, 2 IBwI, 3 IAxO, 2 IAxI – 16.5ME
C5 – 6 IBgI – 6ME
The main strength of this army is the artillery corp in C3 support by LhS in C1 and CvS/O in C2. Since most of the opponent will choose to evade from those artillery, I can force my opponent to face a cavalry battle. The allies ElS are to deal with the threat from enemy’s Kn.
I was defending and need to deployed first. It was no good for an inert general as he has to move second also. Thus I covered my left flank by a wooded hill and deployed my allied corp next to it. In the centre was C3 so that my artillery can swing to either side. Next to it was C2 facing the gentle hill. All the LhS were kept in reserve. My plan is to force the opponent going to my right flank where my cavalry and LhS can have a mounted battle. My goal is to avoid those Kn but concentrate my effort on enemy Lh.
As expect, Later Hungarian had refused his own right and concentrated his WWg and infantry on the gentle hill. It was supported by his Lhs and LhO. His right flank was screened by his LhF and kept his KnS in reserve.
Later Hungarian started the battle by advancing his WWG and Infantry into the gentle hill while moving his LhS and LhO on its left flank. He also cautiously avoided moving in range of my artillery.
I gave my Lhs corp the largest pip while the Cv corp the lowest pip. I responded his move by moving my LhS to my right flank and hopefully could defeat my opponent’s Lh. They were to be supported by CvO of C2.
A cavalry battle was ensured on my right wing. With a string of bad dice, Later Hungarian light horses were all destroyed and the flank of its infantry corp was suddenly exposed. At the same time my allied corp was putting pressure on the Hungarian centre after when Hungarian screening were either spent by artillery fire or by the destroyed by the bow fire of the Burmese IBwI.
Since it was only a training game we decide to stop the game at here. Ming army led by an inert general is an interesting army to use. In the past I never thought of using this army, not to mention led by an inert general. My encounter of this army in the 2014 competition led me to rethink of this army. It is a tribute to my worthy opponent.