After their inaugural debacle in the Peninsular, my Italians returned to the plains of Spain (aka BIG) to take on Andy's treacherous Spanish rebelling against their king, the noble José I! As the Rescue Mission scenario had restricted the deployment options of the Italians last week, we decided to play a straight forward Encounter battle loosely based on that in Sharp Practice. It would also allow me to try out a new formation that I had discovered by actually reading the rulebook!
The game started with the infamous guerrilla "El Víbora" and his motley crew taking up a position in the woods near the Spanish deployment point.
I did have to check we weren't playing in Libya in January 1941 so poorly had my Italians fought... :-(
The gods of dice (well tokens) were with Andy tonight. To get my Attack Column so close to the Spanish line and then see the Andy's leader pull three activations in a row allowing them to smash the column with volley fire at close range without reply was somewhat galling (the British had clearly trained them to fire three rounds a minute). However there is nothing I can say about the Grenadiers (in polite company) who are now on latrine duty after being bested by some lowly Spanish conscripts.
All in all a great game that was going really well for a while before the ignominy of the general collapse. I'm going to have another crack at that Attack Column thing, maybe using a bigger Skirmish Screen.