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Italian Wars Campaign in 2013
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LyleD



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martin's Swiss secured a routine win against the Milanese and took that city. They are now entitled to field the 4 superior men-at-arms in the Special Campaigns section of their list.

The latest scores are:

Spain (8 cities) 16 + 29 = 45
Imperialist (6 cities) 12 + 31 = 43
Papacy (7 cities and victory in battle) 17 +25 = 42
Swiss (6 cities and victory in battle) 15 + 23 = 38
France (6 cities) 12 +25 =37
Venetian (2 cities) 4 + 33 = 37

The 1511 campaign year can now start. Confirmation of alliances are due 2 weeks before the next meeting and orders 1 week before the meeting.
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LyleD



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1511 kicked off with an alliance between the French and Swiss for 1511, 1512, and 1513. The alliance started by immediately attacking the Spanish and advancing on the cities of the Kingdom of Naples. The Swiss have stormed Pescara, while the French will need to fight a relieving Spanish army if they are to win Bari. Meanwhile the French have landed at Genoa calling upon that city to surrender. Two battles this week - France (1000AP, including 200AP Swiss allies) versus Spain (691AP), while Spain (807AP, including 105AP Papal allies) fight the Genoese (600AP).

Interim Point Standings:
Spain (?) ? + 45 = ?
Papacy (7 cities) 14 +42 = 56
Imperialist (6 cities) 12 + 43 = 55
Swiss (7 cities) 14 + 38 = 52
France (?) ? + 37 = ?
Venetian (2 cities) 4 + 37 = 41
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LyleD



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Victory for the French over Spain - quality telling in the end! There wasn't enough time to get in the second game, so I'll be meeting Django (representing Genoa) at the Monday Knights some time in the next month. Score update for everything except the result of that game.

Spain (6 cities + ?) 12 + 45 = 57 + ?
Papacy (7 cities) 14 + 42 = 56
Holy Roman Empire (6 cities) 12 + 43 = 55
France (7 cities + victory in battle) 17 + 37 = 54
Swiss (7 cities) 14 + 38 = 52
Venice (2 cities) 4 + 37 = 41
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LyleD



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Papal and Spanish forces failed to take Genoa. Michael Bornstein led the locals to victory. The gendarmes and landsknechts were beaten badly by their Italian counterparts. Only the Spanish jinetes had any success. A fuller description will be in the Argus.

Scores are now:
Spain (6 cities) 12 + 45 = 57
Papacy (7 cities) 14 + 42 = 56
Holy Roman Empire (6 cities) 12 + 43 = 55
France (7 cities + victory in battle) 17 + 37 = 54
Swiss (7 cities) 14 + 38 = 52
Venice (2 cities) 4 + 37 = 41
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Michael Bornstein



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is something not right in this campaign with superior Gendarmes. They keep losing to average ones.

In four of the five battles , I have fought so far, the Superior ones have been beaten by the Italians, Lyle's Spainsh, Ian's French twice and my Imperials. In at least two cases, maybe three the accompanying General has died/captured as well!!

Also the Italian paid landsknechts (average) have been defeating the superior Swiss and German ones - go figure.

Average troops rock??
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LyleD



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another massive victory for the French and their Swiss allies against the Spanish, while the Swiss pick off another Spanish city. Luckily the Spanish gain a city from the French, but the big Papal attack on France may be crucial for the campaign and will be resolved at the December meeting. The Emperor Maximilian's attack on Modena will also be resolved then.


Scores are now:
France (7 cities + victory in battle + ?) 17 + 54 = 71 + ?
Papacy (7 cities + ?) 14 + 56 = 70 + ?
Swiss (8 cities) 16 + 52 = 68
Holy Roman Empire (6 cities + ?) 12 + 55 + ? = 67 + ?
Spain (5 cities) 10 + 57 = 67
Venice (2 cities) 4 + 41 = 45
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LyleD



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Victory by the Pope over Louis XII and the taking of Asti has seen an improvement in the fortunes of the Papal-Spanish alliance against their French and Swiss opponents. Maximilian has taken the city of Modena.

Campaign scores at the end of 1512AD are:
Papacy - Bruce Kelsall - (8 cities + victory in battle) 19 + 56 = 75
Holy Roman Empire - Michael Bornstein - (7 cities + victory in battle) 17 + 55 = 72
France - Ian Poade - (6 cities + victory in battle) 15 + 54 = 69
Swiss - Martin Morgan (8 cities) 16 + 52 = 68
Spain - Lyle Daymond - (5 cities) 10 + 57 = 67
Venice - Steve Neate - (2 cities) 4 + 41 = 45
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Martin Morgan



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Lyle,
do you want orders for the next campaign year or are we going to wait until after Cancon to resume the campaign?

Regards
Martin
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LyleD



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Swiss and French invasions of Papal territory were successful, but the Pope failed in his major attack the French city of Mondovi. Maximilian lead to Imperialist army to Lucca and victory, while the Spanish retook Taranto.

Campaign scores at the end of 1513AD are:
Holy Roman Empire - Michael Bornstein - (8 cities + victory in battle) 19 + 72 = 91
Papacy - Bruce Kelsall - (6 cities) 12 + 75 = 87
Swiss - Martin Morgan (9 cities) 18 + 68 = 86
France - Ian Poade - (6 cities + victory in battle by a smaller army) 16 + 69 = 85
Spain - Lyle Daymond - (6 cities) 12 + 67 = 79
Venice - Steve Neate - (2 cities) 4 + 45 = 49
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LyleD



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A slight correction to the scores - Martin also had a victory over the Papal forces and is 89.

Campaign scores at the end of 1513AD are:
Holy Roman Empire - Michael Bornstein - (8 cities + victory in battle) 19 + 72 = 91
Swiss - Martin Morgan (9 cities and victory in battle) 21 + 68 = 89
Papacy - Bruce Kelsall - (6 cities) 12 + 75 = 87
France - Ian Poade - (6 cities + victory in battle by a smaller army) 16 + 69 = 85
Spain - Lyle Daymond - (6 cities) 12 + 67 = 79
Venice - Steve Neate - (2 cities) 4 + 45 = 49

Top 4 campaigners all have a chance of winning with the 100 Victory Point finish line within their grasp!
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LyleD



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

War weariness took its toll on the beleaguered cities of northern Italy, who surrendered at the approach of conquering armies. The French took Nice, the Swiss were welcomed into Trente, Papal forces now control Lucca and the Spanish received the surrender of the Venetians. The Venetian army dispatched to Udine turned back after some desultory skirmishing.

The Pope called a meeting of the powers to end the wars and the Treaty of Ravenna saw the Spanish consolidate in the south and exercise a protectorate over Venice, His Holiness controls central Italy, while the French consolidate their hold on the north-west. Imperial armies maintain an uneasy watch in the north-east as the Swiss now dominate the plains of Lombardy and the former terra firma of the Venetian Republic. The independence of all the lone city states has ended, except for that of Genoa.

At the end of the campaign scores are:
Swiss - Martin Morgan (10 cities) 20 + 89 = 109
Holy Roman Empire - Michael Bornstein - (7 cities + victory in battle) 17 + 91 = 108
France - Ian Poade - (7 cities + victory in battle) 17 + 85 = 102
Papacy - Bruce Kelsall - (7 cities) 14 + 87 = 101
Spain - Lyle Daymond - (7 cities + victory in battle) 17 + 79 = 96
Venice - Steve Neate - 49
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Richard



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty close scores!
Did anyone keep track of most armies lost , Generals killed that kind of thing ?
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LyleD



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Overall there were 20 battles fought over the course of the campaign.

The French Ian Poade) had the most victories (4) to go with their 3 defeats. They conquered Turin at the second attempt, were beaten by Genoa, beat the Spanish twice and split a pair of battles against the Pope.

While the Swiss (Martin Morgan) won the campaign, they only fought 3 battles. Beaten early by the Imperialists, but then conquering Milan and defeating the Papacy. They usually took cities as the secondary invasion of enemy territory, while the French did the fighting.

Spain (myself) only had the one win, and things turned against us as we were rebuffed by Genoa and then lost successive battles to the French.

The Imperialists (Michael Bornstein) won 3 battles and had a walkover against the Venetians. Their only loss was during an invasion of Venice. After their defeat of the Swiss, they concentrated on beating the weaker city states and had wins over Modena and Lucca. Michael's most glorious moments came when he acted as a condottieri for the city states, winning 3 battles while representing Turin and Genoa and having only 1 loss.

Venice (Steve Neate) won two early battles against the city states of Florence and Ferrara. A mercenary general stepped in to defeat the Imperial forces, but he was then defeated by the Pope and failed to conquer Modena.

The Pope (Bruce Kelsall) won three battles against Siena, Venice and France, but lost to the Swiss and had a disastrous final battle against the French.

The minor city states were all gobbled up by the major powers, except for Genoa (thanks to Michael's wins over France and Spain).

The only C-in-C to be lost was His Imperial Majesty, but sub-generals seemed to have an alarming propensity to fall off their horses. This seemed to happen most when they were leading average pike kiels.
In some cases the loss of the general was crucial in creating that extra test for the average troops and making them rout.
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von Lucky



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lyle (and others who have run a campaign at the LoA), speaking only for myself, your efforts are welcome.

If anything it is a motivation for those taking part to paint that extra unit (or an army!) and for those waching we get to see historical match ups. So, thank you.

...

I plan to paint my 15mm Samurai in 2015 as the Tupi (FoG:R comp) and Tibeans (FoG:AM comp) have jumped the queue (but at least they've been glued and based now!).
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