I am now committed and the lead mountain shall be shrinking after a while.
Challenge with Hagelberg is the area where engagement took place. Assuming that I will stay with the thinking that 12cm equals 210 meters, my mat provides 1,75km x 2,6km stretch of land. There are three possible ways to orient the map around the battleground, but not sure which one to choose. Original situation looked as follows:
First possible orientation is not entirely satisfactory, albeit it does provide access to both Hagelber, and Klein-Glien, both of importance. Entry points for the Prussian and Russian forces are present, but is lacking on the left, where some of the Prussians were waiting. This is the least favorite.
Second possibility is to take more of the forest, where the Prussian attack was mounted from. Problem is that Klein-Glien will be then almost an off-board objective (which could actually simplify things). Another matter is that the units arriving from Lubnitz would come from off board – which is not necessarily a bad thing either. I do sort of like the layout, since there would be room to maneuver. French could do a fighting withdrawal towards Klein-Glien.
Third option is the attempt to include everybody, but may become too crowded.
Unlisted option is of course to chance the scale by adding another 500m to the map, but that would not be quite right, would it. 🙂 In any case, the idea would be that for the Prussians to win, they would have to completely control both Hagelberg and Klein-Glien. Should French successfully fight their way to Klein-Glien, they would thwart the Prussian plans. In this the Cossacks would play crucial harassment role.