We were playing on a 5' x 8' table, so my having to deploy on opposite corners put my forces a long way from each other, however the terrain and my skirmishers were able to "buy" the time needed to bring my forces together. As it happened (thanks mainly to a few fortunate shooting rolls) the Baron's Bidowers were able to knock out about twice their units' value of the Compte's forces.
That was more than I was expecting. My plan was to hold up (and mildly weaken) his forces while I prepared some 'nasties' for him at his exit point. And while this was accomplished, their unexpected success in destroying and weakening units ended up allowing me to then close in for the kill.
Are Bidowers the "killer troops"? . . . NO. . . they all died (and rather easily at that) . . . but they are very useful troops as this battle showed. They are fairly easy to eliminate (and Rob's troops killed them all) but even if they hadn't "fought above their weight" in this action, they still would have served their purpose as the "bought me the time I needed".
I would like to thank Rob not only for being such a gracious opponent, but also for the lovely "rocky area" and "brushy area" terrain markers that he made for me. As you look back at the photos, you will notice the disks on the carpet sections indicating rocky (grey) or brushy (light green) areas. These were all made by Rob . . . and I thank you again, sir.