Well, Thomas, upright world citizen that he is, would have none of that! He launched a unit of blonde sword and pistol armed cavaliers (oops, too far east for that nonsense) against the unwashed vodka drinkers.
Upstanding Swedes versus vicious Cossack raiders.
In the photos, the Cossacks are skirmish order, giving them a benefit in movement, but lowering their ability to melee. As it turned out, they were caught by the Swedes and defeated in melee. Then the Swedish cavalry checked and failed to rally from pursuit. In fact the Swedish cavalry chased the defeated Cossacks off the table. Tactically, the Cossacks had done their job; the Swedes had one 'real cavalry' unit and a unit of dragoons left to face the Polish mounted troops. All five of them; and the Polish dragoons, too.
Thomas looked somewhat worried, whilst his center, full of untouched infantry, stood ready to advance. I suggested to him the real strength of his army needed to move forward and engage...I'd hardly be able to stop it with my foot units. The Swedish foot potentially fires better and more often than the Polish foot. There were also nine Swedish units to four Polish units. Such is the difference in the emphasis on the arms in the two different forces.
While Thomas' right was gone, my center would soon melt away. In Anchor of Faith shooting causes stands to first be 'discomfited' with a threshold to passed in these before the unit is considered to have stands lost. They do however lose morale when hit by shooting. I was bleeding morale chips from losses faster than I inflicted at this point.
I wasn't too worried, the evening's clock was on my side. Also, for my pride, I had five untouched units of cavalry at eleven pm. And that includes the two units of Winged Hussars. Eleven pm came and I and the Poles went.
So we both had a good time, Thomas got a chance at Anchor of Faith and I got in a nice long evening game while getting to look at some of his wonderfully well done troops. The Swede's foot are tough to face for the Poles, but then the Swedes need to be very careful of the Polish Horse.
Thomas mentioned he'd like to see the Ottomans in action. Hmm, 'mebbe' he will. No doubt he'll see the Poles again as well.