This week I thought it was high time I gave my newly painted British units their first proper battle, so I set up the 6 x 4 table, laid down some terrain and, for ease and quickness, pulled Neil Thomas' Napoleonic Wargaming off the shelf to use for the occasion.
Not really a battle report as such, but I thought I'd share some of the photos and a few notes on how it all played out. It was an enjoyable few hours, and great to get the figures out for a decent sized game. I used 16 units per side (basically doubling the size of the game recommended by the rules, which works perfectly well), with the British joining forces with their Prussian, Brunswick and Hanoverian allies.
The French were assaulting a well defended position, trying to seize a town and the adjacent crossroads.
Apologies for the photos being a bit on the dull side. The lighting wasn't great in the room on the day. In case you're wondering, the red counters represent the number of bases a unit has lost. The other coloured counters represent hits. For every 4 hits a unit sustains, it loses a base. I use the counters to keep track rather than removing bases. I'll eventually make some casualty markers to use instead, which will look decidedly better.
|The French begin their advance on the left towards the town and crossroads
|The French right also prepares its advance
|Brunswicker, British and Hanoverian troops on the British right
|As the game progressed, I fed in the first additional troops for the French: two more line battalions and two battalions of Imperial Guard
|The French negotiate the fields in front of the town. Long range artillery fire has caused casualties among the Brunswick troops at the end of the woods
|French battalions engaging the Prussians
|French cavalry arriving on the road leading to the town
|Over on the right, things were hotting up with the arrival of more Prussians, including uhlans and a battery of foot artillery
|Just as the French assault was faltering, their Polish allies made a timely arrival
|The French conscripts routed the Brunswickers after a fierce exchange of volleys, while the Polish troops were getting ready to try and dislodge the British and Hanoverians from the town
|French heavy light and heavy cavalry move further onto the battlefield. Chasseurs and cuirassiers peel off to help support the right flank attack...
|...and eventually charge the Prussian uhlans in the flank (who have just routed a French line battalion)
|The cuirassiers do the same to the Prussian landwehr, who had just finished off another French battalion with a bayonet charge
|Polish infantry capture one half of the town
|As the day wore on, a French Imperial Guard column clashes with Prussian musketeers, destroying the already weakened unit and opening up a hole in the allied line
|The Prussian landwehr ended up surviving two charges by the French cuirassiers and would remain on the field until the end. The uhlans on the other hand were eventually routed by the French chasseurs.
|On the French right, their infantry had been almost completely routed, with only one weakened Imperial Guard battalion remaining. The cuirassiers and chasseurs faced a wall of Prussian infantry and artillery, so could do nothing more except retire