Monday, 11 November 2019

I've defected !

... or, was I thrown out of having a command in the French army ?!!

Yesterday's club game organised by Steve and Graham, had Graham as French C-in-C, this time assisted by Ian and Mike.

Steve C took pity on me and gave me the Austrian cavalry and advance guard on the Allied side - despite my recent track record with dice throwing !

Here's the table set up. The Franco-Bavarians will arrive on the right, the Austro-Prussians on the left.

The view from the other end.

First to arrive, part of my command, a brigade of Austrian heavy cavalry and a unit of Jagers 

Over at the far end, Graham has marched on a Bavarian brigade and they have occupied the farm already - light infantry at the hedge row

They have managed to get two guns up on the high ground supported by Chevaux Legeres

Steve C brings on Austrian infantry in line opposite the Bavarian guns

Graham has handed over command of the left wing to Ian, who is encouraged to send on a French light cavalry brigade which trots past the Bavarian infantry

The Bavarian artillery opens fire on the Austrian infantry

I've managed to get more troops on table - the rest of my advance guard brigade - the Jagers that came on earlier have occupied the woods

Steve's infantry advance under fire

The French cavalry declare a charge

forcing Steve's end battalion into square

at this point, Steve brings on his big Prussian brigade in line on our right flank

They are lead by the Prussian Guard

The Bavarian gunners have now come under musket range of the Austrian infantry and its effective !

My Austrian columns advance between the woods out on our left flank - seeking an enemy to fight !

They did not have long to wait - a big French infantry brigade enters right of centre, accompanied by two artillery batteries

The Prussians and Bavarians engage in a fire fight

The Bavarian columns wait for orders to charge

The French cavalry charge - and catch the Prussian Guard in line !

The French infantry columns come on and the guns deployed

and behind them - a French heavy cavalry brigade arrives

They are ordered to charge the Austrian cuirassiers - but fail their command

They sit tight behind their infantry

Steve's Prussians have now advanced to attack the farm 

As Austrian infantry face up to the approaching French infantry

A French column with supports charges the front Austrian line

As Bavarians, Austrians and Prussians fight it out before the farm 

Again, the French cuirassiers are ordered to charge

and again, they fail to move. The Austrian cuirassiers have charged the French infantry forcing them into square, then retiring back to their lines

Graham decides to charge the Bavarian cavalry - they get disordered but so are the Austrians !

The Austrian lines in the centre are really up against it with all these French columns attacking them

Indeed, the Austrians are forced to retire 

By this time, I have managed to get my Austrian advance guard around onto the French right flank

For the third time, the French cuirassiers are ordered to charge (!)

Third time lucky - they hit the Austrian cuirassiers who have elected to receive the charge at the halt in order to get the assistance of the Austrian artillery and support units

Mike has charged a unit of French Middle Guard against my infantry 

as the French light cavalry charge again - the Prussian unit they face is shaken and disordered

Can they hold ?

They do ! The French cavalry have taken casualties and Austrian grenadiers have broken through onto the hill

just as the Prussians smash the Bavarian infantry and capture the farmyard 

Austrian fire has caused casualties on the French columns

and the Austrian cuirassiers have defeated their French counterparts

as my Austrian infantry overcome the French Middle Guard

At this point, the French admit defeat with both wings crumbling and their cavalry put to flight.

Oh, and my dice throwing was amazing for once - perhaps I will be given another command on the Allied side again.  Only time will tell !!!

Friday, 8 November 2019

Beneath the Lily Banners

Yesterday, I went to Rafael's place to try out "Beneath the Lily Banners" his current favourite set of rules for the Tricorne period.

He'd set up a British v French scenario - but no pikes in these units, just muskets ! Rafael took the French army.

The French are defending, cavalry on both wings

The British and Allies are on the attack

Here's the British commander

and this is the French one

each side had two artillery pieces

and the French guns start to play havoc with the Allied cavalry

Undaunted, the Allies press forward

French troops are positioned behind a wood which dominates the centre of the battlefield

British cavalry begin a charge down the right flank

the whole brigade has been ordered forward

French Swiss troops are stationed beside the right hand French gun

The British have chased off one enemy cavalry unit but more are coming up

The Swiss are advancing - I thought they were defending !

a cavalry clash on the British left flank

as more and more pile into the cavalry melee out on our right flank

the French eventually win and what remains of the British cavalry hurled back disordered

the cavalry clash on our left wing continues but the French are getting in more supports

again, the Allied cavalry are beaten and one unit has been destroyed

but the real meat of the battle will be between the infantry in the centre

British troops charge the French in the woods

French horse grenadiers are now fighting whats left of the Allied cavalry on the British left flank

Dutch and Swiss troops have been exchanging fire, left of centre as the melee for the woods continues

right of centre, the British lines have struggled to cross the open ground and they have taken a pounding from the French artillery

At the woods, the British are taking the most casualties

and the inevitable happens - they break disordered.

To add insult to injury, the French horse grenadiers having chased off the last of my cavalry, proceed to capture a gun which had just been limbered to move off !

Game over for the British with both wings gone and the centre collapsing.

It has to be said - yet again, my dice throwing was pants !  Failed to get hardly any artillery hits during the game and then failed each and every hand to hand combat.

When will the dice gods look favourably upon me again ?!!

Great looking figures, Rafael and thanks to Joyce for providing a delicious lunch too.

And Beneath the Lily Banners ?  Yes, I liked them - despite the result !