Raphael kindly hosted and umpired a 15mm Napoleonic game of Shako with your humble correspondent handling the French whilst Paul Izzard had the Austrian army.
View along the French lines at the start
View along the Austrian lines
Close up of the town on the French right occupied by two units of infantry
Murat's cavalry and horse artillery move up
Lannes pushes forwards the infantry in the centre
Whilst columns of infantry backed up by light cavalry advance on the left
The Austrians on the high ground opposite
The Austrian commander plots his moves
Whilst Raphael bamboozles him with rules minutiae
Austrian heavy cavalry and lancers threaten the French centre
Range sticks in use here !
French columns move steadily forwards on the left
French carabiniers tackle the Austrian cavalry
as more cavalry moves up in support
what are these two up to now ?
the French left get closer to the Austrian lines
this is the centre at the same moment
the cavalry duel at its height
one French unit has broken
but the support moves up instead
this time the Austrians broke and the French retired to reform
the Austrians opposite the French held town now move forwards with guns on the higher ground
another Austrian cavalry attack in the centre reaches the first French guns
over runs them but are blown before they can advance any further where the French 12pdrs are
French columns are right in amongst the Austrian lines
but previously unseen Austrian hussars catch a French column trying to form square
French light cavalry try to plug the gap and cross sabres with the Austrians
Back over on the French right, heavy cavalry stream across towards the enemy Uhlans
Get those guns turned around and quick !
The Austrian line stands firm
Cavalry now join the French attack left of centre
and the Austrian guns are reached
the French light cavalry have been defeated by the Austrian hussars and retire behind the infantry
French hussars attack the blown Austrian cavalry in revenge for the loss of the guns
In the centre, victorious French heavy cavalry are prevented from attacking the Austrian grenadiers by fresh Austrian curassiers
the French attacks all along the line hammer away at the stubborn Austrians
but repeated French cavalry successes in the centre turn the tide
The Austrian commander, lured by a call from his cantiniere back home decides to concede, with a fresh gammon beckoning, who could blame him ?
A great day's introduction to Shako and thanks to Raphael and his wife for their kind hospitality
... and another game tomorrow beckons - I think a Wild West shoot out at Steve Clarke's ranch (or is it Dux Britanniarum instead ?).