This is become a regular event - we congregated at Steve C's again yesterday for another Black Powder game. This time, he and Graham had diced to see what terrain was created and they had both picked 1200 points based armies from the Clash of Eagles supplement - Graham the French, Steve the Austrians. I assisted (?) Graham on the French left flank.
The French Commander briefs his ADC
French cavalry arrive on their right flank
Austrian hussars on their right flank
supported by Jagers and Grenzers
and line infantry nearer the centre
on the French left a strong infantry brigade with supporting artillery arrives
and they get forward in attack column quickly
the brigade cantiniere wagon !
Mde. Nicholette with driver
the French infantry are ordered to press on
their gun struggles to keep up !
In the centre of the French position, another infantry brigade arrives
Austrian command plot their moves
The Austrians struggle to get their regiments to work in concert on the right
except in the centre although progress is slow
Austrian infantry and cavalry arrive out on their left
The French left infantry brigade charges the most advanced Austrian infantry regiment
behind them, on the French start line, French heavy cavalry arrive
amazingly, the French battalion leading the attack fails and is broken meaning its support units have to check too
Gaping holes show that half the French brigade has fled !!!
The remaining French battalions have to reconsider their position - although one has charged again against the Austrian infantry
if they fail again, the brigade will have to retire as it is in danger of becoming completely broken
over on the other side of the battlefield, the opposing cavalry clash in the centre
Austrian Jagers take advantage of the gaps in the French lines and advance on the extreme Austrian right flank
as other battalions come forward
the French problems get worse - disorder !
the French heavy cavalry threaten the Jagers and force them into square for a while
Graham needs to win in the centre and out on the right if the French are to recover
the French heavy cavalry advance to try and shield the retreating infantry
battle has yet to develop in the centre apart from long range artillery shooting
French dragoons make contact with a hastily formed and disordered square of Grenzers
infantry clashes in the centre show French infantry thrown back
the Austrian columns are now well across the battlefield
despite the French cavalry winning out on the French right flank
the Austrian infantry has control of the centre and right
the French lancers have broken the enemy dragoons
but they will not be able to budge the Austrian in fan try so easily
Indeed, the French infantry brigade in the centre has broken
The French cavalry will have to extricate itself and retire as swiftly as possible.
Emphatic win for Steve's Austrian army.
Graham will blame our failure on my disastrous dice throws on the left flank which lost us half of our infantry in no time - oh dear !