Wednesday, 20 October 2010

An Interlude

We are currently between campaigns here at the garage and so we decided to play a one off battle or two with in order to try out several minor rule amendments.  I stress the fact that these are minor changes as we are fully aware of how the balance of the game can be shifted by too much tweaking.  So what are the changes?  Well unless you're familiar with ITGM then they'll probably mean little to you but for those of you who do use the rule set here they are:

1.  No -4 when firing cannister at single rank cavalry.
2.  Grenz are graded as elite infantry when taking unforming checks in woods.
3.  Horse batteries fire once.
4.  No doubling.  Tactical move speed is allowed outside a given range of the enemy and this is variable depending on the scenario.  A typical example would be 12" for infantry, 18" for cavalry when 36" or more from any visible enemy formation.
5.  Rifle armed troops, line and skirmishers, may move half a move and fire at half effect.

Reinforcements in the shape of a Westphalian Division hurry forward to supportthe hard pressed French left flank.

One or two of these rule changes we've tried before and are happy that they work, we'll have to wait and see for the others. 
    On to the battle itself, this one has been devised by Eric and pits a French force against a large force of Austrians and Prussians supported by a Russian light cavalry division.  We've been playing the game for a few turns now so I think it won't be giving too much away to publish the orbats:

French  I Corps

4 Div
2 x 36 Guard
6 x 32 Elite
1 x 3 Gun 8lb bty
1 x 24 Lancer

5 Div
4 x 36 Vet
4 x 36 1st
4 x 36 2nd
1 x 3 Gun 8lb bty

Attached Cavalry Division
2 x 32 Dragoon
2 x 24 Lt Cav
1 x 3 Gun Hse bty

An Austrian line division supported by Russian light cavalry make their push against the French centre.

II Corps

6 Div
3 x 32 Vet
2 x 36 2nd
4 x 36 Mil
1 x 3 Gun 6lb bty
1 x 32 Dragoon
1 x 24 Lancer

7 Div
3 x 32 Vet
2 x 36 2nd
4 x 36 Mil
1 x 3 Gun 6lb bty

8 Div
2 x 36 Vet
2 x 36 2nd
2 x 36 Mil
1 x 3 Gun 6lb bty

On the face of it then a decent force with a nucleus of good troops bulked out with a fair amount of dross.

 Austrian Grenzer, one of two 48 man battalions painted by Alan Tuckey of Blue Turkey Painting service which have recently arrived at the garage.

Allied Corps (Yorke)

1st Div
1 x 24 Lt Cav
1 x 32 Elite
3 x 32 1st
2 x 32 2nd
3 x 32 Landwehr
1 x 3 Gun 12lb bty
1 x 3 Gun 6lb bty

2nd Div
1 x 24 Hvy Cav
4 x 32 1st
3 x 32 2nd
2 x 32 Landwehr
1 x 3 Gun 6lb bty

 Austrian Jaeger (Elite Miniatures) which can now be used in a more offensive manner.

Allied Corps (Radetsky)

1st Div
1 x 36 Jaeger
6 x 36 Elite
1 x 3 Gun 12lb bty (Elite)

2nd Div
1 x 48 Grenz
3 x 48 1st
3 x 48 2nd
1 x 3 Gun 6lb bty
1 x 24 Hussar

3rd Div
1 x 48 Grenz
3 x 48 1st
3 x 48 2nd
1 x 3 Gun 6lb bty
1 x 24 Hussar

Allied Cavalry
4 x 5 Cossacks
1 x 32 Uhlan
2 x 32 Hussar
1 x 3 Gun 6lb hse bty

Pretty much equal in terms of cavalry and infantry numbers though the two 12lb batteries make a noticeable difference. 

Prussian infantry holding the Aliied left flank come under heavy pressure from the Young Guard.

We reconvene on thursday evening though Eric who devised the scenario is suspiciously unavailable.  I'll get a battle report sorted out and hopefully we'll have some first impressions of the rule changes we've tried.


2 comments:

Rafael Pardo said...

Hi
An impressive look as always!
Regards
Rafa

paulalba said...

Excellent looking figures and terrain, I am always drawn to the grenz uniform for some reason. Really inspiring.