Saturday, 14 May 2011

Short and not so Sweet

Not too surprisingly our current game which we recommenced on turn seven was all over by turn nine.  The Prusso-Russian attack on the French left wing foundered and was then thrown back in utter disorder, whilst the Austrian attack in the centre fared no better.  I was actually caught out by the brevity of the game and took very few photos until it was all over which is my excuse for the rather poor selection which accompanies this post.

A variety of Confederation troops queue up to take a swing at the hapless Allies.

The Allies never recovered from the debacle of their early assault and were caught by the pursuing Germans and Poles at a huge disadvantage.  The result was inevitable, more routs and more ground lost followed by the collapse of the Allied right.  One brave thirty two man battalion of Pavlovs lined out to try and buy some time for their comrades but was hit by the combined fire of artillery infantry volleys and skirmishers, losing fifteen men in just one turn. 

Having taken the fire of guns and infantry for several turns the leading Austrian battalions begin to crumble.

For the Austrians in the centre it was very much the same story. Advancing on a two battalion frontage their infantry was forced to endure the defensive fire of four French battalions and an artillery battery.  Despite their ability to take heavy casualties and keep going forward it was all to much for them and they failed to even get in to contact.

A battalion of Elite Miniatures Swiss, part of a small but potent division holding the French right.

So where did it all go wrong for the Allies?  With the twenty twenty vision afforded by hindsight I think it's fair to say that they went at the whole thing a little too hard and fast.  Once again there was no preparatory artillery fire, instead the infantry advanced from turn one straight in to the sights of the waiting and untouched French.  In the centre the Austrians would probably have benefitted from clearing the French from the woods to their front instead of ignoring them and attempting to advance on a narrow frontage against a force which had plenty of space to line out.  It is of course easy to be wise after the event and it's not always obvious before the game gets under way where the vital parts of the battlefield will be.
A sotnia of cossacks seeing the way things are going decide to look for some stragglers to pick on.

So what now?  Maybe we'll start another game next week or it may be an evening of campaign moves now that Neil has given us our army lists along with a general brief.  For my sins I rolled high on the dice and ended up as Napoleon which means that any blog entries regarding the campaign will have a distinctly Francophile slant.
As for me I'm off to the Wargames Holiday Centre this weekend for a spot of playtesting Mark Freeths new Waterloo layout.  The idea is to give the Prussians a greater role in the game and Mark's moved the terrain around quite radically to achieve this.  I'm taking my camera so assuming that I actually remember to use it I'll post some pictures and a report when it's all over.

1 comment:

Rafael Pardo said...

The mass effect is alway wonderful, but this time your Cossacks are the winners!