Westphalian Grenadier-Garde supported by Hesse-Darmstadt fusiliers make their crossing on the Russian centre left.
All is not yet lost for the Russians as they are in the process of receiving large numbers of reserves including a division of heavy cavalry and a division of Guard infantry. The latter being supported by an impressive six gun battery of twelve pounders. However as the Russians are pushed further and further back their room for deployment decreases and they are being forced into a right angled position.
Swiss and Poles commanded by "Nick the dice witch" cross to the right of the Westphalians.
The same scene from the rear of the Polish and Swiss position. Infantry and artillery await their turn to cross.
The decision for the Russians has been made a little simpler by the fact that the only crossing point that they still hold which is the one covered by the redoubt, is now also in danger of falling. The battery covering it was eventually destroyed by the radical but effective expedient of wheeling up a twelve pounder battery to cannister range and blasting them out. Already French troops are beginning to cross.
Confusion reigns on the Russian side with routing and retreating troops interpenetating their supports and making deployment difficult for the reserves.
So at the moment the French certainly have the upper hand and with nightfall still some way off they should be looking to secure as much ground as possible in order to have the best possible start point for the resumption of hostilities. The Russians on the other hand will need to decide on their best course of action and look for a likely defensive position where they can attempt to fend off the inevitable french onslaught.
This new battalion of Corsicans is currently making its debut in the battle. It was painted by the ever more prolific Dom, figures by Front Rank.
Following the last post there were a couple of questions regarding photography which I must admit is a bit of a closed book to me. The problem with the garage is that there is only one window to provide natural lighting and the rest is provided by four fluorescent ceiling lights. This tends to produce a startling variety of lighting conditions with the result being that a number of photos taken at the same time from slightly different positions results in huge differences in the way they come out. I'm loathe to use a flash as it tends to just light up the front of the figures and terrain leaving shadows in the background. We did have the benefit of Neil using his mini-Hubble for a while which has a back lighting capability but he hasn't brought it along for some time. So unless I invest in a new all singing all dancing camera (highly unlikely) I'll just have to make sure I pick the best daylight conditions when I take the blog shots.
A final shot, this time from the rear of the French left, after a spirited defence by hosts of Russian light cavalry the French are at last, making ground .
One final thing, Eric has provided me a couple of links to his photobucket page which have shots of the Lubben and Spree games which we played last year. Apparently they're in reverse order but I can't see that making a difference.