Thursday, 3 September 2009

The Final Battle.

Last night saw the beginning of the end for our tester campaign. Andy's French took on Neil's Prusso-Russo formation on the terrain shown to the left and we actually got through eleven turns despite having to do the initial planning and set up. Andy is attacking and therefore got first choice of terrain. He opted for the northern edge which is the let hand side of the photo. I've detailed Neil's force before so here's the French orbat:

1st Div
2 x 36 Guard
2 x 36 Elite
2 x 36 1st Class
12 Skirmishers
4 gun 12pdr Foot Bty (elite)

2nd Div
1 x 36 Vet
2 x 36 1st Class
2 x 36 2nd Class
1 x 36 Militia
12 Skirmishers
4 gun 8pdr Foot Bty

3rd Div
1 x 36 Vet
1 x 32 1st Class
2 x 36 2nd Class
2 x 36 Militia
12 Skirmishers
4 gun 12pdr Foot Bty

4th Div
3 x 32 1st Class
3 x 32 2nd Class
12 Skirmishers
4 gun 8pdr Foot Bty

Cavalry Div
2 x 24 Lt Cav
2 x 32 Hvy cav
3 gun 6pdr Horse Bty (Elite)

As you can see Andy has gone for a balanced approach to his divisions, though my personal view is that six battalions isn't really enough per division especially when attacking using ITGM rules. That said when you have two guard and two elite battalions in one of them they are a bit meatier.
We'll be following the same format as before, with the battle reports coming from the two commanders once the game is over. Though it may be interesting in future games to get interim reports on the blog.

This tester campaign has been really useful as a precursor to our next effort. It will be slightly more complex and we've changed a lot of the detail, but it will still be based on seperate commands operating to achieve a common goal. One of the main things that we've learned is that it's much better to allow the umpire to have a degree of omnipotence in the campaign rather than trying to write rules for every eventuality. The umpire will make decisions such as where and when reserves can arrive and at what point a battle has run its course.
Next week the game continues on our more usual thursday night and the following day I'm off once again to Scarborough for a week at the wargames holiday centre, so it's unlikely that I'll get an update done of the battle before I return. However Dom and I are going to try to get a couple of river boards made between now and then and if we're succesful I'll hopefully be able to make a post about that.


Chris Cornwell said...

Close one to call, attacking with an inferiority in infantry is pretty difficult, but with the superiority of French artillery they could do it, if they take their time, strip away the Prussian artillery and then punch in with a concentrated attack with the quality kit. If they rush in though, hoping a couple of guard btns will swing it, they will get mullahed.
Even money.

That Fool Foot said...

Without giving it away Chris you hit the nail bang on with your assessment