Friday, 30 October 2009

In the absence of...

I was hoping to be able to show some more photos from the last two weeks gaming but it appears that our lensmen have all been struck down by a terrible case of apathy, so I've decided to show a few more shots from the previous weeks.
This first one is another angle showing the strangely popular Austrians. Strangely popular to me that is, I have to admit that whilst not actively disliking the Austrians, I'm not their greatest fan. To me they're a pretty non-descript bunch and given the choice I'd pretty much choose any other army than the Austrians. However I know for a fact that they are a great favourite with lots of other people. There are two committed Austrophiles who are regulars here at the garage and I've met many others. Then again I've also met many train spotters.

Moving swiftly on, we have a panoramic view of the battlefield in the early stages of the game taken from the Allied right. The first Austrian reinforcements have arrived and the Allies are advancing along the whole of this front. On the right of Steve (strange looking bloke in the middle) the Prussians having been held up for some time by the French heavy cavalry are starting to force their way through the woods and shake out into a battle line.

This shot gives a better idea of what was happening in the Prussian sector. In the right foreground the Westfalian division with a couple of other battalions attached, having arrived on the battlefield push forward to stem the Prussians who can be seen lining the woods. To the left of the Westfalians the Wurtenburgers move up in support. Behind them the heavy cavalry fall back to take up a reserve position. In the end the French were guilty of sending far too many of their reserves to face the Prussians, giving the Allied centre and especially the allied right a much easier job of forcing back the French main line.

And Finally... the unsung heroes of the Allied triumph, a Russian six gun twelve pounder battery which dealt death and destruction to all who had the temerity to show themselves. Unlike the Russian six pounder batteries which were forcibly split into three gun sections by Eric's Francophile orbat, this battery was extremely effective and because of the flatness of the terrain in the area there were few places to hide from its attentions.


Der Alte Fritz said...

I actually was able to pick out some Bicorn French legere skirmishers in colpaks, holding down the farm in that first picture.

As for Russian artillery batteries, as Indiana Jones would say, "oooh, I really hate those guys".

Said he has been on the receiving end of Russian artillery way too many times. 8^)

Noel said...

Fritz, you'll find it hard to believe that along with another two dozen or so similar skirmisher figures, those guys were about to be consigned to the bin. Fortunately I said I'd give them a home and they are now some of my favourite figures. They were all painted by Doug Mason, the same guy who did the Mamelukes featured on Chris's blog.