As you can see if you're a regular visitor to the blog I've made a few changes to the layout. Mainly with the intention of being able to post larger pictures without having to crop them. It's a work in progress and there'll be a few cosmetic changes to come but hopefully this will be the format I'll be sticking with for the foreseeable future.
We were graced with the presence of Chris Cornwell on wednesday night living up to his nom de'plume of the itinerant wargamer. Chris commanded the Russian 1st army of the west in Nick's absence.
There was a sight more action to witness in wednesday nights continuation of our Smolensk game. This was particularly the case on the French right and the centre. Raevsky's infantry made good progress towards Smolensk screened from the young guard infantry by heavy cavalry.
On the French left troops pile up at the Dneiper crossing unable to move until the the village at the far side is cleared of Russians.
Things were a little quieter on the French left flank where having taken their objectives the French were left with no one to fight. The attempt to follow the routing Russians into Smolensk failed and this flank is now seeing a lull in the action.
The South bank of the Dneiper from taken from the west. Eric and Chris clearly both have each other worried.
Within Smolensk itself the routing troops which made the safety of the walls have now regained their compusure and are making room for reinforcements in the form of a grenadier division who are crossing from the north bank. This should effectively destroy any remaining hope of taking Smolensk frontally. The dangerous situation for the Russians has developed on their left flank. If the French with their superior numbers can cut Raevsky off from the fords then his entire force would be in danger. There is no chance of them escaping into Smolensk and they would be stuck with their backs to a river, perhaps we should have called this game Freidland.
French cuirassier getting to grips with their Russian counterparts plus a few dragoons thrown in for good measure.
On the north bank there has been little change in the situation. Dom is still unable to deploy his cavalry due to the infantry to their front and he has been forced into advancing in square in attempt to negate the threat of Russian cuirassier. This has been painfully slow and the presence of a Russian six gun 12lb'er bty has made it very costly.
Russian and French columns advance on each other in the centre, a potentially tricky situation for the Russians.
We've reached turn 16 of what is likely to be a 24 turn game so we're two thirds of the way through. I think the French at the moment hold the upper hand and have a better opportunity to win the game but it won't be easy. We reconvene next wednesday when I imagine it might well be decided.