Monday, 21 March 2011

Guns, Guns, Guns.

We continue with Doms' interpretation of megolomaniac Napoleonic warfare and by now the Prussians and Austrians have forced the French back into an ever decreasing defensive area.  Eric on the right with the Austrians is having a difficult time of things and occaisionally glances over at me and shakes his head.  In fairness he has had to advance over difficult terrain against a forbidding gunline whilst on the left my Prussians have been able to advance almost unmolested and are now in a position to start making life very difficult for the French right wing.  Still no Neil this week so once again it's down to my photos which for some reason appear to be mostly of guns.

The majority of the Prussian gun line, two six pounder batteries and a horse battery with their flank supported by cavalry.

Thankfully for the French, they have just received some reinforcements though these are still arriving on table and it's not possible to see what they are just yet.  This small ray of hope is balanced by the knowledge that three divisions of Russians will also shortly be arriving to bolster the already large number of Allied troops jostling each other for table space.

The rest of the Prussian gunline, an elite twelve pounder battery.

We're trying out a new development on artillery rules in this game.  We've gone back to four gun foot batteries, but now each battery is given a rating of elite, line or militia.  Elite batteries fire using eight sided dice on the "to hit" table and line use ten sided whereas militia batteries use twelve sided dice.  This makes elite batteries particularly effective in counter battery fire.

having taken the first line of hills the Austrians have now set up their guns at close range and are attempting to dislodge the next lot of French defenders.

I'm personally not sure about the new rule yet as I'm always wary of anything that makes artillery more effective than it already is, especially at long range.  If we're going to keep using this method then elite grade batteries will need to be kept to a minimum, though it does allow for the big six gun Russian batteries to be graded as militia for firing purposes.

Cleve-Berg infantry take cover behind the crest line awaiting Andy's attack in the centre.

The game continues on wednesday when we'll probably find out what the makeup of the French reinforcements is, I'm betting on at least one regiment of cuirassier but probably two plus more infantry.  It may even be that Justin will be dropping in to visit us which will be particularly welcome because he always brings posh biscuits.

Calpe Prussians, Silesians painted by Neil Sheardown which arrived at the garage too late to take part in the current battle but most welcome nonetheless.

I've just started painting up some Front Rank Russian infantry in greatcoats.  I've never painted Front Rank figures before but they're quite nice to paint and have a high level of detail.  Once I get a few finished I'll stick a picture up.


Battlescale said...

Lovely looking figures. Reminds me of the 'big' brigades used by Charles Grant theat I used to drool over as a youngster. ... Oh how I wish I had the patience to paint to that standard and in those amounts!

Paul´s Bods said...

Incredible amount of well painted figs!!!!

Gamer in Exile said...

Are you using a new camera / new settings? The colours all seem to be off. Could it be the white balance?

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

Once again just a stunning amount of well painted mini's!