Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Following what was finally adjudged to be a resounding Russian victory in our last game we spent most of the evening of the 16th clearing away troops and preparing the table for our next game.  This is another of Eric's creations and it pits a large French force against a smaller Austrian command holding a defensive line.  The French have the task of breaking through as quickly as possible and the Austrians are obviously just as keen to stop them.

French light cavalry prepare to launch themselves against their Austrian counterparts cheered on by Wurtemburg infantry.

The terrain is particularly "busy" in this game making it, in most areas unsuitable for mass cavalry actions.  Almost inevitably the cavalry from both sides has gravitated to the most open area available which is roughly in the centre of the battlefield.  This has resulted in what is about to become a large cavalry meleee between both light cavalry arms.  Unfortunately for the French I am commanding their light cavalry and I have a well deserved reputation for being unable to throw sixes in cavalry combat.

The Austrian light cavalry, whose infantry support have adopted a more pragmatic approach and formed square.

Elsewhere things seem to going quite well for the French.  On the left the Austrian line is in danger of being overwhelmed by two infantry divisions, one of Italians the other of Poles.  The Italian infantry has been able to get into position largely unmolested and is now ready to assault the opposing Austrian infantry who have already had one of their battalions rout from the combined fire of artillery and muskets.  In support of them the Poles are pushing forward and are also in a position to launch a limited assault.

The French centre is held by a Wurtemburg division comanded by Justin who having lost an initial cavalry skirmish with Austrian Uhlans is now pushing forward in support of the right wing.

On the right French and Swiss infantry having been held up for some time are now forcing the thin line of Austrian defenders backwards.  The Austrian commander has been forced into sacrifing infantry in square to buy enough time to create a new defensive line.  The Austrian line is now in danger of being turned, though a lack of cavalry French cavalry in the area should make it possible for the Austrian infantry and artillery to withdraw in good order.

One of the latest additions to the garages' roster of troops, a four gun battery of Guard twelve pounders from Front Rank Miniatures.

So things are well poised for our next evenings gaming, the first thing to occur will be the cavalry melee in the centre along with the simultaneous infantry assaults on the left.  The problem for the French will be maintaining any momentum gained and for the Austrians how much of their precious reserves they can afford to shift across in order to slow the French down.

Another new arrival, the first battalion of the grenadiers of the old guard.  Once again Front Rank Miniatures with flag as always by GMB.

One piece of good news is that Neil Sheardown who has painted many of the figures at the garage has decided to begin carrying out a limited number of painting commissions once again.  He is currently painting another battalion of Guard infantry, this time the first battalion of Chausseurs.  These will eventually be followed by the Guard cavalry commencing with the Grenadiers a'cheval which will be forty man strong.

Finally I had a request in the last post for some information regarding how we had made the terrain boards.  I'm pretty sure that there is a post detailing how they were made somewhere back in the archive though I haven't looked for it yet.  If not then I'll try to get a post done in the near future.


DaveD said...

cracking new toys Noel... great to hear Neil has his brushes out.

Phil said...

A great table!

Doc Smith said...

Brilliant wargaming spread as usual - and love the cav! Huzzah! But izzat Austrians forming a SQUARE I see??? If its after 1805 they rarely if ever did it as they were drilled to form 'masse' - basically a column with the men tightly packed together with the outer ranks facing outwards. Very cavalry-proof as the French cavalry found out during the 1809 campaign, (although more horribly vulnerable to artillery than the square). From 1807 Archduke Charles had all his infantry drill in three basic formations: column, masse and line. Masse could be formed in an instant and didn't require all the intricate manouvreing required to form square. I believe the Russians also used the same formation for the same reasons. Is it your rules that require that formation be used?

Rafael Pardo said...

A great and post as always. Your massed figures are very inspiring! Thanks for sharing

Phil said...

What a phenomenal collection. Thanks for sharing this; it is truly inspiring. Keep up the great work.

Dom said...

Hi Doc,
Yes the rules don't account for Masse, so squares are the way forward (rule system is Grand Manner with a few shed amendments). Noel might be able to add a couple of aerial shots next time as the Austrian squares are in a small valley between a cluster of hills and Austrian formations on their left and right are "redeploying towards the back of the table" as we speak. Oh and 5 regiments of French Heavies have just arrived, which types the Cavalry balance slightly in the French favour to about 9 regts to 1. More Glory for the plucky Austrian lancers I say, but I'm not sure my infantry is coming out of square any time soon. Turn 13 has finished. Bring us reserves or bring us nightfall. Turn 24 looks a long way away!!!

Dom said...

tips rather than types...sorry. Think I have been typed over the edge!!

john de terre neuve said...

Always amazing to look at your reports. Some day......