|Our theatre of operations.|
|Black board with annotations and crazed scribbling.|
We should set up a 15mm Napoleonic game with Divisions approaching from all directions, play it out in 15mm to the point of contact using Black Powder, sit back and sort out which bits were worth fighting in detail and scale up each engagement to 28mm using General de Brigade. Basically the 15mm game became our theater of operations - a campaign board if you like. The hope was to create unusual battles of a manageable size to resolve in one evening - genius.
Having achieved this we still had time to deploy about 80 battalions with supporting cavalry and artillery at various entry points around the board. Basically opposing French and Russian Divisions are converging on the area around the town of Missen. The surrounding countryside is a river valley with various fords and bridges creating an important communications network for the two armies as they seek control of Germany in 1813. We decided on the order in which to fight the battles and how they might link up.
|So, left of centre is Herr Rheinscmidts Mill & Works, a walled brick works on the banks of the River Misser. Next across is the stone bridge to Zumstadt which is just on the other side at the junction.|
|The same scene as above but from the other side - Zumstadt centre stage.|
|Some of our 15mm collection, French deploy off the road with Russians on the heights behind. |
Falcon infantry, chasseurs & lancers, Minifigs artillery and Essex Cuirassiers and command.
|Russian garrison at Missen under attack. Russian Dragoons arrive to counterattack in the background. Various other formations are marching to join this engagement which we will play on 28mm on a full size table.|
|Obermissen from the south east - can, or will, the French commander order one brigade to hold and march another to attack Missen just up the road. |
This is a bloody big table!
|Russian jaeger hold the bridge at Zumstadt. A French brigade deploys opposite Russian heavies while more trade shots across the River Misser near Herr Rhienschmidt's Mill and Works. The attack on Missen can just be seen top right.|
|The situation in the southern sector laid out before you. Troops piling in from all directions. Our first game will be to decide the engagement at Obermissen in the distance.|
Black Powder was perfect for running this preliminary game which sets the scene for us and gives each game a purpose. BP combines massively variable moves with an easy going command structure and movement in a happy go lucky framework. For the main events we'll use General de Brigade as usual.
That's it! Thanks for reading this. Hopefully see you soon to watch the actions around the Fords of Missen unfold before your very eyes. We may even video some of it...