We had to get them out so decided on our 20/20 format for one night games. Briefly each player picks a plausible force of 20 units split into sensible brigades. No points are used - we want unbalanced challenging games where the games enjoyment is the aim along with the look of the thing. Before the game starts we roll for commander ability and then apply 1d6 minus 3 casualties to all units; this kicks off the action like nothing else (except 1d6 casualties I s'pose!).
|The inaugural game for Chris's Austrians. The north Italian foothills near Facile provide the setting for his clash with Eugene in 1809.|
|Austrian deployment is to the left of the row white stones, the French to the right of the yellow tape measure. |
The objectives are control of the two bridges.
|Looking south west from the foothills where the Austrians deploy towards Facile and Pendoza in the distance.|
The tape measure and white stones indicate the extents of deployment.
|Viennese Landwehr advance enthusiastically into Italy, intent on some sun, sand & sacrifice.|
Chris's Victrix toys painted by Barry Hill, based by me & Chris with GMB flags.
"Gentlemen we have a scenario, to your marks."
|The irrepressible Hessen Homburg Hussars trot off to an appointment with victory & a place in the history books.|
Chris's new Foundry toys vividly painted by Tony Laughton with GMB flags, based by us.
|This dandy fellow displays all the traits of a Hussar officer much like his regiment - flamboyant over use of primary colours and acres of gold braid plus slightly dodgy black leather driving gloves....|
Foundry toy for Chris by Tony Laughton.
C-in-C Feldmarschall-Leutnant Nordmann
General Major Mayer
IR 4 Hoch und Deutschmeister 48 elite
IR 49 Kerpen 48 line
IR 2 Hiller 48 line
5th Vienna Landwher 32 2nd class
6th Vienna Landwher 32 2nd class
1st Landwher Chasseur Battalion 32 2nd class
Battery 4 x 12 Pounders
General Major Riese
IR 44 Bellegarde 48 line
IR 46 Chasteler 48 line
IR-58 Beaulieu 48 line
1st Vienna Landwher 32 2nd class
2nd Vienna Landwher 32 2nd class
3rd Vienna Landwher 32 2nd class
Battery 4 x 6 Pounders
General Major von Hammer
Scharlach’s Grenadiers 48 elite,
Scovaud’s Grenadiers 48 elite,
Mayblumel’s Grenadiers 48 elite,
Erzherzog Franz Cuirassiers 32 elite
General Major Wartensleben
EH Johann Dragoons 24 line,
Hessen-Homburg Hussars 24 line.
|The gates of Pendoza - a PMC model from ebay with early GW heraldic shields from one of those village boxed sets they did back in the 80's before they turned. Products for Wargamers road - no idea on the plants - sorry!|
|Chris photographs his new Army of Bohemia in action for the first time - bless.|
|The Austrian Advance Guard in position at the start of proceedings. |
That's a lot of kit!
C in C Prince Eugene
3 x 36 Bavarian line
3 x 36 Swiss (1 veteran, 1 line, 1 2nd class)
3 x 36 French (1 elite, 1 line, 1 x 2nd class)
4 x 36 French (1 elite, 1 line, 2 x 2nd class)
2nd Lancers x 24
5th Hussars x 24
9th Hussars x 24
1 horse battery (veteran) 3 x 6lbs
2 x 4 gun 8lb foot batteries to be attached - one each to Ochs and Campans
1 x 24 Cuirassiers (elite) General attached
|A different angle showing the Austrian extreme left with their foot battery deployed on the bluff along with both Line and Landwehr battalions lining up to take my bridge. The filthy swine!|
Note the rather smart labels for the generals in some photos. These are engraved with the General's name by Tony and glued to magnetised bevelled bases from Renaissance Ink via Veni Vidi Vici in Preston (possibly fallen out with each now?). Tony produced loads of these for our Borodino games and has tons of blanks for further armies, Prussian, French, Austrian and British if he can be persuaded.
|The Austrian centre spreads out to attack the two bridges and make room to deploy the artillery.|
Cuirassiers and Grenadiers move to support.
|The Austrian centre with Ochs lead battalions spilling out of Facile to attack the bridge. Grenadiers move to support the centre.|
|The desperate struggle for the Facile bridge commences as Bavarian columes sally out to meet the Austrian threat.|
Splendid flags all round gents! Let battle commence.
|View from behind the French centre; Tharreaux has strung out his Swiss between Ochs and Campans to strengthen the line and St. Germaine has moved forward in accordance with his new orders. Friant remains in reserve supporting Campans.|
|The 9th Hussars have retreated to reform leaving the Austrian in the stream. Better send the Lancers in to be sure.|
|Same scene as above with a little more of the battle line shown.|
|Different angle on the same scene with Campans firmly holding the Pendoza bridge in the background.|
|With no one in command Ochs' brigade bravely holds on in the face of rapidly escalating pressure.|
Chris finally deploys his Austrian 12lb battery on the heights .
|The Bavarian brigade now has a new leader and are stiffened at the prospect. The lead battalion is charging off but gets stuck and is about to flanked on both sides.|
|The bloody Hessen Homburg Hussars charge the 5th Hussars - predictably they win. They have now beaten all three regiments under Pajol, one of them twice. |
What happened to the new unit rule which quite clearly states they lose badly?
|Veteran horse artillery enfilade those massive Austrian columes - too little too late.|
|The French position looks strong but it isn't - much of this is 2nd class stuff and the best stuff is battered.|
|Good shot of the closing stages. Great to see proper lines giving the battle the structure you see in those maps of the age.|
|Same scene - roughly. The Bavarians are broken now; Facile lines open and the bridge is in Austrian hands.|
Even Campans elite legere are retreating, woe is me, alack!
|The vie from Facile at the end.|
|Hmm....I don't seem to have taken many casualties at all.|