We four merry Marauders dragged our carcasses up from the grave into the sunshine on the Sunday morning. Rich in particular needed powerful necromantic spells to stir his body into half life - a state which barely left him all day. Oh the joys of power drinking!
Tony cooked breakfast and brewed fresh coffee - thank you Sir. Then it was straight into it - the horrors of war beckoned us to back to the table-top.
|The French positions at the start.|
From the left;- Ricard in Tremblay, Friant with the Guard, Guyot & Nansouty with 3 cavalry regiments each.
Reinforcements due to arrive in the centre, more Guard foot and Guard cavalry too!
Unlike the Vimiero game I only gave the generals the maps, objectives and deployments on the morning so everything was done quickly and on the hoof. This was designed to reflect the real situation as the Emperor came upon a surprised Sacken strung out along the road and attacked with the troops he had i.e. The Guard and lots of cavalry. once the troops were down the CinC's sketched a plan, issued orders and went for it.
|Friant with the powerful Old Guard division facing off the Russians of Sass in and around Les Genereux. |
Guyot's cavalry protect the infantry's right flank from Vassilshikov's Russian cavalry opposite.
|Jeepers - there are over 230 cavalry in this shot, with more to come...|
Time for an equestrian mosh pit of epic proportions.
Chris is writing orders; he holds Fontonelle with Pirsch II's Prussians and controls Vassilshikov's Russian cavalry.
|The Old Guard infantry with 12lb foot battery complete with limber and caisson vignette.|
The Emperor and Friant are surrounded by ADC's and fusspots.
The OG foot are to take Les Genereux from Sass's Russians opposite.
|Slightly fuzzy shot of Vassilshikov's Russian Cavalry comprising 24 Uhlans, 24 Hussars and 32 Cuirassiers. |
Opposite are 6 regiments of French cavalry some of it Guard heavies.
The Allies ( Russians except Pirch II)
Scherbatov. 5 x 32 line, 12lb foot battery with 6 guns.
Tallitzen. 5 x 32 line, 12lb foot battery with 6 guns.
Bernodossov. 4 x 32 line.
Lieven. 4 x 32 line.
Sass. 5 x 32 line, 12lb foot battery with 6 guns.
Vassilshikov. 24 Uhlans, 24 Hussars, 32 Cuirassiers.
Pirch II. 4 x 32 line, 8lb foot battery with 4 guns, 24 Uhlans, 24 Hussars.
A solid and stolid infantry force with strong artillery with a little cavalry.
|No hanging around, both sides hurtle forward to their objectives. Guard heavies and dragoons are already in melee with Russian Uhlans and Hussars.|
Friant. 3 x 32 Guard, 4 x 32 Elite, 12lb foot battery with 4 guns.
Ricard. 2 x 36 Line, 2 x 36 2nd Class, 8lb foot battery with 4 guns.
Nansouty. 32 Guard Heavies, 24 Cuirassiers, 24 Hussars, Horse battery with 3 guns.
Guyot. 24 Dragoons, 2 x 24 Chasseur a Cheval.
Michel. 1 x 32 Guard, 1 x 32 Elite.
Defranc. 1 x 32 Chasseur a Cheval of the Guard, 1 x 24 Polish Guard Lancers.
Basically most of the very best infantry toys with some very very flash cavalry kit as well! All led by the Emperor on home ground. Vive la gloire!!!
|Guard horse artillery deploy behind screening hussars ready to bombard Fontenelle manned by Pirch's Prussians.|
|"The Grumblers" walk into a wall of cannister from Sass and manage to screen their own artillery support.|
|Tallitzen whips around the woods to assault Ricard's flank through the woods.|
This proved to be a big surprise for the French.
|Scherbatov moves out of Marchais to assault Ricards boys in Le Tremblay. |
Bernodossov moves forward from the rear to take hold of Marchais.
|Fuzzy shot of the allied right - looks pretty good for Sacken's boys right now.|
|Russian Cuirassiers wait at the rest while their light cavalry take on the French heavies.|
Good to see both sides keeping some reserves.
|BANG on time Pirch's Prussian/Austrian cavalry arrive.|
Splendid Foundry fellows - more details further down.
|The Russian Hussars and Uhlans are thrown back but not broken so the Russian Cuirassiers charge the French heavies before they can fully recover from the melee - ie both of my regiments were caught stationary. Oh deary me!|
|Tallitzen goes in but fails to close on the artillery in the flank allowing a respite - phew.|
|Same action different angle.|
Everyone hates that green roof except me.
|There are now over 330 cavalry in the this sector. Not much more to say really - it's just a number!|
Some debut performances at Montmiral
|Old Guard Lancers led by Defranc.|
Front Rank lancers ,Elite Miniatures generals - all painted by Tony Laughton for Rich who based them.
|Scharzenburg's Uhlans standing in as Prussians.|
Foundry models painted by Tony Laughton for Chris who based them.
|Hessen Homburg Hussars standing in as Prussians. (not new but too pretty to miss out).|
Foundry models painted by Tony Laughton for Chris who based them.
|Tony Laughton painted these, I gave them to Rich for basing to match his collection where they now reside.|
I am a truly great friend to have - proper A list.
|Rich also made the horse tail banner. These are so colourful even by Napoleonic standards that I had to have them. When I get more shots I 'll post them.|
Back to the battle now please...
|An embarrassing moment as the French Cuirassiers get flank charged by allied lights as they fall back from melee with the Russian Cuirassiers. The allied Uhlans also beat the French Guard lancers and have pushed them back too.|
|Closer in than the above shot.|
It's all going tits up.
|The tiresomely victorious Austrian light cavalry - real giant slayers!|
|You can't have enough French chasseurs a cheval.|
Kit bashed Perry plastics painted by Barry Hill for Rich who based them.
|The Russians still haven't got though the woods and still haven't flank charged the luckiest battery of 1814!|
|You want a winning smile too? Just drink seven bottle of real ale, a can of coke and eat a crap sandwich from the co-op.|
The arrow points to the shitter.
|Russian Guard Hussars standing in as line cavalry today.|
Kit bashed Perry plastic hussars with Warlord plastic Russian grenadier heads.
Built and based by me, painted by Barry Hill.
|More of the same, only 24 of the 32 shown here.|
|Russian Cuirassiers at rest, Front Rank models painted by Tony Laughton for me.|
That's me in the red top - no idea how I photographed myself?!!!?
|The badly outnumbered allied cavlary have basically annihilated my larger better quality kit - shameful!|
|The French right contracting under the pressure - Fontonelle was never really in any danger from me at all.|
|Fierce fighting in the centre, Russian attacks and counter attacks seem to be relentless and well supported by plentiful reserves. Nice work Sacken!|
|Old Guard gunners blink in disbelief as finally a target presents itself.|
To the left Old Guard infantry have driven off the Russians attacking Tremblay.
|Naturally the defeated Polish Guard lancers retreated through the Guard Chasseurs unforming them.|
"What a complete nonsense I made of this! Have me shot forthwith Sire!"
|Action in the centre. I am being pushed backwards on to Rich - never a pleasant experience!|
|The Chasseurs a cheval of the Guard were destroyed by the charging Uhlans before the Guard Lancers finally worked out what their pointy sticks were for and destroyed the upstart allied light cavalry.|
Too little too late - again.
|The French left at the close of play.|
Russians evicted the French from Le Tremblay but couldn't make it count.
Old Guardsmen popped into hold it as Ricard's brigade retired from the field.
|The French right - me - desolate and defeated in detail.|
|The Russian centre at the close - strength in depth here.|
|Parting shot of the Russian centre.|
As Tony said while we packed up the toys "a true Pyrrhic victory."
As usual we had monumental fun and fought a very tense game in good humour with loads of pretty toys on a decent board - another day well spent and a truly memorable weekend.
My thanks go to Rich, Chris and Tony as well as Chris Leach for the scenarios. Hope you enjoyed this lot, feel free to comment, follow us and call back soon.