To enable this next phase of the battle we cleared away the toys and "scrolled" the scenery so the River Vissen was just shy of the northern table edge thus allowing the southern end to be revealed. We kept the same forces and carried over casualties from the previous days fighting. Some units had been dispersed so were left out, in addition the Russian Grenadier Division was written down to "line" reflecting their poor performance so far. The Allied C-in-C had been swept along with them in their flight, he was a "poor" general in General de Brigade terms anyway so was replaced by his Prussian counterpart who had arrived ahead of more Prussian troops overnight. This chap, Yorck, was "excellent", and set about forming a defensive line to hold the French while more troops were brought up. He also ordered the Prussian rearguard to construct a redoubt. Could they hold and what would their reinforcements look like?
We have a game for day two - lets get on with it;-
|Russian supports under Von Phalen arrive in the deep south, more infantry with cossacks and a half battery.|
They have a long march ahead.
|Prussian horse battery and Brandenburg Uhlans cover the western approach road.|
|Prussian battery between the town and the redoubt. Caisson in support with extra ammo, take note off this...|
|Prussian Guard elements hold the redoubt with the battery and another Guards battalion and dragoons in support.|
|Vasilchikov's Russians deployed the amongst woods with the Prussian howitzers and caissons supporting, note this...|
|Prussian Guards occupy the redoubt, an excellent creation from my workshops, see separate tutorial post.|
|Good shot of the Allied central positions. West Prussian Dragoons support the Guards around the redoubt & village.|
Bavarians line out to attack them.
"They shall not pass!"
|Brandenburg Uhlans support the horse battery straddling the western road; French light cavalry precede heavies. |
This looks precarious to say the very least... Jurgass observes proceedings.
|Allied troops hold the woods to the east of the village against mounting odds. Prussian batteries on either side of the walled village open a long range bombardment on the Bavarians. The Bavarian battery counter fired to no effect.|
|The same position. There is some strength in depth here but on a narrow frontage.|
Help is miles to the rear.
|High quality French brigade crosses the eastern bridge with cavalry support, these fellows helped see off the hopeless Russian Grenadiers yesterday.|
|More French concentrate to cross the central bridge and the pontoon which was thrown across the river overnight.|
Barvarians defend the bridge head and prepare to move over to the assault.
|Good panoramic shot from the north looking south, Bavarians massing to attack whilst covering the crossings.|
Von Phalen's Russians march to the sound of the guns in the far distance.
|The new Prussian C-in-C turns out to be Yorck. Here he instructs Von Phalen who Tony tells me was also German so the language barrier should no issue. Not sure if Von Phalen is actually listening though.|
|French light cavalry brigade with horse battery prepare to attack the blocking Prussian cavalry and simultaneously cover the crossing of the Saxon heavies.|
|Tharreau's Bavarians deploy in line before the Prussian guns to minimize casualties; the two battalion columes are far enough back to prevent any "bounce" of shot causing injuries through the preceding line.|
|Von Pahlen's boys hasten to the front with cossacks leading the way.|
Prussian General Yorck keeps them on course.
|A privileged glimpse inside one of my twelve red tool boxes.|
|Two Bavarian battalions in line, the foremost has lost a flag and requires repair and some dry brushing on the bases.|
Both are Foundry painted by Tony Laughton, GMB flags, based by moi pour moi.
|Chris is lining up an attack using a line supported at each end by columes, pretty classic stuff.|
This game saw several actions which bridged the gaps between the tables and often obliquely.
This proved difficult at first but soon fell into place.
|The charges go in, Tony prepares to fire in defence.|
|The lines close and there's me still unloading more French battalions to add to our discomfort.|
BIG tape measure!
|Russian staff looking a bit pissy about being replaced by Prussians overnight.|
These are by Tony, seen here in front of a very pretty townscape which i built.
I think these are Foundry and Perry.
|The disgraced Russian grenadiers return minus the two battalions lost on day 1. As discussed above these were written down to "Line" quality to reflect their poor performance at the hands of the French just 24 hours before.|
|Here they come - more French. Seven battalions of them march onto the centre table from the northern edge.|
|And more arrive on the eastern table, six more battalions of the buggers.|
|The view across the battlefield from the perspective of the Russian Grenadiers.|
This looks pretty awesome to me.
|French and Saxon cavalry deploying.|
|Prussian Guards move to cover the redoubt from the west where French cavalry seem to have overwhelming odds.|
|Von Phalen's Russian supports approach Vasilchikov's front line. Russian Grenadiers close in top right.|
Help is at hand, finally.
|Tharreau's Bavarians approach the redoubt and gunline.|
"Gunners; load canister, Guards aim low, all - FIRE!"
|The Neuchatel battalion crosses the pontoon, more cross in the background and line-up to be next over.|
More bases for me to dry brush! Jeez.
|Lots of French battalions emerge from the fields to sort out an attack formation.|
|Russian lights cover the eastern flank. |
The lance armed front rank leads this hussar half regiment.
|Cossacks with "go faster red lances".|
Front Rank models from Tony's collection.
|Russian reinforcements approach the front line.|
|French attacks go in and whilst some are stopped by defensive fire enough Russians are forced back or faltered to make the position very difficult especially as lots more Frenchmen are heading for the same position.|
|The French second line covered by skirmishers heads south to support this sustained attack. |
More supports cross the Vissen over pontoons and bridges behind.
I sorted through the remaining army reinforcement cards and created two small decks to draw from.
We then rolled to see where and when they would arrive. The Allies drew three cards, the French drew two. The scene was now set for a major encounter for next week.
I predict a very seriously bloody battle between two large armies over the next week and if we're lucky the following week too. Whatever happens I'll be there with my camera to shoot some snaps for you and write some sarcastic commentary.
That's it! We are pretty pumped up about this next phase of the game. Rich is back this week too so we can all enjoy a rumble of epic proportions;- there will be no more reinforcements, no more random arrivers - the die is cast, the scene is set. Hope you can pop back to see how this piece of theater pans out.
Please feel free to comment and leave feedback, it is the lifeblood of this blog.
Very best wishes, Jeremy