Welcome to the finale of Lutzen 1813 - The Marauder Remix.
|Italian 12lb foot battery from Bertrand's Corp.|
These are Elite Miniatures guns & crews, I plan to replace all my batteries with Elite Miniatures kit. Size matters.
|Same battery with supporting caisson. Note the "N" embossed on the gun barrels.|
I have an Italian limber/caisson waiting to based up, just need the motivation & time to base it.
|This battery found a target rich environment and remained unmolested, happy days!|
Here is what the Allies had to play with;-
Blucher – Prussians, C-in-C.
Ziethen 2 x 32 Vets, 2 x 32 line, 8lb Foot battery
Klux 2 x 32 Vets, 2 x 32 line
Yorck 2 x 32 Vets, 2 x 32 line, 12lb foot battery
Dolf 24 Dragoons, 24 Uhlans, 24 Hussars
Wittgenstein - Russians
Berg 5 x 32 line, 6lb foot battery 6 guns
Winzingerode 5 x 32 line, 12lb foot battery 3 guns
Duka 32 Dragoons, 32 Hussars, 32 Uhlans, 2 x 15 Cossacks
Life Guard Corps, Baron Rosen 2 x 32 Guards, 2 x 32 Elites, 12lb foot battery of 6 guns
Life Guard Cavalry, Deproradovich, 32 Guard Cuirassiers, 32 Guard Hussars
Totals 26 Battalions, 10 Regiments of cavalry and 5 batteries.
This is a massive initial advantage, the challenge is to make it count... read on...
|Dolff and Ziethen move up to secure the centre.|
|Part of the Russian Guard arrive including Finish Guard Jaegers and Marines of the Guard along with a 6 gun 12lb battery.|
|Russian Guard Cuirassiers and Guard Hussars march on in some style.|
32 strong cavalry regiments look the biz in my view,
III Corps – Ney
Souham 2 x 36 line, 1 x 36 2nd class, 8lb Foot battery
Souham’s ADC 1 x 36 line, 2 x 36 2nd class
Girard 1 x 36 line, 2 x 36 2nd class
Brennier 1 x 36 line, 2 x 36 2nd class
Ricard 1 x 36 line, 2 x 36 2nd class
Pajol 1 x 24 Chasseurs a cheval
IV Corps – Bertrand
Morand 2 x 36 line, 1 x 36 2nd class
Peyri’s Italian Division 1 x 36 line, 2 x 36 2nd class, 8lb foot battery
VI Corps - Marmont
Campans 2 x 36 line, 2 x 36 2nd class, 8lb foot battery
Friedreichs 2 x 36 line, 2 x 36 2nd class, 24 Light cavalry
XI Corps - MacDonald
Gerrard’s Italians 1 x 36 Veterans, 1 x 36 line, 2 x 36 2nd class, 8lb foot battery
Charpentier 1 x 36 Veterans, 1 x 36 line, 2 x 36 2nd class
I Cavalry Corps – Latour Maubourg 32 Cuirassiers, 32 Dragoons, 24 Hussars, 4lb foot battery 3 guns
Roguet 40 Old Guard Grenadiers, 40 Old Guard Chasseurs
Domoustrier 4 x 32 elite
Dulaloy 12lb Foot battery 4 guns
Walther 20 Guard light, 20 Guard lancers, 20 Guard heavies
Totals 44 battalions, 8 cavalry regiments, 6 batteries.
|Winzingerode's Russians finally charge the Saxon Grenadiers - a move 12 turns in the making!!!|
|Lovely shot of Tony's Russians. Not sure which Regiment.|
Foundry toys, hand painted rolled copper flags on titanium banner poles. He takes this stuff very seriously.
Bicorne finials & cords.
|Latour Mauborg's heavies cross the bridge east of Klein Gorschen.|
|Latour Maubourg's horse battery canters along, hussars bring up the rear.|
|A strangely out of sequence shot! This happened last week, the Leib Hussars are about to charge and rout the line of legere.|
|Winzingerode clears the Saxons away from Gross Gorschen only to face French reinforcements arriving in increasing numbers.|
|Another out of sequence shot, this time looking over Ziethen and Dolff. French Guard foot approach over the Flossgraben.|
|Allied cavalry face off against Marmont and Bertrand in the west.|
|Good shot of the Leib Hussars and Brandenburg Uhlans.|
Calpe miniatures painted by Perry Pender and topped up by Tony Laughton, it's a long story, maybe one day...
|Bertrand and staff join the search for the missing paperwork...|
|Some of the French right moving up.|
|The 2nd Swiss Regiment. |
Perry plastics painted by Barry Hill, GMB flag. Another one that needs basing finished.
|General Freiderichs receives a visit from Head Office.|
|Yorck has been thrown back along with Duka giving Marmont and Bertrand room to deploy for the attack on the centre.|
French Imperial Guard mass on the ridge behind. The Prussians are losing their nerve across the front.
|Russian Guards begin to arrive to prop up the Allied centre, (aka Chicken shit Prussians).|
|Russian Guard Cuirassiers line out.|
These are Front Rank models painted by Tony Laughton.
There are two regiments of 16 combined here, I fully mean to increase both to 32 in time, and sort some flags out.
|Not such a great moment in the history of the Imperial Guard Lancers as they are routed by Brandenburg Uhlans.|
|Winzingerode on the Allied right faces pressure from Ney as Latour Maubourg begins to arrive in the back ground.|
|Berg arrives to support Winzingerode, just in time.|
|A French general rallies the Legere fleeing from the Prussian cavalry. |
Some fast talking needed I fancy!
|The commander of the Imperial Guard foot artillery consults his pocket watch,|
"Prepare to fire Monsieur".
|Imperial Guard gunners look down on the Guard Lancers making a mess of fighting some pedestrian Prussian Uhlans.|
|The Emperor and Guard Grenadiers a Cheval. Marmont & Bertrand mass to sort out an attack on the Allied centre.|
|Guard Chasseurs and Grenadiers a Cheval in reserve.|
|The remarkably successful Brandenburg Uhlans looking smug.|
|Time to open fire on the Brandenburg Uhlans to teach them a lesson.|
|Milan Civic Guard - swarthy looking fellows. A very pretty formation - all mine.|
|Many nationalities massing on the French right.|
|Russian Guard artillery deploy to face down the threat from the west.|
|Russian Guardsmen deploy into attack columes.|
|French Guards dry-off after fording the Flossgraben.|
|Latour Maubourg deploys in support of Ney's counter attack.|
|Duka's cavalry rally in the Allied rear.|
|More Prussians leave the party as Ziethen and Klux call it a day. |
Russian Guards won't be so easy to shift though.
|Realities of war.|
General Klux and staff oblivious to the dead and dying.
|Prussian guns limber-up and ride off as the Prussians quit Gross Gorschen.|
|Marshall Ney looking pretty straight faced.|
|Disengaging in the face of the enemy and maintaining order is not easy; especially with French Guards breathing down ones neck.|
|These Russian Guards will have to have to cover the Prussian retreat.|
|Lithuanian Uhlans and New Russia Dragoons still rallying.|
|French Imperial Guard in reserve - except the useless Guard Lancers who are rallying to the rear - saps.|
|Not a bad body guard for a little Corsican chap, the boy done good.|
|Ney goes over to the attack - Berg stands as Winzingerode has withdrawn too.|
|Blucher despairs as all the Prussian formations go home.|
Time to hit the gin and pickled cabbage you nutter.
|Russian Guard foot battery opens fire with six 12lb guns.|
Elite Miniatures painted by Tony for me, the battery was a Christmas gift from my father-in-law.
|Close up of the same battery.|
I included a British military attache in the batteries command vignette to represent my benefactor.
|British military attache keeps an eye on the brandy barrels lest his hosts neck the lot.|
|The French heavy cavalry reserve gets into action.|
|Latour moves against Berg.|
|French Guard catch up with withdrawing Prussians.|
|The French right looking very powerful as it swings towards the centre.|
|Over view of the battlefield at the close.|
Chris gesticulates as he explains to Tony just how great his is, Tony has heard all this before ad nauseam.
This is a tough scenario for the Allies to win as Blucher found out 201 years ago. I would replay this possibly down the length of the table which is our next challenge - mind the gap!
As usual a fun time was had by all, chatting, drinking, pissing about and pushing lead around on the baize with your mates - living the dream! Hope you enjoyed this too, feel free to comment and pop back next time.
Best wishes, Jeremy