This was also to be French Tony's first big game with the Mortimer St Marauders so I wanted it to be extra, extra special. The scenario has at its core a very old fashioned premise for any wargame, one we have all done and is almost child like in its simplicity, it goes like this;-
"Lets get all the toys out and play a massive battle! Hurrah!"
This was well received but soon turned out to be a bit silly so I moderated my own ambition and settled on a battle between all of our French and all of our Prussians and Russians, still a mighty encounter. My sensibilities wouldn't have been able to take Portuguese and British slugging it out alongside Russians, we also gave the Austrians a rest. There are more details below.
Here is the battlefield and initial deployment.
|This is the nameless village on the eastern plateau.|
|Looking north west towards the French deployment zone where French Tony writes orders|
The distant forested hillside hides the ruins of Bachwald Schloss, the only noteworthy feature in the area and therefore gives its name to the battle.
|This is looking south west over the allied deployment zone.|
|Looking east across the allied deployment zone.|
|Cossacks scout ahead of the main body. |
In the foreground we see Russian Opelchenie sent ahead to clear obstacles to the line of march. These are flanked by Mecklenburg von Strelitz Prussian light cavalry brigade.
|The French deployment zone|
|Looking south east towards the allied lines over the Cossacks.|
|The French turn up to intercept Blucher's march.|
Looking north east as the ground rises.
There must be loads trailing or flank marching on both sides as the forces look skinny compared to what I have in those red tool boxes...
|Bavarian brigade advancing behind a skirmish screen.|
|The Nassau brigades supports these conscripts who are bolstered also by presence of the Corsican lights.|
|Vanilla French brigade with heavy metal support from both Saxon & Polish cuirassiers.|
|The Saxon infantry with Westphalian & French Cuirassiers behind. |
There is a brigade of camera shy Poles out there too some where!
Maybe I'll post the two armies orbats as the game unfolds so as the players don't get wind of what the others might still be hiding. Chris is with French Tony for this one, I am Yorck beside Blucher with the Army of Silesia.
|A nice shot of this nameless settlement as the occupiers vacate.|
These are the Perry plastic cottages and fencing.
This battlefield also sports the new plastic Perry church & barn if you look carefully.