|Back at ground level a Russian priest blesses the bayonet of this young musketeer. |
As we know from Russian military manuals;-
"The bayonet is a hero, the bullet is a fool!"
|Horn's boys attack the Saxon Grenadiers whilst Russians melee with the Von Sahr light battalion. To the left more of Horn's lads assault the Saxon held cabbage patch.|
|The allied left. Seivers's cavalry charge again with infantry & limbered artillery in support. Yorck's battery is deployed to cover the Prussian infantry attack off screen right. Stienmetz arrives on the left hand margin.|
|Similar scene to above but from the French side, looks scary!|
|Yorck's infantry attack went well - it broke the Bavarian infantry but the pesky battery remains to pour out grape and scorn!|
|Elite Miniatures battery painted by Alan Tuckey fires from the grassy knoll.|
Limber is by Prussian specialists Calpe, who else?
|The Emperor with staff and loitering marshals.|
Here we see Middle Guard & Old Guard waiting whilst two reserve heavy batteries move up.
Impressive but it won't last.
|Foundry Bavarian battery fires on my advancing Prussians to great effect. I think the caisson is Front Rank, I picked it up ready painted on ebay and simply rebased it, I think its excellent!|
|The writing on the wall offers Tony a way out, he's obliviously unaware as usual - just chuffed to have the warm embrace of real ale, daft friends and mountains of toy soldiers to play with - heavenly!|
|The Saxon position creaks under the pressure 3 Russo Prussian divisions attacking. The batteries are masked and there are retreats to deal with. What could possibly go wrong for the allies?|
|As some Saxons are evicted the plucky Poles make good headway.|
|French & Italian reserve heavy artillery batteries move up - is there really space for two 12lb batteries?|
Note the Middle Guard are still behaving, just wait.
|Yorck's boys attack the Bavarian battery and get counter attacked by Polish Cuirassiers - who actually bounce and retreat! |
Yee Gads. The Bavarian battery sees off the columns - this battery is becoming intensely irritating!!!
|The French left is stronger than the last shot implies as these chaps are sitting right behind the Saxons.|
Here we see 32 Westphalian Cuirassiers and 24 French Cuirassiers.
|Meanwhile back in the centre Polish and Saxon Cuirassiers move up to counter Yorck.|
|Tony holds a fluffy yellow chick with great care - maybe it's just his yellow dice actually.|
|The Polish Cuirassiers charge but lose very badly, in fact so badly they retreat onto the rear table!|
The Bavarian battery blasts the Prussians back as French supporting infantry attack Yorck too.
|Tony with paperwork - in complete control naturally!|
|That's right just pop it under your chin for now.|
|The French rear. There's some heavy duty formatoins here just in case the fragile centre succumbs to Yorck's|
attentions before the flankers turn up.
|Zooming in a bit on the Westphalian and French heavies.|
|One for Tony - A peaceful scene on the French rear table - flufftastic.|
|The Saxon lights fancy a pop at the Russian Grenadiers - all 6 battalions of them.|
|An almost aerial view.|
The models almost are the scenery in some ways as most terrain features are deliberately small & wide spaced.
|Seivers horse battery discharges some canister into the conscript square at point blank range - they stand!|
Russian hussars fancy a bit of Corsican action so line up a charge.
|Russian infantry mass behind Seivers to exploit his expected break through...|
|The imbecile Jurgass rides up to support Strelitz, he leads some good kit though, Dragoons & Leib Hussars.|
Note Yorck has three retreating units which need to be rallied.
|Blucher intervenes to personally order Horn back onto the offensive.|
Once again loads of Allied troops making far too little impression on the Frenchies.
|Good shot along the centre and French left.|
In the middle Yorck has been repulsed by a combination of cannister. infantry attacks and cavalry counter charges;-
sounds like classic combined arms at work to me!
I might combine weeks 4 and 5 because on week 4 we only played one or two turns as French Tony was absent without leave. Everyone is on a high about this battle, French Tony is even muttering about collecting his own 28mm Napoleonic army, French of course. With luck he'll do some Young Guard, which ever he decides you know they'll be pretty.
Be good, best wishes, Jeremy