The day is wearing on and the shadows grow long under the stoney gaze of the lonely tower at Bachwald Schloss poking up among the tall pine trees. It has also begun to rain. Soldiers on both sides pray that night fall will bring peace before cold steel or hot shot takes them. Many have died already.
Both generals know that night is coming but aren't sure when. Both also know that its raining. Nightfall will allow a respite and time for limited redeployment and restructuring of formations if needed. With that in mind we enter the final act of the first day of the battle at Bachwald Schloss for I suspect there will be a second day of fighting.
First some close-ups
Back to the fighting...
|The allied left attacks again, Russian infantry go in where the cavalry had failed.|
Note Saxon heavies wellying into Russian infantry attacking the Corsican line.
|This shows part of the French flank march, here Swiss and Italian infantry "march to the sound of the guns" proceeded by a light cavalry brigade and skirmishers.|
|Another shot of the same. |
Where is Duka? Oh yes I forgot... he ran away last week.
|The French reserve heavy artillery batteries deployed and ready to cause pain unto my Prussians.|
Pictures of Chris
Chris had a moan at me recently for not using more pictures of him on the blog. This series shows him modelling his Winter collection namely the combat cardi, arctic survival hat and beard! Thermals aren't shown but are essential garb at Marauder HQ in the winter.
|Chris lectures the Emperor on the finer points of battle showing him the error of his ways.|
|The Emperor can detect bullshit a mile away so guards against the smell accordingly.|
|The Emperor has left Chris to tend to his bonsai tree. |
Are they fertilized with BS Chris?
Back to the battle
|Bottom left; more flank marching Italians head towards to the central sector where the Poles, Bavarians, Nassua and conscript brigades are feeling the pressure.|
|Horn's Prussian brigade has now occupied the worthless nameless settlement after taking horrendous casualties. |
They'll have to hope the wicker fence offers some protection from 12lb guns firing canister.
|A brave Nassau column counter attacks. Russian horse battery still firing into the French square - who take it!|
Bavarian sharp shooters knock down two gunners in return, there's no justice!
|The French centre looks a bit steadier now. Middle Guard and Bavarians support this pesky battery.|
"Remember Yorck? We will remember him."
|Old Guard Grenadiers and Chasseurs a Pied arrive along with the Neuchatel battalion to prop up the Poles.|
Note heavy cavalry top right heading left, they're up to something.
The arrival of the Russian Life Guard Corps
|Russian Guard foot battery arrives in the wrong place at the wrong time and deploys for some reason, "order is orders!"|
In front of them the three junior Russian Guard regiments advance.
|Talking of Old Guards here is Rich on a surprise visit, he's doing well. |
There will always be a warm beer and a cold embrace for you here my old friend!
|Here we see part of the French flank force sweeping onto the table in force. Lancers come around the rear having dispersed the Prussian Guard brigade with attached 12lb battery. The not so great Russian grenadiers must save the day!!!|
|The not so great Russian grenadiers all falter or retreat as they are charged. A desperate situation just got much worse.|
|With French Tony's right flank horribly exposed he messes about in the centre instead. On the French rear table he has wisely moved the reserve heavy cavalry across to deal with the situation.|
I hadn't appreciated how badly damaged French Tony's centre and right were, it seems his men were falling like flies but simply wouldn't quit the field until they were dispersed, he is obviously an inspiring Emperor. The allies have taken a lot of stick and kept being driven back only to return to fight again.
House rule time!
We have meddled with the brigade morale test factors so that there is no +1 for having the brigade general in command. This we considered should be a given not a bonus and by applying a negative for his absence instead brigades break more easily. In big games this is good because things get a bit more dynamic, breakthroughs can happen as we have seen. A second bonus is that a brigade can break, retire, reform and come back again as we saw with the Bavarian, Prussian Guards, Russian Grenadiers, Saxons, Yorck and most vividly Horns brigade. Lastly it encourages deployment in depth and mutual brigade support which is historical enough. This factor meddle might not suit smaller games but we're pleased with the effect here.
This battle is far from over as neither Emperor nor Marshall will cede the field. I decided on some new front lines which redefined the deployment zones. The French mostly made big gains on the plateau and held the centre with the allies sent backwards. The French right has been turned much like the allied right has been overrun.
I allowed the players to move any formation up to 6 feet over night to allow for redeployment. Retreaters auto rallied and routers were given one chance to pull themselves together. All unformed and falter status counters were also cleared. Some brigades which were very weak could be combined and lone batteries attached to new brigades if needed. This was great fun and occupied us for about an hour or so. We then got on with moving the toys around and getting to grips with a whole new situation in the shadow of Bachwald Schloss.
Next week we kick off again. This has been an epic battle so far and looks to continue to be so. Hope you enjoyed this latest development.
Catch up soon.