|Overview of the battlefield. This is the French left comprising a mostly 2nd class brigade propped up by a veteran Polish battalion. The 2nd class muck is Italian, Westphalian, Nassau, and a French depot battalion.|
|The French right hand brigade. This was smaller but better quality featuring an elite light battalion, two 1st class line and a foot battery. Nearly all the French battalions detached the light companies to form brigade skirmish screens.|
|Lastly the French had an under strength regiment of 18 hussars arriving on the right flank.|
|The French right makes good progress on turn one.|
|Grainy close-up of the Loyal Lusitanian Legion, the models are Elite Miniatures Brits so note the very British burners.|
New unit alert.
These are Elite Miniatures Portuguese foot artillery with a Front Rank mounted officer as is my want it seems. I am undecided about the black iron barrels but for now they look fine and are a point of difference, no bad thing in a world of brass cannons!
|"Join the army they said, travel the world they said! No one mentioned carrying buckets around all day! Wankers!"|
|Portuguese top brass. One from Front Rank the other from Elite Minis, both on Front Rank horses painted by Tony Laughton.|
|More Allied senior staff, this time British and Portuguese, both from Elite painted by Tony L again.|
|The French C-in-C hides in a dust cloud behind the walled vineyard - he is a feted coward!|
(I think that's how it's spelt!)
|More senior staff, here a French general of hussars leads the 5th into combat.|
Trent Miniatures lead Perry plastics, all painted by Tony L.
Note dodgy rock formation behind.
|The French right moves up. More French generals leading from behind! |
All Perry's shown here and all painted by Barry Hill's mob, hi Barry.
|Portuguese advance in column to beat the French at their own game, no need to form line and blaze away |
- screw historical tactics.
|The French left runs into the Allied mini light brigade who make the hill crest first, mercifully in line!|
Here we go, typical Peninsular action despite everyone's best efforts not to do so - grim inevitability...
|In they go, French and their allies in column surge forward.|
|Skirmishers are withdrawn to allow the main lines to engage. The 71st are a 40 strong elite battalion lining the crest against 2nd class attacking columns, place your bets gentlemen.|
|In they go, 800 muskets blaze away, the slope is littered with dead and dying, the French must test to close...|
Back on the French right.
|Blizzards of French skirmishers screen the advancing columns. The pesky hussars loiter on the flank - clever.|
|This unit was a freebie from Barry Hill, I think they are Portuguese, I have no idea of the manufacturer either, possibly Falcon or Connoisseur? GMB flag like all the others.|
|Elite Miniatures Portuguese advance, the far one has formed square to deal with the marauding French hussars.|
|Finally the Portuguese battalions threaten to do something, just the small matter of facing down a storm of canister fire! |
Which they do and cut down the battery.
|Nassau battalion, these are Perry toys with GMB flag, I have two other Nassau Battalions by Elite Minis.|
Must find something to top that pole.
|Despite the disastrous carnage in the aftermath of the French attacks the Poles keep a cool head and mount a determined counter attack against the loyal Lusitanian Legion who prove rather less than loyal and are forced to retreat!|
|The victorious 71st look down on their handiwork as the French battalions fall back in disorder.|
|The French left is in some disarray - the far side is still undecided.|