|The walled fortress city of Dresden with French forces drawn up to repel the three massing Allied armies.|
|The Russians arriving in witless masses ready to assault the Grosser Garten on the left. |
Way off in the distance on the hill & by the stream the Prussians are arriving.
The French were given two redoubts to place as they wished, these could either shelter batteries or infantry. Tony put one beside the Grosser Garten, a series of walled formal gardens someway outside the city limits which formed a solid bastion and anchor in the French line. The other he aggressively shoved up front & middle.
|This is the Grosse Garten model used at the Wargames Holiday Centre. |
Picture used without permission.
|Russian Cuirassier brigade & a couple of infantry brigades lead the attack on the French left with more behind off table.|
|Prussians arrive in dark dense masses. These are a mix of Line, reservists & LDW.|
These are moving up so batteries are limbered, note attached LDW light cavalry, skirmishers out front.
|Here we see more Allied reserves. Russian Guard foot battery, a mighty 6 gun 12lb affair.|
Behind is the Austrian reserve, Nostitz Cuirassiers & Grenadiers.
|Looking across the French centre & the French right.|
This is a tough nut to crack with plenty of support at hand & more coming on as they march to Dresden.
|Blimey, more Austrians move up towards the waiting French batteries & skirmish screens.|
|Yet more Austrians.|
Up on the heights the Corps reserve battery & Divisional battery are deployed to start softening up Dresden's defenders.
|The view across the French lines from the Austrian positions in the picture above.|
|The French massing in front of Dresden. A few outlying villages & farms form local anchor points alongside the redoubts.|
|French cavalry stand about in reserve, here we see, Pajol's lights, 2 x 32 dragoons, some Saxon lights & the Young Guard lights miles away supporting Ney's Young Guard (Poles) facing the Russians.|
|A peek inside the murky walls of Dresden. It was a major magazine & base of operations vital to Napoleon in Germany.|
|Similar shot, different angle, the Emperor has ventured outside the city gates to conduct the battle. |
Some poor sods takes a stray shot to the head - bottom right - Aaaaargh!
|Austrians nose forward, jaegers up front, covering fire from the batteries.|
|An Italian brigade rushes out to take the village crossing point only to find the other boys in white are already there.|
Skirmishers trade shots.
|Elements of the Austrian Advance Guard push onwards.|
Here jaeger in line precede Grenzers & Hussars.
Mothers comfort frightened children in the farmyard.
|Marching off the table edge like lemmings.|
The truth is that no matter how big your table there will always be an "edge"!
|The Prussians were frustratingly slow to start.|
Allied command difficulties impacted quite well.
I hadn't based my new French batteries in time so these are Prussian guns. Secondly the empty movement tray should be holding the Westphalian Guards, also part based.
|Westphalians alongside Bavarians with Neopolitans, Portuguese & Milanese behind, Poles in the distance.|
We need more vanilla French.
|French on table reserves sit usefully in the centre.|
|Orderly formations await the Austrian hammer-blow.|
|French Dragoons, Perry plastics with Front Rank general. Saxon horse battery attached.|
|Go on then, how many nationalities in this one?|
|French skirmishers move along the forest line where someone has been hard at work turning trees into planks.|
|Duka with the Novgorod & Starodub Cuirassiers.|
This is a truly cursed formation, really it is.
|six battalions of Russian Guards & one token Prussian Life Guard battalion under Grand Duke Constantine.|
|Latour Maubourg leads the French heavy cavalry reserve Corps out of Dresden to counter the Russian attacks |
around the Grosse Garten.
|The same scene from behind the Prussian attack as it approaches the Grosse Garten which is held by Young Guard from Ney.|
To the left of the Prussians the Russian Grenadiers with limbered battery prepare their assault.
|The puffs of smoke turned out really well here.|
|A similar scene from a different angle.|
|Young Guard with artillery support facing the Russians - actually Poles & French guns.|
Apologies for the yukky scrap of paper.
|The Russians assaulting the Grosse Garten break & retreat, their flight eventually takes them off the table.|
|Fuzzy shot of Russian Grenadiers & Prussians splash through the stream to charge the high walls of the Grosse Garten.|
|This part of the Austrian attack was slow to start and took some stick from French batteries across the river in punishment.|
The above action unfolded about 5-6 turns over two gaming sessions. The pictures taken of the Russian attack we pretty poor due to the lighting in that part of Marauder HQ so we got hold of two more lights and some new bulbs for a few others which were weak or dead! Hopefully your "Marauder Experience" will now be better lit at least!
What follows brings us up to date as the Battle of Dresden intensifies...
|Tony & Chris having a light bulb moment.|
My role in all things practical is purely as a spectator or mocked for my obvious ineptitude - I have other strengths...
|This action saw Latour lead his four regiments of Cuirsassiers into the charge. The resulting action obliterated Duka's already weary formation & drive the survivors from the field.|
|Meanwhile the Grosse Garten was stormed by the Pavlovski Grenadiers & 1st East Prussian IR.|
The Pavlovski's took possession driving the other Young Guard battalions out of the area and the redoubt!!!
|The Prussian brigade which assaulted the Grosse Garden.|
Here we see three line, three reservists & three LDW battalions. Their attached battery & cavalry are to the rear.
|Bavarians await the onslaught, their battery has been destroyed.|
In the back ground a caisson dashed along with fresh powder & shot while Saxon light horse wait in reserve - classic stuff!
|Part of Ney's YG, he needs to mount a credible counter attack to recapture the Grosse Garten PDQ!|
|Here French dragoons are sent to plug a whole on the French right before the Austrians can fully exploit it |
rolling up the flank. They need to charge from fresh but are already taking hits from distant Austrian artillery.
|This is the "hole" the above French dragoons need to plug - the threat is obvious & perilous.|
|Screen left - the Middle Guard exit Dresden to help hold the line.|
The French rear lines need careful marshaling to avoid congestion - not so easy.
|Jaegers losing a firefight with their French counterparts.|
The Austrians are still arriving and in better order than the reserves.
|Middle Guard double pace "to the sound of the guns".|
To my shame I have not finished basin these and owe two of them flags!
|Another shot of the Austrian advance against the river line.|
|Austrian dragoons in reserve.|
|Grenzers move up as part of the Advance Guard.|
|Stipsics Hussars support jaeger forming a firing line.|
|Here Hungarian Grenadiers, Grenzers & the Hessen-Homberg Hussars & light battery march on as part of the |
2nd Advance Guard brigade as they pass a cute farmyard scene.
When they will be released I have failed to ascertain, any input gratefully received.
|More massed Austrian batteries. |
These are the ones who dealt the advancing French dragoons a bloody nose!
I hope this "scratches an itch" for some of you, I'll try to post more frequently, we're still here doing the Marauder "thing" be assured of that. We are still amassing more models too so things can only get bigger.
Please feel free to comment and pop back to see how this one pans out. Best wishes,