Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Holiday Update Part XIII: Battle Report


Last Sunday, Mark, Jan-Willem (Pijlie) and yours truly played a game of Black Powder Napoleonics. The game was based on capturing 3 objectives: both armies (French and Allies: Dutch, Brits and Prussians) needed to occupy a farm and crossroads and the Allies needed to destroy the French Artillery battery which the French had to prevent from happening. For me it was the largest game I played with my Napoleonic figures and I had to employ pretty much of all my late war troops. This forced me to supplement the French with a two battalion brigade of Württembergers which is pretty anachronistic but I just don't have more French infantry painted at the moment. I am doing something about that as we speak by the way. For Mark this was the first time with the BP rules and he wanted to have all of the basic rules pretty clear in his head up front, so I got a refreshment course as well, being a bit rusty on most of the rules myself.

Jan Willem played the French (General de Division Jean-Guillaume de la Flèche), Mark was at the helm of the Prussians (Herr General Oberst von Zinn zu Mann) and myself featured as Commander of the Dutch-British  contingent (General Alexander Offstreet), as the lads said: I've had a lot of fun coming up with them names so I couldn't stop myself mentioning them here.

Without further ado here are the pictures:

The set-up of the table, my gaming room was pretty much cramped up by the additional trestle table.

Some deployment pictures

The battle is joined:

Mark and me discussing our next step

In the end the game went something like this: the heavy cavalry on the French right wing was being stalled by their Dutch Belgian counterparts and failed to make in impression, the Dutch-British centre marched towards the crossing and took on the artillery  head on. On the French left wing the Prussians managed to wipe out more then half of the division and since the French cavalry on the left, by then had two of it´s 3 units shaken that division was annihilated as well. The Prussian Jäger managed to occupy the farm early on in the game and the French were unable to get them out. So in the end half the French army was broken and the Allies had 2 of the 3 objectives in hand with the guns a turn away of being charged by the Black Watch... Jan Willem had no option left but to sue for peace...

Jan Willem and I also played a game of Great War but that I'll show you later on this week,

Cheers Sander

Listening to: "Ixnay on the Hombre" by The Offspring


Ray Rousell said...

Great looking game General Offstreet!!

Rosbif said...

Great looking game and figures, although you might want to expand the size of the pictures so that we can see the detail when we click on them.