Saturday, April 19, 2014

When Israel was in Egypt's Land...

Easter weekend is of course the weekend of Passover as well, the two events being closely associated for many reasons, both obvious and not so obvious. Passover of course commemorates the plagues that Moses threatened the Pharaoh with, and God inflicted, and the resulting Exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt, their wanderings in the wilderness, and their eventual settlement in Canaan. I will leave the arguments over the accuracy of the account aside!

In any event, Battle in the Land of Canaan will be taking place at Historicon this year!  My Egyptians will face off against Ken Baggaley's army of Sea Peoples and Canaanite allies using Brent Oman's "Pulse of Battle" rules. The troops in this post are the latest additions to my Egyptians; I have 7 chariots and a dismounted Pharaoh to paint, and then the army will complete, hopefully by the end of May.


Medium Infantry Archers, with the blue distinctive color of my Division Seti.


Old Glory 28mm figures

I decided to change my plans and use three figures per base instead of four for these close order bowmen. 


The second unit of Egyptian Archers, with the Yellow color indicative of my Division Re. 


In Pulse of Battle, these troops will be deployed in Line, probably in front of or behind a line of Spearmen or Mace men from their Division.. 


It will remain to be seen how effective they will be... or not be!


I need a few officers to lead my Pharaoh's  troops, so I used some spare figures, made distionctive by the round bases and a cluster of flowers.


One officer for each Division: Amun, Re, Seti  and Ptah.


Now, it's on to paint the last of the Chariots!


MUSICAL INTERLUDE:

The story of Exodus  inspired the famous African-American spiritual "Go down, Moses" (referenced in the title of today's post), the oppression of the Israelites being a thinly veiled metaphor for their own enslavement and yearning for freedom. Interestingly, the song is first mentioned rather late, in 1862, being used as a rally song by the "contrabands" at Fort Monroe, and was published later that year as "The Song of the Contrabands: Oh, Let my People Go!". Like many traditional pieces of music of indefinite authorship, there are many versions of the lyrics, but the words an music are always evocative. Here is the version most familiar to me:


When Israel was in Egypt's land
Let my people go
Oppressed so hard they could not stand
Let my people go

Chorus:
Go down Moses
Way down in Egypt's land
Tell old Pharoah
Let my people go


Thus spoke the Lord, Bold Moses said
Let my people go
If not I'll smite your first born dead
Let my people go
Chorus

No more shall they in bondage toil
Let my people go
Let them com out with Egypts spoil
Let my people go
Chorus

The Lord told Moses what to do
Let my people go
To lead the children of Israel through
Let my people go
Chorus

The song was popularized in the modern era first by Paul Robeson. What a powerful voice he had!


I cannot leave the subject of music on Easter weekend without also mentioning my favorite Hymn of Easter, if not of all, Methodism founder Charles Wesley's inspiring "Christ the Lord is Risen Today":


Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Foll’wing our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!


The King's College Choir, "Jesus Christ is Risen Today"

Regardless of your race, culture or faith, I wish you all a blessed day, and a fond welcome to an overdue Spring... at least here in the Northern Hemisphere!

Peter

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Scenario for Montmirail, February 11, 1814

Troop Scale: 1 Infantry Unit = 600 men, 1 cavalry unit = 400 men, 1 Artillery unit = 8 - 12 guns.

Table Size:  6 x 12 feet

Background:  The Battle of Montmirail resulted from Napoleon's attempt to defeat the somewhat dispersed component's of Blucher's Army of Silesia in detail following his victory at the Battle of Champaubert the preceding day. There is a good overview of the local situation here, as well as in some of the references below, so I won't waste words relating what others have already done better! Napoleon's objective is to destroy Sacken's isolated Russian Corps. Sacken's objective (before he realizes what he is up against, namely the entire Old and Middle Guard) is to open the road to Vauchamps. The Prussians are to assist Sacken, but also  not allow the French to seize the key road to Vilfort.

Map:  The Petit Marin river is unfordable, the stream is Class II.  Both hills and the woods are all Class II terrain as well.  The villages are Class III terrain.




Scenario Rules: The ground was noted to be extremely muddy; therefore all Artillery move at HALF their usual rate. If the Russians lose the villages of Marchais or Les Genereux, they must surrender 4 Morale Points each to the French.  Similarly, if the French lose Les Tremblay or the hill nearby to it, they must surrender 4 Morale Points each to the Allies. Finally, if the Prussians lose the road exit to Vilfort, the Allies must surrender 6 Morale points to the French. In all cases, the lost Morale Points can be regained if they retake the lost objective(s).

Deployment: The French (blue), Russians (green) and Prussians (red) deploy as shown on the above map.

French Reinforcements: Michel's Middle Guard Infsantyry Division arrives, deployed, on the first French MOVE card. DeFrance's Gardes d' Honneur Division arrives, deployed, on the second French MOVE card.
Prussian Reinforcements: Jurgas' Prussian Cavalry Division arrives, in column of March alomng the road, on the First Allied MOVE card.
Russian Reinforcements:  None

Victory Conditions: Play continues until one side concedes or fails Army Morale. The margin of Victory will be determined by the number of Morale Points by which the winning side exceeds the losing side: less than 5 = Marginal, 5 – 14 = Major, 15+ = Decisive (only counts if the other side also failed Army Morale, otherwise only Major).



FRENCH, Emperor Napoleon 1:  Exceptional  LD
38 Units

Guard Infantry, Marshal Mortier: Skilled  LD

1st (Old Guard) Division, GD Friant  Exceptional  LD
6 Old Guard Infantry, DD10, CD 12+1

2nd (Middle Guard) Division, GD Michel  Average  LD
6 Middle Guard Infantry  DD10, CD 12

Guard Artillery, GD Druot  Skilled  LD
2 Guard Horse Artillery   DD10, CD 12+2
2 Guard 12 # Foot Arty  DD10, CD 12+2


Guard Cavalry, GD Nansouty  Skilled  LD

1st (Old Guard) Division, GD Colbert  Skilled  LD
2 Guard Lancers (Red and Polish))  DD10, CD 12+1

2nd (Young Guard) Division, GD Laferrière-Lévesque  Average  LD  
5 Young Guard Cavalry (Dragoons, Grenadiers, Chasseurs) DD8, CD12

2nd Old Guard Cavalry Division, GD Guyot  Average  LD
2 Guard Grenadiers a Cheval (includes Gendarmes d' Elite)  DD10, CD 12+1
2 Chasseurs a Cheval (includes Mameklukes)  DD10, CD 12+1
1 Empress Dragoons  DD10, CD 12+1


VI Corps, Bertrand  Average  LD 

Division, GD Ricard  Average  LD
4 Ligne   DD 4 CD10
1 Legere  DD 6, CD10
1 6# Foot Battery  DD 6. CD 12

Cavalry Division GD DeFrance  Skilled  LD
4 Gardes d'Honneur/Hussars  DD8, CD 10



ALLIES (Sacken is overall Commander)

RUSSIANS: Sacken  Poor  LD 
52 Units

VI Infantry Corps – Lt. Gen. Prince Stcherbatov  Poor  LD

7th Infantry Division – Maj. Gen. Talyzin  Poor  LD
2 Russian Jagers
4 Russian Line

18th Infantry Division – Maj. Gen. Bernadesov  Poor  LD  
2 Russian Jagers  DD8, CD10
4 Russian Line DD8, CD8

6th Corps Artillery
2 12# Batteries  DD6, CD 12+1
1 6# Horse battery  DD 6, CD 12
1 6# Foot battery  DD 6,  CD12


XI Infantry Corps – Maj. Gen. von Lieven III  Average  LD

10th Infantry Division – Maj. Gen. Sass  Poor  LD
2 Russian Jagers  DD8, Cd10
4 Russian Line  DD8, CD 8

27th Infantry Division – Maj Gen Stavitzki  Poor LD
2 Russian Jagers  DD 8, CD 10
4 Russian Line  DD8, CD 8

11th Corps Artillery
2 12# Batteries  DD6, CD 12+1
1 6# Horse battery  DD6, CD 12
1 6# Foot battery  DD 6. CD 12


Cavalry Corps – Lt Gen Vasiltchikov  Poor  LD

2nd Hussar Division -- Maj. Gen. Lanskoï  Poor  LD
4 Russian Hussars  DD8, CD 10

3rd Dragoon Division – Maj. Gen. Pantchouliechev II  Poor  LD
4 Russian Dragoons  DD6, CD12
6# Horse Battery    DD 6,  CD 12



PRUSSIANS:
II Armee Korps: General of Infantry Yorck  Average  LD



1st Infantry Brigade: Maj. Gen. von Pirch II  Skilled  LD
3 Prussian Grenadiers  DD8, CD12
3 Silesian Landwehr  DD4. CD 10
6# Foot Battery   DD6, CD 12

Cavalry Reserve: Maj. Gen. von Jurgass  Average  LD
1 Prussian Hussar  DD8, CD 10
2 Prussian Landwehr cavalry  DD4, CD 8
6# Horse Battery  DD6, CD 12



Note: I have made some very minor changes to the historical OOB to reflect my own preferencess (such as grouping the 2 Guard  Lancer regiments together, and standardizing the composition of the Russian infantry Corps/Divisions) I posted a Battle Report of the playtest of this scenario earlier this month, which lead to minor modifications which are reflected in the final scenario above. Vive L'Empereur!


On-Line References and Resources:

Louis Bélanger's geat site on the 6 Day's Campaign of 1814 (in French)http://www.lesbatailles.com/index.html

Project Montmirail  - includes OOB's and thoughts on wargaming the battle.
http://dukewacoan.wordpress.com/category/projects/project-montmirail/

Overview of the Battle of Montmirail
http://warandsecurity.com/2014/02/12/the-battle-of-montmirail-11-february-1814/

Nafziger OOB:
http://www.cgsc.edu/CARL/nafziger/814BAA.pdf

Montmirail Scenario for Napoleon's Battles
http://community.fortunecity.ws/underworld/fifa/47/montmirail.html

Montmirail Scenario from Fields of Glory
http://wargameamateur.blogspot.com/2012/08/montmirail-1814.html

One account of a recent wargame based upon Montmirail
http://maraudermoments.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/montmiral-1814-napoleon-leads-old-guard.html

Saturday, April 5, 2014

British Napoleonic Infantry - The 7th and 23rd Fusiliers

The antecedent to the British 7th Infantry Regiment, in our era known as the Royal Fusiliers, was formed in 1685. It was originally raised to serve as a guard for the artillery train and thus was armed with flintlock Fusils instead of the usual matchlock muskets, which were hazardous around loose powder. It acquired its name and number in 1751.

The precursor to the 23rd British Infantry Regiment, "the Royal Welch Fusiliers" was formed in 1689, making it another of the oldest regiments in the Army. It was designated as the Welsh Regiment of  Fusiliers in 1702, and was awarded the Royal title in  1713. Their badge was the 3 feathered cap of the Prince of Wales. A regimental peculiarity was the keeping of a goat as a member of the regiment, ranking as a corporal, and always named "Billy"!

The final Fusilier regiment at the time of the Napoleonic Wars dates back to 1678; it was designated as a Fusilier unit in 1691, an named the Royal North British Fusiliers in 1712, and was numbered as the 21 st Regiment in 1751. After our era it underwent another name change to the Royal Scotts Fusiliers in 1877, keeping the 21st number until regimental numbers were abolished in the British Army in 1881.


The 7th Infantry Regiment, "Royal Fusiliers"; the White Horse of Hanover appears on their regimental standard (by GMB).

The bearskins were not worn on campaign, but who can resist them? Besides, without them, the only real Fusilier distinction is that all the companies have the solid white plumes of Grenadiers.


Being a Royal regiment, they of course have the dark blue facing color which appears on the collars and cuffs. I think I have made an error by giving them dark blue wings as well... it seems that may have been unique to the three regiments of Foot Guards. 


The back of the bearskins had a solid re patch - if these were Grenadier bearskins, a white grenade emblem would appear as well. Supposedly the Fuiliser bearskins were shorter than those worn by actual Grtenadier companies for full dress, but these Old Glory figures have rather large ones anyway (which I like). 


As the Old Glory figures come 30 to a bag, the extra 12 figures were used to make a second unit, the Royal Welch Fusiliers. The regiment was another of the long established regiments in the British army, which accounts for the achaic spelling. It was "corrected" to Welsh after the Napoleonic era, but later changed back to the original, old fashioned spelling as a mark of respect for the unit's long history!


The uniform of the 23rd Regiment differed only in minor details from that of the 7th (chiefly related to the pattern of the lace on the chest and the worsted running through same), which are essentially inapparent even in 28mm scale. 


I have substantial Welsh ancestry (my maternal grandfather) and even a Welsh middle name. I am given to understand that Englishmen consider the Welsh to be almost as ":frugal" as the Scots. In keeping with that, I have given the King's color of the 7th regiment to this, the 23rd! I imagine the proper color would have the feather cap of the Prince of Wales or a Welsh dragon badge somewhere on it.


These will likely be the last British I paint until after Historicon in July, unless I get all the remaining painting needed for the games that I am running there done ahead of schedule. After that the focus will be very much on finishing everything I need for the battles of Waterloo and Ligny to be run at Historicon 2015.



The British Grenadier's March

Some talk of Alexander,
And some of Hercules
Of Hector and Lysander,
And such great names as these.
But of all the world's great heroes,
There's none that can compare
With a tow, row, row, row, row, row,
To the British Grenadier.

Those heroes of antiquity
Ne'er saw a cannon ball
Or knew the force of powder
To slay their foes withall.
But our brave boys do know it,
And banish all their fears,
Sing tow, row, row, row, row, row,
For the British Grenadier.
Whene'er we are commanded
To storm the palisades
Our leaders march with fusees,
And we with hand grenades.
We throw them from the glacis,
About the enemies' ears.
Sing tow, row, row, row, row, row,
The British Grenadiers.

And when the siege is over,
We to the town repair
The townsmen cry, "Hurra, boys,
Here comes a Grenadier!"
Here come the Grenadiers, my boys,
Who know no doubts or fears!
Then sing tow, row, row, row, row, row,
The British Grenadiers.

Then let us fill a bumper,
And drink a health to those
Who carry caps and pouches,
And wear the louped clothes.
May they and their commanders
Live happy all their years
With a tow, row, row, row, row, row,
For the British Grenadiers!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Battle of Montmirail, AAR

The battle of Montmirail, February 11, 1814, resulted from Napoleon's attempt to isolate and defeat the allied Corps of Sacken and Ypork in detail. There is excellent meterial - background, maps, OOB's etc here. This was done as a playtest of this battle to be run at Historicon in July with Field of Battle, 2nd edition rules by Brent Oman.  It is a unique battle where almost all of the outnumeberd French force is composed of the Imperial Guard, with the exception of Ricard's Division of conscripts. A classic case of Quality vs. Quantity results. Barry played (and brought) his Russians, while I had the pleasure of leading the Guard! On to the action...


Initial setup:  French right Flank -   far right -Young Guard Cavalry Division (as my friend James would say, "disguised as Line Dragoons, Chasseurs, and Lancers"), middle ground small  1st Old Guard Cavalry Division of Polish and Dutch Lancers of the Guard, far left part of the 2nd Old Guard Cavalry Division. 


Initial set up:  French Center - far right 2nd Old Guard cavalry Division, including the Empress Dragoons, and 2 Units Guard Chasseurs a Cheval (the 2nd including the Mamelukes), 2 units of Guard Grenadiers a Chveal (the 2nd with 2 stands of Elite dragoons in bearskins, shortly to be replaced with Gendarmes d'Elite), middle ground, Guard Artillery, 2 units each a Cheval and a Pied, far left Old Guard Infantry Divuision of 6 units (including Italian, Polish, and Wurttemburg Foot Guards as stand ins for three of the units).


Initial Set up: French Left flank - Ricard's Division of conscripts. They performed admirably this day historically, under the eye of the Emperor.


Initial Set Up: Russian Right Flank - 2 Russian Infantry Corps (Stcherbatov and Lieven III), each Corps of  2 Divisions, each of 2 Jager and 4 Line units, plus 4 batteries per Corps - 2 x 12#, 1 each x 6# Foot and Horse).These are Barry's beautiful Front Rank figures. They are considerably larger than my own Foundry/Old Glory etc mix, and he bases his units a bit differently - 4 stands of  4 figures, each stand in 2 ranks. While my own units actually have 18 figures on 4 stands, for FoB games with others  I usually only use 4 of the stands for clarity. My wife came home shortly after we started playing, and saw the masses of troops that Barry had on the table, and assumed that I was losing badly!


Initial Set Up : Close up of  Stcherbatov's Corps, Russian far right.   Impressive!


Initial Set Up: Close up of Lieven's Corps... likewise!  After seeing these pics, I am thinking maybe I'll field my French Infantry units at their full 18 figure strength for this battle when it is run at Historicon!


Initial Set Up: Russian Left Flank - Vasiltchkov's Russian Cavalry Corps - 2 Divisions, one of 4 Hussars and one of four Dragoons, supported by a 6# Horse Battery. Barry's Dragoons have established a notorious track record of under performance in our games so far, handsome though they are. Will today be different?  Seen of in the far distance, Pirch's Prussian Infantry Brigade, marching to effect a union with Sacken's Russian Command... call me, maybe?


The French win the first imitative roll, but turn a succession of useless (at this point) cards). The Russians maneuver the trailing Division of Stcherbatov's Corps to march to the flank.


The entire French Imperial Guard cavalry - 12 units - trots forward, trying to intimidate and overwhelm their Russian opposition.


Michel's Middle Guard Division enters the battle, swinging out to the French left flank in support of Ricard's raw conscripts.


The first of a great many cavalry charges on the day - 2 Young Guard regiments charge the leading Russian Hussar units - they look small because these two are the only Russians I contributed (old Glory figures). 


One unit of Russian Hussars is destroyed, but the remaining melee ends in a draw, and will continue later.


The French turn an Artillery Reload Card. They could have used the (potentially devastating) Grand Battery fire, but this would leave them "unloaded until the next  such card, and that seemed too risky. Instead, they pounded the only available targets - the masses of Russian Artillery deployed opposite them at long range.


Perhaps the (nearby) Emperor laid some of the guns himself, as 2 batteries of Russian guns are destroyed. The Russian return fire fails to make any discernible impact of the the Artillery of the Guard, much to Sacken's dismay (I rolled very high and Barry... did not!) . he even brought his own dice today. He should have taken the famed "Jalepeno Dice",  instead, I think!


The cavalry of the Guard charges again, their targets including the lone Russian Horse battery on the Russian Left. 


Another view of the swirling Cavalry melee on the French right. The French bare attempting to use their advantage in numbers and quality to seep aside the Russian horsemen, and thus threaten the flank of their infantry and prevent the Prussians from actively intervening. 


Aftermath - Russian Horse battery over run, one Young Guard cavalry regiment broken, and the third repulsed. The 2nd battalion, Arsamass Hussars turned in the star performance of the game for the Russians. Brown is Beautiful!


The French turn the Army Morale Check Card - they are a long way about having to worry about Army Morale, BUT this card requires the officers of any command(s) that have taken losses to fire and/or been in Melee since the last such card . If they roll a "1", they are a casualty, and their Division goes Out of Command. The rules call for rolling a D12, but we found that to be too sanguinary, so we changed it to rolling a D20. So, I roll two 1's in a row on my D20, and as fast as you can say "boda-bing, boda-boom", both Laferrière-Lévesque and Guyot are hors de combat!


The Prussians, having flubbed their rolls on their (earlier) first attempt to Move, finally get under way towards the action. The bridhe at the edge opf the table is representational of the key bridge at Villefort.. 
"Hey you just left us... and that was crazy; but here's your ADC, so we'll come rescue thee.. maybe?"


Grenadiers lead the Prussian advance, one unit deploying into the village of Fontenelle, one unit forming square to cover the bridgehead, and one deploying into line and shooting a few Young Guard cavalrymen out of their saddler, driving them back. 


Fresh cavalry charges - the Arsmass Hussars take on another Young Guard cavalry regiment, while a second Young Guard cavalry unit is charged in the flank by the blue clad Irkutsk Hussars. In the center, a solitary unit of Russian Dragoons in line is charged by waves of  both Guard Grenadiers and Chassuers a Cheval. 


Aftermath - Russian Draggons trampled under and eliminated, the flanked Young Guard regiment manages to avoid destruction and faces their attackers, and the Arsmass Hussars repulse their opposing Young Guard unit... again.


The Prussians see some action around Fontanele. 


Meanwhile, the Grenadiers a Cheval use a Melee card to charge a Russian Dragoon unit, which was swept off the table so quickly I didn't even get a chance to get a picture of the action (rightmost/most forward French unit).


Guyot, freshly back in the action after having his wounds dressed, is hit again. "Sacre Bleu, do these Ruskis think I am perhaps Marshal Oudinot?" he whines as he is knocked from the saddle again!


On the next melee card, the Russian Hussars have finally destroyed the opposing Young Guard cavalry, while the Arsamass Hussars have routed another French Young Guard cavalry unit (by finally reducing it to zero Unit Integrity). 


The Prussian Cavalry enters the table, but the terrain limits their deployment. 


Still full of fight, the French Guard cavalry make multiple charges, resulting in five melees!


Meanwhile, on the same Move card, both the Old and middle Guard Divisions roll triple moves, and rush forward to the attack; it is a given that they will take significant losses from the masses of  "loaded" Russian Artillery at the front of each Corps, but enough should survive to be able to return the favor with their own musketry!


Meanwhile, the last of the French troops saunter on to the table. Gardes d' Honneur "disguised" as French line Hussars. 


Aftermath #1 The old Guard shrugs off the Russian Artillery fire in the center, and are poised to assault the guns!


Aftermath #2, the Polish Lancer of the Guard have destroyed the 1st battalion of the Arsmas Husars, while the Dutch Lancers and Irkutsk Hussars have traded blows to little effect. 


The Middle Guard has taken losses, but two of the 4 Russian batteries of Tscherbatov's Corps ave been eliminated, and the other two are "unloaded' and vulnerable... for the moment!


Further cavalry melee resolution sees the Irkutsk Hussars destroyed by the Dutch lancers, and the 3rd Russian Dragoon unit has been destroyed; the final Russian Dragoon regiment saves some face by repulsing the Chsseurs a Cheval of the Guard with loses.  This happens to be the regiment that Barry painted up as Dismounted Dragoons as well as a mark of dishonor for conspicuous under performance of the Field of Battle. Perhaps it has worked as a motivator as intended?  Regardless, the Russian left flank is looking very, very open now. Where are those damned Krauts?


The Middle Guard infantry (many disguised as fancy Front Rank Young Guard Tirailleurs and Voltigeurs in tall plumes) close with a "silenced" Russian battery (note the 2 rocks and the artillery debris marker behind the near Russian battery), eliminating it, while a second unit fires on the other battery at close range. 


The Old Guard Division has used their muskets to blast away another Russian battery of Lieven's Corps, only to unmask a mas of Russian Jagers and Musketeers behind them!

Symbolic of the their hard fighting, yet another French Guard Cavalry Division commander is hit; this time it is GD Colbert, commanding the Lancer Division. The muddy field was renamed the Bloody Field after the events of this day!


The 2nd battalion, Arsamass Hussars wins at least their 4th combat of the day, routing another Young Guard cavalry unit by reducing it to zero unit integrity!


However, the Chassuers a Cheval of the Guard have charged again, and this time the final Russian Dragoon regiment is scattered to the winds. Five units of Old Guard cavalry with no enemy in sight!  "I have a bad feeling about this" mutters Ivan, whilst Barry gets in the face of his  miscreant Dragoons, threatening them with... E-Bay!


"За то, что мы собираемся Получать. делают нас по-настоящему благодарен!" *
Uh-oh! Three French Old Guard Cavalry units charge home; none will count as flank charges, but the Horse Artillery battery is "unloaded", and the two infantry units lack sufficient field of fire to shoot in their own defense, either.
*  "For what we are about to receive. make us truly grateful!"


Meanwhile, the Dutch and Polish Lancers of the Guard turn to threaten the pesky Russian "Brown" Hussars, and also discourage an excess of initiative by the nearby Prussians!


Aftermath of the Old Guard cavalry charge - Russian Horse Battery destroyed, Musketeer Regiment forced off of the table, and the Jager regiment forced back to the table edge... and a wide open Russian flank!
"Сохранить О Боже, народ Твой"
(Save oh God thy People!)


The French are nearing the end of a huge, 11 card Impetus run, and very good cards and a generous dose of luck  have helped Napoleon make the most of it. The Old Guard cavalry charges yet again!


Close up of the charge of the Guard...


and the seemingly inevitable aftermath! 


The Russians now have 11 cards of their own to play, but have the Old Guard cavalry to their left flank, and the Middle and Old Guard Infantry to their Front. They are actually still ahead on Morale points due to their substantial advantage in troop numbers at the outset, but have 8/9 artillery batteries, 7/8 cavalry regiments, and 6/24 infantry units out of play! There are 12 units of fresh Prussian allies available, but they are 4 feet away from the action, and with intervening French Guard Cavalry and Artillery to oppose them, they might as well be in Berlin. French losses were not light, but completely eliminated units amounted to 1 Old Guard and 2 Young Guard Cavalry, one Old Guard Infantry, and one Line Foot Battery. We scanned through the eleven Russian cards, and there were no game changers; Sacken opts to withdraw. With his lines of communication cut, he can expect heavy losses in stragglers, etc before he is at last able to link up again with York and Blucher. The Corsican Ogre is not finished yet, it seems!




I will make some minor changes to the scenario based upon this test, and post it here later this month. I tink I will use a mostly brown table cloth for the Historicon version - the battle was far more notable for mud than snow, even though the white table looks pretty!

Peter