Sunday, February 4, 2024

Setup for the Battle of Stromschnellen Crossing

I set up the table for next weekend's Napoleonic game with Battle Command. Here we are looking South across the unfordable Stromschnellen river. The town of Sitzmark, with its vital bridge are in the foreground

A ways outside of the town is the Erdbeerenfeld farm, and the wooded areas of the Hasenhüpferwald

In the right foreground is the steep Mühleberg, and to the left and close to the river is the Harschberg hill. 

Following the battle of Eckmuhl, the Corps of Austrian General Hiller became seperated from the main body of the Austrian army under Erzherzog Karl. In this version of history, the Emperor assigns hsi Imperial ADC, General jean Rapp, to command an ad hoc Corps composed entirely of troops from the Rheinbund. 

Hiller needs to retreat across the river without allowing the vital bridge to fall into enemy hands. Unfortunately, he also has to get the vehicles of his Corps provisions train across the river before he can start to evacuate any of his troops.

Close up of a Bavarian brigade, reinforced by the troops of the Wurttemberg Royal Guard. The dice dictated that they would enter from the East

Entering from the South is a force composed of a brigade each of Baden and Hessian troops, with some supporting cavalry. 

Finally, entering from the West are two Wurttemberg brigades, once again with their supporting cavalry. 

Overview of the battle from the Southwest. 

14 comments:

  1. That looks like a great setup Peter. That mat is very effective as well.

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    1. Thanks, Lawrence. I a, pleased with how the new mats look "in action" as well.

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  2. Oh dear - the Austrians - I am nervous already! The table looks great peter, as do all your various bund contingents.

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    1. This is one situation where we don't expect them to win outright, They win if the wagons get across, and they preserve a reasonable amount of their forces by crossing the river before the bridge blows... and of course preventing the capture of the bridge.

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  3. What a nice way to blood all those new units. Gorgeous figures, may be a barn burner in the making. Clever place names , BTW. (Bunny central, indeed!)

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    1. Thanks, Joe. Getting all of the CoR stuff from Lucas on the table was one of several objectives for the game.

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    1. Thanks, Gary. Hopefully not too many troops for the number of players! I'm not using any of my older Foundry and Minifigs Bavarians or Wurttembergers.

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  5. Ha! Seeing this setup makes me want to play a game, congrats!

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  6. Great! These figures will be coming to HAVOC in early April, different scenario, though!

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  7. Very nice looking field. Now the scenario: where HAVE I seen that before...?
    Cheers,
    Ion

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    1. As you've doubtless surmised, it is based upon one of Charles Grant's scenarios, "Reserve Demolition", and THAT is very similar to the Battle of Sittangbad (hence the tongue in cheek "Sitzmark") from Brigadier Peter Young's "Charge! or how to play wargames".

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