Saturday, May 14, 2016

Napoleon's Battles 800 Points

Thursday Richard organised an 800 point aside Napoleon's Battles game.  We used the 2nd/3rd Edition, but with the 4th Edition modification to the dice roll needed to cause a casualty to units deployed in a built up area.  All miniatures and terrain from Richard's collection.  If you have good bandwidth, don't forget to click on the pictures to get the full effect (each is 1 to 2 MBs in size and shows plenty of detail).

It's hard to get a shot of the whole deployment.  Both sides had three corps.  I was the Austrians while Richard had a mix of Italians, French, Westphalians and Poles.

This town represented three BUAs.  It was to be the scene of much fighting.

In the centre was a large farmstead represent two BUAs, but only a +1 defensive values (the town was +2)

Italians ready for action

The "International" force starts to move forward.

The Austrians have occupied the town as the Italians start to probe its defences.

The French secure the centre as the Austrians cautiously advance.

A steady sniping commences from the woods just outside the town.

Both armies probe around the flank of the town.  It was all bluster.

I'm a cautious player, especially when every thing is equal in a game such as this.  The jagers were pushed forward and suffered horrendous casualties becoming the only Austrian unit to disperse.

Numerous combats occur, but there is no breakthrough (blue cubes indicate disordered troops, black cubes routed).

The play is even more cautious on the Austrian left.

The fighting rages between the farm and the town.  Austrian grenadiers carry all before them.

The French assault has been repulsed and the town remains fast in Austrian hands.

The Austrian left also sees the allied forces pull back.

The centre appears to be in Austrian hands, although there are a large number of troops to be rallied.

The Austrian corps commander busy rallying his men.

Ney, having run out of men.

Time for discretion.

We played for about six hours.  I wasn't keeping track of game turns, but there might have been six or eight.  Everything worked well.  The allies had tried numerous combined arms attacks with mixed results.  The Austrians had plenty of artillery and cavalry to keep them in check.

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